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Eclectic Wicca. One Family’s Tradition. Symbols of Wicca. Lunar holidays – Esbat (13) Every full moon and new moon. Solar holidays – Sabbat (8) Solstices, equinoxes, cross quarter days. Holidays of Wicca. The Esbat. Full moons and new moons

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    1. Eclectic Wicca One Family’s Tradition

    2. Symbols of Wicca

    3. Lunar holidays – Esbat (13) Every full moon and new moon Solar holidays – Sabbat (8) Solstices, equinoxes, cross quarter days Holidays of Wicca

    4. The Esbat • Full moons and new moons • Celebration of the goddess and performing spellcraft • Coven only

    5. 4 cross-quarter days: Imbolc Beltaine (May Day) Lughnasadh Samhain 2 solstices, 2 equinoxes Ostara Litha Mabon Yule The Sabbat

    6. February 1-2 – Imbolc • cross-quarter day • celebration of Celtic goddess Brid (Saint Brigit) • purity, virginity, newness of year (snowmelt) • feminine aspect is that of adolescent

    7. March 21-22 – Ostara • spring equinox • celebration of Germanic goddess Oestre • female coming of age, fertility / rite of passage • eggs and bunnies (Easter)

    8. May 1 – Beltaine / May Day • cross-quarter day • union of male and female personification • Maypole • “Great Rite”

    9. June 21-22 - Litha • summer solstice • longest day of year • solar god at height of his power

    10. August 1 – Lughnasadh • cross-quarter day • aka Lunasa • celebration of Celtic god Lugh • baking of fresh bread from first harvest • solar god is losing power • Lammas

    11. September 21-22 - Mabon • autumn equinox • making of wine, pie, tarts from harvest of berries and other fruits • wine is blood of dying god

    12. October 31 – Samhain • cross-quarter day • celebration of ancestors • final harvest (squash, etc), feast for dead • veil between living and dead is thin, divination and scrying • god dies on Samhain

    13. December 21 - Yule • winter solstice • giving wassail • god is born to the goddess Yule on longest night of year • vigil, playing midwife to goddess until sunrise

    14. History of Wicca • Gardnerian Wicca: Gerald Gardner, 1954, then Raymond Buckland (Seax-Wica)

    15. History of Wicca (2) • Other sects: Alexandrian – Alex Sanders, 1960s; Dianic – feminist Wicca • Eclectic Wicca – household tradition, incorporation of various pantheons (“facets of the gem”) and philosophies, emphasis on balance