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Celebrating the Seasons of Life: Samhain to Ostara by Ashleen O'Gaea

By Ashleen O'Gaea

Specific between books in regards to the Wiccan Sabbats, Celebrating the Seasons of lifestyles: Samhain to Ostara takes a special method of explaining the vacations by means of taking an in-depth examine half the Wheel of the 12 months. instead of dissecting every one vacation, Ashleen's objective is to take a broader examine them, explaining how and why we have fun each one, besides how the party of 1 ends up in the following. the 1st of 2 new titles from Ashleen deals a imaginative and prescient of the vacations we have fun from October to March. This e-book covers every one vacation via first giving us its historical past and unique customs, then explaining its position in glossy existence. tales are shared for every Sabbat to reconnect us with our lore and convey new intending to present perform. Ashleen contains rules for rituals which are excellent for practising solitaries, covens, or Wiccan households, with specified sections on what youngsters of varied a long time are able to know about those vacations.

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Many begin by challenging a youth or maiden to marry, care for, or otherwise befriend a hideous hag, who may have a dreadful reputation. The young people who are disdainful of her or cruel, scorning her odor and toothlessness and mocking her rags, usually meet with terrible ends—they die painfully (or at least ironically) or marry very poorly and suffer to the end of their days. Those who are kind to her, daring to kiss her, brush her hair, or marry her despite having been tricked into it, are lavishly rewarded.

My heart’s warmed; my soul is lifted. The Wheel has turned; the season’s shifted. Made strong by transformation, by light my faith increased, From this Circle I do bid You hail, farewell, and peace. Horned One, back to life recalled, I bid You farewell from my hall. My heart’s warmed; my soul is lifted. The Wheel has turned; the season’s shifted. Made strong by transformation, by light my faith increased, From this Circle I do bid You hail, farewell, and peace. The Samhain Vow In the old days and still for some, one of Winter’s vital tasks was to mend Summer’s tools—to mend the fishing nets, repair the hoe and shovel handles, and so on.

She’s a goddess of crossroads, of choice and change and turnings. In Greece and Rome, She was the goddess to whom both the living and the dead turned for purification, 29 30 Celebrating the Seasons of Life and expiation—a graveyard goddess. Janet and Stewart Farrar, in A Witches Bible Compleat (Magickal Childe, 1984), say that “Hecate is the Dark Mother, in both the positive and the apparently negative sense. ” (It was Hecate, not Satan, who Shakespeare’s wonderful trio of witches worshiped. ) One of her Celtic counterparts is, of course, Cerridwen, another Triple Goddess with a Dark Mother aspect about Her.

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