Wicca 101 - Beliefs
/ The Wheel of the Year
There are many, many different views of the Sabbats depending upon Tradition and personal gods. The most common associations concern the life-cycle of the God. At Samhain he dies. At Yule he is born. Fertility returns to the Goddess through the spring just as the young God matures, so that by Beltaine they unite and the Goddess is pregnant once more. The God then proceeds into old age, giving of himself at harvest as we approach Samhain once more.
The Sabbats are divided into two groups: the Major Sabbats, also known as the Cross-Quarter Days, and the Minor Sabbats, which are also known as the Quarter Days and correspond to the equinoxes and solstices:
happens at a Wiccan ceremony?
First, the participants are purified. This may be as lengthy as a ritual bath (done in private) or as a simple as a sprinkling of water, a fumigation of incense, and/or an anointing with oil. Some meditate to clear their minds.
Second, there may be a challenge made to those entering the ritual circle. The most common is an affirmation that each person enters "in perfect love and perfect trust".
Third, someone walks the perimeter of the circle clockwise a number of times, frequently carrying representatives of the four elements. This denotes the sacred space of the ritual.[More]
Fourth, the quarters are called. Each cardinal point - east, south, west, and north - is addressed, and powers associated with each direction are invited to bear witness or guard over the ritual.
The details of the main body of the ritual now begins. This can involve singing, dancing, chanting, drumming, magic work, and the reading of poetry or other work dedicated to a god or goddess. Activities are often dictated by the purpose of the ritual. For example, candles are frequently lit during Imbolc festivals to celebrate the returning light of the sun.
and ale" are shared. I use quotation marks because the foodstuffs
involved are just as likely as not to be neither cake nor ale. Cakes may
be cookies or bread, and ale can be anything from ale or wine to apple