The history of Celtic Wicca
In the Celtic Wicca culture, there are infinite sacred laws and one of them which is strict is the Celtic wheel which contains the most important celebrations of the year for any Wiccan practitioner, these parties or celebrations are 8 and belong to their sabbats festivities of the sun. The annual Celtic wheel is to a Wiccan what the Bible is to a Christian, which is denoted as a map which tells us how and where our religion or way of life should be taken.
Wicca is a practice of the ancient religions which is based on love, nature, and neighbor being aware of the power we have and using it wisely for positive things.
Explaining a little more the Celtic Wicca year wheel can be divided into two parts which are the part of the sun and the part of the moon. The days of the sun are called Sabbaths which are divided into 8 Sabbaths of which 2 are the equinoxes and another two are the solstices that pass away in the year, while the other 4 Sabbaths are no less important, but they are the transition between the sabbaths of equinoxes and solstices. These occur every 6 weeks denoting the change of seasons.
Thus Begins the Tradition with Death As It Reflects the Dark as All Good Comes Out Of the Dark
The first sabbat is called Samhain: or also known as the day of the witches can become the most recognizable day of the Wiccans, is celebrated on October 31st and means the end of a cycle of the year, this festival is symbolized by the death and honor to the deceased, it is said that on this day of the year the witches communicate with their friends and loved ones who have died. Samhain is also the last festival or harvest celebration of the year.
Yule: which means wheel, this festival has been celebrated since ancient times marking the winter solstice that usually falls on December 21st, with many manifestations regarding abundance. In ancient celebrations, yule was detonated as the time when the sun was attracted to the earth. Yule is also denoted as the time of fertility where the moment of conception and the beginnings of life begin to move.
Candelaria: also known as Imbolc as yule also commemorates fertility, it is celebrated between late January and early February right at the full moon which marks the halfway point between yule and Ostara. This celebration marks the awakening of nature by cleaning up the old and welcoming the new.
Ostara: it is celebrated in the equinox of the spring on March 21st; it is a time of fertile sowing, where it takes advantage in giving beginning to those plans that are had as the sowing or the commitment. Traditionally the egg and the rabbit are related as symbols of Ostara, representing the egg a new life and growth and the rabbit represents its habits of fertile mating as well as being a symbol of growth and abundance.
Beltane: the word Beltane is composed of Bel which means good and Tane which means fire, in the union it can be called good fire. It is also known as the first of May and is the last fertility festival of the year. For many traditions, this time of year leads to blatant sexuality. As a symbol, it has the Maypole which is a high pole on the ground symbolizing the god of the sun united with the earth decorated with flowers and long ribbons. It is a festival where the return of the sun is celebrated.
Summer solstice: it is celebrated the longest day and the shortest night, it is the maximum peak of the sun and from that day the light of the day begins to decrease. This day is the celebration of the king of the oak that is of the growing year that dies that night at the hand of the king of the holly that is the god of the decreasing year. These days the rites are more focused on the protection of the family and the home for the coming year.
Lammas: also known as Lughnassadh is a god in Celtic mythology who is celebrated on August 1, a good time to celebrate weddings. This festival marks the beginning of the first harvest and the ripening of the first fruits. A straw doll is used to symbolize the first fruits. It is said that this is the moment when your goddess is sad to see her god wither away and at the same time the goddess is happy for her seed to germinate.
Mabon: refers to the god of autumn and the gathering of the second harvest and the rest of it, this celebration is a preparation for the night of Halloween. For Wiccans, these days are used to give thanks for what they have received over the past year.
The Esbats Are The Celebrations Of The Moon Which Are Divided Into 5
Crescent Moon: a phase when the moon grows from new to full providing adequate energy for spells or rituals that require growth and development.
New Moon: The new moon is when the moon is in its phase of total darkness. Where Wiccans use this phase for rest, regeneration, and relaxation.
Full moon: this phase represents the goddess in her motherly aspect being a time of celebration and blessings.
Blue moon: happens when the moon within its 28-day cycle appears twice in the same calendar month. It is a target moon.
Waning Moon: also known as a waning quarter is the transition from full moon to new moon, giving very convenient energy for a recession, removal of obstacles, and peaceful separation such as ending bad feedings, ending bad habits, moving away from partners who harm the relationship.
The Celtic culture of the Wiccans can be really extensive, and in fact, it uses many other symbols of nature for its balance and connection to the world. Most Wiccans consider only some of these things from Celtic culture, but there are others who try to relate to the whole culture to achieve a certain "supremacy".