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Sabbats: A Witch’s Approach to Living the Old Ways

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In The Sabbats, Edain McCoy reveals the eight major holidays of Witchcraft and the many ways in which they are celebrated.

There are two basic types of holidays. The first come at the Solstices and Equinoxes. The others divide the time between those dates in two, resulting in eight major holidays or Sabbats with approximately the same amount of days between them. The balance, here, gives the appearance of spokes in a wheel, so this cycle is commonly called the Wheel of the Year.

The holidays represent two things. First, the harvest cycle. Each holiday represents a time in the growth of crops. From planting to growth, from harvesting to letting the lands lie fallow in the cold winter, the festivals follow the agricultural cycles of ancient times. However, they also represent the eternal love of the God and Goddess, following the God’s birth from the Goddess and his death before she gives birth to him again. This also follows the pattern of the Sun which moves from warm and high in the sky to cold and low in the sky.

The book is filled with ways you can follow the Wheel of the Year, whether you work with a coven, with your family, or by yourself. You will learn the secrets of ritual construction and handicrafts appropriate to each of the festivals. You will also learn recipes for traditional foods for each holiday and even songs appropriate to the Sabbats.

This is a wonderful, joyous book filled with color, information, and wisdom. If you are involved with Paganism in any way, this book is a must for your studies and practices. This book functions as both a resource and as a practical manual for the celebration of the holidays.

368 pages | 7 x 10 x 1 inches

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When most people think of Witchcraft or Wicca, especially those who are not practitioners, they think of spells and magick. While those are important parts of “The Craft,” many would claim that more important are its religious aspects.

All major religions have sets of holidays. Christianity has Christmas and Easter. Judaism has Yom Kippur and Chanukkah. The generic term for the Pagan holidays is “sabbat,” and in The Sabbats, author Edain McCoy describes each of the eight Wiccan holidays, including their lore and ways to celebrate them for Witch covens, Pagan families, and solitary Wiccans. You will learn songs, recipes, rituals, games, and more so that the holidays become a living, breathing part of your spiritual life.

The first Sabbat is called Samhain. It takes place on October 31 of each year. It has many meanings including the end of the final harvest; a chance to commune with and remember dead ancestors; and a celebration of the eternal cycle of reincarnation. The second Sabbat, known as Yule, takes place on the Winter Solstice around December 22. On this day the God (who died at Samhain) is reborn of the Virgin Goddess. This is a representation of the Sun starting to go higher in the skies after this day.

The third Sabbat is Imbolg, a day set aside to honor the Goddess who was slowly turning the Wheel of the Year back to spring. Ostara, the fourth Sabbat, occurs on the Spring Equinox around March 22. It is a celebration in honor of the Goddess of Spring. Beltaine takes place on the first of May, and is a joyous, wild holiday. It marks the end of the planting cycle and is known for the practice of fertility rites in order to encourage the crops to grow. Symbolic of the fertility rite, of course, is the maypole.

Midsummer, the Sabbat of the Summer Solstice around June 22, marks the longest day of the year and the height of the God’s (and the sun’s) power. Since many herbs are collected at this time, this section shares how to dry herbs and how over fifty of them can be used for magical purposes. The seventh Sabbat is Lugnhasadah. It is the first harvest, so the feast of Lughnasadh is one of the most important Sabbats. The eighth Sabbat is Mabon on the Autumn Equinox around September 22. After this festival, the days begin to get shorter.

But learning about the festivals of the Wheel of the year is just the beginning. You will also learn rituals for each holiday that can be used whether you are a solitary or working with a coven. You’ll also learn recipes for each holiday and crafts that stress the spiritual significance of the day. The book also includes an outline for ritual construction, the elements of rituals, and a glossary with definitions of over 200 terms. A resource and merchant guide will help you find the items you need for celebration of any of the Sabbats.

This description is just an overview of some of the information you will find in this book. It is simply a must for all Pagans, Witches, Wiccans, and magical people.

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Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 10.5 × 7.25 × 1.25 in

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