The Pagan Wheel of the Year, sometimes referred to as the eightfold cycle, marks eight holidays, known as sabbats, throughout the year. These sabbats, are eight festivals that mark the changing seasons and the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
The sabbats are linked to a solstice or equinox, and the midpoints between them. It is for this reason that the date changes slightly each year (which is also why the date of Easter changes each year because it is the Sunday following the Vernal Equinox).
In addition to these sabbats, Wiccans also celebrate the cycles of the moon by holding Esbats. Esbats are rituals that are held on the full and new moons. During these rituals, Wiccans honor the goddess in her aspects as the maiden, mother, and crone.
These holidays and celebrations serve as an opportunity for those in the Pagan & Wiccan communities to connect with the divine, honour the cycles of nature and align their intentions with the natural rhythms of the earth.
Let us know if you take part in the sabbats. What is your favourite time of the year to celebrate? We look forward to reading your comments.