The Eight Pagan Sabbats – The Pagan Wheel of the Year

The eight sabbats form the foundation of many modern Pagan traditions. Let’s look at when the sabbats fall, how they are celebrated, and the rich history behind each of them.

1.  Samhain

The fields are bare, the leaves have fallen from the trees, and the skies are going gray and cold. It is the time of year when the earth has died and gone dormant. Every year on October 31 (or May 1, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere) the Sabbat we call Samhain presents us with the opportunity to once more celebrate the cycle of death and rebirth. For many Pagan and Wiccan traditions, Samhain is a time to reconnect with our ancestors, and honor those who have died. This is the time when the veil between our world and the spirit realm is thin, so it’s the perfect time of year to make contact with the dead. All About Samhain More »

To read Patty Wigington’s explainations of the other seven Sabbats please click on this link: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/wiccaandpaganismbasics/tp/The-Eight-Pagan-Sabbats.htm

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