When is Yule: December 20-23 Yule pronunciation: Yool Themes: rebirth, quiet introspection, new year, hope, setting intentions, celebration of light Also known as: Winter Solstice, Midwinter, Alban Arthuan, Saturnalia, Yuletide
In most traditions, Yule is the Sabbat that begins the Wiccan Year. This is the Winter Solstice—the shortest day and longest night we will experience in the Northern Hemisphere. Though it’s typically celebrated on December 21st, the exact moment of the Solstice varies from year to year due to a slight misalignment between the Gregorian calendar and the actual rate of the Earth’s rotation around the Sun. It also occurs at differing local times, so that depending on where you live, it may fall the day before or the day after the date listed on any given calendar. For this reason, a date range of December 20-23 is often cited in sources on the Wheel of the Year.
When is Litha: June 20-22 Litha pronunciation: LEE-tha Themes: abundance, growth, masculine energy, love, magic Also known as: Midsummer, Midsummer’s Eve, Gathering Day, St. John’s Day, St. John’s Eve, Summer Solstice, Alban Hefin, Feill-Sheathain
“Litha” is the name given to the Wiccan Sabbat celebrated at the Summer Solstice. This is the longest day and shortest night of the year, marking the pinnacle of the Sun’s power to fuel the growing season. From here on out, the Sun will set a little earlier each night until Yule, and so we recognize and give thanks for its warmth.
Though it’s typically celebrated on June 21st, the exact moment of the Summer Solstice varies from year to year. This is due to a slight misalignment between the Gregorian calendar and the actual rate of the Earth’s rotation around the Sun. The Solstice also occurs at differing local times, so depending on where you live, it may fall the day before or after the date listed on any given calendar. For this reason, a date range of June 20-22 is often cited in sources on the Wheel of the Year.
Now that you’ve decided you want to learn about contemporary Wicca or another modern Pagan path, what should you read? After all, there are literally thousands of books on the subject — some good, others not so much. Be sure to read What Makes a Book Worth Reading? for some insight as to what separates the good from the bad.
• Why These Books?
This list features the thirteen books that every Wiccan – and many other Pagans – should have on their shelves. A few are historical, a few more focus on modern Wiccan practice, but they’re all worth reading more than once. Bear in mind that while some books may purport to be about Wicca, they are often focused onNeoWicca, and do not contain the oathbound material found in traditional Wiccan practice.”
The article continues to name the books and explain why Ms Wigington feels they should be read by Witches and/or Pagans. I do own two of the books on the list and recommend them. They are The Spiral Dance by Starhawk and A Witches’ Bible: The Complete Witches’ Handbook by Janet and Stewart Farrar. There are others on the list that as finances permit I plan to buy. I hope this helps someof you that having been asking about good books to get to read about The Craft.