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The Temple of the 8 Festivals was Chartered in September 2006 and is headed by the Rt. Rev. Anna Rowe HP CCE.
The Temple of the 8 Festivals provides information on the Sabbats and online Rituals for the eight major festivals of the year.
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There are eight festivals throughout the year which are known as Sabbats.
The Eight Sabbats are divided into two sets of four. These are the Grand Sabbats,which are feminine, Lunar, in character and celebrate the Goddess, and the Lesser Sabbats, Solar, in character and are the Equinoxes and Solstices of the Sun whichare masculine and celebrate the God.
The year is divided into a Dark and a Light half. There are two Grand Sabbats and twoLesser Sabbats in each.
The Dark half is the Winter and the Spring, the energy of the Earth is directed inward atime when the Earth rests before springing into new life. A time for personal contemplationand inner workings, letting go of that which we have outgrown.
The Light half is the Summer and Fall/Autumn the energy of the Earth is focused outduring which the fields and forests grow and produce food for the creatures of the Earth.In the Light half, making fertility manifest in physical form.
Sabbat Dates Northern and Southern Hemisphere
Sabbat - Northern Hemisphere - Southern Hemisphere- Dark/Light- Grand/Lesser
Samhain - November 1st - April 30th - Dark - Lunar - Grand
Yule - December 20th-22nd - June 21st - Dark - Solar - Lesser
Imbolc - February 1st - August 2nd - Dark - Lunar - Grand
Ostara - March 20th-22nd September 21st - Dark - Solar - Lesser
Beltane - May 1st - November 1st - Light - Lunar - Grand
Litha - June 20th-22nd - December 21st - Light - Solar - Lesser
Lammas - August 1st - February 2nd - Light - Lunar - Grand
Mabon - September 20th-22nd - March 20th - Light - Solar - Lesser
The passing of time is also seen as cyclical, and is represented by a circle or wheel.The progression of birth, life, decline and death, as experienced in human lives,is echoed in the progression of the seasons.
Wiccans also see this cycle as echoing the life, death and rebirth of the Horned God and the fertility of the Goddess.
The Temple of the 8 Festivals holds online rituals for all the eight Sabbats.
The rituals will take place on or near the date of each sabbat and will be held in the Temple of the 8 Festivals Online Ritual Room (Http://www.FestivalTemple.co.uk)
Information about when each online ritual is held can be found on the Temple of the 8 Festivals Calendar - http://www.FestivalTemple.co.uk/RitualsCalendar.html - and will be posted here.
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