1st - SH- Beltane - Depending on your particular tradition, there are
many different ways you can celebrate Beltane, but the focus is nearly
always on fertility. It's the time when the earth mother opens up to the
fertility god, and their union brings about healthy livestock, strong
crops, and new life all around.
1st - Samhain - Depending on your
individual spiritual path, there are many different ways you can
celebrate Samhain, but typically the focus is on either honoring our
ancestors, or the cycle of death and rebirth. This is the time of year
when the gardens and fields are brown and dead. The nights are getting
longer, there's a chill in the air, and winter is looming. We may choose
to honor our ancestors, celebrating those who have died, and even try
to communicate with them.
1st - All Saint’s Day - All Saints' Day
(also known as All Hallows' Day or Hallowmas) is when Anglicans and
Roman Catholics honour all saints, known and unknown, of the Christian
church. Orthodox churches celebrate it on the first Sunday after
1st - pomonia - Roman festival for Pomona. Pomona is
the goddess of fruit and fruit trees. She is the wife of Vertumnus, or
possibly of Picus.
2nd - All Soul’s Day & Festival of Woden -
A Christian day dedicated to all departed souls of the faithful,
especially those in purgatory. This day was instituted by Saint Odilo,
abbot of Cluny, France (d.1048) who ordered it to be observed throughout
the Cluniac monasteries. It spread through the rest of Christendom by
the end of the thirteenth century. The origins are linked to an ancient
festival of the dead. In Europe it is believed that on this night the
dead visit their homes and eat the food of the living. Candles are left
burning and "soulcakes" are left out. In Britain, on the eve of this
night "soulers" would once go from house to house saying prayers for the
dead and asking for soulcakes. It was believed that the more cakes you
could eat, the more souls you could save from purgatory. Also known as
Day of the Dead, especially in Mexico, where families picnic at the
graves of their dead relatives, and give the children toys, bread and
sweets in the shapes of skeletons or caskets.
3rd - Ludi plebeii -
"Plebeian Games". This set of games was established in 220 BCE to honor
Jupiter. They were opened with a procession of Rome's magistrates and
priests that wound from the Capitoline through the Forum along the via
sacra to the Circus Maximus. The first week of the games was set aside
for plays and other types of theatre. The last three days were reserved
for athletic events, and events in the Circus Maximus.
Diwali - Diwali, the festival of lights, is the most popular of all the
festivals from South Asia. It is an occasion for celebrations by Hindus
as well as Jains and Sikhs.
5th - Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night -
Originally, Bonfire Night celebrated the defeat of the 1605 "Gunpowder
Plot". The plot was carried out by a group of Catholic extremists who
wanted to get rid of the Protestant King James of England and Scotland.
meaning of Bonfire Night has mainly been lost over the years, many of
the festivals were re-established in the 19th century during the reign
of Queen Victoria. Also in multi-cultural Britain the celebrations often
occur about the same time as the Hindu festival of Diwali, which is
also marked by fireworks.
These days, Bonfire Night is a chance to
celebrate the last festival before Christmas. Here are a few of the more
famous celebrations worth visiting.
6th - New Moon -
Used for personal growth, healing and blessing of new projects or
ventures. It's also a good time to cleanse and consecrate new tools and
objects you wish to use during rituals, ceremonies or an up coming
9th - Day of Remembrance for Queen Sigrith of Sweden:
When Olaf the Lawbreaker had been king of Norway for three years, he
asked Queen Sigrith of Sweden to marry him. She agreed, but when he
insisted that she give up her ancestral Gods Sigrith replied, “I do not
mean to abandon the faith I have led, and my kinsmen before me. Nor
shall I object to your belief in the god you prefer.” As usual Heathen
tolerance was met with kristjan imprecations and a blow to the face. The
wedding was off - depriving Olaf of political power that could have
sped the christianization of Scandinavia. As it were, history tells us
that the Heathens held on for over 300 more years in the Northlands.
Hail Sigrith, defender of Asatru, and women of stubborn virtue!
- Heroes Day or Einherjar - The chosen heroes who sit in Odin’s Hall
are the Einherjar. Today we honor those dead kin who gave their lives
for Family and Folk. If you have friends or family who died in battle,
visit their graves today, if that is not possible, drink a libation in
11th - Armistice Day - Marks the end of the First
World War on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month
in 1918. At 1100 on this day people in the UK pause for 2 minutes of
silence to remember those who gave their lives in past conflicts.
- Lunantishees - The Lunantishee, or Lunantishess, are a tribe of
fairies who guard blackthorn bushes (one of the Fairy Trees). They will
not allow that a blackthorn stick is cut on May 11th (originally May
Day) or November 11 (originally All Hallows Eve). Should on person
manage to cut a stick, some misfortune will surely befall him or her.
- St. Martin's Day, also known as the Feast of St. Martin, Martinstag
or Martinmas, is November 11, the feast day of Martin of Tours, who
started out as a Roman soldier. He was baptized as an adult and became a
monk. It is understood that he was a kind man who led a quiet and
simple life. The most famous legend of his life is that he once cut his
cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm, to save the
beggar from dying of the cold. That night he dreamed that Jesus was
wearing the half-cloak Martin had given away. Martin heard Jesus say to
the angels: "Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptised; he
has clothed me."
13th - First Quarter - Between the new and full
moon is a period of the Waxing moon. Used for attraction magik, inner
love spells, protection for couples and healing energy for couples.
- Epulum Iovis - "Feast of Jupiter". This feast was attended by
senators and high ranking magistrates during the Ludi Romani and Ludi
Plebeii. It started with the sacrifice of a white cow and ritual cakes
to honor Jupiter, and possibly Juno and Minerva.
Remembrance Day - The second Sunday of November is marked by ceremonies
at war memorials and cenotaphs to remember those who gave their lives in
15th - Feronia Festival - Roman festival to celebrate
Feronia. Feronia was a marginal rural goddess in Roman religion, to
whom woods and springs were sacred, and a more important goddess among
21st - Full Moon - Used to banishing unwanted
influences in your life. Creating protection magik and performing
divination. Setting up plans and releasing old patterns or issues are
all. Full Moon magik can be conjured during the 3 days prior to the rise
of the Full Moon, the night of the Full Moon and during the 3 days
24th - Brumalia - Brumalia was an ancient Roman solstice
festival honoring Dionysus. The festival included drinking and
merriment. The name is derived from the Latin word bruma, meaning
25th - Thanksgiving - Thanksgiving Day is a
harvest festival celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada.
Traditionally, it is a time to give thanks for the harvest and express
gratitude in general. While it may have been religious in origin,
Thanksgiving is now primarily identified as a secular holiday.
precise historical origin of the holiday is disputed. Although Americans
commonly believe that the first Thanksgiving happened in 1621, at
Plymouth Plantation, in Massachusetts, there is strong evidence for
earlier celebrations in Canada (1578) and by Spanish explorers in
25th - Elder Celtic Tree Month - The month of
Elder includes the Winter Solstice, which is celebrated as the Sabbat of
Yule, a day to mark the return of the Sun. Therefore, calling upon the
Sun God or Goddess is good to do during this month. Elder has the
Magickal powers of Healing, Visions, Faery Magick, Spirituality,
Cleansing, Sleep, Exorcism, Offering, Love, Protection, and Prosperity.
Elder is often used to produce visions. At Samhain, the last of the
Elderberries were picked with solemn rites. The wine made from these
berries was considered the last sacred gift of the Earth Goddess, and
was valued and drunk ritually to invoke prophecy, divination and
27th - Feast of Ullr - The Feast of Ullr is to
celebrate the Hunt and to gain personal luck needed for success. Weapons
are dedicated on this day to Ullr, God of the Bow. If your hunting arms
were blessed by the luck of the God of the Hunt, your family and tribe
shared the bounty with a Blot and Feast to Ullr.
28th - Last
Quarter - Between the full moon and the dark moon is the period of
Waning moon. Used for banishing and rejecting those things that
influence us in a negative way. Negative emotions, diseases, ailments,
and bad habits can all be let go and special spells for clearing can be
performed at this time.
28th - Advent Sunday - The beginning of
the ecclesiastical year on the Sunday closest to November 30. Advent is
the season before Christmas - In Western Christendom, four Sundays are
included. In Eastern Christendom, the season is longer and begins in the
middle of November
30th - St Andrew’s Day - Saint Andrew is the
patron saint of Scotland, Greece and Russia. The flag of Scotland is the
Cross of St. Andrew. St Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was
originally a fisherman and became the first Apostle.