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    Default Wheel of the year

    The cycle of the Wheel of the Year is based on the idea of growth and decay.

    There are two ?stories? as a description of the Wheel of the Year

    The God/Goddess duality. In this cycle, the God is born from the Goddess at Yule, grows in power at Vernal Equinox (along with the Goddess who has now returned to her maiden aspect), courts and impregnates the Goddess at Beltane, wanes in power at Lammas, passes into the underworld at Samhain, then is once again born from Her mother/crone aspect at Yule. The Goddess, in turn, ages and rejuvenates endlessly with the seasons, being courted by and giving birth to the Horned God. Versions of this myth vary from coven to coven, shifting the birth, conception, or death of the God to different sabbats.

    Another solar narrative is of the Holly King and the Oak King, with one ruling the winter, the other the summer. These two figures battle with each other endlessly as the seasons turn. At Midsummer the Oak King is at the height of his strength, while the Holly King is at his weakest. The Holly King begins to regain his power, and at the Autumn Equinox, the tables finally turn in the Holly King's favor; he vanquishes the Oak King at Yule. Then over the next months, as the sun waxes in power, the Oak King slowly regains his strength; at the Spring Equinox he begins to triumph until he once again defeats the Holly King at Midsummer

    Southern Hemisphere

    Major Sabbats
    Samhain (1 May)
    Imbolc (1 August)
    Beltane (31 October)
    Lughnasadh, Candlemass, Brigid?s Day (1-2 February)

    Minor Sabbats
    Yule (winter solstice) ? sometime between 20 ? 23 June
    Ostara (spring equinox) ? sometime between 20 ? 23 September
    Litha (summer solstice) ? sometime between 20 ? 23 December
    Mabon (autumn equinox) ? sometime between 20 ? 23 March




    Northern Hemisphere

    Major Sabbats
    Samhain, All Hallows Eve (31 October)
    Imbolc (1-2 February)
    Beltane (1 May)
    Lughnasadh, Candlemass, Brigid?s Day (1 August)

    Minor Sabbats
    Yule (winter solstice) ? sometime between 20 ? 23 December
    Ostara (spring equinox) ? sometime between 20 ? 23 March
    Litha (summer solstice) ? sometime between 20 ? 23 June
    Mabon (autumn equinox) ? sometime between 20 ? 23 September

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    Thanks for this!

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