SABBATS, ESBATS AND FESTIVALS

There are eight Sabbats or modern Pagan Festivals and it is a celebration rather than a time for working magick. There are four Greater Sabbats and four Lesser Sabbats. Brief details are given below. Nearly every book about Witchcraft has information about the Sabbats and how to celebrate them, as well as descriptions on thousands of websites. So I'm not going to give too much detail here, go and explore.

GREATER SABBATS.........
Candlemas
May Day
Lammas
All Hallows
LESSER SABBATS
Spring Equinox
Mid-Summer
Autumn Equinox
Mid-Winter


2 February. Candlemas. Also known as Imbolc or Lady Day. Festival of Brigid.
1 May. May Day. Also known as Beltane or Walpurgisnaccht.
1 August. Lammas. Also known as Lughnasadh. The first harvest festival.
31 October. All Hallows. Also known as Samhain or Halloween. Festival of the Dead.

21 March. Spring Equinox or Ostara.
21 June. Summer Solstice or Litha.
21 September. Autumn Equinox or Mabon.
21 December. Winter Solstice or Yule.

An Esbat is the name of any other gathering of the clan or coven. Most groups hold these at the time of the full moon, but the new moon is also appropriate. Although according to documents and books written at the time of the Witch Trials, Witches gathered on a Friday night. This is the time for healing, spell work, training, divination, initiation, etc.