Wheel of the Year Women's Circles
Group Rituals to Deepen your connection with Mother Nature, Spirit and Self
About This Series
The Wheel of the Year Women's Series will consist of 8 circles, one for each sabbat. Attendees may choose to attend all, some, or only one of them. Spots are limited to ensure an intimate experience, so definitely register early! Scroll down to see a list of circle dates as well as information and registration for our Imbolc gathering in February.
Save The Dates
WINTER - SPRING
March 19: Ostara
April 30: Beltane
Summer & Autumn Dates Coming Soon!
"Keepers of the Flame"
February 1, 2024
Wheel of the Year Discussion
Fire of Awakening Ritual
Moon Milk Toast to Brigid
What to Bring
A Poem/Quote to Share
The Wellness Corner
6209 Lee Hwy, Chattanooga
$39 per person
Includes supplies & supports our venue fees
*Limit 13 people*
About The Wheel of the Year
The Wheel of the Year honors the changing of the seasons and the cycles of the Earth with 8 distinct holy days, known as sabbats. These 8 sacred days include 2 solstices, 2 equinoxes, and 4 cross-quarter days. Cross-quarter days are the mid-way points between equinoxes and solstices. Traditions vary around the world and family/community rituals can be quite different depending on the path, religion, or even landscape of where people live. However, very similar themes connect most traditions and it's fascinating to explore how both older cultures as well as modern people continue to honor these special days. Here is a (very brief) description of the major 8 Wheel of the Year observances. Please note that our circles will not always be on the exact observance dates below. Also, know that there are the modern calendar observance dates as well as the astrological dates. We will talk more about the differences in these dates at our circles.
Imbolc: February 1
Imbolc honors the first stirrings of Spring. Although it is still winter, we will soon start to see sprouts of new life and we may feel a restlessness as we hope for warmer, greener days. In Celtic traditions, this day honors the goddess Brigid. Imbolc translates to "in the belly" and a likely origination word, oimelc, mean's "ewe's milk."
Ostara: March 19
Ostara (Spring Equinox), the first day of Spring. You may notice that "Ostara" has a similar sound to "Easter". On this day we honor the Spring's warmth, light from the sun, and the awakening of the earth. Celebrations on this holiday have themes of balance, renewal and rebirth and often incorporate spring flowers, fairies, butterflies, rabbits and eggs.
Beltane: May 1
Beltane is traditionally a day of feasting and fertility rites. Whether this is embodied through time with a lover, frolicsome fun, or magical rituals, the day is about celebrating Spring at her peak and the coming of Summer. The "maiden" is center stage and Beltane invites us all to connect with our own whimsical and playful side. Some celebrate Walpurgisnacht on the Eve of Beltane with bonfires, protection rituals, and magical gatherings.
Litha: June 20-21
Litha marks the first day of Summer, the Summer Solstice. This is the longest day and shortest night of the year. We celebrate the peak of the sun's power, abundant warmth, light. For many, this is fire festival day, from candle magic to bonfires.
Lughnasadh: August 1
Also known as "First Harvest", Lughnasadh marks the middle of summer and reminds us that Fall is just around the corner. Feasts, gratitude rituals, Corn Mother offerings, and other harvest festivities are often part of Lughnasadh celebrations.
Mabon: September 22
Mabon is the first day of Autumn. Known to some as "Second Harvest", this is a time to gather, offer gratitude, and start planning for winter. Mabon traditions range from community festivals and feasts to seasonal rituals. Embracing the energy of the Fall, we start reflecting on the year so far, considering what nourishment we need for the upcoming season, and many feel pulled to spend more time outdoors.
Samhain: October 31
Known by most in our culture as Halloween, this day marks the end of the harvest season and beginning of the "darker half" of the year. It was incredibly significant to the pre-Christian Irish as well as many pagans, witches, and nature-loving folks today. Samhain is a liminal time, when the veil between the worlds is thinner, making it a powerful time for connecting with ancestors and working with darkness.
Yule: December 21
Yule, or Winter Solstice, is the first day of Winter. While there are many dark days ahead, this is a holiday of hope: it marks the longest night of the year and promises lighter days are on the horizon. Most of our current Christmas festivities (decorating trees, evergreens, cooking with warming spices, gift giving, family feasting, etc.) can be traced back to pre-Christian Yule traditions. Some celebrate Mōdraniht ("Mother's Night") on the Eve of Solstice, the Anglo-Saxon pagan tradition of honoring the ancestral mothers and other female spirits that oversaw the family, clan, or tribe.