The Wheel of the Year – understanding the festivals

At Re:root we believe that growth is a cyclical progress which flows with the wheel of the Year (what is What – look here!). To help you reroot in nature’s rhythm  we have created the Walking the Wheel of the Year workshop program which you can participation in Copenhagen, Skanderborg or online.

How do you celebrate the festivals?

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It is impossible for us today to celebrate these festivals exactly the same way as in the time of ancestors however through folk traditions, stories, myths and sagas and historical records we can create guidelines for ourselves from which we can evolve our own method of celebration of the cycle of the year. Each festival has relative symbology, stories and meaning surrounding them.

In the Walking the Wheel of the Year workshop program (In Copenhagen, Skanderborg and Online) this wealth of tradition, modern coaching tools, shamanic techniques and my own experience in walking the wheel for over 20 years is combined into a program designed for your  self development, reconnection to the earth and celebration of the cycle of the seasons.

Stories, traditions – Understanding each festival.

SAMHAIN (October 31) (Fire Festival)Mabon (6)

Samhain represents the final harvest before the long winter. In ancient times this was the time of slaughtering the animals for the winter. It is in itself a celebration of death. Not in a macabre way, but honouring  an acceptance that all life must die so that life can be created once more.  It’s a time to honor our ancestors and embrace the darker half of the year.  This also marks the beginning of the New year where the seasons die to be reborn again.

Walking the Wheel of the Year themes:

Here we celebrate where we have come from, the gifts of our ancestors in our blood, skin and bone. We share stories and insight. We celebrate the final harvest of the year and look at the things we must cast away that have not served us. The theme of development recognises our own death and rebirth as we prepare ourselves for the darker half of the year.

YULE / MIDWINTER SOLSTICE (December 20-23)Mabon (5)

Yule marks the winter solstice, the longest night and the shortest day of the year.  It was a time of celebration of surviving the cold dark times, storytelling through the darkest night, in the viking culture this was a time of making boasts and oaths. From now on, the days become longer and we celebrate the rebirth  of the sun back to the earth.

Walking the Wheel of the Year themes:

Here we celebrated where we are now. The gifts we gain from those closest to us and the gifts we give to them. We share stories and teachings we have collected in our journey in council, sharing our wisdom and learning a new.

IMBOLC (February 2) (Fire Festival) IMBoLC.jpg

Imbolc is a festival of fire and light, and in many traditions celebrates the Celtic hearth goddess, Brigid.  It marks the time where the shoots are just starting to appear through the ground, the buds are just beginning to open.  This is a festival of purification, a festival of light, inspiration,  the fertility of the land and new beginnings Imbolc is also called candlemas and was  the time where the old candles used in winter were melted down and new candles were made.

Walking the Wheel of the Year themes:

At Imbolc we connect with the fresh burst of life in a whirl of inspiration. We create a vision of the life we want to manifest for ourselves. We share the shoots of our hopes and dreams supporting each other’s growth.

OSTARA / SPRING EQUINOX (March 20-23)  Mabon (4)

Ostara is the celebration of the spring equinox, a point of balance between the sun and the moon. Day and night is equal. The world around us is full of new life, the animals are birthing their young and awakening from their winter sleep.  Light is overtaking darkness. It is here that we move from the dark half of the year to the light.  

Walking the Wheel of the Year themes:

At Ostara we celebrate the new beginings  in our own life. We look at how to birth our dreams and plant the seeds to manifestation. Equinoxs are a time of cleansing and balance so we work with these themes. We also investigate our shadow self, honouring and accepting our dark before stepping into our  lighter self.

BEALTAINE  (May 1) (Fire Festival)Mabon (3)

Bealtaine is a spring celebration that honours the fertility of the earth and man.  A time of lust, love, passion, fire, and abundance. In Britain may queens are crown and the maypole danced this is a time of fun, flirtation, laughter and dance. At the Beltane fires the cattle were cleanse by walking through the fire. At Beltane we connect to the throbbing beat of the earth.

Walking the Wheel of the Year themes:

Bealtaine is a festival of love and it is here we learn how we can better love and honour ourselves. We celebrate our most beautiful self and are empowered to step into a place of self love.

LITHA / MIDSUMMER SOLSTICE (June 20-23)Mabon (2)

Litha is the time of the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year and the shortest night.  It’s a celebration of light’s triumph over darkness and that of the bountiful beauty that light brings into our lives.  It is the height of the sun’s power from here on the days become shorter.

Walking the Wheel of the Year themes:

As we connect with the power of the solstice sun we celebrate and discover our own self power. We step into our most powerful self and learn how to connect with that self when we need to.

LAMMAS (August 1) (Fire Festival)

Lammas is the first harvest festival, when plants drop their seeds to ensure future crops.In the celtic culture this is a celebration in honour of the Celtic god, Lugh. For others it is the time of celebrating the abundance of our harvest.

Walking the Wheel of the Year themes:

At Lammas we return to our seeds planted at Ostara. We celebrate the fruits of our labour. Let go of the seeds we can release for the next wheel. We work at Lammas with gratitude and abundance.

MABON / AUTUMN EQUINOX (September 20-23) Mabon.jpg

Mabon is a time of thanksgiving that celebrates the second harvest, the berry harvest and the autumn equinox.  Once again this is a time of balance, the days and nights are once again equal, with the night continuing to grow longer.  It is a time of final preparation for the winter where we gather exactly the sweet things we need to sustains us in the dark.

Walking the Wheel of the Year themes:

At Mabon we celebrate the sweetness we have manifested throughout the wheel, we give thanks for our harvest. As well we refocus our goals and intentions to complete the most important work before the winter comes.  Equinoxes are a time of cleansing and balance so we work with these themes. We also investigate and honour our light self before stepping into our dark.

And the wheel turns once more to Samhain the cycle of life every flowing around us….

If you want to begin Walking the Wheel of the Year find out how with our Walking the Wheel of the Year workshop programs in Denmark and Online