Witchcraft Theory & Practice – The Eight Fold Wheel of the Year

Sabbat Southern Hemisphere Northern Hemisphere

Samhain May 1 October 31

Winter Solstice June 21 (approx.) December 21 (approx.)

Feast of Bride August 2 February 2

Spring Equinox September 21 (approx.) March 21 (approx.)

Beltane October 31 May 1

Summer Solstice December 21 (approx.) June 21 (approx.)

Llughnassad February 2 August 2

Autumn Equinox March 21 (approx.) September 21 (approx.)

Witches work ritual at each of these Sabbats, and at the correct phases of
the Moon, throughout the Wheel of the Year.

The Pattern

Within the following story, the symbolic interplay between myth, magic, and
the revolution (the Wheel of the Year) are displayed. Please contemplate.

Within time, as without, there exists a lineage as old as Timethe lineage is
the Merlin and the lineage is the Morgan, the Force of the Wisest in the
ways of Magic, both male and female, who are of the Great Sea, the
Veil- B etween-the-Worlds.

The Force of Merlin is summoned into the form of the Wisest of Men; the
Force of Morgan is summoned into the Form of the Wisest of Women, and
They know each other always.

Of the Four Fire Festivals, we all know. Of the four, the Wisest of Queens is
the Queen who wears the Crown of Morgan-le-fev, Whose presence is felt at
the Time of Samhain. She never quite dwells outside of the Mists, but Her
Form is seen in the Priestess of the Moon, both upon the
Island-Outside-of-Time and in the World- within time.

Know the Legend! For if the Legend were to die, so would the Magic. Magic
is the Gate-Between-theWorids, and the Gate must be kept open.

So, understand the above and listen, with mind and heart, to the legend …

In the Caves beneath the World there exists many things, like Dragons and
Merlins and Sleeping Kings. To awaken the Latter we must summon the
Former-the Power of the Sacred Seed! It blossoms within the Womb of an
Ancient Queen Who does not age, nor lose Her ability to bear fruit. Her
representative in Time is the Priestess of the Moon who is not known, nor
acknowledged, within the World of Men. She bears the Dragon through the
Darkness and to the Daughters of the Moon is born a Son:
He Who-will-Be-King.

He is taught, by the Merlin, many things

He is taught to See, to Walk, to Listen, to Remember, to Learn for Himself.
He is taught to Talk, to honor all things of the Sacred, to Defend Himself,•
He is taught the power of Defending more than Himself. He is taught the
Speech ofAir, of Fire, of Water, of Earth and he is taught to do with what He
learns! He learns of the Sacred Places. He is given to understand the
Instruments of Magic and how they are wielded. He learns about Beauty. He
learns about Pain. He is taught Compassion and also Justice. He is taught to
question and to seek the Truth in all things.

He is given the Power to keep open the Gates-Between-the- Worlds and to
know which of Them is which!

Not much more than a boy is He … but He is ready.

He comes to the Island-Outside-of-Time, the Sacred Place that is known to
all who tread the Path ofMagic, at the Time of Spring. The Daughters of the
Moon choose from amongst themselves. The Force of Morgan is summoned
and invoked within Her by all of them, but especially by the Wisest of
Women, Queen of the Lake. The Boy must prove Himself to the Daughters
of the Moon; the Rite of Manhood sees Him running with Stag, on the
wildest of Wild Hunts, to seek the right to His Crown. The Lady Morgan
awaits Him and sends Him Her strength. He takes the Crown!

The Lady Morgan anoints His body with perfumed oils and together They enter the Bower of Flowers that has been prepared for Them.

As the Cup is as both woman and Goddess and Athame is both as man and
as God so it is by Their Union that all is Bountiful!”

with the Dawn They come, loving each other and the One Who-is-Yet-toBe. The Queen of the Lake hands Him Her Sword, most Sacred of the Sacred
Regalia within the Caves of the Blessed Isle, as yet within its blood-red
Scabbard, and says to Him: “One is nothing without the Other… Justice and
Compassion is the Law of the Sword.”… and He returns to within Time to
defend the Places of the World and so to fulfill His purpose.

He grows Strong in Truth and His Power is known throughout the Land and
the People sing His praises, “Oh, Beloved of the Lady!” and the Earth bears

but the Wheel spins and spins and His Fruitfulness is replaced with the
Wisdom of the Age … and He knows His stay within Time has run its
course-the Harvest begins! and His Body is scattered throughout the Fields;
He is corn and oats and wheat and barley and all the fruit and flesh and
grain of the Time.

… and His remains are deep within the Earth and the Land lies waiting the
Child-of-Promise … and it all begins again

.. and again
… and again