Celtic Wheel of the Year Community Circles

The Celtic Wheel of the Year is made up of 8 celebrations or Sabbats: Samhain, Winter Solstice, Imbolc, Spring Equinox, Beltane, Summer Solstice, Lammas/Lughnasad, and Autumn Equinox. We will gather in Circle to honor each of our seasonal Sabbats at Sukha Mountain Retreat in Fairview, NC. Together we will share in community and hold sacred space for one another.

 

At Samhain, or Halloween, we come to a place of honoring the end of the harvest, the beginning of the cold months, and our ancestors. Recognizing and appreciating the blood that runs through our veins and all who contributed to who we are today is a beautiful way to venerate our ancestors. The veil is thin between worlds so we have an easier time accessing the messages of our beloved dead. 

 

At Winter Solstice, or Yule, we celebrate the act of going within. Understanding that our darkness is not something to be feared, but cherished allows us to grow deeper and stronger emotionally & spiritually. We cannot appreciate the light without the dark. This is the time for self-reflection and to recognize what we want to change within ourselves during these dark months. We also rejoice in the return of the Sun.

 

Imbolc is dedicated to Brigid/Brigit, the Goddess of fire & inspiration. We celebrate the growing of the light as the days are growing longer. This is also a time of beginnings as we are ready to move forward on what we reflected on during the dark months. We look forward to Spring & Summer and begin to plan out our next steps. This is a wonderful time of year to hone our crafts and go deeper into the mysteries.

 

At Spring Equinox, also known as Eostar or Ostara, we celebrate the balance of light & dark, of day & night. Winter is waning and Spring is here! We take what we learned about ourselves during the dark months, look at the steps we began planning, and start implementing them. We journey into newness. We celebrate rebirth: of the Earth, of ourselves, of our animals, of all life.

 

Beltane is when we honor the flowers, the trees, the gardens, the plants ~ all that is in bloom. It is the season of fertility. We see the magic of the Earth's fertility in all of the blooms & babies. Now is when we celebrate the power of the Divine Feminine & Sacred Masculine coming together to bring new life, new creativity to the world. {New life does not have to mean a baby, it can be a new home, a new job, a new offering...} It is a joyful time of celebrating being alive! And a time to honor our Mothers.

 

At Summer Solstice, or Litha, we appreciate the growing of the light, and now welcome the growing of the dark. We are reminded that nothing lasts forever. Life is ever-changing. We are able to practice the art of letting go at this time. Letting go of the light, letting go of what does not serve us any longer, letting go of material possessions.... We celebrate with fire as it represents Summer, transformation, and messages sent to the Gods & Goddesses. And a time to honor our Fathers.

 

At Lammas, or Lughnasad, we honor the beginning of harvest season. We appreciate all that we have been able to grow and all that is still growing. We see the beauty of our ripening garden. When we harvest, we cut down all that we worked so hard & lovingly to grow. We give thanks and feel blessed by all of our abundances. We must protect and nurture all that we have planted. This is also a good time to make sure we have peace within our community. We learn to forgive and let go as the light of Summer wanes and Autumn approaches.

 

Autumn Equinox, or Mabon, is a joyous celebration of all that we harvested. Again, we are grateful for the balance of light & dark. We witness the giving & receiving of the Earth as we harvest our crops and the fallen leaves decompose to nurture the soil. Nothing is separate from the whole. Life is ever giving & receiving. We learn the secrets of death & rebirth during this season as the warmth fades away into the colder months and the light fades away into the dark. We prepare for Winter.

 

Samhain is both the end and the beginning of the year. We aptly celebrate that which no longer exists as we give thanks for all of the lessons we learned in this last year.

Our Community Circles

Our Celtic Wheel of the Year Circles are led by Aimee Williams & Jeff Gerwitz. Our Circles are open to all genders. We invite anyone & everyone to join us in ceremony. We do not charge for our Sacred Circles, but do accept love donations. No one is turned away due to funds. We share our beautiful mountain land with you all as a way to build community. Donations help us continue to provide gatherings that are enriching, sacred, and safe. 

 

We begin by gathering in circle ~ calling in the directions and the Goddesses & Gods that are pertinent to the Sabbat. Our ceremonies involve many layers that help us celebrate the season. We are grateful for going deep into our own unfolding. Together we will share ceremony, ritual, stories, and a meal together. Please bring a covered dish as we enjoy a meal around the fire. 

 

Directions to Sukha Mountain Retreat are given in the registration. If we are experiencing inclement weather, we will gather at our home in Arden.