I forgot to post this after Yule; I painted this as my contribution to our Yule pillage this year.
The Wheel of the Year is not ancient. Itís about the same age as Wicca - not coincidentally because it was created as a ritual calendar for Wicca.
The 8 Sabbats are a combination of festivals and holidays from several different cultures, as are relevant to Britain. It tracks the cycles of fertility, and the agricultural year, of Britain.
Other forms of neo-paganism certainly use it, but because theyíre not Wicca it will have a different context to them. A lot of times the fertility/agricultural focus is replaced with a nature worship/seasonal focus. Itís really not the same. And sometimes people really stretch to make it work, and it justÖdoesnít.
You may find the Wheel of the Year to be a poor fit for your religious practices if:
- You are not a member of the Wica.
- If your weather and seasonal patterns differ dramatically from Britainís.
- Your deities/pantheon/path draws largely from a culture that isnít British.
- Your religion is not fertility-focused, or based on agricultural cycles.
- Your faith does not draw heavily on male-female polarity.
Obviously, if youíre not Wiccan, it doesnít make a lot of sense to be trying to maintain a ritual calendar based on Wicca. If this is the case, look at the festivals historically celebrated by the cultures youíre drawing from. Look at the holy days for your gods. Itís a little bit more work to do, but if it winds up being more appropriate to your practice, itís worth in the long run.
And stick your head out the door for what the seasons are doing!
Watercolor, metallic acrylics, and ink.