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Old 12-27-2018, 07:49 AM   #8146
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Minor correction: Candlemas was in February, had nothing to do with winter solstice.
Candlemas is actually half way between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. The Celts had four of these halfway feasts, which became christianised as Candlemas, May Day, Lammas and Halloween. I believe modern witches celebrate these along with the solstices and equinoxes, so their year is an 8-spoked wheel.

In the christian year, Candlemas celebrates the visit of Mary to the Temple 40 days after the birth of her child, to be purified according to Jewish law.
 
Old 12-27-2018, 08:06 AM   #8147
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Candlemas is actually half way between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. The Celts had four of these halfway feasts, which became christianised as Candlemas, May Day, Lammas and Halloween. I believe modern witches celebrate these along with the solstices and equinoxes, so their year is an 8-spoked wheel.
Yes, in full, the wheel of the year is Beltaine [1st May]; Litha [21st June - midsummer]; Lammas [1st August - first harvest {corn}]; Mabon [21st Sept - second harvest {fruits/vegetables}]; Samhain [31st Oct - third harvest {nuts/berries}]; Yule [21st Dec]; Imbolc [2nd Feb]; Ostara [21st March]. The first four are the 'light half' of the year, the second four are the 'dark half'.

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