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    Re: Your Personal WotY?

    My practice has a wheel within a wheel. There are the four phases of the moon that wind their way throughout the solar celebrations. In addition are "special" activities that occur on the first light of the new moon, lunar eclipses and solar eclipses. The Lunar events tie us to the phases of life and death in our earthly bodies and the solar events are marking our passage through our spiritual lives.
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    Re: Your Personal WotY?

    Necro'ing this thread for the sake of conversation:

    What does your personal Wheel of the Year look like? Which holidays (if any) do you celebrate, and why? Do you follow the Wiccan WotY, or some other variant? Have you created your own?
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    Re: Your Personal WotY?

    I personally follow a combination of the Celtic Wheel of the year.
    Imbolc
    Ostara
    Beltane(I have a soft spot for Beltane even though I prefer fall because it was my first public ritual I ever attended)
    Litha
    Lughnasadh
    Mabon
    Samhain
    Yule.

    Some get more attention then others but I do try and recognize all of them be it lighting a candle thats color goes with the season, making a special meal with ingredients that represent this time or just getting myself outside(weather permitting) to be one with my Goddess and God.
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    Re: Your Personal WotY?

    Quote Originally Posted by volcaniclastic View Post
    Necro'ing this thread for the sake of conversation:

    What does your personal Wheel of the Year look like? Which holidays (if any) do you celebrate, and why? Do you follow the Wiccan WotY, or some other variant? Have you created your own?
    We tend to follow the Wiccan WotY simply because everyone else does. There aren't any community celebrations for any other holiday system, and when we celebrate we tend to do it as part of a community. I do feel like it serves a purpose of keeping us in tune with the cycle of nature, etc. because we take the time to really observe and feel the world around us when we come together in ritual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shahaku View Post
    We tend to follow the Wiccan WotY simply because everyone else does. There aren't any community celebrations for any other holiday system, and when we celebrate we tend to do it as part of a community. I do feel like it serves a purpose of keeping us in tune with the cycle of nature, etc. because we take the time to really observe and feel the world around us when we come together in ritual.
    I would absolutely love to celebrate with a community. I don't have that here. I have always loved the open public rituals that celebrate the WoY. With a group of people celebrating and raising energy. It's a beautiful and magical thing.
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    Re: Your Personal WotY?

    When I lived further south, I celebrated the traditional wheel of the year, because I had proper seasons, and because I hadn't actually given it any thought to create my own. Nowadays, I only formally celebrate the solstices, which I do as a large group of friends around a bonfire. It feels a little silly to celebrate beltane as the time to plant seeds, when at beltane, my temperatures are still regularly below zero, and I'm a full month away from planting.

    I'd like to write up my own WotY at some point, but I suppose I very loosely follow something like this:

    - The Winter Solstice (big bonfire in the dead of night, full feast, wicker men, and as much ritual as my non pagan friends will allow)
    - Imbolc (the time to make candles for the year)
    - Spring Equinox
    - That April/Mayish time when the ducks come back, and we tap birch trees - our true sign of spring
    - the last nightfall
    - Summer Solstice
    - Berry harvest x1 (blueberries and other boreal berries)
    - the first nighfall
    - the first yellow leaf (this is often met with dismay)
    - Berry harvest x2 (the cranberries, our brief autumn, often the first snowfall)
    - Samhain
    - freeze up

    I skip out on a few of the traditional woty times, like Lughnasadh because my garden harvest doesn't even remotely line up with this. I only do big things for the solstices though. Everything else is a small candle, or a harvest meal, or marked by weeks of canning and processing. I'd like to incorporate more ritual again eventually.
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    Re: Your Personal WotY?

    Quote Originally Posted by kalynraye View Post
    I would absolutely love to celebrate with a community. I don't have that here. I have always loved the open public rituals that celebrate the WoY. With a group of people celebrating and raising energy. It's a beautiful and magical thing.
    Have you looks to see if there's a Unitarian Universalist church with a CUUPS group near you? It looks like there's a CUUPs group about 2 hours away. Maybe you could reach out to them about attending a couple rituals a year? Also, Earth House has a summer festival around the summer solstice that is about 2 1/5 hours away. It's a week long event.
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    Re: Your Personal WotY?

    Quote Originally Posted by volcaniclastic View Post
    When I lived further south, I celebrated the traditional wheel of the year, because I had proper seasons, and because I hadn't actually given it any thought to create my own. Nowadays, I only formally celebrate the solstices, which I do as a large group of friends around a bonfire. It feels a little silly to celebrate beltane as the time to plant seeds, when at beltane, my temperatures are still regularly below zero, and I'm a full month away from planting.

    I'd like to write up my own WotY at some point, but I suppose I very loosely follow something like this:

    - The Winter Solstice (big bonfire in the dead of night, full feast, wicker men, and as much ritual as my non pagan friends will allow)
    - Imbolc (the time to make candles for the year)
    - Spring Equinox
    - That April/Mayish time when the ducks come back, and we tap birch trees - our true sign of spring
    - the last nightfall
    - Summer Solstice
    - Berry harvest x1 (blueberries and other boreal berries)
    - the first nighfall
    - the first yellow leaf (this is often met with dismay)
    - Berry harvest x2 (the cranberries, our brief autumn, often the first snowfall)
    - Samhain
    - freeze up

    I skip out on a few of the traditional woty times, like Lughnasadh because my garden harvest doesn't even remotely line up with this. I only do big things for the solstices though. Everything else is a small candle, or a harvest meal, or marked by weeks of canning and processing. I'd like to incorporate more ritual again eventually.
    I very much like your berry harvesting festivals! When I was in Texas it was pretty hard to celebrate Yule for the simple fact that its still normally warm outside and while there is definitely darkness its not like what comes here in Wisconsin. I'd say I have grown to appreciate the seasons more being much farther north then I was.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shahaku View Post
    Have you looks to see if there's a Unitarian Universalist church with a CUUPS group near you? It looks like there's a CUUPs group about 2 hours away. Maybe you could reach out to them about attending a couple rituals a year? Also, Earth House has a summer festival around the summer solstice that is about 2 1/5 hours away. It's a week long event.
    There absolutely is a UU church but I don't believe they have a CUUPS group. KP and I have gone the last two years for their psychic and craft fair. I really should look more into them.
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