Esbats & Sabbaths

There are eight Sabbats that make up the Wheel of the Year. The Sabbats are solar, seasonal and represent the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth.

The Esbats are the celebration of the thirteen Full Moons that occur every year. Esbats are ruled by the Moon and are the times when magick is more potent than any other day of the Moon.

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New Blood VII

For the American-Indians, the Sunrise / Sun Rays symbol represents perenniality and constancy. In Native crafts, its presence goes far back in history. The Sun destroys all the bad energy using his Sun Rays. Thus, the Rising Sun can also symbolise a new beginning. Some other popular meanings are vitality, knowledge, courage and energy.

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Pale, beyond Porch and Portal

Pale, beyond porch and portal,
Crowned with calm leaves, she stands
Who gathers all things mortal
With cold immortal hands;
[…]
She waits for each and other,

She waits for all men born;
Forgets the earth her mother,
The life of fruits and corn

Algernon Swinburne The Garden of Proserpine

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New Blood VI

Something new to celebrate the new year.

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The Empty House

See this house, how dark it is
Beneath its vast-boughed trees!
[…]

« Secrets », sighs the night-wind,
« Vacancy is all I find;
Every keyhole I have made
Wails a summons, faint and sad,
No voice ever answers me,
Only vacancy. »

[…]

– Walter de la Mare – The Empty House –

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La Petite Danseuse

Even this heart of mine has something artificial. The dancers have sewn it into a bag of pink satin, pink satin slightly faded, like their dancing shoes.

– Edgar Degas –

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When on a Summer’s Morn I wake

When on a summer’s morn I wake,
And open my two eyes,
Out to the clear, born-singing rills
My bird-like spirit flies.

[…]

And when Time strikes the hour for sleep,
Back in my room alone,
My heart has many a sweet bird’s song
And one that’s all my own.

– William Henry Davies –

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New Blood V

To many North American Native people, the pine tree is a symbol of wisdom and longevity. For some, its needles and sap protect people from illnesses, witchcraft and more. Among the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee – or Iroquois Confederacy – the pine tree is known as the Tree of Peace.

In Korea, the pine tree is viewed as an honorable, strong and wise being. Many traditional Koreans pray to a sacred pine tree for good luck, prosperity and health. While, in China & Japan, the pine tree represents longevity and virtue.

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Wreathing a band to bind us to the Earth

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth

– John Keats – To Endymion –

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I don’t want to run to no Hills

I don’t want to run to no hills
I can’t seem to summon of the will
To recall how to administer the sign
I’ve built – without you

King Dude – Silver Crucifix –

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