Wheel of the Year
Miss Willow Harvey showing off her Samhain Pumpkin!
OUR SABBAT CELEBRATIONS
The Deeply Rooted Church is committed to providing spiritual services for all ages & skill sets. Our main sabbat celebrations are geared to be accessible to all. All rituals & workshops are entirely optional. No one is required to participate in our services & may ask to observe the event if they express an interest to learn. Please don't be afraid to reach out & ask questions. We're here to educate, clarify, & illuminate folks!
Our clergy team are generally in charge of the rituals which take place throughout the calendar year. We do not limit the performance of rituals to ordained clergy. If a non-clergy person expresses an interest in performing a Sabbat or "2.0" ritual, we ask them to present us with their idea! We welcome ritualists, writers, dreamers & poets to contribute to the spiritual happenings within our organization. If you have a question about a Sabbat or you have an idea for a ritual, please don't hesitate to reach out to our clergy for more information.
Our church recognizes the 8 Sabbats which make up the Wheel of the Year. Our "2.0" rituals are separate from the main rituals & are usually of a more advanced nature. We welcome folks to participate in these extra rituals in the spirit of education.
Imbolc is known as "Ewe's Milk" or "The Quickening of the Goddess." These names refer to the spark of life & movement occurring unseen in the loam of the earth. This Sabbat is the time for planning, sowing seeds, & forming Oaths associated with self-improvement. We celebrate this Sabbat with the warmth of a bonfire, boasts of accomplishments from the previous year, & recognizing the personal accomplishments of others.
The Saxon Goddess Eostre dominates the scene during this season of renewal & growth. We tell the story of the brave hare, Lepus, who woke the slumbering Goddess Ostara from her misery. Ostara's laughter is the energy behind the budding blooms & the birth of new animals during this period. We celebrate Ostara with laughter & brightly painted eggs!
Beltane is one of the sacred fire Sabbats as recognized by ancient Celtic culture. Around & around we go, gaily prancing around the May Pole designed to represent the fertility of the God. The wreath which crowns the pole represents the womb of the Goddess. Their union symbolizes the harmonious energies associated with sacred sexuality, birth, & the renewal of the land. We celebrate this holiday with our signature "Bel-Games" & with the consecration of our stone circle.
Midsummer, also known as "Litha," is the time of the Fae Folk! The good people of the land come to celebrate the harmony of the natural elements during the heat of summer. We also recognize & venerate the Gods associated with life-giving sunlight. The summer Solstice represents the period when the sun's light is at its strongest & the days are longer than the night.
The solar celebration of Midsummer is characterized by the sweltering heat of a bonfire, bright colors representing the blooming flowers, & veneration of the solar Gods. Offerings of shiny objects, natural stones, seashells, & other biodegradable items may be given to the Faerie shrine. We encourage folks to get out into the heat & enjoy the longest day of our year!
Lughnasadh or Lammas is one of the three harvest celebrations in the Pagan year. This holiday is named for the Celtic God Lugh, a deity known to be a "Master of All Trades." Lugh comes to us when the crops are heavy in the field & the days are becoming shorter. It is now the time to reap the harvest & look back on your accomplishments throughout the year.
We celebrate this season with the first harvest of apples & plums from our trees. This is the period to enjoy the sweetness of the fruits of our labor. A hearty bonfire is erected for those folks who want to sit in the comfort of Tribe & boast about their accomplishments. Lughnasadh is a proud season!
Mabon marks the second harvest of the Pagan year. During this celebration, we continue to reap the bounty of the hard work of the previous months. The mid-harvest festival, sometimes referred to as the Autumn equinox, is a time of thanksgiving. We proclaim to the Gods, Ancestors, & the other entities in which we work with our gratitude for the benefaction given by nature.
The fields of crops are now becoming emptier & the days are gradually becoming shorter. Mabon marks the time when we look forward to the coming winter months & make plans for how we spend our time indoors. This is an excellent period to think about reading lists or projects we'd like to tackle in our down time.
The chill in the air that tells us the weather is changing as we head into the season of Samhain. This is the time of the dead. Samhain is the period when the veils between this world & the next grow thin. Our celebration of Samhain is geared towards the remembrance of the ancestors who came before us & passed between the veils into death.
We say their names, tell their stories, & somberly remember their lives. Those who are gone from the physical world are not forgotten. The Deeply Rooted Church celebrates this holiday with pumpkin carving, bobbing for apples, & other such activities to brighten the hearts of those mourning.
We also take time to visit our ancestor shrine. A place where the ashes of our honored friends rest in peace.
Some Pagan folks consider Yule the beginning of the Wheel of the Year. Others debate the celebration of Samhain marks the first of the Pagan calendar year. Either way, Yule recognizes the rebirth of the sun & the return of light to our world. Celtic traditions speak of the epic battle between the summer Oak King & the winter Holly King. At Yuletide, the night is at its longest, however we revel in the laughter & merriment of the Tribe.