Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Astronomical Beltane

י"ד באייר תשס"ז

Henceforth, I will observe [1] a witch's Fire Festivals (cross-quarter points), equinoxes and solstices according to their actual astronomical correspondences.

For example, while Beltane (the Fire Festival marking the cross-quarter point between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice) is generally observed October 30/May 1, the actual astronomical midpoint between the vernal equinox and summer solstice is Saturday, May 5 at 4:08 pm in my time zone.

Consequently, I am resetting Beltane observance to May 5 this year and will observe the Sabbat a second time in parallel with Shabbat.

Footnote:

[1] ritually as an individual; although as a witch within the greater community of witches, I will still mark it at the traditional time

2 comments:

Lavanah said...

yes, there is more power to the workings on the actual cross quarter day, isn't there. I've been doing it "correctly" (HA!) for a few years now. It makes a difference when working alone.

Liorah-Lleucu said...

It allows for better precision, certainly.