Sacred Year
Samhain
Winter Solstice
Imbolc
Spring Equinox
Beltane
Summer Solstice
Lammas
Fall Equinox
Moosemas
Dancing the Sacred Calendar
Elements of Ceremony
The Labyrinth
Dancing the Sacred Calendar
Dancing the Sacred Calendar is a workshop that has been offered three times at Neskaya. It is also available as a workshop that could be done over a weekend at another venue.

In this workshop we celebrate the sacred year in the space of one 24-hour day. We'll talk about the astronomical background, and the symbolic meanings of each major festival, as well as (of course!) dancing appropriate dances.

Spiral dancers Schedule:
Noon Saturday -- Summer Solstice
3PM -- Lughnasad
Sunset -- Autumn Equinox
9PM -- Samhain
Midnight -- Winter Solstice
3AM Sunday -- Imbolc
Sunrise -- Spring Equinox
9AM -- Beltane




Maypole dancers The equinoxes and solstices divide the solar year into the familiar seasons:

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
the cycle of warm and cold weather and the life cycles of plants:
Germination, Growth, Ripening, Death


In the Old Nature religion of Western Europe, the "Fire Festivals" or "Cross-quarter days" come near the middle of each season, traditionally at the beginning of November, February, May and August. These festivals have a long history, going back to the time before Stonehenge was built. On the Cross Quarter Days, the gates open between the worlds, and the time is ripe for transformation:

Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasad
the poles of the year in the cycle that describes the dance of matter and spirit:
Separation, Inspiration, Incarnation, Crystallization.