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Twenty years ago, when I wrote this book (today: 2012) I was trying to configure the relationships between the solar and lunar charts and the Wiccan holidays.  At that time there was no internet to research this stuff.  If there had I might have taken for fact (the traditional tree of life format) what I found out to be truth: Points 6 and 10 of the traditional Tree of Life of the Kabbalah are false as compared with this seasonal chart.

 

Holiday Solar Lunar Chart

HOLIDAY SOLAR LUNAR CHART

 The Holidays
How they relate to each other

KEY: Do not take the paths, but take the circle around the seasons; live out the year at 100% of your best. 

Traditional holiday names, starting with the New Year

Position on
chart bove

Life Cycles

Dates of the holidays, starting with the New Year

Elements

Halloween

5

DEATH

October 31

Earth

Yule

1

BIRTH

December 21

Water

Candlemas

6

CONCEPTION

February 2

Fire

Spring Equinox

6

MATURING

March 21

Air

Beltane

7

FETUS

May 21

Air

Summer Solstice

3

GENERATION

June 21

Fire

Lammas

8

QUICKENING

August 1

Water

Autumn Equinox

4

CREATION

September 1

Earth

Column 2:  Numbers 1 - 4, Primary Square, Primary holidays.  Numbers 5 - 8, Secondary Square, Secondary holidays. 

Column 3:  Names of the holidays, starting with the New Year; idea of how it fits birth process. 

Name of the Goddess that rules the six week period following the dates given in Column 3 above

Direction and wind the Goddess rules

The day of the week that the Goddess rules

Tree of Life titles

ONDRASTIA

North Wind

Sunday - Kether

2

PASIPHAE  - Self - Child

North-East Wind

Any Day - Chockmah

4

PELEA

East Wind

Tuesday Binah

7

PERSEPHONE - Self - Teen

South-East Wind

Any Day Chesed

9

ARIADNE

South Wind

Thursday Geburah

8

SAPPHO  -  Self -  Adult

South-West Wind

Wednesday & Saturday Netzach

5

BRITOMARTIS

West Wind

Monday & Friday Hod

3

DIANA - Self  - Old Age

North-West Wind

Any Day Yesod

1

     

Lunar Month 
Woman's Journey Through the Month

(Key:   (:)=is to       (::)=same as)

9 months : 3 weeks :: Pregnancy : Moonlight

9 months + 3 months = Solar Cycle

3 weeks + 1 week = Monthly Cycle

Virgin is the Maiden = New Moon to the First Quarter of the Coven
The Moon at this time is representative of the Virgin

Mother is the Kore of = First Quarter to the Full Moon the Coven
The Moon at this time is representative of the Mother

Goddess is the High = Full Moon itself to the Fourth Priestess of the Quarter
The Moon at this time is representative Coven of the Goddess

Crone is the Elder = Fourth Quarter Moon to the New of the Coven
The Moon at this time is representative of the Crone.
 

The SOLSTICE, as defined in Astronomy, is a term applied to either of the two points in the ecliptic orbit of a celestial body.  This happens when the sun is most distant from the celestial equator.  The solstice north of the celestial equator is the Summer Solstice.  The sun then is at its greatest declination on June 22.  For the northern Hemisphere this is the beginning of summer.  The Winter Solstice occurs on December 22 south of the celestial equator.  The seasons reverse for people living in the southern Hemisphere.  The term solstice means "sun stands still".  When the sun appears to remain in one place north or south of the celestial equator, the season for dancing the Solstice is here. 

In Astronomy the word "eclipse" means the obscuring of one celestial body by another.  Usually the sun obscures a planetary satellite.  Two kinds of eclipses involve the earth.  The moon, or lunar eclipse occurs when the earth is between the sun and the moon.  The shadow of the earth darkens the moon.  A solar eclipse occurs when the moon is between the sun and the earth.  Its shadow darkens the face of the earth. 

The Spring Equinox, March 21 marks the beginning of the pregnancy of the Goddess of nature and fertilization.  We see Her pregnancy as the rising of the waters of the continents in spring.  The rivers overflow, the snow melts, life returns to flora and fauna.  It begins to grow and flourish and we celebrate this at the Spring Equinox.