The Wheel of the Year
Just as the spiral of the moon waxes and wanes; neverending, ever-living, so does the Wheel of the Year. Song of Sophia celebrates 13 Moons within a Year, and the Wheel of The Year corresponds with this understanding. The 13th Moon is of divine feminine ancestry; for the unseen, the invisible, the reflective.
Throughout the Wheel of the Year, a constellation of 8 major festivals occur. These festivals are in remembrance of the time when our bodies were alive as nature’s clock, in her rhythm, in her song.
The Celtic Wheel
Imbolc (Imbolg / Candlemas / Oimealg meaning ewe’s milk / Lá Fhéile Bríde in Irish) is the return of the light and of the planting, the promise of the sun, and first bonfires of Beltane to come. As our land begins to thaw; our animals lactate, and so do our rivers turn to milk.
We sow seeds as the transition from winter to spring begins. We honor the Goddess Brigid, known as The Bride of Avalon, for the innocence in her love, for her mother’s milk.
She feeds us with her living perpetual flame as sacred midwife to Sophia; to the in-between, and we do the same.
As Brigid breathes her fire, we unfurl our swan wings, spiral our snakes up from their underworld slumber, and gather to prepare the birth of the sun for another turn on the wheel.
Join us on February 2nd, 2021 at 6pm MST
The Spring (Vernal) Equinox, or Meán Earraigh in Irish, is the new dawn. A celebration of balanced time, and the sense of freedom that comes when the day and night are equal length.
We approach a natural rebirth as the return of the light half of the year appears, and we pray for the new green life emerging from Sophia’s womb to meet the sky.
We call upon Mary Magdalene, and her parables of the Egg, as the maiden and lover aspect of the Goddess surrounds us, with the promise of rebirthing fertility to come.
Be sure to leave figs, rose-milk, and honey out for the fairies!
Join us on march 21st, 2021 at 9am MST
On May Eve (also Beltaine), the promises made in the candlelight of Imbolc come to fruition in the Beltane fire. Nature is taking lives so new lives have space to begin.
The air is buzzing with the potential in every budding fruit, including our own bodies, our desires for sexual pleasure, and devotion to evolution. We celebrate the power of our sexual energy as a force for creation, and drink in this open energy for physical manifestation.
To fall into the rapture of ecstasy, the ancient celtic goddess of fertility, now known as Sheela Na Gig, will weave our consort.
Join us on may 2nd, 2021 at 10am MST
At the Summer Solstice, (Midsummer Meán Samhraidh in Irish), we celebrate the brightest light of the year, the solar king, as it is the longest day of the year.
We honor the glowing tree of light that nourishes Song of Sophia’s lineage, and we gather in the midst of our pause to merge our light pillars in ecstatic reverence to our Mother ancestry.
This time of great power eases our transition across the veil, and we ask our ancestors and guides to instruct us for the next spin of the wheel. We feel the conception energies of the Goddess.
Join us on June 20th, 2021 at 10am MST
This is our softening within community relations, also known as Lughnasadh or Lammas, may we taste the first fruits of the year, stop running from our fear of death and from worries over the safety of the harvest. It is time to bask in the fullness of the warmth, our peak of solar worship.
This celebration lifts the vibrations to honor summer’s hard work. May we dance with one another, play games, and have weddings! May we let ourselves be so bright with the light of Danu that we are naturally protected.
The Goddess is heavy with pregnancy, anchored into the green land, and the fruits are ripe on the vine. We honor Danu and the fertility and wisdom she brings to our lives.
Join us on august 1st, 2021 at 4pm MST
Known as Meán Fómhair in Irish, on the Autumnal Equinox, or Harvest Moon, we feast with family and friends to give thanks for all we have harvested in the year. The seeds we first planted at Imbolc are fruiting, the pregnant Goddess is giving birth.
Celebrate balance, between light and dark, all that is seen and unseen, the external and internal, day and night, masculine and feminine.
We are courting the darker days which will come soon and make our freshly harvested fruits taste even sweeter.
Feel the energies of the Mother aspect of the Goddess, and welcome the wise one, the power of the Cailleach.
Join us on September 22, 2021 at 6pm MST
All Hallows, or Samhain, is pronounced ‘saa-wn’. Happy New Year! It is the end of the harvest season, and the Celtic Wheel is celebrating the return of the dark half of the year.
We sink further into Gaia as we feel the waves of Sophia pulling us down into the underworld, to root in for inner exploration.
We dive deeply into communion with our ancestors while the veil between the worlds is at it’s thinnest. Chaos is alive, which means divine feminine transformation is a foot.
We set altars for our primordial mothers and welcome them to our harvest tables. We feel the energies of the Goddess as the Death Crone as we meditate on all the beings that gave their life for us to eat.
Join us on october 31st, 2021 at 9am MST
Yay Yule! Meán Geimhridh in Irish, or widely known as the Winter Solstice is when we are in the deepest caverns of the womb cave. Magic is palpable. Divination is ripe.
We celebrate this darkest night knowing that all things begin in darkness, and there will soon be a rebirth.
We decorate our homes with our tree ancestors, wreaths and berries, to remind us that the wheel of life is evergreen or immortal.
We honor Brigid and Danu; as the goddess is in her midwife aspect, she prepares to bring about the rebirth of the sun.
Join us on december 21st, 2021 at 6pm MST