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Monday, July 25, 2011

Sabbats and Locations

Monday, July 25, 2011
Back at the beginning of the month I had put out a request for suggestions on my Facebook page for articles. And one of those suggestions was about the difference in climate and whether that should affect the theme of the different Sabbats.

And after spending a month occasionally thinking on this topic. I just can't come to a clear answer. But I did want to make an effort to lay out my thoughts on this. And for the record I live in Florida where Summer starts in May and Fall lasts for all of November and Winter til March.

Using the coming Sabbat, Lughnasadh, as an example it can be very difficult to get into the spirit of the first Harvest when the temperature is hitting 97 degrees. And in some places it is worse than that, at least right now it is. And with the longer growing season I have already had several harvests from our personal garden.

But then on the other hand there is something to be said for numbers. The sheer numbers of people practicing on and around that day could in theory overwhelm any environmental factors.Not to mention the tide of history. Not that people celebrated Pagan Sabbats in days long ago, but rather they pull on older archetypal themes, like the first harvest.

I also want to note that right now I am speaking only for the Northern Hemisphere. You fine people at the furthest South of us have adapted well on switching the Sabbats to account for the different seasons there.

So I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Do you adjust the Sabbats for the area you live in?

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