Welcome To The New Paths Of Light Book Of Shadows

Sabbats, Initiations, Prayers, Spells, List of God/dess, & Tidbits

Book Of Shadows.

Our Coven --The Cebain Coven--has personal and coven B.O.S.

We are placing here information from our coven Book of Shadows. Please sit long, read much, print some for personal practice, and most of all An It Harm None - Do As Thy Will!!

The Greater and Lesser Sabbats
Wiccans see the year as an ever turning wheel and celbrate its cycles by the waning (enlarging moon) and the waxing (deminishing moon). Therefore there are eight Holidays. Sabbats in the changing seasons.

The Greater Sabbats
February 2: Imbolic ( known by other names Imbolg, Oimelc, Candlemas, Earrach, and GroungHog`s Day)

This is the quickening of the year. Winter buds appear on bare trees and green life begins to stir. The infant Sun (the God) grows in size and strength. Normally a fire festival or festival of lights, sacred to the Irish Goddess Brighid. We light candles to illuminate the winter darkness. ( the Rituals can be found in the Spells page)

May 1 Beltaine also known as May Eve, Samrdh, Cetsamain and Walpurgis Night.

By May, the light has grown longer and everything is flowering. The virile youg lord and the fertile maiden celebrate the evident consummation of thier relationship. Beltaine is sacred to Maia. the Greco Roman Goddess of spring. It is also a fire and fruitility festival that celebrates the trnsformation from maiden to mother through the mystery of sexuality. Beltane Eve is perfect time for the Great Rite. Gather dew in the morning, puit flowers on you alters, leave offerings for fairies, and tend to sacred places like groves and weils.

August 1 Lughnasadh also called Lammas, Lunasa, and Hlafmass, the Festival of Loaves.

This days start to grow shorter and the fields are heavy with crops ready to be harvested. The Corn King is sacrificed and mourning beginsnfor the death of the god (the Sun). Lughnasadhl is the first of the Wiccan Harvest festivals of fire and light named for the Celtic God Lugh/Llew, Lord of Light. We bade bread, put grain on the alters, count our blessings and give thaks to the Goddess.

October 31 Samhain also called Halloween, Allantide, Shadowfest. and All Hollows Eve

The Harvest season closes, the days grow shorter and darker, winter is on the way. The Goddess enters her time of sleeping and dreaming. THe god(the Sun) awaits rebirth. We call it The New Year.it is both solemn and joyous, the night when the veil between the worlds is thinnest. It can be celebrated in high revelry, with costume parties, and witches balls, or solmnly as a night for honouring the ancesters and contacting the departed loves ones (The CeBain Coven calls Parting The Mysts)

The Lesser Sabbats -- as imporatant as the Greater Sabbats
Spring Equinox: Eostre or Ostra

The Year is in perfect balance between light and darkness. The gos is now a green youth and the Goddess is in her maiden aspect. Their courtship dance begins. Ostra is a solar festival of fore, light, and fertility sacred to the Saxon Goddess of spring Ostra/Eostre. We follow the old pagan rituals of dyeing or painting hard-boiled eggs, then balancing the eggs on their ends to symbolize equilibrium. We aork magic to balance any imbalances in our lives.

Summer Solstice Litha also known as Midsummer, and St. John`s Day

Earth is in full bloom, the Mother is pregnant and the god is King of Summer at the peak of his powers. Litha is the longest day of the year, marking the division of the year. Witches celebrate aboundance, fertility, virility, and the beauty and bounty of nature. This is a good time for Handfastings/Weddings and male rituals, for working of empowerment, consummation, or culmination.

September 21 Autumn Equinox also known by Mabon

Crops are harvested, light and darkness are again in balance. The god sleeps in the womb of the GOddess, waiting to be reborn. Mabon is sacred to the Cletic god Mabon, a son of light, son of the mother goddess Mabon. The second harvest festival is a time to enjoy the fruits of your labvor and give thanks for aboundance. Witches put fruits of the season on their alters, bake bread and pies, work magick to balance imbalances

December 21 Winter Solstice also known as Yule, Longest Night

The Goddess gives birth to the god, the Child of Promise who is reborn woth the returning sun. Yule is a joyous celbration of family friends, of peace and love and positive energy. Witches incorporate ancient pagan traditions into our festivals, traditions like yule logs, gift giving, wassil cups, misletoe charms, and brining evergreens into the home or decorating a tree.