Improvise! Adapt! Overcome! has long been a motto of Inner Circle Sanctuary. That motto was put to the test recently with the viral outbreak of COVID19.
As state and federal officials were calling for self-isolation, many events locally, as well as throughout the country were cancelled. Non-essential businesses were closing doors, people were asked to go home and if you didn’t have to go out, then #stayhome.
Inner Circle Sanctuary is very good at keeping up with local and world events and the Elders were watching with a careful eye, to see how all of this would unfold. Our coven members’ safety is our first priority and with the implementation of social distancing for the next 30 days as ordered by our governor, our Ostara sabbat fell smack dab in the middle.
Here in Las Vegas, the Winter Solstice will occur at 8:19 PM on Saturday, December 21. The Solstice is an astronomical event occurring when the earth’s North Pole reaches its furthermost tilt away from the Sun. The day marks the lowest possible maximum elevation of the sun.
The shortest days & longest nights here in Las Vegas will occur from December 16th - 27th (daylight will only last for 7 hours & 42 minutes).
Mabon very well may be my favorite Sabbat on the Wheel of the Years. If the summer heat has not broken yet, it surely will soon, and that is something to be thankful for. This year, 2019, the temperatures were in the 70s the two weeks before Sabbat when I left for work, and it cheered my heart.
Ga: Lady Anwyn
Gi: Lord Tanys
Jf: Lady Byathynne
V: Lord Gwendolen
Sunday, March 17 is the day of the Equilux here in Las Vegas
The Vernal Equinox is on Wednesday, March 20 at 2:58 PM.
The Autumnal Equinox is on Monday, September 23 at 12:50 AM.
The Equilux is on Thursday, September 26.
Friday, March 16 is the day of the EQUILUX here in Las Vegas (As close as it can be, at least). Day and Night are mere seconds away from being equal! Midday is at 12:49 p.m.
The Vernal EQUINOX will occur on Mar. 20, 2018 at exactly 9:15 am.
In Las Vegas the EQUINOX is at September 22 Sat 6:54 PM PT
The EQUILUX occurs on Sep 26 - Wednesday ALL DAY with midday at 12:31 PM PT
In Las Vegas the EQUINOX is at Sep 22 7:21 AM PDT
The Equilux occurs on Sep 25 - ALL DAY with midday at 12:32 PM
The equinox is not really when the day and night are equal. We know that "equinox" derives from the Latin: aequinoctium - "aequi" or "equi" + noct (nox) or night or "equal night"... but No, not equal by a few minutes of the day
At the precise moment of the equinox there are three things happening:
1.) the sun is at zenith over the equator
2.) where the sun rises, it does so exactly in the east and where it sets it does so exactly in the west and
3.) both northern & southern hemispheres are EQUALLY illuminated on the side of the planet that the sun is shining on.
For us, here in Las Vegas, the EXACT moment of the equinox happened at 1:22 AM, earlier today. That's it. That one precise moment in time at 1:22 AM was the equinox.
Here in Las Vegas, dawn was at 6:29 AM and sunset was at 6:36 PM; giving us 12 hours and 6 minutes of daylight. Not equal. (But it's only six minutes... you can't forgive 6 minutes?!) No.
There are two reasons for this inequality: First, the sun is not a point in the sky. It is a disk. The apparent size of the sun (it's BIG & CLOSE) matters. Second, the atmospheric refraction of the sunlight in relation to the latitude of your location. The earth's atmosphere bends the light adding or subtracting how much actual daylight you have. Check this site for a more thorough explanation: Day and night exactly equal at equinoxes? By Bruce McClure)
Somewhere in the early 2000's, someone (probably my soul twin), usurped the word "Equilux" to mean 'equal day and night'... taken from a lighting term meaning 'equal illumination' or 'equal light'.
The equilux for Las Vegas will occur on September 26.... and guess what? It's the whole day!
But despite that most don't exactly know the astronomical details, the Autumnal Equinox is a time to give "Thanks" for the success of our harvests, whether literal or metaphorically, and to prepare and look to the future return of that bounty.
We pay respects to the coming forces of night and Winter and learn from them as we ourselves prepare for the dark season ahead. The night starts waxing and the day begins waning and we are reminded that nothing ever remains without change.
The Inner Circle Sanctuary celebrates all these aspects of the Autumn Equinox in it's ritual. We honor the Old Ones and pay respects to our ancestors by doing as they did in this season; by giving offerings from the harvest back to Mother Earth and to mark the season.
We hope your Autumnal Equinox was filled with love, laughter, family, and friendship... and a deep and loving connection with all that envelops us.
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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/150922-equinox-autumn-seasons-sun-moon-space-science/ >> Great movie here 2:44 min
Why aren't there exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness on the fall equinox? http://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-fall-autumnal-equinox
Day and night exactly equal at equinoxes? By Bruce McClure http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/why-arent-day-and-night-equal-on-the-day-of-the-equinox
The Witches Bible by Janet and Stewart Farrar
ICS Sabbat packet
THE SUN GOD
in the Wiccan Mythos
Presented by Inner Circle Sanctuary
SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2018
at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum
900 Las Vegas Blvd. North
Las Vegas, NV 89101
$10.00 Seniors, Military and Students
$6.00 Children (3-11)
FREE Children (2 and younger),
Las Vegas Natural History Museum Members
ASTC Travel Passport Program (Two Adults & Two Children FREE)
Midsummer - Summer Solstice
One of the great things about being in touch with the wheel of the year is that with every revolution we can start anew and afresh; every single season can be a marker to start again; and every dawn can bring a new perspective and beginning. We hope your new year, starting today, was great, and that your new day tomorrow is just as lovely.
While setting up the ring and center fire a few of the students decorated the wood pile with the corn dollies from the previous year that wouldn't fit into the fire pit. We make new corn dollies every year and burn the old ones at Imbolg. While sorting through the photos and after binge watching the Walking Dead as I am wont to do, I created the Wicker Man Corn Dolly Carnage picture.
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Sunday, December 18 at 1 PM
Celebration of the Wheel
by Lady Rowyn
A brief introduction to Yule and each of the Eight Sabbats that make up the Wiccan Wheel of the Year
at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum for their 'A December to Remember' cultural celebration
900 Las Vegas Blvd North, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Cross streets are Las Vegas Blvd. and Washington Ave.
Food is offered to the ancestors during the annual Hungry Ghost festival prayers. Thailand. by Sampuna
Altar tradicional de día de muertos en Milpa Alta, México DF by Eneas de Troya
CC BY 2.0
A Ryukyuan butsudan - This photo was taken at a birthday celebration and the ancestors were included in the celebration by presenting them with dinner and birthday cake.
High Priestess: Lady Nashoba
Summoner: Lord Rand
High Priest: Lord Tanys
Maiden: Lady Satthel
High Priestess: Lady Sive
Summoner: Lord Zaiaa
High Priest; Lord Rand
Maiden: Lady Gwendolyn
Inner Circle Sanctuary is a school for traditional style Wicca and holds eight sabbat festivals every year.
Bell Book And Candle
Days Of The Week
Inner Circle Sanctuary
Lady Bhen Rudha
Las Vegas Thelemic Community
Pagan Pride Las Vegas Project
Temple Of Sekhmet
Unitarian Universalist Congregation Of Las Vegas
Victor Henry Anderson
Wheel Of The Year