Rite of the Magical Images of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year: A Golden Dawn Inspired Ritual by Morgan Drake Eckstein - Read Online
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Part of Bast Temple's June OFM (Open Full Moon ritual) series, this Golden Dawn inspired Wiccan ritual combines the idea of magical images (astrological magical talisman images) with the symbolism of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year (eight Sabbats). This ritual was first performed in June 2013 at a Hearthstone Community Church's Open Full Moon ritual in Denver, Colorado.

The creator of this ritual is a lifelong Wiccan, who entered the Golden Dawn system in 1992, and has advanced to Adept Major in one of the Inner Order training programs.

Bast Temple is the Mother Lodge of the Evolving Order of Eclectic Ways (Outer Order) and the Ba Iset Order of the Rosy Cross (Inner Order).

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One of the difficulties that modern pagans and Wiccans face is that while our religion celebrates the wheel of the year, the seasons, nature and the flow of time, many of us are urban dwellers cut off from the agricultural model of time that our religious celebration calendar is based upon. Today, we go to the grocery store for vegetables, fruits, and meat—most of which would actually be out of season if we were isolated to only what our local environment could produce. The founders of Wicca realized that urban dwellers were suffering from a lack of connection with nature and the cycle of nature. The inclusion of the cycle of nature and symbols of the agricultural year were included in the Wiccan calendar as an attempt to help us reconnect with what we lost.

But in designing a system of nature worship for urban dwellers, the founders of Wicca faced some problems. For instance, most urban dwellers are more concerned with the date on the secular calendar than things like the weather and the seasons. After all, when you work in an office building with its artificial environment of fluorescent lights and central air, always bright and at a reasonable sixty-five degrees, the only exposure one gets to the wilds of nature with its fickle weather often only occurs during your daily commute to and from work. If we are aware of the passage of the year at all while dwelling in our cubicles, instead of agricultural seasons, we are more likely to think time in terms of taxes, payroll and inventory requirements, a calendar that more suitable to accountants than tree huggers.

In response to this accounting mind-set, living its paycheck to paycheck existence, the founders created a calendar of eight holidays, Sabbats, based on agricultural holidays which they fixed in time with the secular calendar, spacing out the holidays about every six and a half weeks. In fact, our use of eight fixed holidays indicates exactly how far removed from an agricultural society we were when Wicca started. Anyone with a little awareness