I have designed these Sabbat Kores to reflect each of the holy days as we work our way around the seasonal Wheel. They are perfect for season tables, but they are also good introductory teaching aids to the main ideas behind each of the Sabbats.
Below each photo is a *short* description of each Sabbat for your convenience.
custom red Samhain Kore
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She has an embroidery of the
Solstice Sunrise over Stonehenge.
Litha is the Summer Solstice (June 21st-ish), when we celebrate the longest day and shortest night of the year. In the northern latitudes, it is light for 24 hours a day, and on the Solstice some people stay up all night with their sacred bonfires! Many people travel to Stonehenge to greet the Solstice sunrise each year, a sacred place to mark the turning of the Wheel.
6-inch Litha Kore
She has an embroidered sheaf of wheat.
August 1st is called Lammas or Lughnasadh, and designates the beginning of the harvest season. There are two names and two main meanings for this Sabbat. Lammas means "loaf-mass" and celebrates the first grain harvest and the bread we bake from it. Lughnasadh refers to the feast day of the Celtic God Lugh, and is a good time to celebrate all of your special skills.
6-inch Lammas, and a pocket Lammas/small altar cloth set
This is the Mabon Kore.
She has an embroidered cornucopia of harvest fruits.
Mabon is celebrated on the Autumnal Equinox (September 21st-ish), a time when day and night are equal. As we celebrate the Harvest of our Summertime gardens and begin to prepare for Winter, we honor the balance of both life and death. Many Earth-spiritualists celebrate a 'traditional' Thanksgiving on this day.
6-inch Mabon Kore and also a pocket version.
Her embroidery is of a Phoenix rising from the flames, reborn.
Samhain (October 31st-November 1st) is the third and final Harvest festival, the beginning of Winter and celebrated by many as New Year's. This is when we honor our ancestors, our beloved dead, and trust in the cycles of death and rebirth to sustain us through the cold and dark Winter. A very ancient holy day across the globe, most people know of this festival as Halloween, All Hallow's, or Dias de los Muertos.
Samhain dolls in different sizes
This is the Yule Kore (Winter Solstice).
(11" and 6" sizes shown)
The big event on the Winter Solstice is the rebirth of the Sun, and in this image, we see Mother Earth (literally a pregnant mother, lying prone as mountains of the Earth) crowned by the rising Sun.
On the Winter Solstice (December 21st-ish), people all over the Northern hemisphere celebrate the rebirth of the Sun, the return of the Light. There are all sorts of Midwinter festivals of Light, and I love that different customs and beliefs all come together to celebrate the same thing each year.
British WOTY Collection