January 1, 2014

Welcoming 2014 ~ Pagan Calendar and Events

Call it "intuition", but I have a strong feeling that 2014 will be a very Magical year! We're starting off 2014 with a brand new Moon on the first of January, and there will not be a "Blue Moon" occurring this year. As I was updating the calendar for the 2014 Moon Phases and Pagan Celebrations on the page titled, "Pagan Wheel of the Year", I noticed that several Moon phases occur on, or just prior to, many important Pagan celebrations.

The 2014 Pagan Wheel of the Year calendar is also posted here for quick review as you update your calendars. Although I do my best to provide accurate dates, please notify me in the comments below, or by email (designing.life.net@gmail.com), if you notice any errors or omissions.

If you are hosting an online Pagan or Witchy event of your own for all, or part of 2014, please let me know and I will happily add the information, link, and graphic (if any) directly into this post and referenced in the sidebar.

To get things rolling, here are two, year-long events you can sign up to participate in right now:

Pagan Blog Project 2014


2014 Witches and Witchcraft Reading Challenge



2014 Pagan Calendar ~ Year at a Glance

January 2014

  •  1:  New Moon; Hag's Day, honoring the Goddess as She Who Transforms
  •  6:  Triple Goddess Day, honoring the Triple Goddess; also the Day of the Lord of the Dance
  •  8:  Waxing Moon
  • 16:  Full Moon - Wolf Moon
  • 18:  Day of Danu, celebrating the Great Goddess who Shows the Way
  • 24:  Waning Moon
  • 27:  Dark Moon
  • 30:  New Moon; Jan30-Feb 2:  Roman celebration of Februalia

February 2014
  •   2:  Imbolc Sabbat, Cleansing, Purification, Quickening
  •   6:  Waxing Moon
  • 14:  Full Moon - Quickening Moon; Family Day, celebrated as Valentine's Day
  • 15:  Pan's Day, honoring Lord of the Wilderness, Animals, Fertility
  • 22:  Waning Moon
  • 25:  Dark Moon

March 2014
  •   1:  New Moon; Matronalia, the Festival of Women
  •   8:  Waxing Moon
  •   9:  Mother Goddess Day
  • 16:  Full Moon - Storm Moon
  • 17:  Festival honoring Dionysus, God of Vine and Rebirth
  • 20:  Ostara Sabbat - Spring Equinox, Goddess of Spring
  • 24:  Waning Moon
  • 25:  Lady Day, honoring the Crone as Grandmother
  • 27:  Dark Moon
  • 30:  New Moon

April 2014
  •   1:  Dark Mother Day, honoring Black Annis, Kali; Fool's Day, God of Chaos energy
  •   7:  Waxing Moon
  •   8:  Day of Mooncakes, honoring the Moon Goddess
  • 15:  Full Moon - Hare Moon
  • 22:  Waning Moon; Earth Day
  • 23:  Festival of the Greenman, honoring the God of forest and vegetation
  • 25:  Dark Moon; Spring Festival, dedicated to the Horned God and Corn Mother
  • 29:  New Moon
  • 30:  May Eve, annual gathering of Witches and covens

May 2014
  •   1:  Beltane Sabbat, Festival of Spring and Fertility
  •   7:  Waxing Moon
  • 14:  Full Moon - Chaste Moon
  • 21:  Waning Moon; Dark/Bright Mother Goddess Day, honoring Hecate/Demeter, Kali/Uma
  • 24:  Dark Moon 
  • 28:  New Moon; Feast Day honoring the Goddess of the Moon, Dark Moon, Underworld, Secret Wisdom, Witches

June 2014
  •   5:  Waxing Moon; Earth Mother Day, honoring Gaia/Mother Earth
  •   8:  New Moon
  • 13:  Full Moon - Dyad Moon; Feast Day honoring Goddess of the Horse (Otherworld Guide)
  • 19:  Waning Moon
  • 21:  Litha Sabbat, Summer Solstice , Midsummer's Eve, offerings to the Other People
  • 22:  Dark Moon
  • 23:  Day of the Lady and Lord of the Sidhe, Otherworld Aspects of the Divine

July 2014
  •   1:  Crone Day, honoring Father Time and Old Mother Nature
  •   5:  Waxing Moon
  • 12:  Full Moon - Mead Moon
  • 19:  Waning Moon
  • 21:  Witch's Day, celebrating the Craft
  • 22:  Dark Moon
  • 26:  New Moon

August 2014
  •   1:  Lammas or Lugnassadh Sabbat, First Harvest. Bread Harvest, grains 
  •   4:  Waxing Moon
  • 10:  Full Moon - Herb Moon
  • 17:  Waning Moon
  • 20:  Dark Moon; God and Goddess Marry, Sun God enters Earth Goddess and rules the Underworld as Lord of Shadows
  • 21:  Festival of Hecate, invoking her protection over the harvests
  • 25:  New Moon

September 2014
  •   2:  Waxing Moon
  •   9:  Full Moon - Harvest Moon
  • 13:  Fire Lighting Ceremony, honoring the spirits of the dead with candle light
  • 16:  Waning Moon
  • 19:  Dark Moon
  • 21:  International Day of Peace
  • 23:  Mabon Sabbat, Autumn Equinox, Second Harvest or Vine Harvest
  • 24:  New Moon

October 2014
  •   1:  Waxing Moon
  •   2:  Feast of Guardian Spirits
  •   8:  Full Moon - Wine or Blood Moon
  • 15:  Waning Moon
  • 18:  Dark Moon; Great Horn Festival, Horned God and Lady of the Wood invoked for the fertility of game during the Hunting Season
  • 23:  New Moon
  • 31:  Waxing Moon; Samhain Sabbat, Third Harvest (Root Harvest), All Hallows Eve, Dark God and Dark Goddess united in Underworld allow spirit communication

November 2014
  •   1:  Cailleach's Reign, honoring Riders of the Wild Hunt who search for souls to transport to Land of Shadows; Mexico's Day of the Dead
  •   6:  Full Moon - Hunter's Moon
  • 14:  Waning Moon
  • 16:  Night of Hecate, honoring Goddess of Moon, Magic, and Witches as the Teacher of the Craft
  • 17:  Dark Moon
  • 22:  New Moon
  • 29:  Waxing Moon
  • 30:  Festival of Hecate

December 2014
  •   6:  Full Moon - Oak Moon 
  • 14:  Waning Moon
  • 17:  Dark Moon; Beginning of Saturnalia
  • 21:  Yule Sabbat, Winter Solstice and Return of the Sun God
  • 22:  New Moon
  • 24:  Holly Eve, departure of Holly King who leaves gifts for children
  • 25:  Oak Day, celebrating birth of the Oak King, birth of the Sun
  • 28:  Waxing Moon
  • 31:  Hogmanay - New Year's Eve, Crone prepares to depart; as the old, withered year changes at midnight to a fresh, young New Year

Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA.  She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.


WitchsCat said...

Hi there!
I just had a look at the Witches and Witchcraft reading challenge. To be honest, it doesn't seem all that witchy to me. I looked at the previous reviews and there aren't many Pagan authors listed or even Pagan-related books. Please correct me if I'm wrong, though.

I would appreciate it if you could give me your opinion on the challenge if you've entered it before. Also, I didn't see what the criteria is for determining the winner. And is there a winner for every category or?

Thank you for the reply in advance!

Polly said...

Hi WitchsCat, I participated in the challenge in 2012 but was busy with other commitments in 2013. I will probably sign up again this year, though.

During the year I participated, it was helpful to see reviews and recommendations on fiction or non-fiction titles I had not yet heard of or wasn't sure if I wanted to read. For webmasters and bloggers, it is also a terrific way to bring visitors to your blog, group or site (wink). I am unfamiliar with the reviews from 2013, however, it is my understanding the book content should still relate to anything "pagan or witchy". This might include themes with divination, meditation, using crystals, herbal uses and cures, and so on.

From the page, this paragraph explains how to enter and win: "Participants who have officially signed up by linking up a sign-up post declaring their level will be given one entry for every review they link up. The more reviews you write and link up, the more entries in the contest! Link up your reviews on that month’s Review Link Up Post. Winner will be chosen on Jan 11th 2015 to give everyone a chance to link up their end of year reviews. All Challenge Posts can be accessed from my menu bar under my header!"

I hope that helps :)

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