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The Holy Days and Feasts

2017 Calendar
2018 Calendar
The Holy Days of Babalon
The High Holy Days
The Feasts of the Times
The Feast of the Evening Star



2017 Calendar

January 26: Babalon’s Day of the Moon – Underworld Rebirth
February 2: Imbolc Fire Festival
March 20: Babalon’s Day of Mercury – Gate of the God
March 20: Equinox of the Gods, New Year’s Day
March 20: April 10: High Holy Days
April 31: Beltane Fire Festival
May 11: Babalon’s Day of Venus – Seduction and Conception
June 21: Litha – Summer Solstice
July 2: Babalon’s Day of the Sun – Ecstasy of Life
August 1: Lammas Fire Festival
August 23: Babalon’s High Holy Day of Mars – Will Triumphant
September 22: Mabon – Fall Equinox
October 14: Babalon’s Day of Jupiter – Bounty of Fortune
October 31: Samhain Fire Festival
December 5: Babalon’s Day of Saturn – Transformation of Death
December 21: Yule – Winter Solstice


2018 Calendar

January 26: Babalon’s Day of the Moon – Underworld Rebirth
February 2: Imbolc Fire Festival
March 20: Babalon’s Day of Mercury – Gate of the God
March 20: Equinox of the Gods, New Year’s Day
March 20: April 10: High Holy Days
April 31: Beltane Fire Festival
May 11: Babalon’s Day of Venus – Seduction and Conception
June 21: Litha – Summer Solstice
July 2: Babalon’s Day of the Sun – Ecstasy of Life
August 1: Lammas Fire Festival
August 23: Babalon’s High Holy Day of Mars – Will Triumphant
September 22: Mabon – Fall Equinox
October 14: Babalon’s Day of Jupiter – Bounty of Fortune
October 31: Samhain Fire Festival
December 5: Babalon’s Day of Saturn – Transformation of Death
December 21: Yule – Winter Solstice


The Holy Days of Babalon

(Taken with kind permission from Mystery Babalon II: The Rites of Life, Seasons and Times)

Holy Days of BabalonThe different Holy Days each follow one of the Seven planets. The High Holy Day is Martial in nature, 156 days after the Spring Equinox. It is under the auspices of Pahkhet on the hunt. The high heat of late summer is emphasized here and She is in Her aspect of the Warrior Goddess of Justified Vengeance. Next comes the Day of Jupiter, where the cornucopia or bounty of the Fall Harvest begins. Here Babalon is in Her aspect of ruler enthroned over Her Dominion. Next follows the Day of Saturn during the season in which Winter takes back all life for transformation. The Death aspect of Babalon is seen most clearly on this day. Following this is the Day of the Moon, and the Underworld journey through late winter, where Babalon is the Dark Queen of the Underworld. Next comes the Day of Mercury, with the Psychopompus traveling out of the Underworld at the Liminal Gateway of the Year near the Spring Equinox. Babalon is here in Her aspect of Guardian of the Gate. Next comes the Day of Venus, and the seduction of life through procreation as spring fields turn lush and fertile. Babalon is a lover to all on this day. Then comes the triumphal Day of the Sun, and She returns as Daughter of the Sun at the height of Summer. After this, She transforms again to the Warrior on the High Holy Day, ruled by Mars, on the cusp of Leo and Virgo, 156 days again from the Spring Equinox.

To find the Holy Days of Babalon, find the first day of the year, at the exact date of the Spring Equinox. The following day is day 1. Babalon's High Holy Day is day 156 of the year. Of course, 156 is Babalon's exoteric Holy number, given in many ways, the most obvious of which is by Her name in Greek, which equals 156 by Greek Gematria. Once Babalon’s Holy Day is known, Her Star may then be placed upon the Wheel of the Year. To find the other Holy Days, count back from that date 52 days, to find one. Count back from that date 52 more, to find another. Do this once more. Then count forward from the High Holy Day by 52 days to find the next Holy Day. Then 52 again to find the next. And again one more time to find the last.

The Holy Days of Babalon for the current cycle (2017-2018) are as follows:

August 23rd, 2017 – High Holy Day of Mars – Will Triumphant
Oct 12th, 2017 Day of Jupiter – Bounty of Fortune
Dec 3rd, 2017 Day of Saturn – Transformation of Death
Jan 24th, 2017 Day of the Moon – Underworld Rebirth
March 20th Day of Mercury – Gate of the God Ra
May 9th, 2018 Day of Venus – Seduction and Conception
June 30th 2018 Day of the Sun – Ecstasy of Life

The next cycle begins on:

Aug 23nd, 2018 – High Holy Day of Mars – Will Triumphant

A note for those in the Southern Hemisphere. Normally Solar Holy Days such as the Equinoxes and the Solstices are reversed in their seasons, and celebrated at opposite times from the Northern Hemisphere. However, Babalon's Holy Days sync up with the Thelemic Holy Days, the Equinox of the Gods, and the Three Days on April 8th, 9th and 10th – all of which depend on the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere for their dating. So if you were to cast the Star of Babalon upon the calendar using Spring Equinox in the Southern hemisphere, then the Star and Holy Days would no longer sync up with the other Thelemic Holidays on the wheel of the year in the same way. In addition, it is better to have everyone celebrating Her energy on the same day, for a stronger affect for Her. These Holy Days are for Her, in order to build Her power and influence, and only for the people secondarily.

The Rites for the Holy Day of Babalon can be found here:
      High Holy Day (Day of Mars)
      Day of Jupiter
      Day of Saturn
      Day of the Moon
      Day of Mercury
      Day of Venus
      Day of the Sun



The High Holy Days

(Taken with kind permission from Mystery Babalon II: The Rites of Life, Death, Seasons and Times)

The High Holy DaysThe High Holy Days are comprised of 5 different Holy Days and Feasts, all of which begin on Spring Equinox, which is the Gate of the God Ra as he passes into a new solar year. Some last for many days, some for only a single day.

The Spring Equinox (part of the Feast of the Times)
The Equinox of the Gods
Babalon’s Day of Mercury (part of Babalon’s Seven Holy Days)
The Twenty-Two Holy Days
Feast for the Three Days of the Writing of the Book of the Law (The Three Days)

The Spring Equinox

The Spring Equinox marks the beginning of a new Solar Year, when the Sun God passes back up out of the Underworld, where he has been undergoing transformation since his death in the Fall and conception at the Winter Solstice. He passes through the Liminal Gateway of the Underworld back into the Caelestial Spheres on this day. His daughter, Babalon, is the Gateway Herself, and also the Guardian thereof. Traditionally this day was called Ostara, Eostra, Eostre, Eastur, and Easter. It was originally celebrated on March 21st or thereabouts, when the Sun entered the Sign of Aries on the Spring or Vernal Equinox.

The Equinox of the Gods

This day also commemorates the enthronement of Ra Hoor Khuit as the Head of the Aeon. The Equinox of the Gods is the point of transition between one Aeon and another, which takes place on the Spring Equinox every 2160 years. At this time, a new incarnation of the avatar of the Sun God is born, along with His Sister who is the Gateway between realms. In Egypt these incarnations of the Sun were given various names such as Hu-kharah, O-Bhadeet, and Nobora-mantu-khan-ta. The most recent Equinox of the Gods took place in the spring of 1904, which enthroned Ra-Hoor-Khuit as the Head of the Aeon, the current incarnation of His Father Ra. The current Aeon is that of Aquarius, at the bottom of the Wheel farthest from Leo and the Golden Age. For more information see the Precession of the Equinoxes here.

Babalon’s Day of Mercury (part of Babalon’s Seven Holy Days)

One of Babalon’s seven Holy Days falls upon the Spring Equinox as well, under the auspices of Mercury. After Her journey through the Underworld starting on Her previous Holy Day, Babalon now emerges from the Underworld and becomes the Gate of the God Ra, providing the Liminal Gateway through which the Sun is reborn each year. She also inaugurates the twenty-two Holy Days which follow with the Universe Tarot Trump, associated with both Earth, out of which She rises, and Saturn, the Gateway of both Life and Death.

The Twenty-Two Holy Days

There are twenty-two days from the Spring Equinox to the Feast of the Three Days on April 8th, 9th and 10th. Each of these Holy Days are associated with a Tarot Trump, but not in their customary order. Instead the Trumps follow the order as delineated in Initiatic order of the Elemental and Underworld Realms, beginning with Earth, and the Mutable Signs. The last Three Trumps also correspond to the Feast of the Three Days.

(Complete order and list or the Tarot Trumps for March 20th through April 10th coming soon.)

Feast for the Three Days of the Writing of the Book of the Law

Also called the Three Days or the Feast of the Three Days, these Holy Days commemorate the receiving of Liber Legis, the Book of Law, on the three consecutive days of April 8th, 9th and 10th in 1904 by Rose Edith Kelly, and written down by Aleister Crowley. At the very least, each chapter of Liber Legis should be read aloud at Noon on its appropriate day, and a feast should be held after. For those who wish to do more, the following is suggested.

The Day of Nuit is a Festival Day of sharing, of nurturing, and of gift-giving during the day. Quiet leisure and reflection should dominate. In the evening all come together as a group in common purpose and ritual celebration which acknowledges where you as a group have come from during the past year, and portends where you as a group are going to in the next year.

The Day of Hadit is a Festival Day of uplifting drama and comedy along with much feasting and merry-making during the day. In the evening, all come together in revelry, dancing, catharsis and orgiastic bliss led by the Priestesses.

The Day of a Hoor Khuit is a Festival Day of competition and games during the Day, or the showing of ones talents and skills (art, crafting weaving, music, gamesmanship, arms etc) - a celebration of the groups assets and striving towards excellence. At night all come together in rituals of individual and finally group rededications of purpose and Will, in Loyalty to Babalon and Her Brother Ra Hoor Khuit.


Feasts of the Times
The Feasts of the Times

The Feasts of the Times correspond to the traditional 8 Sabbats:

3/21 Ostara - Spring Equinox
4/31 Beltane Fire Festival
6/21 Litha – Summer Solstice
8/01 Lammas Fire Festival
9/21 Mabon – Fall Equinox
10/31 Samhain Fire Festival
12/21 Yule – Winter Solstice
2/02 Imbolc Fire Festival


Greater Sabbats: Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh, Samhain
Lesser Sabbats: Ostara, Litha, Modron, Yule

Ostara is also called Eostra, Eostre, Eastur, and Easter. It was originally celebrated on March 21st or thereabouts, when the Sun entered the Sign of Aries on the Spring or Vernal Equinox. Ostara is a Lesser Sabbat Day, and marks the height of Season of Spring, which started on Imbolc. However in modern times, this date is now used to mark the beginning of Spring. Ostara is celebrated in the Ophidian tradition as the Equinox of the Gods, which starts the High Holy Days.

Beltane is also called Floralia, May Day and Walpurgis Night. It was originally celebrated on April 31st or thereabouts. Beltane is a Greater Sabbat Day, and marks the beginning of Summer, which reaches its height on Litha at the Summer Solstice. Beltane is one of the four Fire Festivals that marked the Celtic calendar.

Litha is also called Midsummer. It was originally celebrated on June 21st or thereabouts, when the Sun entered the Sign of Cancer on the Summer Solstice. Litha is a Lesser Sabbat Day, and marks the height of Season of Summer, which started on Beltane. However in modern times, this date is now used to mark the beginning of Summer.

Lammas is also called Lughnasadh (Loo'-nahs-eh) and August Eve. It was originally celebrated on August 1st or thereabouts. Lammas is a Greater Sabbat Day, and marks the beginning of Fall, which reaches its height on Mabon at the Fall Equinox. Lammas is one of the four Fire Festivals that marked the Celtic calendar, and one of the three Wiccan harvest festivals which include Mabon and Samahin.

Mabon is also called Modron, Harvest Home. It was originally celebrated on September 21st or thereabouts, when the Sun entered the Sign of Libra on the Fall or Autumnal Equinox. Mabon is a Lesser Sabbat Day, and marks the height of Season of Autumn, which started on Lammas. However in modern times, this date is now used to mark the beginning of Fall. Mabon is also one of the three Wiccan Harvest Festivals, which include Lammas and Samhain.

Samhain is also called All Saints Day, All Hollow's 'een Halloween, and All Hollows Eve. It was originally celebrated on October 31st or thereabouts. Samhain is a Greater Sabbat Day, and marks the beginning of Winter, which reaches its height on Yule at the Winter Solstice. Samhain is one of the four Fire Festivals that marked the Celtic calendar, and one of the three Wiccan harvest festivals which include Mabon and Lammas.

Yule is also called Midwinter. It was originally celebrated on December 21st or thereabouts, when the Sun entered the Sign of Capricorn on the Winter Solstice. Yule is a Lesser Sabbat Day, and marks the height of Season of Winter, which started on Samhain. However in modern times, this date is now used to mark the beginning of Winter.

Imbolc is also called Candlemass. It was originally celebrated on February 2nd or thereabouts. Imbolc is a Greater Sabbat Day, and marks the beginning of Spring, which reaches its height on Ostara at the Spring Equinox. Imbolc is one of the four Fire Festivals that marked the Celtic calendar.


Feast of the EveningStar
The Feast of the Evening Star

On any or every Friday evening, a Feast is held in honor of the Evening Star Venus, Hesperos or Vesper in Greek and Latin. This Feast and celebration can be a semi-public event for Shrines, which allows people from the outside to visit and socialize with Shrine members. The Venusian aspects of Babalon are celebrated on this night, poetry, art, music and all things of beauty and seduction. The attendants should dress in fine clothing, wear rich jewels, drink wines that foam and eat rich and luxurious foods. Invocations and rituals are optional, and such will be posted in the near future, but at the very least the Invocation of Venus should be read aloud and a toast to the Evening Star given.

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