We have divided the year into eight, with the transition from one period to the next relating to traditional festivals. But rather than use the old names, which often have religious connotations, we have chosen names based on the natural cycles of a tree, making our sacred calendar open to all.
New Shoots begins around 2 February and marks a ‘cross-quarter’, halfway between Yule (the Winter Solstice, c. 21 December) and Sticky Buds (the Spring Equinox c.21 March). Here are the traditional festivals New Shoots corresponds to:
Celtic — Imbolc
Christian — Candlemas
This silk painting was made lovingly by our dear friend, Sally Morgan, as a gift. Thank you!