The Sabbats tell the story of  the Goddess and God.  In festival form,
they reveal a seasonal and agricultural Wiccan legend.  Four of the
eight are related to the Solstices and the Equinoxes.
Samhain is pronounced "sow-en" and is the Wiccan New Year, both a beginning and an ending point
of the ever turning wheel . At this time the third and final harvest of the year is celebrated, a
yeild that ensures that life witll continue throughout the harsh winter ahead. But as life is
celebrated, so is death.  Witches traditionally believe Samhain to be a time when the viel
seperating the world of the living  from that of the dead  ( the otherworld ) is parted, and
ancestors may join in the festivities.  Popular activities include communication with the dead.
divinations to see what the New Year holds and the hosting of the "dumb supper" , a feast for
both the living and the spirits of the dead that is held in complete silence.  The modern festival
of Halloween has its roots in Samhain. The popular childrens custom of Trick -or-Treating stems
from an Old English practice in which children went door to door begging "soul cakes " to feed
the wandering spirits.  Many Wiccans also mark the symbolic death of the Horned God on this
night.
Samhain Incense:

1 TBSP Nettle                    1 TBSP Calendula
1 TBSP Bay Leaf                a little bit of Oak Leaf
1 TBSP Tarragon                2  drops Frankencinse
1 TBSP Sage                       2 drops Myrrh

Place all ingredients in a bowl to be used for magical purposes.The Frankincense and myrrh
are resins used to bind the ingredients and retain scent. Burn on an instant-light charcoal in
a screened incense burner .
Yule : Celebrated circa December 21
Samhainn : Celebrated October 311
Yule is celebrated on  the winter Solstice, and is an observance of the turning of the solar year
from waning to waxing. This is the most important Sabbat in the Teutonic traditions, the word
Yule coming from the old Norse jul, meaning  "wheel". Some Mythology teaches that the Sun is the
newborn son of the Goddess, others that the Sun is the wintertime Crone who has turned her Virgin
form again. The Christmas practice of venerating lighted trees and burning the Yule log--both
symbolic of the divine gift of fire to humanity-- all come from the European Pagan  customs.  It is
also customary on this Sabbat to greet the rising Sun on the day it starts to grow once again and
to reenact the battle between the Deities who represent both the dark and  light halves of the
year. At this time the Deities of Light will emerge victorious.  This is not a mockery of
Christianities Holy Day. The Winter Solstice is an ancient Pagan festival that early Christian
leaders adopted as the symbolic date of Jesus' birth.  
 
Winter Solstice Incense:

Pine Needles                     myrrh
Cinnamon                         dried apple leaf or wood
Frankincense

Blend all ingredients. You want to make enough to use during your ritual and to share with
others.  Put some in a small bottle with a cork and tie a ribbon around its neck to give as a
gift. To charge it, place in your magic space before using it in ritual.
Imbolc : Celebrated February 1
Imbolc, also called Imbolg or Oimelc, is also known as Candlemas because of the tradition of
lighting a profusion of candles  to symbolize the growing warmth of the waxing Sun.  In
terms of the agricultural year, this was the time when ewes milk began lactating , hence the
translation of Oimelc as "ewes milk". At this time many Witches honor the young Goddess as
the waiting bride of the Sun God.  Others see her as being the Sun itself coming to bring
spring to earth. Traditional practices on Imbolc are wearing of candle-studded headresses by
women, divinations to see how much longer winter will last, and the destructon of harvest
icons such as the Grain Dolly, an effigy of a female woven from grain cut down in the fall.   
Imbolc Incense:

Heather      Benzoin, dragons blood, storax or myrrh
sage          Chamomile

Blend all Ingredients and keep in a magick bag bottle or jar