With all that talk about global warming and dozens of "unusual" weather phenomena, I cannot help but wonder whether the eight sabbaths and the way they are supposed to be celebrated (and their meaning) are the way to go.
Take this winter, for example.
Now, I do not know about your area, but we had a really warm December, with cherry blossoms for Yule. And now, for Imbolc, temperatures have dropped to below -13°C almost over night. Yes, the days ARE brighter, and the sun is coming up while I am on my way to work, but somehow it does not appear appropriate to celebrate light and warmth right now.
We also had an incredibly dry fall (with more than six weeks without a single drop of rain), and the river Rhine was so dry you could almost have crossed it without a bridge or boat. Lots of sunny days, though.
I think maybe the energies are changing together with the weather, and we as nature-worshipping people might have to look out for these changes and try to incorporate them into our lives and, dunno, maybe even "welcome" them?
The first lambs of the year are not very important anymore to most modern-day witches. The seasons do not adhere to our fairytale calendars - maybe not anymore, maybe they never have.
Ever tried celebrating Samhain on a sunny day with temperatures above 20°C?
Or maybe you are living in a completely different area from me (well, most obviously), where the seasonal changes are not that visible, or you are on the southern hemisphere where "everything is exactly the other way round".
With the esbaths it is easier. Of course there are all kinds of books explaining what each moon should look like (and most books have the moons described as the twelve months anyway and only use fancy words, and the magical "blue moon" is supposed to be the second moon in any of our arbitrary months...), but we are much more likely to look around us and notice what there is to celebrate, and then celebrate it.
Trying to celebrate a change of season that is not happening might not increase our energies, but rather drain them.
How to sort this out? So many thoughts, so little brain to think them with...