The wheel of the year is made up of eight major sabbats which represent the changes of the seasons and the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth that all forms of life experience.
The actual word Sabbat comes from the Greek word sabatu which means ‘to rest’. The sabbats are a time of rest, celebration and feasting as well as a time to honor one another and the God and Goddess. They are a time to embrace all the aspects of the cycle of life, a time to be thankful, and a time for introspection. Because the sabbats are a time for rest, they are not the place to work personal magick. Raising energy for the charging of seeds and the use of sympathetic fertility Magick are the only rituals that should be used during these festivals. The exception to this rule however, would be the use of divination and mediation for introspective purposes on Samhain.
The reason for not working personal magick at a sabbatical is that these events are times of giving; giving of honor, respect and returning to its source some of what has been received for our use.
The eight major sabbats that comprise the wheel of the year are our holy days and a time to celebrate and be thankful for all that we have been provided.