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- n. Plural form of esbat.
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Some Wiccans also celebrate esbats on the during the new moon as well.
The esbats follow the lunar cycle, and are generally celebrated on the full moon.
Wiccans practice a carefully thought-out system of sympathetic magic in which everything in the universe is considered to be connected in one vast energy web; create their spells in English (or whatever their native language is); operate by a strict code of ethics, the Wiccan Rede, which can be stated as “If it harm none, do what you will”; honor Deity as Goddess and God; cast “circles” to create sacred space before they worship, and perform highly ritualized acts of invitation to the spirits of the cardinal directions and the Deities once they are in sacred space; and celebrate eight holy days a year attuned to the change of seasons and the solstices and equinoxes, as well as twelve or thirteen esbats associated with the full moon.