Start Here: The Wheel Of The Year, The 8 Fire Festivals & Their Astrology…
Discover the annual cycle of the seasons and cosmic celebration points throughout the year!
There are a total of eight ‘fire festivals’ in the year that originated in ancient times, celebrated throughout the year.
In astrology, a date is never just a date it’s a degree of the Zodiac.
The solstices and equinoxes are calculated when the sun reaches 0º of the CARDINAL SIGNS: Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. Note the ZERO DEGREE below, signifying the turning of the wheel into each new season. They are the ‘Quarter Days’.
The Four Solar Fire Festivals or Quarter Days are…
- Spring Equinox (Ostara) – 0º Aries – 20th-22nd March
- Summer Solstice (Litha) – 0º Cancer – 20th-22nd June
- Autumn Equinox (Mabon) – 0º Libra – 20th-22nd September
- Winter Solstice (Yule) – 0º Capricorn – 20th-22nd December.
Cardinal is the modality of action and shifts of change, and these four days show the entry to spring, summer, fall, and winter, with the new star sign season.
The other four celebrations occur in when the sun reaches the middle of the FIXED SIGNS: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. Note that the degree has shifted a little, as we enjoy the moments in our calendar (rearranged to suit the Romans!) They are the ‘Cross Quarter Days’, the four points between equinox and solstice.
The Four Lunar Fire Festivals or Cross Quarter Days are…
- Beltane (May Eve) – 9º Taurus – May 1st
- Lughnasadh (Lammas) – 9º Leo – August 1st
- Samhain (Hallowe’en) – 9º Scorpio – October 31st-November 2nd
- Imbolc (Candlemas) – 13º Aquarius – February 2nd-7th.
[Across all of the festivals above the date of ritual and celebration can change depending on the year, times the festivals are celebrated are often flexible, aligned with the full or new moon, too.]
The three Harvest Festivals are Lughnasadh, Autumnal Equinox and Samhain (or Lammas, Mabon, and Halloween).
Wheel Of The Year Dates & Timing 2020…
Originally celebrated by people in the Northern Hemisphere, the traditional times for festivities don’t correspond with the Southern Hemisphere. However Pagans in the Southern Hemisphere flip seasonal celebrations to coincide with their own.
- Spring Equinox / Ostara, Friday 20th March 2020 (or Thursday 19th depending on time zone)
- Beltane / May Eve, 1st May
- Summer Solstice / Litha, 21st June
- Lughnasadh / Lammas, 1st August
- Autumn Equinox / Mabon, 23rd September
- Halloween / Samhain, 31st October
- Winter Solstice / Yule, 22nd December
- Candlemas / Imbolc, 2nd February.