Tag: Pagan Traditions

Pagan Origins of Autumn Equinox

The Autumnal Equinox or Mabon is one of the four main quarterly festivals in the Wheel of the Year (Pagan calendar).  It takes place around the 21st/22nd September and marks the second of three harvest festivals, the other two being Lammas and Samhain. This is known as the first day of Autumn. 

Pagan Origins of Imbolc

Imbolc is a cross-quarterly festival that takes place on 2nd February in the Celtic calendar. It marks the half way point between Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Also known as Candlemas, it is one of the fire festivals and a celebration of light.

Pagan Origins of Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice or Yuletide is one of the four main quarterly festivals in the Wheel of the Year (Pagan calendar).  It takes place around the 21st/22nd December, which is known as the first day of winter. This holiday is also known as Midwinter because we have reached the point of the year where darkness reigns. This day consists of the shortest amount of sunlight during the day and the longest amount of dark hours during the night.

My Samhain 2016

Leaving out a lantern on the gate to guide wondering spirits home.

Pagan Origins of Samhain

Samhain (pronounced Sowen) or Halloween is one of the four cross-quarterly festivals in the Wheel of the Year (Pagan calendar).  It takes place on the 31st October (but can last until 2nd November) and marks the last of three harvest festivals, the other two being Lammas and Mabon. This day is also known as All Hallow’s Eve, The Feast of the Dead or the Witch’s New Year. 

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