The Wheel of the Year is an annual cycle of celebrations aligned to the year’s signature solar events (solstices and equinoxes) and the midpoints between them. Created in the Pagan times, The Wheel of the Year is observed at different times in both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres as the seasons change and shift at opposite times e.g. when it is winter solstice in the southern hemisphere, it is summer solstice in the northern hemisphere.
For the purposes of this article, we will take a look at The Wheel of the Year as it is observed in the Southern Hemisphere and at the four primary dates.
Mabon (Autumn Equinox)
- The beginning of the descent.
- A time to shed that which is no longer in our greatest service.
- Represents the Luteal phase of the menstrual cycle.
- Represents the third quarter moon of the lunar cycle.
Yule (Winter Solstice)
- A decent into darkness.
- A time to turn inwards and tend to the inner realms of our being.
- Represents the Menstruation phase of the menstrual cycle.
- Represents the dark moon / new moon phase of the lunar cycle.
Ostara (Spring Equinox)
- Equal night and day.
- Marks the changing of the season from Winter to Spring.
- A time of rebirth and new growth.
- Represents the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle.
- Represents the first quarter moon of the lunar cycle.
Litha (Summer Solstice)
- The peak of the Summer.
- The most light in the sky.
- Representing our greatest illumination.
- Represents the ovulation phase of the menstrual cycle.
- Represents the full moon in the lunar cycle.
Red Tent New Moon Women’s Circle
Our monthly in studio (Townsville) Red Tent is a celebration of the cycles and seasons of women as they align to The Wheel of the Year.MORE DETAILS