Pagan Wheel of the Year Holidays

The pagan wheel of the year is a holiday cycle that starts with the winter solstice (yule) and ends with the autumnal equinox (Samhain). In between, there are a number of other holidays that celebrate the changing seasons and the natural world.

Pagans have been celebrating the wheel of the year for centuries, and it is a key part of many pagan traditions. The holiday cycle is a way to connect with the natural world and the changing seasons, and to celebrate the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.

The wheel of the year is also a time to reflect on your own journey through life, and to set intentions for the year ahead. As you celebrate each holiday on the wheel, take some time to think about where you are in your own life, and what you would like to achieve in the coming year.

Yule

A cozy fire for wintertime.

Yule is a Pagan holiday that is celebrated on the winter solstice, between December 20 and 23. It is often paralleled with Christmas, with gift giving being a key part of the holiday.

It is a time to celebrate the return of the sun, after the longest night of the year. For Pagans, Yule is a time to celebrate new beginnings, and to reflect on the past year.

Wiccans celebrate Yule as the rebirth of the Sun God. Wiccans believe that at Yule, the Sun God is born into the world. This makes Yule a very important holiday for Wiccans.

Yule is also a time for Wiccans to reflect on their own personal growth and development over the past year. Pagans and Wiccans alike celebrate Yule with feasts, bonfires, and gifts. Yule is a time to come together with family and friends, and to celebrate the change of the season.

Learn more about Yule with this article on The Pagan Holiday of Yule.

Imbolic

A springtime field of flowers.

Imbolic is a cross quarter holiday that falls on February 2nd. It is also known as the Candlemas, and is a time for spring cleaning. It is a fire festival, and candles are often lit on this day.

Ostara

Eggs in a basket.

Ostara is a pagan holiday that is celebrated on the spring equinox, between March 19th and 22nd. It celebrates that spring is here and symbolizes new life.

There are many different ways to celebrate Ostara, but the most important thing is to appreciate the new life that spring brings.

Whether you celebrate by decorating eggs, planting a garden, or going on a nature walk, take time to reflect on the wonder of rebirth and growth.

Beltane

Beltane is a pagan holiday that celebrates the beginning of summer. It is typically celebrated on May 1st, and is associated with fertility and new life.

One of the most popular ways to celebrate Beltane is by dancing around the Maypole, which symbolizes the cycle of life. Another common practice is to decorate your home with flowers, as they are seen as a symbol of fertility. Beltane is a time to celebrate new beginnings, and to appreciate the bounty of nature.

Beltane is one of two pagan holidays where the veil between worlds is thinnest, allowing better communication with the dead. With the other being Samhain. This makes Beltane the perfect time to connect with loved ones who have passed on.

If you are looking to do some divination, this is also an ideal time, as your chances of getting accurate readings are increased.

No matter how you choose to celebrate Beltane, it is a time to come together with loved ones and enjoy the warmer months ahead. Beltane is a holiday that is steeped in history and tradition, and is a wonderful way to connect with nature and the changing of the seasons.

So if you are feeling called to celebrate Beltane this year, go out and dance around the Maypole, decorate your home with flowers, and take some time to connect with your ancestors. And most importantly, enjoy the bounty of nature that surrounds us.

Midsummer

A camp fire.

Midsummer, also known as Lithia, is a grand celebration for druids. It is typically celebrated between June 19th and June 23rd. Midsummer is a time to celebrate the longest day of the year, and the beginning of summer. The druids would light bonfires and dance around them to honor the sun.

Looking to celebrate Midsummer this year? There are many different ways you can do so.

You can light a bonfire and dance around it, or simply decorate your home with summer flowers. You can also make a special meal to enjoy with family and friends. No matter how you choose to celebrate, make sure to take some time to appreciate the longest day of the year.

Lughnasadh

Fresh baked bread.

Lughnasadh is a Wiccan festival that is celebrated on August 1st. It is also known as Lammas or August Eve.

This holiday is the first of three harvest festivals, with the other two being Mabon and Samhain. Lughnasadh is also known as “Loaf Mass,” where bread is baked in the form of god and is eaten to symbolize the importance of the harvest. This holiday was originally created to celebrate the Celtic god, Lugh.

Wiccans celebrate this holiday by giving thanks for the summer harvest and preparing for the winter ahead. Traditional activities during Lughnasadh include baking bread, making jam, canning fruits and vegetables, and decorating your home with autumnal foliage.

Mabon

Pumpkins in a cornicopia.

Mabon is celebrated between September 21st and September 24th, during the fall equinox. It is the second of the three harvest festivals.

Mabon is a Pagan celebration of thanksgiving to the earth and what was received throughout the year. It is also known as Harvest Home, or Alban Elfed within druid circles.

Celebrations typically involve feasts and other activities that give thanks for the bounty of the season. In some traditions, special rituals are performed to honor the earth and give thanks for its gifts. Many Pagans see Mabon as a time to reflect on the changes that have taken place over the past year and to set goals for the future.

One of the most popular ways to celebrate Mabon is by decorating your home with fall foliage. This is done by making wreaths and garlands out of leaves, branches, and berries. Another popular decoration is the cornucopia, a symbol of plenty that is often filled with seasonal fruits and vegetables.

No matter how you choose to celebrate Mabon, the most important thing is to take some time to give thanks for all that you have been blessed with.

Samhain

Misty and ominous late October scene.

On November 1st, Pagans celebrate Samhain. This is the time of year to celebrate the lives of those who have passed on as it is believed to be the time of year when the veil between worlds is at its thinnest point. This makes it easier to communicate with the dead.

There are many different ways to celebrate Samhain, but some common practices include decorating your home with candles and lights, setting up an altar, and making offerings to the ancestors.

You can also take part in rituals and spellworkings related to death and rebirth, protection, and divination.