The Celtic Year

Celtic Wheel of Year

The end of October brings us to the beginning of a new cycle of the Celtic year. May these articles serve as a guide for your own inner exploration and outer expression.

Samhain:

Winter quarter (November, December, January). Celebrated October 31/November 1. Includes Winter Solstice as its midpoint. This is the time of rest, the beginning of the dark half of the year when the Pleiades star cluster rises at sundown. It’s a time for ancestral communion and introspection.

Articles on Samhain and Winter Solstice:
http://nancyschluntz.com/halloween-and-day-of-the-dead/
http://nancyschluntz.com/winter-solstice/

Imbolc:

Spring quarter (February, March, April). Celebrated January 31/February 1. Includes Spring Equinox as its midpoint. This is the time of sprouting, beginnings and primal innocence.

Articles on Imbolc and Vernal Equinox:
http://nancyschluntz.com/return-of-light-renewal-and-rabbits/
http://nancyschluntz.com/equinox-and-do-be-do-be-do/

Beltane:

Summer quarter (May, June, July). Celebrated April 31/May 1. Includes Summer Solstice as its midpoint. This is the time of growth, the beginning of the light half of the year when the Pleiades star cluster sets at sunset. It’s a time for creative expression.

Articles on Beltane and Summer Solstice:
http://nancyschluntz.com/beltane-fires-sacred-union/
http://nancyschluntz.com/summer-solstice-the-longest-day/

Lughnasadh:

Autumn quarter (August, September, October). Celebrated July 31/August 1. Includes Autumnal Equinox as its midpoint. This is the time of harvesting, of maturity and consolidation. Also called Lammas.

Articles on Lughnasadh and Autumnal Equinox:
http://nancyschluntz.com/lughnasadh-gateway-to-autumn/
http://nancyschluntz.com/equinox-finding-balance-in-a-turning-world/

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Wheel image from:

https://thestarbook.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/the-wheel/

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