Coming halfway between the Solstices and Equinoxes the four cross quarter days complete the eight festivals in the pagan wheel of the year, the real astronomical dates vary from year to year.
Imbolc - Usually celebrated around the start of February, this is the time when we celebrate the first signs of Spring and new life that is to come in the hope that the worst of the cold winter days are gone. This festival is strongly associated with the goddess Brighid and is an Ideal time to perform initiations.
Beltane. - Celebrated at the start of May, A celebration of fertility and is symbolised by Maypole dances and the ritual union of the May Queen and May Lord and the lighting of fires. This is a popular time for Handfastings.
Lughnasadh/Lammas - Celebrated at the start of August, this is the celebration of the grain harvest when we give thanks for the grain and the sacrifice of John Barleycorn. This is also a popular time for handfastings as we also celebrate the marriage of sun god Lugh and the mother goddess.
Samhain - Celebrated on or around October 31st, this is a time to honour our ancestors and remember those who have passed over and commune with the spirit world as the veil between the physical and spirit realm are at their thinnest. This is also the last of the three harvest festivals and the start of the Celtic New year and the return to the cold dark days as Winter approaches.
Upcoming Solar cross quarter dates,
when it is exactly half way between Equinox and Solstice.
Lughnasadh - Sunday 6th August 2017
Samhain - Monday 6th November 2017
Imbolc - Sunday 4th February 2018
Beltane - Saturday 5th May 2018