The Pagan Wheel of the Year
Paganism covers a wide spectrum of beliefs, but the recognition of the divine in nature is at the heart of all Pagan beliefs. Being deeply aware of the natural world, pagans see the power of the divine in the ongoing cycles of life and death. The God and Goddess whose annual cycle of procreation, giving birth and dying, defines the Pagan year. ‘If it harms none, do what you will’ is a strong component of the philosophy and rituals are regarded as sacred ways to make contact with the divine.
The Pagan Wheel of the Year is divided into eight festivals which are spaced throughout the year. Four of the festivals have Celtic origins and are known for their Celtic names, Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain. The other four are points in the solar calendar: Spring and Autumn Equinox, and Summer and Winter Solstice.