Southern Hemisphere Wheel of the Year

Todays post will be short and sweet, just a quick overview of the Wheel of the Year for the southern hemisphere. As the year progress I’m going to add links to this page which will go into heavier detail on what each Sabbat entails and means.

There are two schools of thought surrounding the dates for the Wheel of the Year in the southern hemisphere. The first being that you should celebrate the Sabbats on the well known dates regardless of where you are in the world, so for example Samhain should be celebrated on/around October 31st regardless of where you live. I personally don’t ascribe to this school of thought and I have not yet met a southern hemisphere pagan who does.

The second school of thought is that the Wheel of the Year is connected to nature and is fluid and alive. The reason many people turn from the religion of their upbringing to paganism is to get away from the dogmatic, rigidity of the abrahamic religions. Paganism/Witchcraft are meant to be personal journeys, and at the end of the day you need to do whatever feels right to you.

Before we move on to the dates I will make another quick point about the Pagan Calendar. It doesn’t run from January to December like the Gregorian Calendar, it instead runs from May through March in the southern hemisphere, starting with Samhain and ending with Mabon.

Samhain – May 1st

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  • The is classed as the pagan new year
  • A day for honouring the dead, cleansing and releasing.
  • Earth Event: 15° Taurus
  • Alternate Names: N/A

Yule – June 21st

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  • Rebirth
  • Life triumphs over death
  • Earth Event: Winter Solstice
  • Alternate Names: N/A

Imbolc – August 1st

  • Purification
  • Initiation and/or Dedication ceremony
  • Earth Event: 15° Leo
  • Alternate Names: Candlemas

Eostara – September 21

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  • Conception
  • Regeneration
  • New Beginnings
  • Earth Event: Spring Equinox
  • Alternate Names: Ostara

Beltane – October 31st

  • Passion that fuels life
  • Joy & Fertility
  • Earth Event: 15° Scorpio
  • Alternate Names: May Day

Litha – December 21st

  • Transition
  • Planning
  • Earth Event: Summer Solstice
  • Alternate Names: Midsummer

Lammas – February 2nd

  • Gratitude
  • Abundance
  • Fruition
  • Earth Event: 15° Aquarius
  • Alternate Names: Lughnasadh

Mabon – March 21

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  • Giving thanks
  • Reflection
  • Earth Events: Autumn Equinox
  • Alternate Names: N/A

So there you have them, the Wheel of the Year dates for the southern hemisphere with a small breakdown of what each Sabbat entails. As I previously said, over the coming year I am going to add links to this page, as well as direct links on my instagram feed, to posts that delve into the details of each Sabbat.

I look forward to the year, growing, learning and following my path along side you all.

Blessed Be,
The Aussie Witch.

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