OF THE YEAR
[See bottom of the page for credits]
3 September 1999
As a true Capricorn, daughter of time-celebrating (and time-obsessed) Saturn, I have been spending many days working on pages for the Earth-based seasons of the Northern Hemisphere (as handed down from Europe to the rest of us). My MythingLinks website has been online for ten months now and in that time I have created my own on-going Wheel of the Year, starting with a 1998 Winter Solstice/Yule greeting page, then 1999's Spring, Summer, Autumn -- and now I'm working on a new page for Winter Solstice.
A few days ago I also began working on the "in-between" celebrations that actually, in the agricultural year, mark the beginning of the following season -- this is why "Summer Solstice" in June, for example, is still called "Midsummer," since summer technically begins with Beltane in May; in a similar manner, autumn begins at Lammas in early August, winter at Samhain in late October/early November (which is why the Yule season is also called Midwinter), and spring at Imbolc in early February.
I have been linking these pages to the season in which they seem to occur -- thus Imbolc, the beginning of spring, nevertheless lies in early February and is thus on the Winter Solstice page, and so forth.
Today I created this convenient meta-site where all these pages can be grouped together. Although many northern traditions, including the Celtic, start the year with Samhain, others prefer Winter Solstice, as do I, so that's where I'll start.FYI: General links covering many celebrations year-round will continue to be found on my "Eastern & Western European Earth-Based Ways (Wicca)" page.
Specific seasonal links, however, will be found with the relevant season below; on these seasonal pages, where available, I'll also be including non-European links to the same season (e.g., the winter solstice pueblo dances from the American southwest; Japanese plum flower festivals at spring equinox, etc.); where appropriate, I'll even create special pages for non-pagan/wiccan celebrations (e.g., Day of the Dead, Earthday) and indicate these by placing them in parentheses.
The Wheel of the Year:
Winter Solstice/Holiday Season
Yuletide Around the World
Lunar New Year Spring Equinox
The Pagan Wheel in the Southern Hemisphere
Day of the Dead
This excellent page (by an unknown author) on pagan celebrations in Australia and New Zealand was rescued and sent to me as a text file by Australia's Margaret RainbowWeb (her own fine site is "Re-Earthing the Earth" -- it has a Seasonal Greetings page that changes every 6 weeks, and that reflects her personal experiences with the Australian seasons). I created an html page for the rescued file and have now linked it to my own site until it finds another home. I found especially interesting the many Celtic influences still alive and well "down under," even though the times of the year are reversed (e.g., when we celebrate spring, they celebrate fall and Halloween).http://www.geocities.com/Athens/6707/ozsabbats.html
From Vanessa Meachen in Australia comes another page on the Southern Hemisphere's Pagan Wheel. The essay is lively and very informative.
Related Mything Links Pages:
To: Eastern & Western Europe: Nature-Based Ways (Wicca)
To Common Themes: DEVIC WEATHER-WORKING: Introduction (An experimental, out-on-a-limb, on-going ritual in cyberspace)To Common Themes: The Green Man page
The "square" on the mini-console below will stop the sound; the "triangle" will start it again; the two lines will pause it; the slider controls the volume.
This site's lovely tree (whose colors I altered to fit the changing seasons -- the summer version is the original), comes from Yasmine's Dark Moon Rising site (click on "Exploring the Sabbats," which has excellent, albeit brief, information on all eight Sabbats in the Wheel of the Year).
The ancient looking calendar-wheel at the top of my page came as freeware from "Touch of Magic," a site that has now vanished. 14 June 2000 update: a week or so ago I found the same image on one of Mike Nichols' sites along with the following credit:"Wheel of the Year" illustration by Joseph A. Smith (from the book Witches by Erica Jong).
© 1999-2003 Kathleen Jenks, Ph.D.
Page created & published 3 September 1999.
25 November 1999; 22 December 1999;
21 January 2000; 2 March 2000; 3 April 2000 (Nedstated);
11 April 2000; 28 May 2000; 14 June 2000; 18 August 2000;
31 October 2000; 16 November 2000;
13 June 2001; 11 July 2001 (Ned3.0);
18 August 2001 (updated autumn links for 2001);
4 March 2002 (updated 2001 winter link -- forgot last year!);
28 August 2002, 3:15am: added new autumn page and corrected links for all archived files;
24 January 2003: corrected most recently archived Winter Solstice page;
6 March 2003: updated spring equinox links.