For those of us that live in the southern hemisphere, celebrating the seasons can be a very difficult experience, especially for those new to the path. Winter is Summer, Autumn is Spring and it can all get very confusing. Even more so for those that live in tropical, desert or polar climates that do not have the typical Summer-Autumn-Winter-Spring format.
Whilst most of you that are reading this blog (well I hope you are reading it), are about to embark on Autumn/Fall and getting ready to celebrate either Winter Finding or Mabon (whichever wheel you prefer) we down here in the southern part of the globe have just come into Spring.
So here is what most of you would see when looking at a Wheel of the Year. These are northern hemisphere dates so will be very familiar to most of you.
Now here is the process that goes in to making them fit with the southern hemisphere seasons.
Which then becomes this:
|Blot/Sabbat||Southern Hemisphere||Season||Northern Hemisphere|
|Feast of Thunar||July 20th – Aug 18th||Winter||Jan 20th – Feb 18th|
|Charming of the Plow||Aug 2nd||Spring||Feb 2nd|
|Imbolc||Aug 1st||Spring||Feb 1st|
|Vali||Aug 14th||Spring||Feb 14th|
|Ostara||Sept 19th – 21st||Spring||March 19th – 21st|
|Yggdrasill Day||October 22nd||Spring||April 22nd|
|Walpurginsnacht||Nov 1st||Summer||May 1st|
|Beltane||Oct 31st – Nov 1st||Summer||April 30th – May 1st|
|Midsummer||Dec 20th – 21st||Summer||June 20st – 21st|
|Litha||Dec 21st||Summer||June 21st|
|Lughnasadh/Lammas||Feb 2nd||Autumn||August 2ndt|
|Frey Faxi||Feb 28th||Autumn||August 28th|
|Winter Finding||March 20th – 21st||Autumn||Sept 20th – 21st|
|Mabon||March 21st||Autumn||Sept 20th|
|Winter Night’s||April 30th – May 1st||Autumn||Oct 31st – Nov 1st|
|Samhain||April 30th – May 1st||Autumn||Oct 31st – Nov 1st|
|Mother’s Night||June 21st or 22nd||Winter||Dec 21st or 22nd|
|Yule||June 21st||Winter||Dec 21st|
|Yule||June 21st – July 2nd||Winter||Dec 21st – Jan 1st|
I am still in the process on trying to create a nice and aesthetically pleasing Southern Hemisphere Heathen Calendar but I do have a Southern Hemisphere Celtic Wheel.
There are a number of books and websites that I use to help with the conversion of these times and dates.
Rituals of Celebration – Jane Meredith (Book Depository)
Spheres of Light, Frances Billinghurst Blog, archaeoastronomy.com, Out of the Winter, An Asatru Blog, Asatru Alliance, Pagan Calendar, Asatru Holidays Wiki, Wheel of the Year Wiki, Odin’s Volk, Wizard Realm.
As mentioned in previous posts, I have been involved in researching and writing up some Celtic Wheel of the Year rituals and events for my local pagan community and so am currently focused on that, hence the table above. I will hope to have something out by December 2016 ready for 2017. So stay tuned for updates.
So for now my crazies I will leave you with the excitement of either Ostara (yay I love the colours of Spring but hate the pollen & hayfever), Mabon or Winter Finding.
Oh if you find an error or feel that something should be added or rearranged please leave me a comment.