Wheel of the Year 

There are many myths concerning the origins of the Goddess and the God and their role in the seasons of nature. This is one such story about the wheel of the year.

At Yule (December 21) the Goddess gives birth to her Son, the God. This is also the origin of the idea that Jesus and Mithras were born at this time of year. At Yule, We celebrate the return journey of the Sun, and the life it will bring.

At Imbolq (February 2) the Goddess recovered from the birth and the God's strength is increasing with the waxing power of the sun. Imbolq traditionally marked the calving period, when the animals would begin to bear milk for their young. For Pagans, it is a time of creativity and inspiration, and is associated with the Celtic Goddess Brigid.

By Ostara (Spring Equinox), which marks the first day of spring, the Goddess regains her strength and works her magick. The young God is now maturing. Now is a time of new starts, as we travel through the gateway into the realm of warmth and light.

At Beltane (May 1), when Nature is truly flourishing, the Goddess and God unite. This ensures the abundance of the next harvest. At this time, the Goddess becomes pregnant, thus assuring the continuation of life. Beltane is a time of love and great celebration, and we cherish the joys which life offers us.

By Midsummer (Summer Solstice), the God is at the peak of his power, as is all of Nature's bounty. It is the high time of the Sun and is marked with festivals of light.

Lughnasadh (August 1) was the time the ancients gave thanks for the first fruits of the harvest. The summer is waning and the God has become the God of sacrifice, being cut down in the fields. It is a time of giving thanks for what we have and making offerings of gratitude.

At Mabon (Autumn Equinox) the light begins to grow less, and the God, cut down in the corn and wheat, begins his journey to the Other world. It is the final harvest, when the fields are clear of their bounty. We now make ready for the Winter to come. It is a time of balance.

Samhain (October 31), marks the Pagan new year, and commonly know as Halloween. The veil between the worlds of life and death is thin on this night, we take this time to remember our beloved who have passed. The God gives his life up to the land, and pass in the Shadowland, only to be reborn again at Yule.

The wheel turns again. The story of the life, death and rebirth of the God is the story of the land and the crops, but is also the story of each of us and the lives we live.