Quarters and Cross Quarters

Every form of belief and religion, have their important dates, and Paganism isn’t any different. The wheel of the year is marked by the Four Quarters and Four Cross-Quarters; those points in the year when we honour and celebrate a seasonal or mythical event. Four of them are known around the globe as the Seasonal Equinox; Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter (Ostara, Mid-Summer, Mabon, and Yule). The other four are distinctly pagan; Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain, and I always see them as more of a celebration of the Lord and Lady.

Each of the eight points represents a certain phase in the relationship between Nature and us, and at the same time The Lord and Lady. Like the wheel, it’s a never-ending cycle that is celebrated year after year. We celebrate the relationship between the deities at each point, from conception, to birth, life, love and the eventual death, noting the corresponding changes in Nature as well.

This is my take on the Quarters and Cross Quarters. As I have stated before, I’m just returning to this path, so my take on this is rather vague, but this is what I have been able to understand as of this moment. I am still deciding whether or not to celebrate the Cross Quarters, just so that I can be more familiar with what they are and what they represent.

Please feel free to comment and add more to this. I always want to learn.

~Blessed Be~


About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

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