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Solstice, Equinox and Cross-Quarter Ceremonies

The Solstices and Equinoxes honor the path of the Sun from the lowest to the highest point in the sky and amount of daylight it brings to Earth it brings to us during each cycle. The Cross Quarters are the times of year directly between the Solstices and Equinoxes. We invite you to attend these events as a way of attuning to these changes and how they may affect you.

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Vernal Equinox
The first day of Spring and the beginning of the Solar Cycle. At this time the Sun is midway in its ascent through the heavens. On this day we are also midway between Winter and Summer and the days and night are equal in length (hence the name Equinox – Equal Night).
Beltane
Midway between the Vernal Equinox and the Summer Solstice, Beltane has been celebrated for centuries on May 1st in celebration of the fertility of the land.
Summer Solstice
The Summer Solstice occurs on the day on which the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky. On this day there are more hours of sunlight than any other point in the year.
Lughnasadh
Midway between the Summer Solstice and the Autumnal Equinox, the ripening of the grain and the heat of the late summer in anticipation of the coming harvest time.
Autumnal Equinox
The first day of Autumn. Like the Vernal Equinox, day and night are of equal length, but the Sun in now on the descent to its lowest point in the heavens.
Samhaim (All Hallows Eve)
Midway between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice, we recognize the ending of the crop cycle and the darkening of the days.
Winter Solstice
At the Winter Solstice, the Sun reaches its lowest point. At this time the days are the shortest and the nights are the longest of the year.
Imbolc
Midway between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox, the days are becoming noticeably lighter. Associated with the Goddess Brighid and has traditionally been a time for making pledges for the new year to com.