Wiccan Holidays in the Southern Hemisphere
What is the Wheel of the Year, or Wiccan holidays, for those in the Southern Hemisphere?
It gets a little tricky, since Wicca was created in the Northern Hemisphere. Since it's a nature religion, an Earth religion, this makes a big difference.
After all, a Midsummer ritual in the North happens in June.
In the South, though, this is midwinter!
So what does a Southern Witch do?
There are two schools of thought.
- One viewpoint is that the Sabbats should be celebrated as they were originally created to be... in other words, Samhain is Oct 31, regardless of where you live.
In the Southern Hemisphere, even though you are just gearing up to summer on Oct 31, this perspective says that you celebrate the cleansing and releasing, the honouring of the dead just as you would if you lived in the Northern Hemisphere.
- The other viewpoint is that Wicca is a nature religion which must, if it is to be alive and not merely dogmatic procedure, fit your own circumstances.
So this perspective says that when the Southern Hemisphere is gearing up for spring, you would celebrate Wiccan rituals of Spring. Regardless of what Northern Witches are doing.
Be True To Yourself
Since the only Law of Wicca (the Wiccan Rede
) is to "do as ye will, an it harm none," it's really up to you to decide how you want to celebrate the Sabbats.
My personal opinion is that it can't be real or meaningful if the Wiccan Wheel of the Year violates your own experience.
Not to mention... every season has its own energy.
When you work in harmony with that energy, you increase the power of your ritual. Working in contrast to it, naturally, decreases the flow.
And this is the way most Southern Wiccans have rituals: in accord with their own natural seasons.
So if you'd like a Southern version of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year, here it is...
Major Wiccan Holidays for the Southern Hemisphere
|| May 1
||Pagan New Year, Honouring the Dead, Cleansing and releasing
|| Winter Solstice
||~ Jun 21
||Rebirth, Life triumphs over death
|| Aug 1
||Purification, Initiation, Dedication
|| Lady Day
||~ Sep 21
||Conception, Regeneration, New Beginnings
|| May Day
|| Oct 31
||Passion that fuels Life, Joy, Fertility
||~ Dec 21
|| Feb 2
||Gratitude, Abundance, Fruition
||Thanksgiving (Second Harvest)
|| Autumn Equinox
||~ Mar 21
||Giving thanks, Reflection
With Brightest Blessings,
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Wiccan Holidays for Southern Hemisphere