Annual Astronomical Events

 
 

 A.1    EQUINOX:    March 20-23, depending on the year.
“Equal Night” and Day length.  Day and night are equal all over the world.
The Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the Autumnal Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.  This is also the beginning of the Astrological Year and International Astrology Day.

C.1    BELTANE:    May 1st
May Day is the midpoint between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the midpoint between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.

B.1    SOLSTICE:    June 20-23, depending on the year.
The Summer Solstice and the first Day of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the Winter Solstice and the first Day of Winter in the Southern Hemisphere.

C.2    MIDSUMMER:    August 2nd
The Midpoint between the Longest Day of the Year and the Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the Shortest Day of the Year and the Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.

A.2    EQUINOX:    September 20-23, depending on the year.
“Equal Night” and Day length.  Day and night are equal all over the world.
The Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.  This is also the midpoint of the Astrological Year.

C.3    SAMHAIN:    October 31st, November 1st, November 2nd
Halloween, All Saints’ Day, and The Day Of The Dead represent the midpoint between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the midpoint between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.  This time celebrates the descent into darkness or, conversely, the ascent from darkness into light.

B.2    YULE:        December 20-23, depending on the year.
The Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.  A day where Light is celebrated, either for its scarcity or its abundance.

C.4    IMBOLC:    February 2nd
Groundhog’s Day is the Midpoint between the Shortest Day of the Year and the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the Longest Day of the Year and the Autumnal Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.