Mabon

Mabon

Mabon Quarter Day

Equinox

Mabon, also known as the Autumn Equinox, is one of the Quarter Days celebrated in various cultures and traditions.

It falls around September 21st to 23rd in the Northern Hemisphere, marking the halfway point between the Summer Solstice and the Winter Solstice.

Astrologically Mabon is when the Sun enters Libra at zero degrees.

During Mabon, day and night are nearly equal in length, symbolizing a moment of balance and harmony in nature.

It is a time to give thanks for the bountiful harvest and to prepare for the cooler months ahead and express gratitude for the abundance of the Earth.

Many people commemorate Mabon by having in feasts, sharing meals with loved ones, and giving thanks for the gifts of the season.

Quarter Day

This Quarter Day holds spiritual significance, as it represents a time of reflection, introspection, and preparation for the colder months ahead.

It encourages us to pause and take stock of our lives, giving thanks for the blessings we’ve received and contemplating the lessons learned throughout the year.

Symbolically, Mabon is associated with the theme of letting go, similar to the falling leaves of autumn.

It prompts us to release what no longer serves us and make space for new growth and opportunities in the future.

Wheel of the Year

As the Wheel of The Year turns, Mabon invites us to appreciate the changing seasons, embrace the cycles of life, and find harmony within ourselves and the world around us.

Whether through ceremonies, rituals, or simple moments of gratitude, Mabon provides a chance to connect with nature’s rhythms and celebrate the beauty of the autumnal season.

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Mabon Colors

Autumn Colors

Traditional colors associated with Mabon reflect the vibrant and earthy hues of the autumn season.

As a harvest festival, Mabon celebrates the bountiful gifts of nature and the changing colors of the landscape.

The colors that are commonly associated with this festival are below.

Orange

Orange is one of the most prominent colors of Mabon, representing the warm and inviting tones of autumn foliage.

It symbolizes the changing leaves and the abundance of the harvest season.

Orange is also associated with the setting sun, signifying the waning light and the approaching darkness of winter.

Brown

Brown represents the rich, fertile soil that nurtures the crops and allows them to grow and flourish.

It symbolizes the Earth’s abundance and the importance of grounding and stability during the seasonal transition.

Maroon

Deep red hues, reminiscent of ripe apples and other fall fruits, are often associated with Mabon.

This color represents the life force and energy within the fruits of the harvest.

Red is also linked to the changing color of the leaves as they prepare to fall from the trees.

Yellow

Yellow is the color of the golden harvest, symbolizing the ripened grains and crops ready for harvest.

It represents prosperity, abundance, and the rewards of hard work and dedication.

Forest Green

Dark green is associated with the evergreen plants that remain vibrant and strong even as the landscape changes around them.

It represents resilience and the continuity of life.

Deep Purple

Deep purple hues are reminiscent of grapes and the wine-making process, which is often associated with the harvest season.

Purple also represents transformation and the changing of the seasons.

Gold

Gold is a color that signifies the rewards of a successful harvest and the preciousness of nature’s gifts.

It symbolizes the value and abundance of the Earth’s offerings.

Decoration

These traditional colors associated with Mabon are often used in decorations, altars, candles, and other festive elements during the celebration.

By incorporating these colors, people honor the beauty of the autumn season, express gratitude for the harvest’s bounty, and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for gatherings and rituals during this special time of the year.

Mabon Traditional Gatherings

Mabon, also known as the autumn equinox, is a time of balance between day and night, marking the transition from the warmer days of summer to the cooler days of fall. It's a significant point on the Wheel of the Year and is often celebrated by various pagan and neopagan traditions. Traditional gatherings during Mabon focus on themes of gratitude, reflection, and the harvest season.

Here's a glimpse into Mabon traditional gatherings:

  • Mabon is a time to celebrate the second harvest of the year. Traditional gatherings often feature feasts that highlight the bounty of the season. Participants may share dishes made from the abundance of fruits, vegetables, and grains harvested during the fall.

  • Many Mabon celebrations take place outdoors to connect with nature's changing energies. Picnics, potlucks, and gatherings in parks or gardens provide an opportunity to enjoy the crisp air and the beauty of the changing foliage.

  • Rituals during Mabon often focus on balance and gratitude. Participants may create altars adorned with symbols of the season, such as colorful leaves, gourds, and apples. Candles may be lit to represent the balance between light and darkness.

  • Apples are a quintessential fruit of the fall season. Traditional gatherings may include apple picking excursions to orchards, where participants can gather apples for use in rituals, crafts, and delicious treats.

  • Craft activities that reflect the season's themes are often part of Mabon gatherings. Creating wreaths, decorating pumpkins, making corn husk dolls, and crafting gratitude journals are ways to connect with the spirit of Mabon creatively.

  • Drumming circles can be a lively and vibrant way to celebrate Mabon. The rhythmic beat of drums symbolizes the heartbeat of the Earth and can help participants feel more connected to nature and the changing seasons.

  • Expressing gratitude for the harvest and the blessings of the year is a central aspect of Mabon gatherings. Rituals and practices that focus on gratitude, such as sharing stories of thankfulness or creating gratitude lists, help participants center their celebrations around appreciation.

  • Traditional dances and music can add a festive and joyful atmosphere to Mabon gatherings. Folk dances, singing, and playing musical instruments bring a sense of community and celebration.

  • Taking a leisurely walk in nature during Mabon can be a simple yet profound way to connect with the changing landscape and the energies of the season. Participants may gather fallen leaves, acorns, and other natural elements for use in crafts or rituals.

  • Mabon is a time for coming together as a community to celebrate the harvest and the changing of the seasons. Community potlucks, gatherings, and circles allow participants to share their experiences, stories, and reflections.

Mabon traditional gatherings revolve around themes of gratitude, reflection, and the harvest season.

They offer participants the opportunity to connect with nature, each other, and the spiritual significance of the equinox.

Whether you're using astrology as a tool for inspiration or simply seeking to live your best life, Mabon gatherings provide a space for embracing the balance of the season and expressing appreciation for the Earth's abundance.

Mabon Sacred Spaces

Creating a sacred space for Mabon, also known as the autumn equinox, allows you to connect with the energies of the season and engage in meaningful rituals and reflections.

A Mabon sacred space is a place where you can honor the balance between light and darkness, express gratitude for the harvest, and embrace the changing energies of fall.

Here's how you can set up a Mabon sacred space:

  • Choose a quiet and peaceful location where you can set up your sacred space. This could be indoors or outdoors, depending on your preferences and the weather.

  • Create an altar as the centerpiece of your sacred space. Use a table, shelf, or any flat surface to arrange your altar items. Cover it with a cloth in fall colors like orange, deep red, or brown.

  • Decorate your altar with items that represent the themes of Mabon. This can include colorful leaves, acorns, pinecones, pumpkins, gourds, apples, and autumn flowers like marigolds and chrysanthemums.

  • Place candles on your altar to symbolize the balance between light and darkness. You can use two candles—one white or yellow to represent the sun and one black or dark blue to represent the night.

  • Incorporate crystals that resonate with the energies of fall and balance, such as citrine, carnelian, amethyst, and clear quartz. Arrange them on your altar or use them as decorations.

  • Burn incense or use essential oils with fall scents like cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. The aroma can help you create a sensory connection to the season.

  • Add seasonal fruits like apples, pears, and grapes to your altar. You can also include grains like wheat, corn, or barley as offerings to represent the harvest.

  • If you have specific tools you use in rituals, such as a cauldron, athame (ritual knife), or wand, place them on your altar as well.

  • If you work with specific deities, ancestors, or spirit guides, you can include representations or images of them on your altar.

  • Place a small piece of paper or parchment on your altar where you can write down your intentions for the season. This could include things you're grateful for, what you're releasing, or what you're inviting into your life.

  • Create a comfortable space near your altar where you can sit and meditate. Use this space for reflection, gratitude practices, and setting intentions for the coming season.

  • As a way of expressing gratitude, you can offer some of the fruits, nuts, or grains from your altar to the Earth, either by placing them outside or by incorporating them into your fall cooking.

 

By setting up a Mabon sacred space, you create a dedicated area where you can honor the energies of the autumn equinox, reflect on the harvest season, and engage in rituals that align with your spiritual practices.

This space serves as a visual representation of your connection to the changing rhythms of nature and the spiritual significance of Mabon.

 

 

Mabon Poem: Harvest's Balance

Here's a poem I wrote that captures the spirit of Mabon, the autumn equinox, and its themes of balance, gratitude, and the changing of the seasons:

Harvest's Balance

  

As summer's warmth begins to wane,

The equinox arrives again,

A moment's pause in time and space,

When light and dark find their embrace.

 

The scales of nature gently sway,

As night and day hold equal sway,

A harmony of sun and moon,

In Mabon's gentle, whispered tune.

 

The leaves, ablaze in colors bright,

Bid summer's fond farewell tonight,

And in their fall, a sacred dance,

Of letting go with elegance.

 

The fruits of labor, rich and sweet,

Now gathered in for all to eat,

A feast of gratitude we share,

For earth's provision, tender care.

 

With every bite, a whispered prayer,

For cycles, gifts beyond compare,

The turning wheel, a constant guide,

As seasons shift and worlds collide.

 

In this moment of perfect blend,

We find the balance, time to spend,

To honor Earth's abundant store,

And give thanks for the evermore.

 

As autumn's cloak wraps earth in gold,

The stories of the year are told,

In Mabon's light, we find our way,

A dance of night and equal day.

 

This poem reflects the themes of balance, gratitude, and the harvest season that Mabon embodies.

It can be recited during rituals, gatherings, or moments of reflection to honor the energy of the autumn equinox.

 

Mabon Folk Dance

If you're looking for a folk dance to embrace the spirit of Mabon and connect with nature's rhythms, the "Harvest Reel" might be a perfect choice.

The Harvest Reel

The Harvest Reel is a lively and joyful folk dance that embodies the essence of the season.

It can be performed outdoors, surrounded by the beauty of nature, or even indoors to bring the spirit of the outdoors in.

This dance is all about celebrating the abundance of the harvest and the changing of the seasons.

To perform the Harvest Reel, you can follow these simple steps:

  • Gathering in a Circle: Form a circle with friends and fellow dancers. Imagine you're creating a circle that represents the cyclical nature of the seasons.

 

  • Harvesting Movements: Begin by swaying gently from side to side, mimicking the movement of stalks swaying in the breeze. Imagine you're gathering the ripe fruits and grains from the fields.

 

  • Sun and Moon Gestures: As you dance, incorporate movements that symbolize the sun and the moon. Lift your arms high above your head to represent the sun's energy, and then lower them to your sides to symbolize the gentle light of the moon.

 

  • Partner Swaps: If you're dancing in a group, consider a part of the dance where partners swap. This reflects the changing partnerships in nature as different plants and animals interact during the seasons.

 

  • Harvest Basket: Hold your hands together in front of you as if holding a basket. With each step, imagine adding a piece of harvest bounty to your basket.

 

  • Seasonal Changes: As the dance progresses, introduce changes in your movements to reflect the transition from the warm days of summer to the cooler embrace of autumn. You can incorporate skipping, hopping, and gentle spinning to embody the changing weather.

 

  • Crescent and Full Moon Steps: Create steps that mimic the shape of the crescent moon and the full moon. These steps can add a touch of whimsy and symbolism to your dance.

 

  • Celebratory Claps: Towards the end of the dance, incorporate celebratory claps and cheers to represent the joy of a successful harvest and the gratitude for nature's gifts.

 

The Dance Experience

Remember, the Harvest Reel isn't about perfect choreography.

It's about embracing the energy of the season, connecting with your fellow dancers, and expressing your gratitude for the bounties of the earth.

Feel free to add your own twists and movements inspired by the natural world around you.

By dancing the Harvest Reel, you'll be living in tune with the solar cycles, celebrating the Wheel of the Year, and embodying the essence of Mabon.

Whether you're dancing in a meadow, a park, or your own living room, this dance will help you connect with nature, celebrate the harvest, and live your best life in harmony with the changing seasons.

Author Bio

Alison Price: Astrology Coach

Alison wants to help you uncover your individual creativity and lead a fulfilling life using your own astrology. She shares her wisdom from the heart with a touch of humor.

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Tropic of Capricorn Alison’s Story

Phalaborwa

I have cherished memories of residing near the Tropic of Capricorn in South Africa during the vibrant nineties.

Our home was nestled in the town of Phalaborwa, a place that owed its existence to the presence of a copper mine.

Positioned just shy of the Tropic of Capricorn, Phalaborwa sat proudly at 23°55’S latitude, with the actual Tropic of Capricorn located just a short distance away.

Tropic of Capricorn

One particular memory that brings a smile to my face is a photograph capturing myself and my four little darlings standing precisely on the line where the Tropic of Capricorn encircles the Earth.

It holds a special place in my heart, and I invite you to glimpse this cherished image on the blog post linked in the description below.



Two Summers

Phalaborwa, aptly named “Two summers,” was renowned for its scorching heat. The climate seemed to bypass the traditional seasons of Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, and instead embraced an unyielding presence of two relentless summers.

The town’s name encapsulated this unique experience, as it symbolized a place where the distinction between seasons was blurred, and the sensation of endless heat pervaded.

 

Phalaborwa-africa-baobab-sunset-hot

 

Tropic of Capricorn

Being situated near the Tropic of Capricorn had a profound effect on the town’s relationship with the sun.

Each year, on or around December 21st, which coincides with mid-winter in the northern hemisphere, Phalaborwa experienced the striking phenomenon of the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.

It was during this time that the sun seemingly paused, suspended directly overhead at the solstice, casting its intense rays upon the land.

 

Local Spirit

This celestial occurrence held both awe and significance. It marked a moment when the Sun reached its highest point in the sky, casting a luminous glow upon the landscape and illuminating the spirit of the town.

The Sun’s powerful presence during the summer solstice served as a reminder of the cyclical nature of time and the intricate dance between celestial bodies and the Earth.

 

Connection

Living in Phalaborwa, near the Tropic of Capricorn, granted a unique vantage point to witness the grandeur of celestial events. It connected us to the cosmic rhythms that govern our world, allowing us to appreciate the wonder and majesty of the sun’s journey through the seasons.

These memories of the sun’s radiant embrace during the summer solstice remain etched in my mind, a testament to the remarkable beauty and interconnectedness of our planet’s celestial tapestry.

 

Tropical Living

Only those who reside within the geographic band between the two tropics have the privilege of witnessing the Sun casting its direct rays overhead. Living within this equatorial region, encompassing approximately 23°43′ degrees north and 23°43′ degrees south of the equator, grants a unique experience of the Sun’s radiant presence.

In contrast, for those dwelling above or below this latitude, the Sun’s rays perpetually approach at an oblique angle, never reaching the zenith directly overhead.

 

Biological Diversity

This fundamental distinction in the angle at which the Sun’s rays reach different latitudes gives rise to notable variations in climate and biodiversity.

Tropical regions, characterized by their proximity to the equator and the presence of the two tropics, tend to be consistently hotter and boast exceptional levels of biological diversity. The direct overhead position of the Sun ensures a more intense and concentrated influx of solar energy, resulting in elevated temperatures year-round.

Abundant Sunlight

The perpetual warmth of tropical regions creates a conducive environment for diverse ecosystems to flourish. Lush rainforests, vibrant coral reefs, and a rich array of plant and animal species find their home within these tropical paradises.

The abundant sunlight and the accompanying warmth provide the necessary conditions for the proliferation of life, fostering a breathtaking tapestry of biodiversity.

 

Seasonal Shifts

In contrast, regions situated beyond the tropics experience more pronounced seasonal variations due to the oblique angle at which the Sun’s rays reach the Earth’s surface. These regions, commonly referred to as temperate or polar zones, witness fluctuations in temperature and distinct seasons characterized by spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

The reduced intensity of the Sun’s rays at higher latitudes results in cooler climates and different ecological adaptations.

 

Adaptation

While these temperate and polar regions may not experience the consistent heat of the tropics, they possess their own unique beauty and biological wonders. The seasonal changes bring about stunning transformations in landscapes, showcasing the resilience and adaptability of flora and fauna to thrive in ever-changing conditions.

 

Sunlight

The positioning of regions between the two tropics grants them the privilege of experiencing the Sun directly overhead, fostering hotter climates and exceptional biodiversity.

However, it is important to recognize that each latitude, whether tropical or temperate, possesses its own distinct charm and ecological marvels, adding to the wondrous tapestry of our planet’s diverse ecosystems.

 

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Solstices

Solstices are recurring events that take place twice a year.

In the Northern Hemisphere, one solstice occurs around June 21st, known as the summer solstice, while the other takes place on December 21st, referred to as the winter solstice.

These solstices mark the pivotal moments within the solar year, signifying significant shifts in the sun’s position and the duration of daylight.

Tropics

Geography Class

Let’s take a nostalgic trip back to your school days, specifically to your geography class. The Earth’s axis is tilted at an angle of around 23.5° degrees relative to the vertical.

This tilting causes the Earth to face one pole and then the other towards the Sun as it orbits around it. This alternation of the poles occurs throughout the year.

In June, during the summer solstice, the North Pole is oriented towards the Sun, while in December, during the winter solstice, the South Pole faces the Sun.

Consequently, June experiences summer in the northern hemisphere, while December marks summer in the southern hemisphere.

Line of the Tropics

At a point 23.5° degrees above and below the equator, the Sun appears directly overhead on the Earth. If you were to draw an imaginary line around the Earth at these points, they would correspond to the tropics.

The Tropic of Capricorn is situated in the Southern Hemisphere, while the Tropic of Cancer lies in the northern hemisphere.

When the Sun reaches these two tropics and changes its direction, it enters the tropical signs of Cancer and Capricorn.

This shift in direction, or turning, holds symbolic significance, representing the cyclical nature of the Earth’s relationship with the Sun and the changing seasons.


Natural Wheel

Aries First

In the natural wheel, the zodiac signs are arranged in a specific order, with Aries positioned on the left in the Ascendant position. Each subsequent sign follows suit, with Taurus in the second house, Gemini in the third house, Cancer in the fourth house, and so on.

In the natural wheel, the Cancer ingress, which marks the Sun’s entry into the sign of Cancer, is typically depicted at the lowest part of a chart. This convention is used for chart display purposes. This moment represents the first cardinal ingress since the beginning of the Zodiac at zero Aries.

As the Sun transitions into Cancer, it symbolically signifies a connection back to the equator.

At this point, the Sun undergoes a turning or shift, carrying symbolic implications for establishing renewed connections or foundations.

Swinging up and down like a pendulum in the rhythm of the seasons and the solar year.

 

sine-wave-suns-path

Sun enters Cancer

June 21st

When the Sun enters the zodiac sign of Cancer, it marks a significant turning point known as the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.

This celestial event holds immense symbolic and practical importance.

The Sun’s entry into Cancer occurs around June 21st.

It signifies the peak of summer or winter, respectively, and serves as a pivotal moment in the solar year.

High or Low Point

At this time, the Sun reaches its highest or lowest point in the sky, resulting in the longest or shortest day of the year, and a corresponding shift in the duration of daylight.

Symbolically, the Sun’s entry into Cancer represents a moment of transition and change. It marks the beginning of a new season and holds profound significance for various cultures and traditions worldwide.

The solstice turning point is often associated with themes of rebirth, renewal, balance, and the interplay between light and darkness.


Solstice Celebrations

In many ancient cultures, solstice celebrations were held to honor this celestial event. People gathered at sacred sites, such as Stonehenge, to witness the alignment of the Sun with specific architectural features or celestial markers.

These celebrations often included rituals, ceremonies, feasts, and communal activities aimed at harnessing the energies of the Sun and embracing the transformative power of the solstice.

Practically, the Sun’s entry into Cancer also has practical implications for agriculture and the natural world.

Growing Season

In the Northern Hemisphere, it represents the peak of the growing season, as the Sun’s energy nourishes plants and promotes abundant growth.

Farmers and gardeners observe this turning point to gauge the optimal timing for planting, harvesting, and tending to their crops.

Lifecycles

On a deeper level, the Sun’s entry into Cancer invites us to reflect on the cycles of life, the nurturing qualities of the feminine, and our emotional well-being.

Cancer is associated with themes of home, family, intuition, and emotional sensitivity.

This period encourages us to connect with our inner selves, nurture our relationships, and find solace and comfort in the embrace of loved ones.

Overall, the Sun’s entry into Cancer represents a profound solstice turning point that holds both symbolic and practical significance.

It marks a transition in the solar year and heralds the arrival of summer, a season that is often regarded as one of the most delightful times of the year.

This time is characterized by the vibrant growth of crops and the joyful frolicking of lambs in the fields, encapsulating the essence of abundance and vitality.

 

Favourable Season

For farmers and subsistence farmers, the Sun’s entry into Cancer brings a sense of relief and relaxation.

It signifies a shift towards a more stable and favorable agricultural season.

The diligent efforts that they put into planting and nurturing crops begin to bear fruit, with fields transforming into a tapestry of lush greenery and burgeoning harvests.

This bountiful time allows growers to witness the fruits of their labor and take solace in the knowledge that their hard work is paying off.

 

Summer

The arrival of summer brings a respite from the more demanding tasks associated with earlier stages of agricultural.

It is a period where farmers can take a moment to appreciate the beauty of nature, to witness the flourishing landscapes, and to enjoy the rewards of their toil.

The fields become a source of inspiration and a testament to the cyclical nature of life and the interconnectedness between humans and the land.

 

Abundance

Moreover, the start of summer encourages a sense of relaxation and rejuvenation in rural communities.

It provides an opportunity for individuals to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature, to embrace outdoor activities, and to connect with the abundance of the season.

It is a time when communities come together to celebrate local traditions, festivals, and gatherings that celebrate the joys of summer.

 

Celebration

The Sun’s entry into Cancer marks the beginning of a vibrant and abundant season.

It signals a time when farmers and subsistence farmers can momentarily set aside their worries and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

It is a period of respite, joy, and celebration, where the natural world thrives and beckons all to revel in its beauty.

 


Tropic of Capricorn

Drawing Back

The Sun’s entry into Capricorn in December symbolically represents the Sun’s drawing back towards the equator, implying a significant shift in the seasonal cycle.

This transition signifies a movement towards balance and equilibrium, as the Sun’s position aligns closer to the celestial equator.

It symbolizes a turning point in the year, where the days begin to lengthen in the Northern Hemisphere and the nights become shorter.

New Cycle

Metaphorically, the Sun’s entry into Capricorn can be seen as a metaphorical pulling back or gathering of energy, as it prepares to embark on a new cycle and journey through the zodiac.

It is a time of reflection, consolidation, and setting intentions for the upcoming year.

The symbolism suggests a return to stability, grounding, and the establishment of solid foundations as the Sun’s energy converges towards the equator.

 


Monoliths to Celebrate the Solstices

Monoliths

Across different cultures and regions, numerous monuments, artifacts, and structures have been created to honor and celebrate the summer solstice.

These include megalithic sites, temples, stone circles, and observatories, each reflecting the deep reverence for the sun and the solstice in ancient societies.

These monuments and artifacts not only highlight the architectural and engineering prowess of their creators but also serve as powerful symbols of cultural and spiritual significance.

They were often used as gathering places for rituals, ceremonies, and festivities during solstices, including the summer solstice.

Such events would bring communities together to honor the sun’s life-giving energy, express gratitude for the abundance of the season, and partake in spiritual practices associated with this special day.

Solstice Alignment

The creation of these structures and the celebrations surrounding the summer solstice demonstrate the enduring human fascination with the cosmos and our deep connection to nature.

They serve as reminders of our ancient ancestors’ profound understanding of celestial cycles and their ability to integrate them into their daily lives, rituals, and belief systems.

These monuments and artifacts continue to captivate and inspire modern-day visitors, allowing us to glimpse into the rich tapestry of ancient cultures and their enduring legacies.

 

Stonehenge

Wiltshire, England

Places like Stonehenge have been constructed with careful alignment to the summer rising of the Sun on June 21st, the day of the summer solstice. These ancient monuments serve as remarkable testaments to the human fascination with celestial events and their significance in ancient cultures.

Stonehenge, located in England, is perhaps one of the most iconic examples of such a structure. Its alignment with the sunrise during the summer solstice suggests that it was specifically designed to capture the first rays of sunlight on this auspicious day.

The exact intentions and purposes behind Stonehenge’s construction remain a subject of debate and speculation, but it is widely believed that it held immense ceremonial and astronomical significance for the ancient people who built it.

Stonehenge’s Latitude

Stonehenge is situated at a latitude of approximately 51.1789 degrees N. Its precise location places it in the southern part of England, near the city of Salisbury, in the county of Wiltshire.

This latitude ensures that Stonehenge is within the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere, allowing it to experience a range of seasonal changes and align with important astronomical events such as the summer solstice.

The positioning of Stonehenge at this specific latitude further emphasizes its connection to celestial phenomena and the careful consideration given to its construction in relation to the Earth’s orientation and the movement of celestial bodies.

 

Stonehenge-at-dawn

“Sun Tunnels” Art in Utah, USA

Sun Tunnels Sculpture

Located in the Great Basin Desert of Northwest Utah, USA, the awe-inspiring “Sun Tunnels” art installation captures attention.

Crafted by renowned American artist Nancy Holt, this masterpiece offers a captivating experience.

Notably, the installation’s placement coincides with the summer solstice, enhancing the artistic encounter with a mesmerizing celestial alignment.

Crafted between 1973 and 1976, these remarkable tunnels consist of four concrete structures measuring nine feet and three inches in diameter, spanning a length of eighteen feet each.

Sun Tunnels Latitude

Situated at Latitude 41N, two tunnels align along the north-south axis, while the other two align east to west, creating a harmonious arrangement.

The precise alignment of the Concrete Tubes with the summer solstice showcases the intentional integration of celestial events and natural phenomena into the realm of art.

It creates a captivating and interactive experience for visitors who can witness the play of light and shadows as the Sun interacts with the installation during this particular time of the year.

 

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Solstice Alignment

At both the summer and winter solstice, the Sun Tunnels’ arrangement becomes a spectacle, with the Sun positioned precisely in the center of the imposing concrete tubes as it sets on the horizon.

The alignment with the solstices also adds a deeper layer of symbolism to the artwork. The summer solstice represents a turning point in the solar year, symbolizing abundance, vitality, and the peak of the Sun’s power.

By aligning with this significant celestial event, the Sun Tunnels may evoke a sense of connection to the cycles of nature, the passage of time, and the profound impact of celestial bodies on our daily lives.

 

Artistic Vision

Art installations that incorporate celestial alignments, such as Holt’s Sun Tunnels in Utah, invite contemplation and reflection on the interconnectedness of art, nature and the cosmos.

They highlight the artistic vision and creativity of the artists behind the installation while simultaneously fostering a sense of awe and wonder at the natural rhythms and forces that shape our world.

Visiting such installations during the summer solstice can provide a unique and immersive experience, as viewers witness the merging of art and nature, light and shadow, and the harmonious interaction between human creativity and the cosmic dance of celestial bodies.

 


As Astrologers

Observation

As astrologers, we have the privilege of observing and tracking the solar cycle as it reaches its zenith at the Tropic of Cancer before embarking on its transformative journey back. This cyclical movement holds great significance in our astrological interpretations and allows us to delve into the intricate dance between celestial bodies and human experiences.

 

Solar Cycle Peaks

The solar cycle’s peak at the Tropic of Cancer marks a pivotal moment in our astrological understanding. It symbolizes the height of the Sun’s influence in the Northern Hemisphere, bringing forth the energy of warmth, illumination, and growth. This is a time when the Sun’s rays shower the Earth with abundance, stirring the seeds of potential and offering opportunities for personal and collective expansion.

 

Turning Point

As the Sun reaches its highest point at the Tropic of Cancer, it signals a turning point, a shift in its trajectory. This celestial pivot holds deep symbolism, representing a moment of reflection, introspection, and realignment. It is a reminder of the cyclical nature of life and the need for balance and equilibrium.

 

Ebb and Flow

By closely observing the solar cycle’s journey back from the Tropic of Cancer, we gain valuable insights into the ebb and flow of energies and their impact on human lives. This return journey presents an opportunity for introspection, as the Sun gradually descends, inviting us to explore our inner realms, reassess our goals, and realign our intentions.

 

Connection

As astrologers, we follow this solar cycle with reverence and curiosity, recognizing the profound connection between celestial movements and the unfolding of human experiences. We engage in the study of planetary alignments, transits, and aspects to discern the subtle nuances of this transformative journey and its influence on individual charts and collective dynamics.

 

Patterns

Through our astrological practice, we seek to uncover the deeper meanings and patterns woven within the solar cycle. We strive to provide guidance, insights, and support as individuals navigate the turning tides, finding solace and inspiration in the rhythmic dance between the Sun’s radiant energy and our own evolving paths.

Cycle Peaks

In embracing the solar cycle’s peaks at the Tropic of Cancer and its subsequent return, we honor the ever-changing nature of existence and the infinite possibilities for growth and transformation. Our role as astrologers is to illuminate the cosmic tapestry and help others navigate the twists and turns of their personal journeys as they align with the celestial rhythm that guides us all.

 

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Vancouver

Here in Vancouver, we are at the 49th parallel which means we are at 49°14’N degrees from the equator.

There is even a brewing company in the city called, “The 49th Parallel Brewing Company” here in the city which crafts a delicious local beer. Or so I’ve heard.

We do experience significant changes in the seasons especially the amount of light from the Sun during summer as opposed to winter.

I realize that this is obvious as the seasons a change, but it was not so noticeable when I lived in Phalaborwa which is at 23°55’S degrees from the equator.

 

Think About It

I just wanted to discuss the turning points of the solstices as something to think about as we reach the summer solstice here this week.

I believe in living my life in line, and aligned to, the seasonal shifts created by the movement our tilt and the apparent path of the Sun.

I wanted to share that, as I learn more about astrology, it becomes more and more meaningful when I’m reading charts, where the Sun is and whether it is at the extremes of its path, either north or south.

 

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Yule

Wheel of the Year

My Yule page is an acknowledgement of the Wheel of the Year as the Sun enters Capricorn on December 21 we are at the solstice.

I have the symbol for Yule in the top left and on the top right has an oakleaf to symbolize the movement from the Holly King to the Oak King which happens on Yule.

Yule and the solstice is the actual beginning of the Wheel of the Year.

 

Yule Log

It’s the dead of winter. In my drawing that I have a yule log burning in the fire.

The idea is that you get one long big tree which is your you’ll log and you stick the fat and into the fireplace and you liked it on December 21 and as it slowly burns you push the tree into the great and I delete should be in for at least 12 days.

Dark to Light

Yule is a time where we are symbolizing the shift from the dark and we start to slowly move into the light.

This time of the year is symbolized by candles the fire and brightness.

Saturnalia

December 21st is the shortest day of the year it is also known as the Roman festival of Saturnalia.

Saturn rules Capricorn so it all fits in quite neatly.

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Astro Journal Flip Through

Astro Journal Flip Through

Astro Journal

I’m sharing with you my December Astro Journal flip through.

I’ve been journaling for years and I do dabble with all sorts of journals spreads, but this month I got a bit more organized and have got some images to show you of the journal pages I created for December 2021.

 

Cover Page

Astro Info

This page shows all the important astrological ingresses, lunar phases and planetary retrogrades for the month.

I also draw the zodiac in the natural position with Aries at the Ascendant point.

Sign Colors

You’ll notice that I colour my zodiac signs in specific colours and these are related to the colour wheel.

The fire signs are the primary colours, so Aries is red, Leo is yellow and Sagittarius is blue.

The air signs are the secondary colours so Gemini is orange, Libra is green and Aquarius is violet.

Then the earth and water signs become the tertiary colours, so we have Taurus is tangerine Cancer is apricot, Virgo is chartreuse or lime green, Scorpio is turquoise, Capricorn is purple and Pisces is magenta.

Ingresses

On the outer ring I show how all the planets move during December.

Many planets stay in the same sign, some planets change signs and one planet is stations retrograde.

Main Lunar Phases

I also indicate the four main Lunar phases of New Moon, First Quarter, Full Moon and Last Quarter.

Yule

Wheel of the Year

My Yule page is an acknowledgement of the wheel of the year as the Sun enters Capricorn on December 21 we are at the solstice.

I have the symbol for Yule in the top left and on the top right has an oakleaf to symbolize the movement from the Holly King to the Oak King which happens on Yule.

Yule and the solstice is the actual beginning of the wheel of the year.

Yule Log

It’s the dead of winter. In my drawing that I have a yule log burning in the fire. The idea is that you get one long big tree which is your you’ll log and you stick the fat and into the fireplace and you liked it on December 21 and as it slowly burns you push the tree into the great and I delete should be in for at least 12 days.

Dark to Light

Yule is a time where we are symbolizing the shift from the dark and we start to slowly move into the light.

This time of the year is symbolized by candles the fire and brightness.

Saturnalia

December 21st is the shortest day of the year it is also known as the Roman festival of Saturnalia.

Saturn rules Capricorn so it all fits in quite neatly.

Month Calendar Full Page Spread

The monthly full spread is where I will put all my student classes and events.

It also works as a content calendar for my videos and blogs.

I have colored in every planetary movement and the Moon’s phases.

Planets on the Move

Here I’m listing all the planets that change sign and a little interpretation for each one.

Sun enters Capricorn

Sun enters Capricorn on December 21st, Complete all public festivities to concentrate on special people. Especially past year. Make a plan.

Mercury enters Capricorn

Mercury enters Capricorn on December 13 get all seasonal shopping in the bag early. Gift self-improvement classes and education.

Mars enters Sagittarius

Mars enters Sagittarius on December 13 this will energize all outgoing personalities. The bright bold and confident now.

Jupiter enters Pisces

Jupiter enters Pisces on the 29th make space in your life for some whimsy. Grow big dreams. Meandering is the name of the game.

Venus stations Retrograde

Venus going retrograde is there too. Reassess romantic and love relationships for viability. Practice financial austerity for a brighter future.

Lunar Phases

Solar Eclipse

On December 4th, there is a Solar eclipse at 12° Sagittarius.

  • Follow your instincts.

This eclipse squares Neptune as well.

  • Internal dilemmas around visions and atmosphere’s may be the case.

The solar eclipse also sextiles Saturn.

  • Work your inherent talents.

The solar eclipse is trine Chiron.

  • Be guided by the events of the day.

First Quarter

On December 11th, the First Quarter is at 19 Pisces.

  • Growth through art and music.
  • Build meaningful attitudes.
  • Face your crises.

Full Moon

On December 19th, is this month’s Full Moon at 27 Gemini.

  • Journal for clarity.
  • Have your eyes wide open to reality.

Last Quarter

On December 27th, is the Last Quarter at 5° Libra.

  • Reorientate personal relationships.
  • Readjust your plans now.
  • Pioneer plans as well.

Planet of the Month – Jupiter

This month’s planet of the month is Jupiter as it moves finally into Pisces.

Jupiter did move into Pisces earlier in the year and then retrograded back into Aquarius, but now it has finally moved and Pisces and will remain there for the next year.

Jupiter is the traditional ruler of Pisces and it is very comfortable in the sign of the Fish.

What to Expect or Great Expectations

This movement of planetary energy will bring:

  • A higher awareness of your spiritual journey.
  • Openness to teaching and learning that creates a perception shift.
  • Growth through understanding more than at other times.
  • A blurring of international connections now.
  • Expansion in your life if you follow your inner voice.
  • Trust in your own judgement without following public opinion.

Conclusion

If you enjoyed seeing my Astro Journal flip through let me know.

Share Your Astro Pages

If you are inspired by some of my Astro Journal Pages send me a copy of your image or use the hashtag #StarzologyAJP to share your work on social.

My Process

If you would like to see the actual process I use and how I design each page each month, let me know as well.

There and innumerable videos on monthly journal spreads by talented artists which have amazing artwork and design.

I just bring a focus to the astrology in my spreads.

If you would find it interesting to see my process let me know and I will certainly share a video with the background information as well.

Have a prosperous day,

Alison

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Lammas

Lammas

Lammas Dates

Lammas is typically celebrated on August 1st each year.

However, it is more correct to say that Lammas is when the Sun reaches 15º of the fixed sign of Leo the lion.

In 2021, the Sun will be at this position in the zodiac on Sunday, August 8th.

To be honest, it does not really matter that you celebrate Lammas at the exact time, but that you celebrate at all.

Close Enough

Often in the civil calendar, if a public holiday falls mid-week we celebrate it on the Sunday that follows or the Sunday beforehand.

An example of this is Remembrance Sunday which technically occurs on November 11th every year, but which is always taken as the closest Sunday to that date.

Lammas: Astrology Journal Page

I’ve drawn a page for Lammas in my astrology journal.

It is a sheaf of wheat that symbolizes the early harvest of the first sweet ears of cereal in August that is used to bake the Lammas Loaf of bread.

I’m trying to focus on one symbol for each festival in the Wheel of the Year.

 

Lammas Celebration

Lammas celebrates the baking of the first loaf of bread with the current year’s wheat.

It signifies bounty and good food and prosperity to come.

But let’s face it, in the modern world if you live in a city like I do you just go down to the corner store and pick up some bread that’s already baked.

Personally, I’m not in the habit of making my own bread, but when I do, it is at Lammas that I bake.

Lammas Loaf Recipe

My daughter has recently started baking bread and I’m going to share the recipe she uses with you here.

This simple method uses three ingredients bread flour, yeast and salt.

You may have a family recipe and that would be an ideal one to use for your Lammas first loaf.

Lammas Bread Baking

In the week running up to Lammas, my daughter baked several loaves which our whole family enjoyed.

She brought a Lammas loaf over to my home by travelling on the train, as the trip is quite far, but I truly appreciated her gesture.

When to Eat Your Lammas Loaf

Your Lammas loaf is best consumed when still warm.

I like it slathered with butter or, for a special treat, honey.

It is the type of food you can keep snacking on long into the evening.

Next Day Bread

The next day bread can be a litlle harder as it has lost its initial softness and springability.

I choose to cut next day bread into thinner slices and toast them.

Always try to get your Lammas toast “golden” and not charred.

Enjoy your slices with tea or coffee as a great mid-morning snack.

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Aspiring Astrology Activity: Lammas

In your astrology journal, book of shadows or grimoire please do the following:

 

  • Draw a page for Lammas and include a symbol of wheat or the first loaf.
  • If you have a family recipe for bread then include it as well.

Share your page on social with the hashtag #starzologywheeloftheyear or email me the link to startzology@gmail.com.

 

Mabon

Mabon

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Wheel of the Year

Wheel of the Year

The Wheel of the Year

Diagram

The wheel of the year is a diagram that shows the Sun’s movement through the twelve signs of the tropical zodiac from Aries to Pisces.

You can draw a wheel of the year in many ways, but they still represent the passing of time throughout a twelve-month period.

 

Flow

Typically, the diagram flows clockwise like time on a clock face, but astrologers flow them counterclockwise to align with the zodiac from which the dates originally come and the rising of the Sun at the Ascendant.

The special eight celebration days have been used for centuries in many cultures around the world.

If you draw your own wheel of the year, you can color it and add the symbols that resonate with you.

In the modern world, there is no right or wrong way to tap into this ancient calendar.

Follow your instincts and create a wheel of the year diagram that speaks to you.

 

Astrology Journal

As an astrologer you would typically draw the wheel of the year in your astrology journal.

If you are more of a pagan, you can create your wheel of the year in your book of shadows or grimoire.

 



The Sun’s Path

We have watched the Sun mark time as it rises and sets every day.

At a broad stroke, the Sun’s rising position on the horizon moves slightly each day.

The daylight hours are longer in summer and shorter in winter.

Every year the Sun transits through the 360º of the tropical zodiac, and in its passing, marks special days in the year.

 

Cardinal Points and the Four Seasons

The Sun’s path crosses the four cardinal points each year which mark the beginning of the four seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Please note that these dates are for the northern hemisphere.

 

Quarter Days

The four quarter days divide the year up into four quarters.

They are the dates of the two equinoxes and two solstices.

  • March 21st – equinox
  • June 21st – solstice
  • September 21st – equinox
  • December 21st – solstice

 

Cross-Quarter Days

The cross-quarter days divide each of the four quarters of the year.

The cross quarter days are midway between the equinoxes and the solstices.

These dates are around the 8th of the inbetween months and each year is slightly different.

The definition of a cross-quarter day is when the Sun reaches fifteen degrees of the fixed signs.

 

  • February 8th
  • May 8th
  • August 8th
  • October 8th

 

Spring Equinox – Ostara

Around March 21st, the Sun crosses the celestial equator at 0º Aries, moving north for three months.

It is the Aries ingress and this is springtime.

The pagan celebration of Ostara is aligned with the equinox when the day and night is the same.

 

Beltane

The pagan festivity of Beltane is the day the Sun reaches 15 º of Taurus.

This is often celebrated on May 1st each year.

 

Midsummer Solstice – Litha

Around June 21st, the Sun reaches its highest declination at around 23.5º north at 0º Cancer.

Now the Sun moves back towards the celestial equator for three months.

The Cancer ingress heralds summer.

The pagan celebration of Litha is on the midsummer’s day which is the longest day of the year and the day with the most sunlight.

 

 

Lammas

As the Sun reaches 15 Leo, which is typically on August 8th, it is the cross-quarter day of Lammas.

However, the pagan celebration of Lammas is usually celebrated on August 1st.

 

Read more >>> Lammas

 

Autumn Equinox – Mabon

Around September 21st, the Sun crosses the celestial equator moving south at 0º Libra and continues for three months during autumn or fall.

The Libra ingress happens at the autumn equinox and the start of the new season.

The pagan celebration of Mabon is usually celebrated on October 1st which is a date close to the equinox.

 

Read more >>> Mabon

 

Samhain – Halloween

The pagan celebration of Samhain is when the Sun passes over 15º of Scorpio, which is around November 8th.

In general, this special day is usually celebrated on October 31st as Halloween.

All Saint’s Day follows of November 1st.

 

Read more >>> Halloween

 

Midwinter Solstice – Yule

Around December 21st, the Sun’s declination reaches around 23.5º south as it enters 0º Capricorn.

Now the Sun moves back up towards the celestial equator which takes three months and it is wintertime.

As the Sun enters Capricorn it is known as the Capricorn ingress when the winter season begins.

The pagan celebration of Yuletide is celebrated on midwinter’s day.

 

Read more >>> Yule

 

Imbolc

Imbolc occurs when the Sun reaches 15 degrees of Aquarius which is usually around February 8th, although Imbolc is celebrated around February 1st each year.

One symbol for Imbolc is Brighid’s cross made from wheat sheaves or corn dollies.

 

Listen to podcast episode >>> Imbolc for 2024

 

Conclusion

As an aspiring astrologer, it is valuable to understand when the dates for the cardinal signs and the cross-quarter days happen as they shift a little each year.

These special days are not just plucked out of thin air.

Often at the start of a new season, the news channels will state that, “Spring is starting on March 21st at 4:37pm” and this statement may seem weird.

Now that you know how each season is timed (by the Sun’s ingress into a cardinal sign), you can fully understand the seasonal changes and the cross-quarter days that occur at around six-week intervals.

If you are just starting out, pay attention to the equinoxes and solstices first.

Then explore the cross-quarter days afterwards.

The whole year begins at the vernal equinox when the Sun enters Aries around March 21st every year.

 


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Aspiring Astrologer Activity: Wheel of the Year

In your astrology journal and with a compass and protractor, please do the following:

 

  • Draw the diagram for the wheel of the year with four concentric circles.
  • Divide the outer wheel into the four seasons.
  • Divide the second wheel in, into the months of the year.
  • Divide the third wheel in, into the twelve signs of the zodiac starting with Aries in the ascendant position.
  • Divide the center wheel into the eight celebrations of the wheel of the year.

Extend Yourself

  • Color in your wheel of the year and decorate it as you see fit. Use your intuition as a guide.
  • For the next celebration that is coming up, give some thought and list what you want to manifest for your life during that period.

 

Share your drawing on social with the hashtag #starzologywheeloftheyear or send a link to your artwork to me at starzology@gmail.com.