Secular Witch Wheel of the Year ideas
So you want to celebrate your own wheel of the year, but you are not Wiccan (or maybe not a Celtic Polytheist or Heathen Polytheist when it comes to the specific Celtic or Heathen holidays)? Why not try making your own wheel of the year to celebrate nature or your own holidays?
Note: It’s important that if you do this, you do not try to make your own holiday yet still call it by another name. For instance: if you make a holiday around February 1st and give your own attributes to it, it’s important to not call it “Imbolc”. Imbolc is a specific holiday with its own customs used to celebrate Brigid. If you want to celebrate Imbolc, then celebrate Imbolc. If you’re not celebrating Imbolc, don’t call it Imbolc. Make sense?
Second Note: The solstice and equinox holidays will be named as such, and the cross quarter holidays will be referred to as “mid-x”. Note, this is a bit different than what you may be used to since the solstice holidays are sometimes referred to as such. Ex: summer solstice as “mid-summer”. For the purposes of this post, only the cross quarter days will be referred to in that way. Just fyi to avoid confusion. I’m referring to them as “mid” because they are in the middle of the season.
Now, onto the ideas:
⛤ Winter Solstice (Usually somewhere between Dec 20th-22nd): Celebrate family, holiday cheer, resolve any old issues you’ve had this year, look back on the year and what you have done. What have you learned?? You can also celebrate this as a time of new beginnings. Since the sun is returning and the days will be growing longer: you can view this as your new year. Make witchy resolutions, or any new year resolutions!! Celebrate winter festivities and the return of the sun
⛤ Mid-winter (Feb. 1st-2nd): I view this holiday as a time for purification. Get rid of any bad habits. Cleanse yourself and your house. Do some spring cleaning. Celebrate the growing strength of the sun, and celebrate the coming spring as well!!
⛤ Spring Equinox (Typically between March 19th-21st): I view this time of year as a time for growth. This corresponds with the growing signs of spring in the environment. The days getting warmer, etc. Take the time to do spells that correspond with your growth as witch or just as a human being. This time is heavily associated with fertility. But this could be fertility of many things - talents, the mind, imagination, projects, etc! Try out new things, practice the things you love to do, etc. Maybe even grow a garden as well. Remember the new years resolution you made at the Winter Solstice? Now would be the time to make sure you’re bringing the list to fruition! Also, celebrate spring festivities!
⛤ Mid-Spring (May 1st-2nd): For me, this time of year is about life and love. Celebrate life by helping others around you: donate food, money, or your time. This holiday can be a time for charity and giving to others. I specifically view this time as a celebration of life and the living because the opposite cross quarter day would be Mid-Autumn (Halloween), which is a day to celebrate the dead. You can also spend this holiday appreciating the life of nature by spending time outside, building a bonfire, going for a walk, or tending/creating a garden. You can also celebrate this holiday as a holiday for love - spend time with your loved ones! Do something special for them. For other’s, this time of year may also correspond with sex as well. Oh, and celebrate the coming of summer time!!
⛤ Summer Solstice (Typically between June 20th-22nd): For me, this is a time for power. Celebrate your power and magic as a witch. I personally believe this is the day of the year when the power of the earth is strongest. Some view this time as a day when the veil between worlds thins. Especially in regards to the Fae. So you could take advantage of that. Also, celebrate summer! Woohoo Summer!!! Spend your days at the pool, hanging out outside….or inside where there’s air conditioning. Whatever works for you.
⛤ Mid-Summer (August 1st-2nd): First harvest. Time for feasting. Reap what you have sown so far throughout the year. I correspond this holiday with food - specifically grain. Celebrate the earth and the food that it provides you. Also, celebrate the coming of Fall!! (My favorite season of the year)
⛤ Autumn Equinox (Typically between Sept 21st-24th): Second Harvest. Witchy Thanksgiving. List all the things you are thankful for, and celebrate them! Do some Autumn festivities, and celebrate Autumn (arguably the best time of the year ;)
⛤ Mid-Autumn/Halloween (October 31st-November 2nd): The final harvest. The opposite of Mid-Spring which celebrates life, Mid-Autumn celebrates the dead/our ancestors. Do something nice to remember those who have past. Also, celebrate the coming of winter!
Feel free to use my ideas for your celebrations :)