In modern witchcraft, the Wheel of the Year represents the cyclical nature of life, death, and rebirth. It comprises eight sabbats or festivals, each marking a significant turn in the Earth’s natural cycle and offering an occasion for witches to celebrate and reflect.
The year commences with Yule (Winter Solstice, December 20-23), a celebration of the rebirth of the Sun. Following Yule is Imbolc (February 1), marking the awakening of the land and the first hints of Spring.
Ostara (Spring Equinox, March 20-23) symbolizes balance and renewal, with equal hours of light and dark. Beltane (May 1) follows, celebrating fertility, life, and love, marking the transition into the warmer half of the year.