Southern Hemisphere Calendars

SUMMARY OF SEASONS, SABBATS & MOONS (CELTIC) DATE RANGES & EXCEPTIONS

SEASON

SABBAT

DATE RANGE

MOON

DATE RANGE

EXCEPTIONS DUE TO COURTING MOON

YEARS OF EXCEPTIONS

YEAR BEFORE

YEAR OF

YEAR AFTER

WINTER DEATH 3 May – 1 Jul
WINTER SOLSTICE YULE 20 – 23 Jun BIRTH 2 Jun – 30 Jul DEATH 2012
START OF SPRING IMBOLC 1 Aug MILK 1 Jul – 29 Aug FASTING 2011, 2014, 2017
SPRING FASTING 31 Jul – 27 Sep
SPRING (VERNAL EQUINOX) OSTARA 20 – 23 Sep SEED 29 Aug – 27 Oct FASTING 2012
START OF SUMMER BELTANE 31 Oct MATING 27 Sep – 26 Nov
SUMMER JOURNEY 27 Oct – 25 Dec
SUMMER SOLSTICE LITHA 20 – 23 Dec MOTHER’S 25 Nov – 24 Jan JOURNEY 2011, 2014, 2017
START OF AUTUMN LAMMAS 2 Feb FATHER’S 25 Dec – 22 Feb NESTING (S) 2016, 2019
AUTUMN NESTING 24 Jan – 24 Mar
AUTUMN EQUINOX MABON 20 – 23 Mar HARVEST 23 Feb – 22 Apr NESTING (S) 2011
AUTUMN COURTING 23 Mar – 3 May

(SEE NXT COLUMN FOR OCCURANCES)

2011, 2014, 2017
START OF WINTER SAMHAIN 1 May SORTING 4 Apr – 1 Jun DEATH 2013, 2016, 2019

SABBATS & DATES (SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE) 2011 – 2019

 

*2011

2012

2013

*2014

2015

2016

*2017

2018

2019

YULE 06/21 06/20 06/21 06/21 06/21 06/20 06/20 06/20 06/20
Moon Birth Death Birth Birth Birth Birth Birth Birth Birth
IMBOLC 08/13 08/02 07/22 08/10 07/31 08/18 08/07 07/27 08/15
Moon Fasting Milk Milk Fasting Milk Milk Fasting Milk Milk
OSTARA 09/23 09/22 09/22 09/23 09/23 09/22 09/22 09/23 09/23
Moon Seed Fasting Seed Seed Seed Seed Seed Seed Seed
BELTANE 11/10 10/29 11/17 11/06 10/27 11/14 11/04 10/24 11/12
Moon Mating Mating Mating Mating Mating Mating Mating Mating Mating
LITHA 12/21 12/22 12/21 12/21 12/21 12/22 12/21 12/21 12/21
Moon Journey Mother’s Mother’s Journey Mother’s Mother’s Journey Mother’s Mother’s
LAMMAS 02/18 02/07 01/27 02/14 02/03 01/24 02/11 01/31 01/21
Moon Father’s Father’s Father’s Father’s Father’s Nesting Father’s Father’s Nesting
MABON 03/20 03/20 03/20 03/20 03/20 03/20 03/20 03/20 03/20
Moon Nesting Harvest Harvest Harvest Harvest Harvest Harvest Harvest Harvest
SAMHAIN 05/17 05/06 04/25 05/14 05/04 04/22 05/10 04/30 04/19
Moon Sorting Sorting Death Sorting Sorting Death Sorting Sorting Death

 CELTIC MOON NAMES & DATES (SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE) 2011 – 2019

Moon

*2011

2012

2013

*2014

2015

2016

*2017

2018

2019

JOURNEY 11/06 11/25 11/13 11/03 11/22 11/11 10/30 11/18 11/07
MOTHER’S 12/05 12/24 12/13 12/03 12/22 12/11 11/29 12/18 12/07
FATHER’S 01/04 01/23 01/11 01/01 01/20 01/10 12/29 01/17 01/06
NESTING 02/03 02/21 02/10 01/30 02/18 02/08 01/28 02/15 02/04
HARVEST 03/04 03/22 03/11 03/01 03/20 03/09 02/26 03/17 03/06
COURTING 04/03 0 0 03/30 0 0 03/28 0 0
SORTING 05/03 04/21 04/10 04/29 04/18 04/07 04/26 04/16 04/05
DEATH 06/01 05/20 05/10 05/28 05/18 05/06 05/25 05/15 05/04
BIRTH 07/01 06/19 06/08 06/27 06/16 06/05 06/24 06/13 06/03
MILK 07/30 07/19 07/08 07/26 07/16 07/04 07/23 07/13 07/02
FASTING 08/29 08/17 08/06 08/25 08/14 08/02 08/21 08/11 08/01
SEED 09/27 09/16 09/05 09/24 09/13 09/01 09/20 09/09 08/31
MATING 10/26 10/15 10/05 10/23 10/13 10/01 10/19 10/09 09/28

NOTES ON EXCEPTIONS:

Twice in the nineteen-year cycle, the Yule following a Courting Moon is in the Death Moon, followed in turn by Ostara in the Fasting Moon. When that happens, you will notice that the year’s Courting Moon occurs after only one year with no Courting Moon. The usual pattern is two years without a Courting Moon.

The Courting Moon is inserted after the Seed Moon in the Northern Hemisphere, but after the Harvest Moon in the Southern.

(S) = SOMETIMES

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

 SABBAT

DATE

MOON

DATE

SABBAT

DATE

MOON

DATE

DEATH 6 NOV JOURNEY 6 NOV
YULE 21 DEC BIRTH 5 DEC LITHA 21 DEC MOTHER’S 5 DEC
IMBOLC 18 FEB MILK 4 JAN LAMMAS 18 FEB FATHER’S 4 JAN
FASTING 3 FEB NESTING 3 FEB
OSTARA 20 MAR SEED 4 MAR MABON 20 MAR HARVEST 4 MAR
COURTING 3 APR COURTING 3 APR
BELTANE 17 MAY MATING 3 MAY SAMHAIN 17 MAY SORTING 3 MAY
JOURNEY 1 JUN DEATH 1 JUN
LITHA 21 JUN MOTHER’S 1 JUL YULE 21 JUN BIRTH 1 JUL
LAMMAS 13 AUG FATHER’S 30 JUL IMBOLC 13 AUG MILK 30 JUL
NESTING 29 AUG FASTING 29 AUG
MABON 23 SEP HARVEST 27 SEP OSTARA 23 SEP SEED 27 SEP
SAMHAIN 10 NOV SORTING 26 OCT BELTANE 10 NOV MATING 26 OCT

MOON PHASES:

Dark Moon:

The original meaning of the new moon was considered the first night the first sliver of the moon could be seen again. The astrological new moon (i.e. the point in time when the moon is completely invisible to earth i.e. at the moment of conjunction in ecliptic longitude with the Sun) is referred to as the Dark moon. The Dark moon itself is a time for divination and personal working, a quiet time, a time for holding power

New Moon:

( First night new sliver of moon visible, begins waxing phase
( Maiden Goddess
( New beginnings & growth
( Work for things we want to start, develop, cultivate, learn, focus on goals etc

Waxing Moon:

C Build up to full moon
C Bringing things towards us as power of moon grow
C Time for external growth & development

Full Moon:

O Light of moon at height in middle of its cycle
O Mother Goddess
O Over 3 day period (one day on either side of the calendar date)
O Energy of moon at strongest
O Work for those things we most wish to manifest

Waning Moon:

) Decrease from full to dark
) Crone Goddess
) Work for things we want to release, cleanse, let go of, endings
) Time for internal growth & integration

Blue/Courting Moon:

Most years have 12 moon cycles which occur more or less monthly. Each solar calendar year has roughly 11 days more than a lunar year of 12 lunar cycles. The extra days accumulate, so every 2 or 3 years there is an extra full moon in a calendar year. A current misconception states a blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month – this is  an interpretation error from 1949 which became the common definition and is still in popular use today, despite the error being discovered in 1999. The error occurred in a publication of Sky & Telescope, and was subsequently picked up by other media.

Folklore differs, generally each full moon over a 12 month period had a name, so when there was an extra moon, it was called the Blue moon to maintain the correct times for the other moons over that 12 month cycle.

Every season usually has 3 full moons. In the Farmer’s Almanac (annual periodical in publication since 1818), any season that had an extra moon, the third full moon of that season out of the 4 full moons was called a Blue moon .

Religions:

The Hindu, Thai, Hebrew, Islamic, Tibetan, Mayan, Pagan, Germanic, Celtic and traditional Chinese calendars are all based on the phases of the moon. In the Buddhist tradition the full moon days are sacred and called Poya in Sinhala, the dominant language of the Buddhist majority in Sri Lanka.

 

 

 

 

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