How does the Wheel of the Year work? The Wheel of the Year is an annual cycle of seasonal festivals, observed by many modern pagans, consisting of the year’s chief solar events (solstices and equinoxes) and the midpoints between them.
When did the Wheel of the Year start? The modern-day Wheel of the Year was first suggested by the scholar and mythologist Jacob Grimm (1785-1863 CE) in his 1835 CE work, Teutonic Mythology, and fixed in its present form in the 1950s and early ’60s CE by the Wicca movement.
How many festivals are there in the pagan cycle? The Intellectual Roots of the Cycle. Four of the eight festivals of the modern Pagan ritual calendar consist of the cardinal points of the sun’s progress through the year: the solstices at midsummer and midwinter, and the equinoxes of spring and autumn.
What holidays are actually pagan?
- New Year’s Day.
- The Roman version of Halloween.
- May 1st – Labor Day.
- Epiphany or Three Kings Day.
- Saint John’s Eve.