Where does the Wheel of the Year come from? 7 ancient facts about British midsummer traditions
Starting in December, eight annual festivals spaced roughly six to seven weeks apart are celebrated by pagans. This cycle is known as the Wheel of the Year.
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.
What is the wheel calendar? The wheel of the year is an ancient Celtic calendar based on festivals that celebrated our connection with nature. The calendar revolves around eight festivals, from Imbolc to Yule – each one signaling a shift in the season, weather, and the natural world around us.
What holidays do pagans celebrate?
- New Year’s Day.
- The Roman version of Halloween.
- May 1st – Labor Day.
- Epiphany or Three Kings Day.
- Saint John’s Eve.