Highcross Quarter from Leicester Leicestershire

Sun Sabbats and Moon Sabbats

Sun sabbats refer to the cross quarter days, which are based on the astronomical position of the sun.

circle of the year.. showing Highcross quarters, cross quarters and corresponding elements of earth, air, fire and water

"Moon sabbats" can be observed on Full Moons, typically the one closest to the traditional cross quarter date or the 2nd full moon after the preceding cross quarter day.

This would place the Moon sabbat anywhere from 29-59 days after the preceding solstice or equinox.

Moon sabbats can also be observed on the nearest Lunar phase to the Cross quarter

Imbolc: New, Crescent
1st Quarter

Beltane: 1st Quarter
gibbous, Full Moon

Lammas: Full, Disseminating
3rd Quarter

Samhain: 3rd Quarter
Balsamic, New

Autumnal Equinox 2010 - Sabbat of Mabon

Mabon ( Cross Quarter )

Autumnal Equinox 2010 - Sabbat of Mabon

Mabon - Categorised as a Cross Quarter Sabbat

Autumnal Equinox 23rd September 03:09 GMT
Wiccan Mythology: Life of the God in wane and decline

Mabon was the second harvest, and as such becomes another holiday of thanksgiving. It is also the day when darkness once more overtakes light, and so it is a day of planning, reflection, and the contemplation of mysteries.

While a cross quarter sabbat (minor) as opposed to a Highcross quarter sabbat, Mabon is named after a Celtic, not Germanic, god who was incarcerated only to return at a later date. The name does not appear to have been historically attributed to any festival.