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




Highcross Quarter - The Lesser Sabbat of Oestara

Oestara (Cross Quarter)

Vernal equinox time and date 2010 - March 20th 2010 - 17.32GMT

Eostara (os-tar'a) or Oestara - Categorised as a Cross Quarter Sabbat
Vernal equinox time and date 2010 - March 20th 2010 - 17.32GMT

Wiccan Mythology: Usually the sexual union of the God and Goddess
Eostara is a sabbat of fertility and regeneration, and conception.

The earth heals after winter and begins to blossom. Darkness is banished and subdued by light... until Litha days will be longer than the nights.

Yesteryear in the time of our ancestors Eostara was an occassion of sowing and setting seed.


Eostara is a time for embarking and setting into operation visions and ideas, sowing the seed of plans that may not produce fruit until later in a time of another sabbat.

The name Eostara is erroneous. It's named after goddess Eostre, but her sabbat strictly speaking wasn't associated with the equinox. In fact, there may never really have ever been a sabbat called Eostara at all.

The union of Goddess and God varies according to regional tradition. A few date it as early as Imbolc. Some attribute it to Eostara, while others to Beltaine. Eostara has the benefit of being nine months prior to Yule, when the Goddess actually produces child.