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


Winter Solstice 2010 - The Lesser Sabbat of Yule

Yule (Cross Quarter)

Winter Solstice 2010 - The Lesser Sabbat of Yule

Yule - Categorised as a Cross Quarter Sabbat
Often also called Midwinter
Winter Solstice (December 21st 2010 - 23:38 GMT)

Wiccan Mythology: The God Birth
Yule is primarily a sabbat of life emerging from darkness and is honored with the exchange of gifts.

Symbolism: Evergreens such as holly, ivy and mistletoe can symbolise the God, still alive, vigourous and verdant in the depth of winter.