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 - Sabbat of Samhain

Samhain (Highcross Quarter)

Highcross Quarter sabbat of Samhain

Samhain (sow- en) - Categorised as a Highcross Quarter Sabbat
15 degrees of Scorpio. - November 1st

Wiccan Mythology: The overthrow and death of God
Banquet of the Dead. Samhain is also the Wiccan New Year. It is a sabbat to honour and to bid farewell to loved ones who have died, especially if they passed away within the last year.

Samhain is additionally a sabbat for reflection upon the previous twelve months and also for crafting plans for the next twelve months.


It is a time to invoke rites and ritual to rid ourselves of our negative aspects and weak points ready for the new year.

Symbolism: How is it we commence the year with a sabbat focusing upon death? Death is vital for rebirth, and the two frequently occur simultaneously. In many pagan cultures, the new year was celebrated with chaotic festivities bringing on a symbolic end of the world. The Roman Saturnalia is one very apt example.

The Goddess enters her dark phase as she mourns for her son and consort, and the dark God takes up the rulership of Winter, leading the wild hunt of the fey over the earth.