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Holiday Explainations
The holidays of the pagan year follow with the changing cycles in Nature.
Yule Occurs on the Winter Solstice.

Imbolc on the Cross Quarter between Yule and Ostara.

Ostara Occurs on the Vernal Equinox.

Beltane on the Cross Quarter between Ostara and Litha.

Litha Occurs on the Summer Solstice.

Lammas on the Cross Quarter between Litha and Mabon.

Mabon Occurs on The Autumnal Equinox.

Samhain on the Cross Quarter between Mabon and Yule.

As the seasons change, we celebrate each of them at their beginning, peak, and end. (As the end of each season is the beginning of another.)  This is the way of the cycle of nature and the cycle of life.  We celebrate in this way to better attune ourselves with the cycle, and to live within nature.  We also celebrate the cycles of the Moon for this reason.    It helps our emotional cycle and physical cycles to become in tune with those of Mother Nature.