How does the Wheel of the Year work in the Southern Hemisphere?

I live in the southern hemisphere and the seasons are
switched. When are the sabbaths then?

Merry Meet!

Thank you for your question – it is an important aspect of wicca / paganism / witchcraft that you are enquiring about. As a southern hemisphere pagan / witch / wiccan, there are three things you should take note of:

1. Altar placement: In the northern hemisphere, the altar is placed in the north. In the southern hemisphere, the altar is placed south.

2. Elements and quarter calling: In the northern hemisphere the quarters are called East-Air, South-Earth, West-Water and North-Fire, in that order. The circle is thus called deosil or clockwise. In the southern hemisphere the quarters are called East-Air, North-Fire, West-Water and South-Earth, in that order. The circle is thus cast widdershins or anti-clockwise. 3. The southern hemisphere Sabbaths (traditionally) are as follows:

There are other views held on this subject by southern hemisphere pagans, but the approach I have just given you is the traditional approach. This traditional approach is based on the movement of the sun through the sky.


  • Samhain – 30 April
  • Yule – 21 June
  • Imbolc – 2 August
  • Ostara – 21 September
  • Beltaine – 1 November
  • Litha – 21 December
  • Lammas – 2 February
  • Mabon – 20 March

As you can see, the Wheel of the Year for Southern Hemisphere Pagans are directly the opposite of the Northern Hemisphere Pagans.

I sincerely hope that this answers your question.

In love and light and with the Brightest of Blessings!

Rose Ariadne: Providing “Magickal” answers to your Pagan, Wiccan, Witchcraft spell casting questions since 2006.

One Response to “How does the Wheel of the Year work in the Southern Hemisphere?”

  1. Marilee Rake says:

    I recently launched the Litha 2008 Newsletter for our new creation, Ancestral Coalescence. I have had a wonderful response, including many from the southern hemisphere. Some have asked I add a column acknowledging them. I began my research and found this page.

    I would like to ask your permission to refer to or use this bit of information in our next newsletter, Lammas 2008. A link up request is also extended. Feel free to browse our website and newsletter at you luxury and let me know what you think. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Many Solstice Blessings to you and yours.

    Marilee Rake (aka Snowfire)
    Esoteric Consultant
    Ancestral Coalescence

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