Cross Quarter Days - Calendar of Revelry and Sacred Days

The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Complete A-Z for the Entire Magical World - Judika Illes 2005

Cross Quarter Days
Calendar of Revelry and Sacred Days

The Cross Quarter Days are those that mark the half-way point between solstices and equinoxes:


Image May 1st, also known as Beltane, May Day, and Walpurgis


Image August 1st, also known as Lammas and Lughnasa


Image November 1st, also known as All Saints’ Day and Samhain


Image February 1st, also known as Candlemas and Imbolc


Pagan festivals and holy days correspond to each of the Cross Quarter Days. In addition, in various parts of Europe—notably Scotland and Ireland—the Quarter Days were when rents fell due to the landlord, perhaps necessitating the need for some extra magic.