wheel of the year cheat sheet

Animist Wheel of the Year Cheat Sheet

If you’re new to animism and need a little help understanding the wheel of the year, don’t fret. This animist wheel of the year cheat sheet will help things to click so that you can get into the groove of the seasons. You will be coming up with your own ideas that suit your geography in no time.

Keep in mind that the holy days are approximate and may change slightly from year to year. The Moon phase dates vary widely from year to year. The Sun enters each sign on the same days, but the Moon can arrive at any time within that 29 day span. For example, the Sun enters Scorpio on October 23 and leaves November 21. In 2020, the new Moon doesn’t get there until November 15. So use this as a guideline and check a lunar calendar to find out the actual dates and time.

Feel free to observe some dates and not others. Just do what calls to you.

January

Full Moon in Leo – Tired, wired, stress energy. Time to finish things up, let them go, move them out in the areas of recognition, being seen, and drama.

New Moon in Aquarius – Introspective time when your wants and needs are in alignment. Time to begin again in the areas of detachment, understanding, and experiencing freedom.

February

Promise of Spring Feb 1- the Sun began its return to domination back at the Winter Solstice, but now we begin to really notice that Spring is not far away. This is a quiet time for purification, fertility, creating things, protection, and prosperity.

Full Moon in Virgo – Tired, wired, stress energy. Time to finish things up, let them go, move them out in the areas of humility, perfectionism, analysis or service.

New Moon in Pisces – Introspective time when your wants and needs are in alignment. Time to begin again in the areas of spirituality, emotions, intuition, dreams, duality, and Shadow energy.

March

springFull Moon in Libra – Tired, wired, stress energy. Time to finish things up, let them go, move them out in the areas of balance, impartiality, indecision and relationships.

New Moon in Aries – Introspective time when your wants and needs are in alignment. Time to begin again in the areas of newness, action, assertiveness, leadership, and courage.

Spring Equinox  March 20– this is the balance of light and dark, when the Day and Night are equal length. It’s time to contemplate complimentary duality and sink into opposites and paradoxes.

April

Full Moon in Scorpio – Tired, wired, stress energy. Time to finish things up, let them go, move them out in the areas of passion, transformation, death, sex, extremes, and control.

New Moon in Taurus – Introspective time when your wants and needs are in alignment. Time to begin again in the areas of beauty, material possessions, stubbornness, steadiness, and practicality.

May

May Day May 1– it’s time for the first harvest. Early spring crops like strawberries are beginning to ripen in abundance. It’s time to celebrate fertility, life, and connect with the ancestors with bonfires, sex, and rituals.

Full Moon in Sagittarius – Tired, wired, stress energy. Time to finish things up, let them go, move them out in the areas of religion, devotion, ideals, adventure, travel, and expansion.

New Moon in Gemini Introspective time when your wants and needs are in alignment. Time to begin again in the areas of communication, socializing, change, and curiosity.

June

summerFull Moon in Capricorn – Tired, wired, stressed energy. Time to finish things up, let them go, move them out in the areas of ambition, work, determination, pragmatism, goals, and self-control.

New Moon in Cancer – Introspective time when your wants and needs are in alignment. Time to begin again in the areas of feelings, the mother, instinct, nurturing, empathy, connections.

Summer Solstice June 22- Today is the longest day of light. The Sun is at its strongest. From this day onward, it will lose a little power to the Darkness. The Sun is the focus. You can include anything that has to do with light, like candles, bonfire, or sunflowers.

July

Full Moon in Aquarius – Tired, wired, stressed energy. Time to finish things up, let them go, move them out in the areas of detachment, understanding, and experiencing freedom.

New Moon in Leo – Introspective time when your wants and needs are in alignment. Time to begin again in the areas of recognition, being seen, and drama.

August

Feast of Transformation Aug 1 Today is a harvest day that centers around the Sun and grains that will get us through the winter. Transformation is about sacrifices, or endings so that new things can begin. Our crops die so that we can live. We celebrate with fire and play.

Full Moon in Pisces- Tired, wired, stressed energy. Time to finish things up, let them go, move them out in the areas of spirituality, emotions, intuition, dreams, duality, and Shadow energy.

New Moon in Virgo Introspective time when your wants and needs are in alignment. Time to begin again in the areas of humility, perfectionism, analysis or service.

September

autumnFull Moon in Aries – Tired, wired, stress energy. Time to finish things up, let them go, move them out in the areas of newness, action, assertiveness, leadership, and courage.

New Moon in Libra Introspective time when your wants and needs are in alignment. Time to begin again in the areas of balance, impartiality, indecision and relationships.

Fall Equinox Sept 22 this is the balance of light and dark, when the Day and Night are equal length. It’s time to contemplate complimentary duality and sink into opposites and paradoxes.

October

Full Moon in Taurus – Tired, wired, stress energy. Time to finish things up, let them go, move them out in the areas of beauty, material possessions, stubbornness, steadiness, and practicality.

New Moon in Scorpio – Introspective time when your wants and needs are in alignment. Time to begin again in the areas of passion, transformation, death, sex, extremes, and control.

November

Ancestor Day Nov 1 The ancestors are important every day, but today is the day when it’s easiest to connect with them. So we honor them with visits to the graves, cleaning the graves, bringing them food, telling their stories, and talking to them.

Full Moon in Gemini – Tired, wired, stress energy. Time to finish things up, let them go, move them out in the areas of communication, socializing, change, and curiosity.

New Moon in Sagittarius – Introspective time when your wants and needs are in alignment. Time to begin again in the areas of religion, devotion, ideals, adventure, travel, and expansion.

December

winterFull Moon in Cancer – Tired, wired, stress energy. Time to finish things up, let them go, move them out in the areas of feelings, the mother, instinct, nurturing, empathy, connections.

New Moon in Capricorn – Introspective time when your wants and needs are in alignment. Time to begin again in the areas of ambition, work, determination, pragmatism, goals, and self-control.

Winter Solstice Dec 21 Death arrived on Ancestor Day. With it came the cold. Now we’re deep at rest on the longest night of the year. The Sun regains its strength tomorrow and will slowly return and bring life back with it. Tonight we celebrate the Sun’s return with prayers, a bonfire, a feast, songs, welcome the sunrise, or contemplate the darkness.

This is just a brief summary of what’s happening as the days go by. Check out our youtube channel, this blog, and our podcast for more ideas to help you make the year more personal and meaningful.

You can also watch the Moon each night to help you stay in sync with the wheel of life. The Moon changes so fast and looks different every day. It can help you appreciate each day and the idea of transience.

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