Oak Wisdom agenda

Almost all Pagans celebrate a cycle of eight festivals, which are spaced every six or seven weeks through the year and divide the wheel of the year into eight segments.


The main four festivals have Celtic origins and are known by their Celtic names. They are Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasadh. The rites practiced at these festivals help to attune yourself with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the moon and the seasonal quarters.

The other four festivals are related to the solar calendar. These are: Spring Equinox, Autumn Equinox, Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice or, as they are called in the Celtic tradition: Alban Eilir, Alban Hefin, Alban Elfed and Alban Arthan. Neolithic sites such as Stonehenge (UK) and Pömmelte (DE) act as gigantic solar calendars which marked the solstices and equinoxes and show that solar festivals have been significant dates for thousands of years.


At the “Keltische Schule für Naturspiritualität“Oak Wisdom – in Altdorf bei Nürnberg you are welcome to celebrate these festivals with us. We gather on the dates marked below at 11.00 o’clock and start with a short talk about the festival. Then it’s time to have a potluck lunch together. After lunch we start preparing the festival ritual, do the ritual and finish the ritual around 16.00 hours. Before we leave at 17.00 hours we have a drink together and reflect on the ritual.


If you would like to join us for one of these festivals, write us an email at info@oakwisdom.org.  We ask for a small fee of 20 euros when you want to attend to cover the costs (location, coffee, tea, etc.). Gatherings are mostly on Saturdays. Spoken languages are Deutsch, English, Nederlands. When you register we will send you practical info about the gathering. Mind you, the maximum number of people to attend is set on 12. To get an idea of the venue, have a look at our gallery page.


N.B. when you are a member of the Noreia seedgroup the dates are not applicable for the Noreia celebrations.

Celtic name



Imbolc           


Alban Eilir      


Beltaine         


Alban Hefin   


Lughnasadh 


Alban Elfed   


Samhain    


Alban Arthan       

Also known as





Spring equinox       




Summer solstice




Autumn equinox




Winter solstice


Calendar date     



2 -feb   


20/21 -mar       


1 -may    


21/22 -jun        


1 -aug         


22/23 -sep    


1 -nov  


21/22 -dec

Gathering date        in Altdorf


February 5             


March 19                 


April 30                    


June 18                     


July 30  


September 24        


October 29        


December 23

Theme



First spring festival, season of new-borns


Day and night equally long, start of sowing season


Spring festival; growth and fertility


Power of the Sun, abundance, longest day, declining light


First harvest festival; transformation


Day and night equally long; end of harvest


Endings, beginnings, Otherworld, remembering ancestors


Shortest day, return of the light