Originally published on the blog of my brick & mortar shop page, The Kindred Cauldron, on February 1, 2021.
The Cross Quarter days, also known in some traditions as Fire Festivals, happen opposite the Quarter turns of the year that land on the Equinoxes and Solstices.
The idea of the Cross Quarter feels very cross-roadsy to me. It's an intersection that results in an increase of liminal energy. Most Pagans and Witches recognize the Cross-Quarter time around the first of November. Celebrated between October 31st and November 7th, what many call Halloween, spiritual people know this time as Samhain, Allhallowtide, All Hallow's Eve, Day of the Dead or Día De Los Muertos, or All Souls Day.
The opposite of Samhain is Beltane. Both Samhain and Beltane are exciting, mysterious and extra AF. Everyone knows about these holidays and often look forward to them all year.
But what about the other two Cross Quarters?