The Fire Festivals interweave themselves with the lesser Sabbats of solstice
and equinox, but whereas the solstices and equinoxes mark the transitions
of the Sun in its association with the Earth, the Fire Festivals mark the
transitions of the seasons of Earth, the initiation of the transitions that are
actualized and obvious at solstice and equinox.
Both Goddess and God are representative of all of the eight Sabbats of the
Wheel, but, like day follows night, and as inherent in the day is the night
(and vice versa), one face of this dual force will seem more manifest than the
other in either the Fire Festivals or the Solar/Earth Sabbats.
The Wheel of the Fire Festivals progresses as follows: Samhain (also
known, more recently and as a result of the Christianizing of this festival, as
Halloween, or All Hallows); the Feast of Bride (also known as Imbolc);
Beltaen (also known as Beltane); and Llughnassad (also known as Oimelc
and, resulting from the Christianizing of this Sabbat, as Candlemas).