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  • Celebratrion of Pagan Holidays~~~~Rituals :(

    4 posts, 4 voices, 891 views, started Oct 18, 2011

    Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 by Denise Richardson


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      Celebrating the Seasons

      Lore and Rituals by Selena Fox

      The Solstices, Equinoxes, and mid-points between - - also known as the Cross Quarters - - have been celebrated by a variety of Nature peoples around the world and across the ages. Today, Wiccans and other Pagans often blend together ancient as well as contemporary approaches to celebrating these seasonal festivals. For each of these holidays, I give a brief overview and share some associated customs. I have had direct experience with all of these. The Sabbat cycle I describe here reflects the climate zone in the Northern hemisphere where I live as well as my own multi-cultural, spiritual approach with a Wiccan emphasis.  


       •Also called: Candlemas, Oimelc, Brigid’s Day; merged with Lupercalia/Valentines Day

       •dates: February 2, early February
      •colors: white, red
      •tools: candles, seeds, Brigid wheel, milk
      •energy: conception, initiation, inspiration
      •goddesses: Brigid, Maiden
      •gods: Groundhog, other creatures emerging from hibernation; young Sun
      •rituals: creative inspiration, purification, initiation, candle work, house & temple blessings

       •customs: lighting candles, seeking omens of Spring, cleaning house, welcoming Brigid

      Spring Equinox

       •Also called: Ostara, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter
      •dates: around March 21
      •colors: green, yellow
      •tools: eggs, basket, green clothes
      •energy: birthing, sprouting, greening
      •goddesses: Ostara, Kore, Maiden
      •gods: Hare, Green Man
      •rituals: breakthrough, new growth, new projects, seed blessings
      •customs: wearing green, egg games, new clothes, egg baskets


       •Also called: May Eve, May Day, Walspurgis Night
      •dates: April 30, early May
      •colors: rainbow spectrum, blue, green, pastels, all colors
      •tools: Maypole & ribbons, flower crowns, fires, bowers, fields
      •energy: youthful play, exhuberance, sensuality, pleasure
      •goddesses: May Queen, Flora
      •gods: May King, Jack in the Green
      •rituals: love, romance, fertility, crop blessings, creativity endeavors
      •customs: dancing Maypole, jumping fire, mating, flower baskets

      Summer Solstice

       •Also called: Midsummer, Litha, St. John’s Day
      •dates: around June 21
      •colors: yellow, gold, rainbow colors
      •tools: bonfires, Sun wheel, Earth circles of stone energy: partnership
      •goddesses: Mother Earth, Mother Nature
      •gods: Father Sun/Sky, Oak King
      •rituals: community, career, relationships, Nature Spirit communion, planetary wellness

       •customs: bonfires, processions, all night vigil, singing, feasting, celebrating with others


       •Also called: Lughnassad
      •dates: August 2, early August
      •colors: orange, yellow, brown, green
      •tools: sacred loaf of bread, harvested herbs, bonfires
      •energy: fruitfulness, reaping prosperity
      •goddesses: Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother
      •gods: Grain God, Lugh, John Barleycorn
      •rituals: prosperity, generosity, continued success
      •customs: offering of first fruits/grains, games, country fairs

      Fall Equinox

       •Also called: Mabon, Michaelmas
      •dates: around September 21
      •colors: orange, red, brown, purple, blue
      •tools: cornucopia, corn, harvested crops
      •energy: appreciation & harvest
      •goddesses: Bona Dea, Land Mother
      •gods: Mabon, Sky Father
      •rituals: thanksgiving, harvest, introspection
      •customs: offerings to land, preparing for cold weather, bringing in harvest


       •Also called: Halloween, All Hallows Eve, All Saints & All Souls, Day of the Dead

       •dates: October 31, early November
      •colors: black, orange, indigo
      •tools: votive candles, magic mirror, cauldron, pumpkins, divination tools
      •energy: death & transformation; Wiccan new year
      •goddesses: Crone, Hecate
      •gods: Horned Hunter, Cernnunos, Anubis
      •rituals: honoring ancestors, releasing old, foreseeing future, understanding death and rebirth

       •customs: jack o‘lanterns, spirit plate, ancestor altar, divination, costumes

      Winter Solstice

       •Also called: Yule, Jul, Saturnalia, Christmas, solar/secular New Year
      •dates: around December 21 colors: red, green, white
      •tools: mistletoe, evergreen wreath, lights, gifts, holly, Yule log, Yule tree
      •energy: regeneration & renewal
      •goddesses: Great Mother, Isis, Mary, Tonazin, Lucina, Bona Dea
      •gods: Sun Child, Horus, Jesus, Mithras, Santa/Odin, Saturn, Holly King
      •rituals: personal renewal, world peace, honoring family & friends
      •customs: wreaths, lights, gift-giving, singing, feasting, resolutions


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          Msj wrote Oct 18, 2011
        • Interesting, being a Chrisian... a bit sad.

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          Tuliplady wrote Oct 19, 2011
        • I am a Christian, but these pagan holidays make so much more sense to me than any of the so-called Christian, or even the man-made holidays.

          Even the Bible points us toward celebrating and doing things according to times in nature.  If you’ve read Leviticus, I believe it is, there are times laid out for doing things and lots of them are according to moon phase.

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          Momofthreeprincess wrote Oct 19, 2011
        • Many holidays where merged with pagan holidays so that conversion to Christianity would be easier.    

          By the way All Souls day is a day to remember those who passed in the year or years before.  Catholics use this day for special mass for their love ones.  In south Louisiana its also a day that families would go to the cemetery to clean the graves and mausoleums to prepare them for the people that would pass in the coming year.

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