Love, Light and Peace to all!
Love, Light and Peace to all!
God is very clear in his directives against the celebration of this Pagan holiday that Christians now universally celebrate as Christmas. God calls this an abomination! Christians who celebrate December 25th blindly believe they are honoring the birth of Jesus, when they are in reality honoring the Pagan god Tammuz.
In Jeremiah 10:1-4, we read:
"Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
"Thus saith the Lord, Learn NOT the way of the heathen, and be NOT dismayed at the signs of heaven (the queen of heaven, Isis, worshiped by the heathen), for the heathen are dismayed at them.
"For the customs of the people are futile: for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.
"They decorate it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not."
There could be NO more specific description of a present-day Christmas than this. God says, “DON’T do it. This is Paganism!”
Don’t blame me, I didn’t write it! (God didn’t say that bit, that was me)
How true :), darn those thieving Christians, is nothing sacred?
The winter solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year when the sun appears at noontime to be at its lowest altitude above the horizon of the year. It occurs around December 20-22 in the Northern Hemisphere and around June 20-22 in the Southern Hemisphere. The winter solstice marks the moment when Sun is at its weakest and can only grow stronger as time progresses until it reaches its peak strength at the summer solstice and begins its gradual decline.
On October 31 we celebrate the Celtic feast of Samhain. Samhain, is Gaelic for “summer’s end,” and is the most important of the ancient Celtic feasts.
During this time we honor the opposing balance of intertwining forces of existence: darkness and light, night and day, cold and heat, death and life.
Our year is divided into two seasons: the light and the dark, celebrating the light at Beltane on May 1st and the dark at Samhain on October 31st. Therefore, the Feast of Samhain marks one of the two great doorways of our year.
We believe that Samhain is the most important festival, since it marks the beginning of a new dark-light cycle. We observe this time as proceeding from darkness to light because we understand that in dark silence comes whisperings of new beginnings, the stirring of the seed below the ground. Whereas Beltane was welcomed in the summer light with joyous celebrations at dawn, the most magically potent time of Samhain is at night. The Eve of Samhain, is the most important part of our celebration. We will gather our best autumn harvest for a feast. We will put out food and drink fthat was special to those who have passed on with great ceremony, and we will leave windows, doors, and gates unlocked to give our ancestors free passage into our homes.
We will offer personal prayers in the form of objects symbolizing our wishes or notes stating ailments to be healed will be cast into a fire. We will offer up many gifts in thanksgiving for the harvest. We carve “jack o’lanterns” and keep them at our doors to keep out unwelcome visitors from the Otherworld. We also dress in costumes in the tradition of our ancestors symbolizing the spirits of departed family returning home for the festival. For us this is a great time of contemplation as we come to recognize our own part in the eternal cycle of Life.
At the end of this month, some of the old pagan souls left in this world, will endeavor to commemorate the ancient fire festivals of their ancestors.
On the 30th of April, the Germanic countries will celebrate “The Night of the Witches”, or Walpurgisnacht. It is a fire festival from pagan times that was said to drive away witches with great bonfires on the eve of Mayday/The Beltane/May 1st. On May the 1st, the Celtic countries will celebrate the Beltane feast.
It can still be seen in some parts of Britain today by the burning of a giant wickerman and many great bonfires. The ceremony involving burning a wickerman was ancient when Julius Caesar witnessed it during his campaigns in Gaul (France).
He remarked how the interior of the wickerman was filled with condemned criminals and animal sacrifices.
The purpose of this ceremony can only be speculated at, but it is meant to burn the old and weak year (in effigy) while summoning the new year as seen in Spring.
The burning fires were designed to add their strength to the sun and bring back the season of life.
April 30th / May 1 - Beltane
Also known as Roodmas or May Day
Many Wiccans and Pagans celebrate Beltane. It is one of eight solar Sabbats. This holiday incorporates traditions from the Gaelic Bealtaine, such as the bonfire, but it bears more relation to the Germanic May Day festival, both in its significance (focusing on fertility) and its rituals (such as May pole dancing). Some traditions celebrate this holiday on May 1 or May day, whiles others begin their celebration the eve before or April 30th.
Beltane has long been celebrated with feasts and rituals. The name means fire of Bel; Belinos being one name for the Sun God, whose coronation feast we now celebrate. As summer begins, weather becomes warmer, and the plant world blossoms, an exuberant mood prevails. In old Celtic traditions it was a time of unabashed sexuality and promiscuity where marriages of a year and a day could be undertaken but it is rarely observed in that manner in modern times.
In the old Celtic times, young people would spend the entire night in the woods “A-Maying,” and then dance around the phallic Maypole the next morning. Older married couples were allowed to remove their wedding rings (and the restrictions they imply) for this one night. May morning is a magickal time for wild water (dew, flowing streams, and springs) which is collected and used to bathe in for beauty, or to drink for health.
The Christian religion had only a poor substitute for the life-affirming Maypole — namely, the death-affirming cross. Hence, in the Christian calendar, this was celebrated as ‘Roodmas’. In Germany, it was the feast of Saint Walpurga, or ‘Walpurgisnacht’. An alternative date around May 5 (Old Beltane), when the sun reaches 15 degrees Taurus, is sometimes employed by Covens. (Both ‘Lady Day’ and ‘Ostara’ are names incorrectly assigned to this holiday by some modern traditions of Wicca.)
There be Pagans in this ‘ere wood
'Twas that night before Yule, when all 'cross the heath,
Not a being was stirring; Pagan, Faerie, nor Beast,
Wassail was left out and the altar adorned,
To rejoice that the Sun King would soon be reborn.
The children lay sleeping by the warmth of the hearth,
Their dreams filled with visions of beloved Mother Earth,
M’lady and I beneath blankets piled deep, had just settled
down to our Solstice sleep.
Then a noise in the night that would leave us no peace,
Awakened us both to the honking of geese.
Eager to see such a boisterous flock,
When we raced to the window, our mouths dropped in shock!
On the West Wind flew a gaggle of geese, white and gray,
With Frau Holda behind them in Her gift-laiden dray.
The figure on Her broomstick to the North sky made it clear,
La Befana was approaching to bestow Yuletide cheer.
From the South came a comet more bright than the Moon,
And we knew Lucia would be with us soon.
As these Spirits sailed Earthward o’er hilltops and trees,
Frau Holda serenaded Her feathery steeds:
"Fly Isolde! Fly Tristan! Fly Odin and Freya! Fly Morgaine!
Fly Merlin! Fly Uranus and Gaea!
May the God and Goddess inside you soar,
From the clouds in the heavens to your cottage door.”
As soft and silent as snowflakes they fell;
Their arrival announced by a faint chiming bell.
They landed like angels, their bodies aglow,
Their feet left no marks in the new fallen snow,
Before we could ponder what next lay in store,
There came a slow creeking from our threshold door.
We crept from our bedroom and were spellbound to see…
There in our parlor stood the Yule Trinity!
Lucia the Maiden, with Her head wreathed in flame,
Shown with the radiance for which she She was named,
The Lightbringers eyes held the joy of a child,
And she spoke with a voice that was gentle, yet wild:
"May the warmth of this household ne’er fade away."
Then she lit our Yule log which still burns to this day.
Frau Holda in Her down cloak stood regal and tall,
The Matron of Solstice, the Mother of all,
Under Her gaze we felt safe and secure.
Her voice was commanding, yet almost demure:
"May the love in this family enrich young and old."
And from the folds of Her cloak showered coins of pure gold,
LaBefana wore a kerchief on Her silvery hair;
The veil of the Crone who has secrets to share,
In Her eyes gleamed a wisdom only gained by spent youth.
Her voice was whisper, but Her words rung the truth:
"May health, glad tidings, and peace fill these rooms."
And she banished misfortune with a sweep of Her broom,
They then left a gift by each sleeping childs head,
Took a drink of our wassail, and away they all sped.
While we watched them fly off through the night sky we laughed,
At the wonderous magick we had found in the Craft.
As they departed, the Spirits decreed…
“Merry Yule To You All, And May All Blessed Be!”
- Unknown (unfortunately)
Whilst walking the dog today through the woods I noticed out of the corner of my eye a woman in the wood, not that odd I hear you say…. but she was naked and I’m not too sure what she was doing other than some form of skyclad worship.
When the dog realised she was there and decided to investigate the woman left the wood.
My question is: Is the 1st December a significant date other than the anniversary of Aleister Crowley’s death?
Answers and theories would be most welcome.
New WIP for a green man trinket box
Didn’t even know this existed… ill have to wait until next year now :(
More info here
Here is some info from their website:
Pagan Pride is a none-profit organisation created to highlight the role of the Pagan community in today’s society, by establishing a presence and bringing people together from the vast spectrum of paths within Paganism. Whilst being mainly a Pagan event Pagan Pride is open to all individuals who wish to support us, and the ethic of religious tolerance regardless of faith or personal views. Pagan Pride as an event is family friendly; people of all ages attend, and our aims are to support this level of diversity.
Additional to these main aims and in conjunction with other Pagan organisations, namely The Pagan Federation and The Centre for Pagan Studies, and we hope support the established community as well as those who are just discovering Paganism, and all who wish to be known and accepted as Pagan by raising awareness of our beliefs and spiritual practise, including information on the upcoming Census, and advise on how to complete the form in order to grant British Pagans accurate representation. We also support the Pagans in their community, with information, advice, raising awareness and matters of discrimination. If you have any issues please get in touch.
What’s Pagan Pride All About?
Pagan Pride is a celebration of the diversity within the Pagan community, aiming to raise awareness of our faith, beliefs and spirituality, as well as promoting positive images of witches, magical practice and all things Pagan. Oh, and it’s also about having fun, whether young, old or in-between!
Whilst Pagan Pride is based in the East Midlands and the event takes place in Nottingham, our aim is to encourage and include participation from Pagans living across the UK. Everyone is welcome to celebrate with us and show support in a positive way. We want every Pagan, regardless of where they live to be able to attend a Pagan Pride Celebration and benefit from the community and support of meeting others.
Why have a ‘Pride’ day for Paganism?
It’s important to us to be accurately represented, not just in the media, but also within the minds of the public. Pagans & Witches are NOT “devil-worshippers”, we do not meet in secret places with dark intentions, Modern Paganism is about living “green”, being in tune with your environment, honouring the cycle of nature and worshipping The Mother Goddess in all her forms.
Witchcraft is an empowering form of prayer not to be dismissed and those who use it are no longer willing to be sidelined and mocked for its practice, as it forms a valid part of Pagan worship.
We are now at a time in British Pagan history where the practise of witchcraft has been legal for 60 years and we have at least 3 generations of Pagans & Witches who have been ‘out’ about their faith. However it’s not been easy, and even today in what we consider a more tolerant age there are some Pagans who still meet resistance, prejudice and fear when declaring their religion.
As an organisation, Pagan Pride feels it’s time to break the final taboo and be the public face of Paganism presenting a modern and realistic image of today’s UK Pagan community with our vibrant open celebrations.
Our Vision is to hold several events in key locations across the UK, preferably on the same day or if that’s not possible, then between the chosen dates; 1st Aug – 30th Sept thus giving room for regional variety and the opportunity for people to attend more than one event and creates a ‘season’ of festival event for 2011!
These major events shall each host a street parade followed by a festival gathering and share promotion and resources, and liaise with Pagan Pride Central in the running of the event. If you want to get involved in running a Pagan Pride event for 2001 – please get in touch!
any queries please contact us