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Posted: Nov. 17, 2002
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How About Some New Holidays?
June 22, 2001 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the repeal of the last Witchcraft law (or anti-Witchcraft law, if you will) in England. Shortly after that event, the flow of information related to ancient and modern Witchcraft and Wiccan practices, beliefs and rituals began to flow across the waters into the United States and beyond (Whether British Witches think that this was/is a good or bad thing is still debated in some circles). Should we do something to celebrate this event each year, and especially, during this 50th anniversary year? Someone else suggested that October 4th-marking the first time ever a Wiccan (Bryan Lankford) gave an invocation at a government assembly-be adopted as 'Invocation Day.' What founder birthdays, anniversaries or significant-to-Pagan-history events might we consider as communal Holidays?
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| I Believe That Everybody Should Have Their Own Special Holiday That They... ||Feb 18th. at 8:43:43 pm UTC|
|(still looking for a magickal name!) (Phoenix, Arizona US) ||Age: 14 |
i believe that everybody should have their own special holiday that they make for themselves. now since i am fairly new to all this i am not sure if there already is one of these things but i will explain anyways:
in christianity they have a thing called baptism right? and then in your later years of your faith (APROXIMATELY 6 or 7 years later) they get confirmed and that is a way of saying they still believe in christianity and wanna make that their main religion. well i believe the same should be done for paganism. the day you come into paganism you should declare yourself "baptized" of all the beliefs of paganism and then remember that day...write it down in your book of shadows if you have one from your early years. i have one now and am pretty sure that i am going to be become a pagan and when i decide that for sure i will write down the date and everything. then when it comes around i will celebrate!!!
| New Wiccan/pagan Hlidays? Are Not The 8 Sabbats Enough? Have We... ||Feb 18th. at 8:39:49 pm UTC|
|Tarostar (Toronto, Ontario CA) ||Age: 58 - Email |
New Wiccan/Pagan hlidays?
Are not the 8 Sabbats enough? Have we not seen the innane silliness for days to mark in the various Witches Calendars put out over the years? Llewellyns Witches Calendar gives Feb. 21 as Stewart Farrar's Initiation Day into Alexandrian Wicca! Thrill! Anything more unnecessary to celebrate?
Others mark Helena Blavatsky's Birthday! Who cares?!
A date to celebrate Repeal of the Witchcraft laws? No. They were repealed in different Countries at different times.
The day the Spanish Inquisition fell into disuse? Hmmm, maybe.
At the Toronto Temple of WCC, we mark March 15th and put on a playlet in the Greek style commemorating the martyrdom of Hypatia, Pagan scholar, killed
by the xtians at the instigation of their Archbishop Cyril.
However, it would be difficult to get all trads within Craft to agree on any particular idea.
I think 8 sabbats to worship the Gods and 13 Full Moons and 13 New Moons
for Witches Work, per year, are enough.
There would be much too much of Fluff-bunny suggestions and not enough serious topics put forward for consideration. Forget the idea. BB Tarostar
| There Is No Question In My Mind That Something As Significant As... ||Feb 18th. at 3:06:16 pm UTC|
|Dragon Goldhawk (White Cloud, Michigan US) ||Age: 31 - Email |
There is no question in my mind that something as significant as this repeal should be celebrated in some way. This freedom of information flow has made all the difference in many people's lives. It allowed many of us to put a name to what we had always felt. This is certainly worth celebrating.
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