The Winter Solstice celebration is here to stay

Not a whole lot to say about the shortest day of the year. And a wide variety of cultures have their own versions.

The winter solstice is just one of the four cornerstones of the “wheel of life”. And this celebration has been going on for centuries. It has also evolved over this time.

The solstice itself may have been a special moment of the annual cycle of the year even during neolithic times. Astronomical events, which during ancient times controlled the mating of animals, sowing of crops and metering of winter reserves between harvests, show how various cultural mythologies and traditions have arisen. This is attested by physical remains in the layouts of late Neolithic and Bronze Age archaeological sites, such as Stonehenge in England and Newgrange in Ireland. The primary axes of both of these monuments seem to have been carefully aligned on a sight-line pointing to the winter solstice sunrise (Newgrange) and the winter solstice sunset (Stonehenge). Significant in respect of Stonehenge is the fact that the Great Trilithon was erected outwards from the centre of the monument, i.e., its smooth flat face was turned towards the midwinter Sun.[3]
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With that said it is obvious that the primary elements of the celebration of today are remnants of these ancient traditions. It makes me feel that this time of the year has some basic things for the rest of us that aren’t necessarily religious. If you are religious then good for you.

So the Winter Solstice can’t be maligned for it’s religious implications despite it’s alignments with some modern celebrations. So take heart in the knowledge that all these goofies are  really participating in an an ancient pagan party despite what they claim.

So from me to you …. Happy Solstice!

Ostrara is Coming! Ostara is coming!

Again We Can Party Like a Pagan!

Not a pagan?  Well, you got your own options. But you may want to reflect on where they came from. Just sayin.

Ostara? Spring Equinox happens on March 20 at 1:14 am EDT.

Spring is coming!  This year in the Northern Hemisphere,  Spring Equinox happens on March 20 at 1:14 am EDT.  Most Pagans will be celebrating the beginning of spring, some under the name “Ostara”.  Unlike many Pagan holidays that have a history in Celtic tradition, the Celts did not observe this equinox.  Instead, Ostara comes to us from German tradition and is said to be named after the German goddess Eostre.More info

Look! All this celebrating at “Easter” / Ostara ain’t nothing new. Peple have been celebrating the Vernal Equinox since the beginning of time. The weather warms and the ground thaws, flowers emerge, yada, yada, yada. It’s got nothing to do with being a Christian, or whatever. It’s got everything to do with Spring! It is just celebrated in every culture differently and that’s that!

Every year at Ostara, everyone begins chatting about a goddess of spring known as Eostre. According to the stories, she is a Teutonic goddess associated with flowers and springtime, and her name gives us the word “Easter”, as well as the name of Ostara itself.

Personal note: Oh no not another pirated holiday! Yeppers! Christians naming an event after a Teutonic goddess?! Hey! What’s with that? Simple quiz. What were Christians, Muslims, Whatevers before [2000 years ago] they were Whatevers? PAGANS! Tada! That was an easy quiz wasn’t it? Some things are just hard to give up. Ain’t they!

For my buddies In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated each year on March 17. St. Patrick is known as a symbol of Ireland, particularly around every March. One of the reasons he’s so famous is because he drove the snakes out of Ireland, and was even credited with a miracle for this. What many people don’t realize is that the serpent was actually a metaphor for the early Pagan faiths of Ireland. St. Patrick brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle, and did such a good job of it that he practically eliminated Paganism from the country.Good job Pat! Drinkin to ya!

All this just to say this. Happy Ostara! Happy Easter! Happy………  whatever! Let’s party!

It’s really Eostre. But why quibble!

Before there were Christians there were Pagans. All early Christians were converted Pagans. Deal with it! Beware of Christians that celebrate Pagan rituals. Kind of funny , Ain’t it?? They love to party with us but afterwards keep trying to convince us that they are the true believers.

As the early church tried to convert the Pagans, it adapted the Old Religion’s traditions into Christianity in order to facilitate attaining its goal.
Ostara is also called Eostre and much of our Easter traditions are based on those of this Pagan Fire Festival. When the early Christians set out to convert the Pagans, they discovered conversion was easier if they adopted Pagan customs and traditions. Easter is tied into Ostara because it is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal or spring equinox.
Rabbits are symbols of fertility. According to Stephanie and Philip Carr-Gomm, rabbit also signifies intuition, rebirth, promise, fulfillment, and balance. It is the Goddess’ creature and represents the Moon, night and dawn. It is also associated with abundance, rebirth and release.
Eggs symbolize fertility. In the mid 1900s, children would get rabbits and chicks as gifts for Easter. The cock, in Celtic tradition, has connections to the Underworld. The bird drove off the evil night spirits and ghosts by crowing at dawn.

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