Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: December 6 : Santa, An Aspect of Odin & Guardian of the Two Lands of Egypt


Today is the Festival of Nicholas—an aspect of the Norse God Odin.

A die-cut ephemera scrap from circa 1880s. --- Image by © Blue Lantern Studio/Corbis

Now listen close, because Nicholas heads up the Hunt, rides across the heavens in a flying chariot pulled by Reindeer.

If you haven’t guessed it yet, the Ancient version of the Norse Nicholas became our Santa.

Nicholas comes to us from the Norse culture. He is an aspect of the God Odin.

*sighs* It might be a Pagan Christmas after all.

Today is also an observance for Bastet, Egyptian Goddess who guards over the ‘two’ lands—upper and lower Egypt. Remember, Egypt was once a whole land until the throne was ripped out from under Set and given to Osiris. A huge argument took place which ended in the decision to divide Egypt into the ‘two’ lands—one for Set and one for Osiris. Whichever one brought their land to prosperity, inherited all of Egypt.

Of course, I always thought that the ‘two’ lands could have also represented the Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead, since Osiris did gain leadership of the Underworld—that world being just as important to Egyptians as the living one.

But we all have our theories.



New Pagan Books for December 2016

These are not book reviews, information on titles comes from author and publisher pages. We like to feature books written for and by Pagans, and books of likely interest, do get in touch if there’s something you’d like shared here.

Growing with Gratitude: a poetic journey of healing, by Janey Colbourne.

Gratitude is a most powerful force for healing. Whether it brings physical healing or not, it can be truly transformative in our lives. This book is the story of a healing journey told in poetic form. Janey shows us how her cultivation of gratitude transforms her experience of disability. Gratitude for the simple things in life carries her through the challenges of chronic illness and helps her to find the courage to face surgery. It is possible to find the source of inner healing, irrespective of the state of our physical health, and we can begin with the daily practice of gratitude. This book is intended to inspire you on your own path. Look around and see the gifts you have. The more you look the more you see, and the more you will create.

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Pagan Portals – The Urban Ovate. The Handbook of Psychological Druidry by Brendan Howlin.

Presenting Druidry in an easy-to-understand way, making the concepts open to everyone. Pagan Portals – The Urban Ovate, continues the process started by Brendan Howlin in The Handbook of Urban Druidy by moving deeper into the life of an urban ovate.

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Hopeless Maine – a graphic novel by Tom and Nimue Brown

(yes, this is one of mine!) A young experimental occultist, a witch, strange magic, uncanny creatures, crows, and a haunted island. It’s the perfect book for the goth in your life, for the young Wiccanette, and anyone who still has a lingering desire to be Wednesday Adams (guys included).

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Pagan Portals – Pan, by Melusine Draco.
Dark Lord of the Forest and Horned God of the Witches. Historical, mythological and magical insight into the god Pan.

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Gods & Goddesses Colouring Book

Take a journey across the pantheons of the world and allow your creative energy to flow, colouring in images and mandalas for some of the most interesting and inspiring deities.

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