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Heathen Celebrations

As we know, Pagans, generally, celebrate the turning of the ‘Wheel of the Year’ with the following festival days:

 

Imbolc (February)

Ostara/Spring Equinox (March)

Beltaine (May)

Litha/Summer Solstice (June)

Mabon (August)

Lughnasadh/Autumn Equinox (September)

Samhain (October)

Yule/Winter Solstice (December)

 

In Heathenry, there’s not one structure of celebration like the Pagan ‘Wheel of the Year’. However, here is a selection of events that are generally celebrated, they are somewhat different from, but still have similar attributes to, the Pagan ones. Of course, these are modern-day interpretations of the ancient Heathen celebratory days.

 

The Charming of the Plow/Disting /Solmonað* (February)

Summer Finding/ Eostre/Hreðmonað* (March)

Walburga/May Day (May)

Midsummer/Summer Solstice (June)

Freyfaxi/Thing’s Tide (August)

Harvest/Háligmonaþ* (September)

Winter Finding/Winter Nights (October)

Yuletide (Jul, Jól) (December)

(* Represents the names of the Anglo-Saxon celebrations mentioned by Bede in his work ‘The Reckoning of Time’ (Latin: De temporum ratione) dated 725.)

 

A caveat to the above list, most Heathens don’t celebrate all these dates and the dates are movable. Basically, many Heathens celebrate their festival days depending on the movement of seasons within their own countries rather than a rigid calendar.

For more information of the meanings of these celebratory days please consult the following websites:

The Ring of Troth

Irminsul Ættir

Anglo-Saxon Heathenry

 

Whatever the date and reason for a celebration there is usually a blot. What is a ‘blot’, you might ask…

A blot is a Heathen ritual. The word ‘blot’ comes from the word ‘blood’ and means a sacrifice. The Ancestors thought it perfectly normal to feed a community with an animal, which had been ritually slaughtered at such a rite. Today, Heathens make different sacrifices and there are good mythological reasons to use mead or other alcoholic drink for this. The part of the blot where it’s drunk is called ‘Sumble’ (see my ‘Sumble 101’ article), and Heathens will make ritual toasts and boasts whilst passing a horn of hallowed mead around.

However you celebrate the passing of the seasons and year, remember to spare a thought and perhaps a horn of something for the Ancestors, without whom, none of us would be here.

Blessings to your Hearth,

Edain
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Ancient Calendar: The Irish Goddess Aine, Healing Well : June 25, 2010

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I tell ya, the Irish are living it up this week, or would have if we were still muckin’ about back in their Ancient day!

Ok, for all those forty-shades of green fans, I have some lore for you and for those who are about to go to Ireland, I have a bit of a treasure hunt as well.

Today the Irish would have celebrated and honored their Goddess named Aine, who was the patron of love, restoration, fertility, AND eternal life.

Sheesh, talk about having a lot on your plate! Oh well, she’s a woman and a goddess so there is no doubt in my mind she can totally handle it.

Aine was the daughter of Manannan Mac Llyr and the legend goes that she’d appear to men in the form of a sidhé and become their Fairy Lover. How cool is that for you guys?

Now the awesome thing about today’s ancient bit of history, is that we don’t really hear a lot about the Irish pantheon. We hear all about Fairies, Leprechauns, and Irish lore, but not really so much about their Goddesses, Gods, or their Holy Grails.

What? Did I say Holy Grails?

Well, yes I did, and the reason for that is, there happens to be a WELL in Ireland, if you can find it, once called (and maybe still) Tobar-Na-Aine. Now that title meant, Well of Aine, and the belief was that the waters from this well could make the sick healthy again. Not only can it mend what ails you, but it can also restore your youth!

(Who wants to make a water run to Ireland with me?)

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HUGE ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR JUNE 2010

We have loads of new stuff coming your way at The Pagan and the Pen. First, let’s get the regular goodies out of the way, shall we?

I am very excited to announce that we have an interview today called:

The BDSM Lifestyle: An Interview With Author Dena Celeste by Rie McGaha

This concerns a Lifestyle that is very controversial because many people write or say they live it, representing it wrongly. So, as we took on a new writer sometime ago who actually lives the Lifestyle of BDSM, I was very happy when she decided to correct the wrongs, throw us some rights, and even a little glossary by allowing our FABULOUS Rie McGaha to interview her.

BIG BIG NEWS–Dena has agreed to do a monthly column with Pagan and Pen. Think Taboo with Dena C.

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If you dig the (Free) Desktop Wallpapers, then June’s is ready!

Free Desktop Wallpaper Calendar June 2010

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Don’t miss June’s Pagan Artist of the Month either that Brandi Auset did the interview for. I am thinking Brandi has a true talent for this…

June: Pagan Artist of the Month: Willow Arleana

Now, some announcements & free stuff from our Authors:

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Angela Brown has a new release HERE. The title is Forever and it’s a Paranormal erotic, not erotica, romance short story.

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Ancient Blood releases on May 31, and there’s still time to get in on the contest and win copies of Blood Line, Ancient Blood, an Ancient Blood T-shirt, and poster signed by the author! Go to Rie McGaha’s Website for an excerpt, contest rules, and how to enter!

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Brynneth has a poetry collection coming out – very druidy in tone – Lost Bards and Dreamers. Cover art by Tom Brown, and it’s coming out very shortly with Alpheratz as an ebook first, and then on paper.

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C.H. Scarlett’s book Wyntress Nyght’s Supernatural Crack: Exes & Hexes (Book One)is set to be released on June 14th, 2010 by Noble Romance Publishing. The book is a zany, supernatural shot for those who need their Paranormal fix. If you adored shows and characters like The Addams Family, Munsters, Elvira, Buffy the Vampire Slayer– then this series may just be for you. I warn you, though, no two bones about it…Wyntress Nyght can be a handful…and she knows it!  For more information click the title or check out C.H. Scarlett’s Website!

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Now, for some more good stuff concerning the blog!!!!!

Because so many readers have contacted us or have posted , we now have COLUMNS!!!! BASED ON THE SUBJECTS YOU WANT!!!!

Writers have set out to bring you the articles you crave, concerning the issues you desire, and hopefully, in the end, we will leave you happily stuffed!.

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  • Click on the links above to discover what to expect from those Columns. We are trying to cover all of the issues–Ancient celebrations, Women, GLBT, Pagan, Druid, Divination (Dear Spirit), Movies, Religious, Abuse, Controversial, the life experiences of William Maltese (who can entertain the masses easily), Men and Women relationships/differences, etc–  that you find interesting. If we are missing one, then please, by all means, let us know and we will see if we can find an Author to cover it.