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Midwinter, Minoan Style

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Minoan civilization lasted for a solid thousand years. As you might expect, their religion changed over that long period. Like their trading partners the Egyptians, the Minoans added new layers over time, creating an extensive and complex religious system that spanned the agricultural cycle and the calendar year. One of the sacred festivals that came later in Minoan times is the Winter Solstice.

In the earliest times, the Minoans celebrated the New Year around the Autumn Equinox, the beginning of the agricultural cycle in the Mediterranean – the time of plowing the fields and planting the crops, which grow throughout the mild winters in that region and are harvested in the spring. But eventually the Winter Solstice became its own kind of secondary New Year celebration. Instead of celebrating the cycle of the green growing things, it celebrated the ending and beginning of the solar year, which was embodied by Dionysus as the solar year-king who was annually reborn at Midwinter.

Yes, I know, Dionysus was originally an ecstatic vine-god, the spirit of the grape and the wine as well as a psychopomp for his people. But as I mentioned, the Minoans added layer upon layer to their religious beliefs and practices over the centuries. So the vine-god who died each year at the grape harvest in the late summer wasn’t considered to conflict with his face as the solar year-king who was born each year at the Winter Solstice. These were just two different aspects of a complex god.

Let’s not forget the other half of the Midwinter story. For a baby to be born, there must be a mother. For the Minoans, this was their great mother goddess Rhea, who was the sacred spirit of the island of Crete itself – their Mother Earth who rose up out of Grandmother Ocean at the beginning of time. Rhea has both a sacred birthing tree (a fir or pine tree beneath which she gave birth, with a star appearing in the sky above it as the infant Dionysus entered the world – this is also Dionysus’ sacred tree) as well as a sacred cave where she gave birth and where she hid her infant to keep him safe. Her sister, the goat-goddess Amalthea, nursed him while the Kouretes (probably originally a Minoan priesthood of Dionysus) guarded the cave, danced for the baby, and drowned out the sound of his cries with the clashing of their spears on their shields.

The Minoans didn’t have TV or movies, and most people probably didn’t own any kind of reading material, so their experience of religion came from public rituals and Mystery plays at the big temple complexes as well as their own private devotions at their home shrines. A few lucky people would have been invited to the Knossos temple complex to witness the Winter Solstice ritual there each year. It turns out, that chair in the “Throne Room” isn’t a throne at all, but a sacred seat where a priestess sat, playing the part of the goddess in rituals at Midsummer and Midwinter. At Midwinter, that seat (which was originally painted red) became Rhea’s birthing chair. The Midwinter sunrise cast a natural, magical spotlight on it as the infant Dionysus was born. That must have been an amazing experience, to be allowed to witness that ritual.

So each year, when I celebrate the Winter Solstice, I view our family’s Christmas tree also as Rhea’s birthing tree. And I look forward to the rebirth of the year-king with the first glimmers of sunrise on Midwinter Morning.

In the name of the bee,

And of the butterfly,

And of the breeze, amen.

Free Desktop Wallpaper Calendar for July 2010

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Above is the preview for the new Desktop Wallpaper for July 2010.

(If you like it, then just click the link sizes below, right click, and save as)

Inspiration: When people think of summertime, they often imagine sunsets, oceans, or lakes of blue. I don’t. I think of moonlit summer nights, starry skies, fireflies, hazy dreams, wishes, lovers secretly meeting within the shadows, and all sorts of magical things. That’s what inspired this wallpaper.  If you like it, then please share it with all of your friends. And if you really like it, keep checking back because I think I’m going to make this a Free Wallpaper without the Calendar part just so people can use it whenever.

Feel free to add your own holidays and such, but when sharing, please don’t change anything on the wallpaper.

This wallpaper has the moon dates but NO holidays since everyone lives in a different place, celebrating different things.

There is a solar eclipse this month, though, so keep an eye out for that.

(If you need a different size, then just leave me a comment below and tell me what size you want. I will be happy to make it for you, and load it up to my Photobucket Album.)

Two Sizes:

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ENJOY!!!! And again, please share with all of your friends!

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Free Desktop Wallpaper Calendar June 2010

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This months (June 2010) Free Desktop Wallpaper calendar is called Beyond the Veil.

It features a woman slipping through the mists and the clouds, eyes of a wolf, veil, and a mysterious cloak figure inside the moon. The Calendar is simple but does include moon dates, Summer, Summer Solstice and Father’s day.

 

You can add your own dates but please, when sharing, make sure to only share the originals. Keep all file names intact and please do not change file names. All free stock images used came from Stockart.

 

Do not resell. No copyright infringement intended. This is meant for personal use.

Enjoy.

 

Two sizes below…if you need another size, just shout.

Just click the links, right click and save as. (Desktops stored in my Photobucket album)

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Enjoy!

C.H. Scarlett

Paganism: The Month of March

The Romans had a God named Mars who stood for War and Agriculture. It is this God, whom gave inspiration to the month named March.

March is the time of the Storm Moon. Funny really, I named my son Storm who was born during this month without knowing that. Kind of cool how these things work out.

This is the second month of Imbolc, fertility, and also the time of Ostara (spring equinox March 21) Ostara is when the Great God grows to maturity. Day and Night become equal, while light begins to consume the darkness.

March is also known as the time of the full worm moon. The earth begins to warm during this month, signalizing the awakening of the earth worm—therefore we see the Robins begin to return.  Some tribes from the North called March the Full Crow Moon because the Crows would start calling again, announcing the coming of Spring.

Moons for March is:

Last Quarter on March 7
New Moon on March 15

First Quarter on March 23
Full Moon on March 30

Astrology:

This is the month Pisces (February 20 – March 20) and Aries (March 21 – April 18)

Calendar for March (heating things up)

Click here to go to that blog post and snag your size!

March 2010 Desktop Wallpaper Calendar!!!!!!

I’ve got a HUGE treat for everyone. If you like the art used for March’s calendar, (below) then watch for the next post where you can get it without the Calendar portion.

Now for our preview for March!!!!!!!!!!

*drum roll* please!

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Also, do NOT right click and save the preview above—it will not look good on your desktop since the size is too small.

For sizes, scroll after reading info listed below…

I have been freezing my fanny off! What about you? So this month, I decided to heat things up especially since Spring Equinox will be hitting us and hopefully, bringing with it some WARMER weather!

Anyway, if you dig the fiery setting above, then you can thank Wyntress Nyght’s Supernatural Crack because I used the art that went into making her cover.

Now for the sizes:

Pick the size below that you want—click the link and you will be taken to my Photobucket album where you can RIGHT CLICK AND SAVE. Once you save it to your computer, simply go into the file you have it, right click again and choose SET AS DESKTOP WALLPAPER.

Or you click START, SETTINGS, CONTROL Panel, and go into your desktop from there, manually putting it on.

Let me know if you like these so I can make sure to create more next month (with different art of course). Oh, and you add your own calendar info to these AND can share ALL you want…just make sure to share the originals, ok? Thank you so much!

Also, if your desktop size is not below, and its a common one I’ve missed, shout at me, so I can start making those sizes.

Notice the flaming moon art announcing moon phases. I just loved those!

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Also take note, since I am making so many of these now, I have made a new category for them—Desktop Wallpapers—but only this month will be under there since the category is new.

C.H. Scarlett