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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays for February 1, 2, 3

Neil Geddes Ward

HAPPY PAGAN HOLIDAYS!!!! Seems we have the first of the month so let’s dig in and see what we have, shall we?

Art by : Neil Geddes Ward

February 

Today is the wonderful festival of Imbolc or sometimes known as Brigantia. Imbolc & Brigantia has Irish meaning. Imbolc means in the belly in reference to the EWES & pregnancy, while Brigantia, otherwise known as Brigit is the Celtic Goddess of women & childbirth, weathering seasons, doctors/healers, poets, smiths (blacksmiths), etc.

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Something in Greece is stirring today…something known as the LESSER Eleusinian Mysteries. Just by the name, it has me interested. *winks* These mysteries are dedicated to Demeter and her daughter Persephone. Now don’t let the term LESSER confuse you either because it just so happened that these celebration were the most sacred of all rites to those in Greece.

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Today is also Cross-Quarter Day and the Kalends of February.

February 2 

Ground Hog day to some parts of OUR world. Will we have 6 more weeks of winter or a soon return of Spring?

Now, Romans hold the Goddess Juno rather high, so there is no surprise that today is a Festival called Juno Februa. She is the wife of Jupiter and worshipped strongly by women.

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In England ,or mostly Northern parts, something called Wives Feast Day took place.

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The Norse gave a fertility festival today called Barri. It is to honor Gerd, who gave something very sacred to Frey, virginity, in hoped that it would ensure coming seasons and crops. In old Norse tongue, ‘barri’ means ‘grain field’.

February 3 

Good-bye Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries as Greeks bring your sacred rituals to a close.

But hello to the Goddess Brigantia, or Bride, or Brigit for today is a formal celebration making the anticipation and return of life—spring.

Resources: Pagan Daybook, Wikipedia

Paganism: The Month of February

Thee Romans had something called Juno Februa.

Interestingly enough, the term Februa is where February was said to derive from. The entire festival of Juno Februa was based on purification. In fact the root of the word Februo meant purification by way of sacrifice or rather I purify by sacrifice.’

 

February is known as the time of the ‘ice moon’. Also known as a time to gain personal healing by items such as amethyst or of white, and bluish-violet items. February is sacred to women—not only is it a time preparing for the rebirth of the land, but of future generations, spirituality, etc.

According to some Native American Tribes, February was known as the Hunger Moon since the heaviest snows fell making hunting hard. To other tribes, it was known as Full Snow Moon.

February represents the House of Aquarius (January 20—February 19) 11th sign

and the House of Pisces (February 20—March 20) 12th sign

 

Stay tuned for two more articles coming up explaining the Paganism concerning Valentine’s Day and Ground Hog’s day.

What’s Coming in February Announcements

January was a busy month here at The Pagan & the Pen. Thanks to our writers who worked really hard bringing us on-Theme and off-Theme articles! And a HUGE thank you  to our readers who stopped by, commented, dropped a Tweet, and or read them.

If you want to know who will be blogging in February, about the 5th, I will have it listed here: Who’s Blogging When? Calendar

So what’s going on for February?

LOTS!!!!!

HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Pagan & the Pen will be adding ‘Pagan’ Non-Fiction writers to it’s team. That means if you ARE a Pagan and write non-fiction of ANY kind….and would like to join us, then we would LOVE to have you.  Please contact C.H. Scarlett at :

belovedisis (at) directv (dot) net

 

 

Don’t forget to grab 2010 February Desktop Wallpaper Calendar

THEMES, THEMES, THEMES!!!!!!!

 

If you follow us on Twitter, then you know I sent out a tweet asking our Followers (whom we proudly follow back) to send in their requests of Themes for upcoming months. Which means, if you haven’t done so already, you can DIRECT MESSAGE us anytime or drop a comment here tossing us an idea of what YOU want to read.

We usually do ‘ first come first serve.’ However, when I sent the tweet, in a quick two seconds flat, we received a unique request from soulsprite asking that we base a theme on Urban Paganism. (Everyone else who sent in requests, don’t worry, we will be doing yours too!)

 

So for February, think…. ‘Pagan in the City.’ 

 

Since so many Pagans do not live in country areas, but rather apartment buildings, neighborhoods, and where being a Pagan may not be easy to keep from wandering eyes, we hope to dedicate this month to the issues you may have to deal with under these circumstances.

 

We also have two new people joining us this month!

 

Marie Dees– a fabulous Pagan Author that we are excited about!

 

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Megan—I don’t have this lady’s bio up yet but Megan is a spiritual feminist and will be posting things on Women Empowerment, Women Issues and so forth!

 

We say good-bye to Kelley Heckart in being our

January: Pagan Artist of the Month: Kelley Heckart

But alas, we still have her as an author for Pagan & Pen. *winks*

 

We welcome, however, a new Artist:

 

Our Pagan Artist for February is : Neil Geddes Ward !!!!!!!

 

Bryn Colvin was NICE enough to do the interview and I truly think she got down to who he is. So check it out!

 

Some of our authors have announcements this month:

 

Red Tides of Desire – lesbian erotica with pagan undertones – releases at www.loveyoudivine.com on the 12th of February

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Rie McGaha is still trucking but you can catch her here on the 4th, and Valentine’s Day.

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Christopher C. Newman will have a new book going to print called: The Scandalous Tale of Agnes Biggenbotten". Eternal Press (date unknown)

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Our very first Pagan Artist of the Month Tom Brown has opened The Moth Festival here on WordPress. Tom is not an author for P&P, but since he is one of our favorite artists, we continue to stalk him, and what he’s doing! *wink*

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The Pagan & the Pen still needs more reviewers! Our book lists are growing and so are our followers. If you are interested, please check out Request a Review and drop us an email.

 

 

Ok, that’s it so far!!!!! Thank you again for everyone who enjoys the articles and says so,….and to everyone who has spread the word. Now fingers crossed that we will keep you entertained this month!!!!!

C.H. Scarlett

February: Pagan Artist of the Month: Neil Geddes Ward

Interview by Bryn Colvin

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Neil Geddes Ward is an artist whose work has inspired many a Pagan along the way. Talking to him raises some interesting questions about how we use ‘Pagan’ as an artistic definition. There’s a great deal of spirit in his creations. Is it the artist, the audience or both who decide what any given image means?

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Bryn : Tell us about the Pagan that lives inside of Neil and do those beliefs inspire your fabulous art?

Neil: There is no pagan in me, haha! I tend to think that I read a lot, and think a lot, and then have an opinion. That does not make me Pagan, I think, but more a person who is interested in paranormal things and where that might take us, and I think if you say you are a Pagan it can limit your experience, and I would rather say, I have a common interest in things that folks who call themselves Pagan might have. I do not worship any Goddess or God, but tend to think more of the overall picture. If that makes me Pagan for some people, then that is fine with me, but I am not totally saying I am!! Now that, that has confused you!!! But I do get ideas of what I want to do in my art through Pagan channels and also other areas too, and also I am inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites too!

Bryn: You describe yourself as visionary – it’s even in your email address. Can you expand on what that actually means for you?

Neil: Now what do I mean by visionary?? Well hard to explain but I would say, going beyond what we see to expand our minds a little more, open to more possibilities etc, to see things in new ways and to try to think outside the box a little more! Better to think like that than just accept the world the way it is!


Bryn: So is it more about giving people opportunity to find their own meaning and resonance in your work?

Neil: My work tends to be cryptic, some of it is very clear to me, and others are more like dreams that fade with mornings first light! So a lot of people find their own meaning in my work to an extent, I certainly don’t send out explanations with every print I sell!  Some people just like the look of something, some people choose a certain image because it reminds them of a spouse or something, and some like it because of the moon or the owl or some other element that my paintings contain. We all free drawn to something special that resonates and I guess many of my paintings resonate with some people to some extent or another.

Bryn: When did you first discover your talent?

Neil: It was not a case of me discovering my ‘talent’ but more of discovering other people in my class at school could not do what I did! So I guess I took it for granted that everyone could draw or paint! But not so, and I guess others with other talents would say the same thing. I did know something different from others, in the fact that when I was at school, when I was very young, I would always paint the sky all the way to the horizon whereas other kids my age just painted a blue band at the top of the paper. I guess I was actually looking out of the window! In fact I tended to look out of the window a lot at school! I was told I was too much of a day dreamer! haha!

Bryn: What is the process behind most of your art? What mediums do you use? Gallows wake for the web

Neil: I paint in Oils and also draw in pencil. I find Oils are very flexible and a lot easier to use than water colour or other paints. Oils have a slow dry time which helps me greatly in blending colours and tones! I also take many reference photos of models to help get the look just right!

Bryn: What artists and or musicians–and songs– if any, inspire you and why?

Neil: Brian Froud, for his vision of faeries, the Pre-Raphaelites for their genius and ability! I admire Rush, the Canadian rock group for their excellent songs and musician ship. I play bass guitar too, so I know what standard they are!!!

Bryn: If the world was created in the image of your imagination, what would it be like when we woke up tomorrow and seen it with new eyes?

Neil: Oh blimey!! Well there would be no money to argue over and no wars and no murder, pollution, or wrong doing. Hmm, is this called Heaven?? I think we all blame everybody else sometimes and sometimes, you have to take responsibility for your little corner of reality, whatever reality is, if there
is a real world out there at all!! More acid Vicar??

Bryn:  If someone would like to commission your talent, where can they find you? What are you open for—Book covers, Graphic Novels… what?

Neil: People can view my art on www.neilgeddesward.com and email me at neil@geddesward.co.uk and also find me on Facebook, Neil Pagan Artist . I do take commissions, so long as are serious ones, in the sense that people will really want them!! I will be happy to consider most projects, books, portraits, etc so give me a call!

Bryn: Any new projects in the future or plans?

Neil: Currently working on a children’s novel proposal for publication, me doing the illustrations and also basic plot lines. Will be featuring Elves and Orkney! Aim to get that to an agent in the New Year! fingers crossed!! Plan to do more pagan conferences, so if anyone needs a speaker, please email me, and I would be happy to discuss. neil@geddesward.co.uk

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A huge thank you to Bryn Colvin and Neil Geddes Ward for putting together a fabulous interview. And don’t forget….we will be featuring some of Neil’s art with our Pagan Holidays throughout the month. So be sure to check his web site out and consider him for any ‘art needs’ you have in the future!

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