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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: November 25th: New Celtic tree Month, Women’s Day, Knocking the Knickers off of Persephone

 

The Celtic Tree Month of Ruis Begins

For more about this Tree Month check out this AWESOME site I found that has the most information I have ever seen concerning these Celtic Tree Months.

A pat on the back to them and that information.

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Women’s Merry Making Day

This took place in most parts of Europe long ago. Some suspect that it was once an Observance & celebration for Women’s Mysteries especially concerning Persephone.

(Since some Greek Deities and their secrets, rituals, and knowledge could only be preformed by women, known by women, and so forth.)

However, what I have noticed moving forward from Ancient Civilizations into the Middle Ages or Medieval times, the same sacred days that were once honored ,take on new form as something else. Now there was good reason for this. Sometimes and in most part it was done to protect the Pagan Traditions long celebrated.

This is one of them, sort of, and the day itself was really nothing to brag about . The only thing women got on this day…was the right to do less labor. And I say less because even though the point was to give them the entire day off…*gee thanks*lol…in most cases, less is what they got if that.

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Speaking of….

and further back in time…today is the Greek Festival of…(can you guess)

Persephone!!!!!!

Now you know the Greeks were romping it up and throwing down on this day! But the Greeks were not the only ones, no. Rome also adapted Persephone and made this day all about her as well. Only instead of calling her by her Greek name, they called her Proserpina.

By Natalie Harter

 Persephone was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter.

If you read the holidays yesterday when I spoke of Isis and Osiris’ love story, well here is another classic tale that is often forgotten. And as a young girl, I’ll admit, I used to get all hazy-eyed over this one. Why?

Because ….

Persephone happens to be the P.H.A.T (pretty hot and tempting) Goddess on the block that every guy-god wants. Only she can’t get no lovin’ from any of the guy-gods who sends her gifts because her too-damn-strict-momma keeps tellin’ them boys no and sendin’ them presents back!

So it’s startin’ to look like poor Persephone will be a lonely little maid forever..

UNTIL….

Hades—*knock our knickers off* bad boy– does what bad boys do best—break all the damn rules!

Now Hades happens to be the dark, forbidden, and ever-so-sexy-your-momma-warned-you-about-hottie in this story. And this bad boy falls in love with Persephone, decides he wants her *oh yeah* and then kidnaps the little miss because of it.

In short, her mother, Demeter is  flippin’ completely out because her daughter is missing, and after raising so much noise, the God of the Sun Helios finally gives up what Hades did.

So the pissed off momma sends a guy-god named Hermes to snatch her baby girl back.  With fingers crossed, Demeter waits…in fact she waits for so long and grieves so bad that the brakes are thrown on the seasons.

(Now you know that is making this rough and crazy for the world of humans and I can’t imagine Zeus being happy either)

Anyway, if you’re thinking Hermes is going to swoop in, rescue Persephone like the knight in shining armor, kick yourself now because that doesn’t happen. For once, the dark, forbidden, and ever-so-sexy-your-momma-warned-you-about-hottie Hades wins (to my delight) and plans ahead for all the family drama to come.

You see, while his beloved Persephone is with him in the ever-so-fab-Underworld, he gets her to eat an enchanted pomegranate. And the seeds of this fabulous fruit is what kicks it all into motion and forces the Fates to back Hades and give him what he wants so that the other Gods can’t to a damn thing about it….well sort of. 

When it all comes down to it, Hades does have to give up his Persephone but not forever. You see, Persephone may have to go back to her mother but only for a few months out of the year and because of those fabulous seeds, he has the rights to do it.

*snap*

So when Persephone returns to the Land of the Living…so comes Spring. And when she goes back to the Underworld to have her socks rocked off by Hades, so comes winter for us.

Now do you see why this would make a girl swoon?

If not and you want to read more, then check out…

This link here

Wikipedia

 

 

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Beyond a Joke

Recently in the UK a man has been found guilty of threatening behaviour (or something of that ilk, I can’t quote the precise details, forgive me!) because he tweeted a comment about blowing up an airport. It’s created a storm of protest on Twitter, with many people re-tweeting the remark with #iamspartacus as a gesture of support. This was a comment made in anger and shared with friends, not a threat made to the airport or its staff, but apparently the context isn’t important, it still counts as ‘menacing’. Unhelpfully ‘menacing’ isn’t a term that apparently has much definition under UK law.

There are a number of things to be worried about here. Firstly, that words typed are being taken as proof of intention. Speaking as someone who spends a lot of time making things up, this troubles me. Lots of people make things up – for humour, for dramatic effect, to get the point across. “Do that again and I’ll kill you,” is a statement frequently made without any actual intent to kill, so far as I can tell. “I’m dead on my feet’ is seldom literally true. “I’d kill for a coffee” is not usually a plan for violence. But in theory, any such expression could be taken as a statement of intent.

Then there’s the issue of irony, which we Brits are supposed to be good at. Irony is the fine art of saying something you really don’t mean, in order to make a point. Comics do it all the time. It’s a powerful political tool for people on the sidelines especially. Satire is a traditional Druid weapon as well. If the legal system cannot comprehend context, it’s not going to be able to handle irony. Is “I was being ironic” any kind of legal defence? I really hope we don’t get to find out, and when I say that, I promise you I am not being even the teensiest bit ironic. Please, let’s not go there. 

The other side of this issue for me is about being able to use carelessness as a defence. Plenty of people say things in the heat of the moment that they do not mean “I’ll bloody kill you for that” being a common one. Or we speak in thoughtless hyperbole. “I could eat a horse.” Most of the time it’s not a problem, but sometimes it is, and careless speech causes pain, misunderstanding and difficulty. I do not think that negligence is any kind of excuse. We have control over our mouths and fingers, most of us, we are able to think about what we type, or say, and we should not run off with either, paying no regard to the impact our words might have. The Celts considered good speech to be a virtue, and that means not mouthing off saying things you don’t mean.

I am very much an advocate of free speech. Without freedom of expression, there can be no equality, no justice, and no other kind of freedoms whatsoever. With freedom comes responsibility, and if words are used as weapons, then people have to take the consequences. Had the twitter chap phoned up some poor soul at the airport and told them he was so cross he’d blow the place sky high then sure, he’d need a serious slap on the wrist there. But that wasn’t what happened. He typed carelessly. He may, in fact have been making a sort of joke. That he didn’t mean any harm is blindingly obvious to anyone with half a brain.

We all of us have a responsibility to be clear in our speech and disciplined enough not to say very stupid things in moments of anger or frustration. What you do and say under pressure is the real measure of a person, I think. But at the same time, we need edgy humour and uncomfortable jokes. We need to push the boundaries, and it needs to be ok to be ironic, or make people uneasy. And surely, as a country, we have people far more in need of court time than some bloke who posts an ill considered remark on a social networking site. Anyone who disagrees should be locked in a room and made to watch the fifth Harry Potter, A Clockwork Orange, and Minority Report over and over until they actually get the point.