Holidays

Into the underworld, and Venus ascending

Halloween truly is a pagan practice, and most people now recognize that this so-called holiday is actually rooted in the old Celtic festival of Samhain. Although Halloween is commonly celebrated on October 31, the festival of Samhain is a cross-quarter holiday that occurs at the midpoint between the Fall Equinox and the Winter Solstice on November 7.

Astrologically, Samhain (along with the other cross-quarter days of Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasad) is celebrated at the midpoint of the fixed signs of Taurus, Scorpio, Aquarius and Leo. Fixed signs are the signs of power – like the square, their stability and fixed nature leads to a buildup of energy that opens up a doorway to an explosion of raw power. In Scorpio, that power is directed within, fearlessly exploring the invisible dimensions of life and reaching across dimensions to discover what awaits there.

Samhain was celebrated as the New Year in pre-Christian Celtic lands, and it was thought that during this time the veil between the worlds was at its thinnest. Communication with the dead was widely practiced during Samhain rituals, not surprising because of the association with Scorpio and the underworld of darkness that it rules.

When Christianity attempted to subsume the pagan Celtic festivals into Christian holidays, All Saints or All Hallows Day was established on November 2 with the night before being the Eve of All Hallows which has come down to us as Halloween. Participants still celebrate the souls of the dead during Hallows Eve, but now the creatures from the other side were reviled as evil. Wise women became the evil witches; offerings of food and drink were left out for the dead souls to placate their evil spirits.

Sig Lonegren from Glastonbury writes about Samhain and […]

By | 2010-10-30T12:27:53+00:00 October 30th, 2010|Holidays, Planetary cycles|1 Comment

Punkie night!

Punkie Night reminds us that tonight is “Punkie Night,” an ancient celebration from Somerset England which is celebrated by the carving of pumpkin-like mangolds.   Beth writes, “Throughout Somerset, locals use the term “spunky” to refer to Will-o-the-Wisps — a ball of light seen at night rising up from a marsh or bog.”  In Christianized England these “spunkies” were thought to be the souls of unbaptized children who wandered eternally through the night, but the pagans saw spunkies as being trickster sprites; the carved and lit pumpkins were meant to turn the tables and trick the spunkies.

I don’t know what it is about Somerset and adjacent Wiltshire: these magical places are the sites not only of Avebury and Stonehenge, but also of most of the world’s crop circles. In any case, modern day “spunkies,” called “orbs,” are frequently found in new crop circles and there is much speculation about the nature of these balls of light.  Are they UFOs?  Are they conscious beings?

I’ll be writing more about Samhain which is celebrated by contemporary pagans in lieu of Hallowe’en on October 31st; the actual astrological date of Samhain is when the Sun reaches 15 degrees Scorpio which this year will be on November 7th.

Watch the video below to see orbs at work.

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By | 2018-06-11T12:54:13+00:00 October 28th, 2010|Holidays|Comments Off on Punkie night!

The Autumn Equinox and the Harvest Moon

sadly I do not know to whom this artwork should be attributed!! The Autumn Equinox takes place on Wednesday when the Sun enters Libra, followed the next day by the Full Moon in Aries which is often called the Harvest Moon.  Thanks to for finding on the subject from the Wall Street Journal of all places.

Astrologer Nick Campion is quoted in the article as a “historian of cultural astronomy at the Universe of Wales.”  Astrology isn’t mentioned, even though Nick is really in charge of the department of cultural astronomy and astrology.  In any case, I found this comment particularly interesting:

while the Babylonians celebrated their “main new year” in the spring, their tradition of having a minor autumnal new year has carried over into both mainstream religion and secular practice. Nick Campion, a historian of cultural astronomy at the University of Wales, notes two echoes of ancient autumn observances today. “It’s a custom inherited by Jews—hence Rosh Hashanah,” he told me, “while the beginning of the academic year in autumn is a secular legacy.”

The Harvest Moon is the Full Moon that occurs closest to the Autumn Equinox.  The fact that the Full Moon occurs within hours of the Equinox is significant because the energy of the Full Moon is embedded in the Equinox chart which will be used to forecast weather and other events of the next three months until the Winter Solstice.

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By | 2010-09-21T17:56:32+00:00 September 21st, 2010|Holidays, Moon|Comments Off on The Autumn Equinox and the Harvest Moon

Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All Sentient Beings

The-Peaceable-Kingdom.jpgNo matter what your religion, it’s hard to argue with the teachings of a man called Jesus who preached a gospel of peace, love and compassion.  In honor of the celebration of not only this great teacher but all of the other great teachers who came before and after him, I’d like to offer a selection of teachings from the leaders of Christianity and Islam, whose original words have been so sadly reconstructed in our present world.

At this Christmas season let us come together to create a powerful vision of a world in which these words come to guide the lives of all humans, and where real love and compassion for all beings infuses every breath, every word, and every action.
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If those who lead you say to you, “Look, the Kingdom is in the sky,” the the birds will get there first.
If they say “It is in the ocean,” then the fish will get there first.
But the Kingdom of God is within you and outside of you.
Once you come to know yourselves, you will become known.
Jesus of Nazareth, Gospel of Thomas

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the of God
Jesus of Nazareth, Gospel of Matthew

If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you.
If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.
Jesus of Nazareth, Gospel of Thomas

Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.
–Confucius
Expect much from yourself and little from others and you will avoid incurring resentments.
–Confucius
Shall I not inform you of a better act than fasting, alms, and prayers? Making peace between one another: enmity and […]

By | 2009-12-25T13:14:05+00:00 December 25th, 2009|Holidays|Comments Off on Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All Sentient Beings

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