7 Reasons Why Christmas is Part of My Pagan Wheel of the Year

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1.  Yule is NOT a minor sabbat. “Whenever I hear a Neo-Pagan say that the winter solstice is a ‘minor Sabbat’, I can’t help but roll my eyes.  What makes it ‘minor’?  The fact that Margaret Murray only listed the cross-quarters as witches’ sabbats?  Because Gerald Gardner only added the quarter days as an afterthought? [Read More...]

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A Unitarian Wheel of the Year

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Vespers in the winter, the Flower Communion in the spring, Pride Day in the summer, and the Ingathering / Water Communion in the autumn constitute a kind of liturgical year or Wheel of the Year for our Unitarian congregation. [Read more...]

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Nothing new under the Winter Solstice sun: Christmas as a major sabbat

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Christmas (like Hallow’een) is a sublime mix of Christian, pagan, and commercial traditions. And I love it that way. Whether you are Christian, Pagan, or atheist, I say, ‘Embrace it. And make it your own!’ [Read more...]

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“I am become the Sun …”: What Baby Jesus means to this Pagan

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As surely as a part of me died when I left Mormonism, something new was born inside of me, which eventually flowered into my Pagan faith. [Read more...]

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Putting Mabon Back in Christmas

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Whenever I hear a Neo-Pagan say that the winter solstice is a “minor Sabbat”, I can’t help but roll my eyes. What makes it “minor”? The fact that Margaret Murray only listed the cross-quarters as witches’ sabbats? Because Gerald Gardner only added the quarter days as an afterthought? I suspect that this “minor” stuff is just a way of trying to keep Yule from becoming Christmas (which is anything but minor). [Read more...]

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Confession: I Love Christmas

I have a confession to make.  Yes, I love Christmas.  I’m Pagan, and I love Christmas — not just Yule or the Winter Solstice (although that is part of it) — I love Christmas.  We just brought in our live Christmas tree and I’m listening to “Silent Night” and “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” and [Read More...]

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