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...]

Why My Pagan Yule Sounded a Lot Like Christmas Too (Part 1)

Over at Bishop in the Grove, Teo Bishop took issue with the singing of Paganized Christian hymns in his group’s Yule ritual.  The complaint was that it was disingenuous, and that Pagans need to develop our own music.  I want to respond to this on a few levels: first on the question of Pagan music, [Read More...]