Putting Mabon Back in Christmas

The_Holly_King_by_RavenWillowHawk

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...]

Summer Solstice – Urban Style

Last month, Jason Pitzl-Waters posted this link at the Wild Hunt, but it was a little lost in the link roundup.  I think it is an excellent example of how paganism can thrive in an urban environment. Apparently it’s not just Pagans who take advantage of the Manhattan solstice, or as it is otherwise called, [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...]

The Dying of the Light

So, I’m in Florida over Winter Solstice/Christmas and thinking how strange it is to be celebrating the darkest time of the year with sunny days and 80º weather.  We were at the beach watching the sunset and Dylan Thomas’ poem came to me: Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn [Read More...]


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