Midwinter: Light in the Darkness

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The Holiday Season has many reasons for celebration, but Yule is where my heart and spirit reside. The message of the Lord and Lady can be especially powerful in the darkness of Winter’s long night. [Read more...]

The History and Origins of Santa Claus

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Santa’s had a long and bumpy road on his way to becoming a modern icon, but now that he’s here he doesn’t look likely to leave anytime soon. In a world that so often lacks any magic, Santa provides a doorway into a realm of imagination and wonderment. Join us as we trace his origins in Greek myth, Catholic tradition, Norse paganism, and the wilds of the human imagination. [Read more...]

Everything Yule & Christmas (Rituals, History, and More!)

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The Holiday Season is a rush of social obligations, family moments, shopping, and rituals. Raise the Horns brings you resources for your every holiday need. [Read more...]

Beyond Santa Claus: The Other Gift Givers

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The image of Santa Claus dominates the Holiday Season, but he’s just one of the many magical gift-givers who visit children the world over this time of year. From the more well known Krampus to the mostly unknown Yule Goat, the world beyond Santa Claus is an interesting and fascinating place. [Read more...]

Good Tidings & Great Joy: Raise the Horns Reviews Sarah Palin’s New Book

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Can a Pagan find middle ground with Sarah Palin and her new book “Good Tidings Great Joy?” The answer is mostly “no,” but we gave it our best shot. [Read more...]

Playlist: Yule & Christmas

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Yuletide is a mix of ritual, parties, and family obligations. Because it brings out so many different sides of us it requires a very special sort of playlist, one able to mix the spiritual with the secular. It’s a music mix with something for everyone this Holiday Season. [Read more...]

Christmas Traditions: Pagan or Christian?

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Christmas has long been a combination of both Christian and ancient pagan elements, but where did the individual traditions we associate with the holiday come from? Are they all Christian? Are they all pagan? Maybe some of them are a bit of both . . . . [Read more...]

A Magickal Holiday Gift Guide

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Not sure what to buy that special someone for the holidays? We’ve got your Yuletide needs covered with spirits, drinks, books, music, and more. [Read more...]

The New Testament and the Nativity

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The Bible says very little about the birth of Jesus, and what it does say is often contradictory. What’s actually in there and is it literally true? Many people think they know the story of Jesus’ birth, yet what they know is an amalgamation of story and tradition and is quite different from what the New Testament tells its readers. [Read more...]

Yule Ritual 2012

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Yule has long been one of my favorite Pagan high holy days. There’s a festive spirit in the air, and though most people don’t know it, most of them are celebrating right along with us (even if it’s a few days later). On the Winter Solstice we celebrate the return of the Sun and we do so with joy and love and devotion to our gods. [Read more...]