All Snakes Day, St. Paddy’s and Modern Mythos

Are you as tired of the St Paddy's debunkers as I am? While I support good history and scholarship, it seems like every holiday we have a parade of folks telling us to not be silly. Don't celebrate All Snakes Day because there is no historical basis. Don't enjoy turkey with your loved ones too much because of centuries old genocide. Don't whoop it up on the 21st because the shortest night of the year comes two weeks earlier.I'm not saying there isn't good and valuable information here. I … [Read more...]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day? I Don’t Think So.

I was driving around my little town today and I saw that several houses already have decorations up for St. Patrick’s Day, which in the US is about two weeks away. I usually forget all about this “holiday,” and I certainly don’t celebrate it, but this time, seeing the shamrocks and the green paper garlands festooning my neighbor’s home, I decided to sit down and write a little bit about why.I realize that for many people, St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Irish pride. I think that’s a goo … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – In the News: Priest Honored for Saving Dublin’s Viking Past

Far too often, most of us who have come to some form of paganism came so through experiences from Christianity. Unfortunately, the issues that made us leave that religion behind us to find and embrace this new one follows us around like baggage sometimes. But sometimes we also need to remember that without the steps on the journey that led us to this path we may not have found it in the first place.A recent news article I stumbled across reminded me of this, that as much as we sometimes blame … [Read more...]