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

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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...]

Irish Snakes Survive and Thrive: All Snakes Day

The Irish love a good story. They are a lyric, storytelling people. Their storytelling tradition is full of the improbable, impossible and likely not quite so. So although I appreciate those whose commitment to veracity in historical matters leads them to be St. Paddy's Day debunkers each year, I feel they miss the point of the story of Padraig and the Snakes: it's a good story. What makes it even better is that in true Irish fashion, the story continues and evolves. The snakes survived. I … [Read more...]

Ostara, St. Paddy’s and Spring

I have never looked forward to Ostara so much before in my entire life. I find Circle to be purifying, cleansing and healing. As the gunk and stress of daily life accumulates I come to crave Circle. I need it. I need that safe, supportive space to let down my burdens and connect directly to my Gods, the spirits of the Earth and my coven family. Add on top of my usual longing the riotous outburst of Spring and I feel ready to bust out of these winter doldrums. Spring doesn't ease into being. You … [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 … [Read more...]