The beginning of this year, I have decided, to embark on a journey of Paganism. I have been drawn to an Earth-based approach to my spirituality my entire life, if I am honest. I have explored world religion views and concepts, I was baptized as a Morman when I was 10 years old, went to Christian Church for a couple years, but I have had this lingering doubt, still, especially in relation to organized religion. I have respect for all faiths, but I do not follow any of them. I never felt comfortable with the commercialized view of, e.g., Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, New Years, etc. I always felt, something was missing. But I always, and still do, felt/feel a deep connection with earth and its Elements. I have insights of human like images and energy forces I did not know had a name until I researched them. I have had deep desire to worship the earth in the in-between seasons and have a celebration in the peak seasons, such as Summer, and Winter. Fire dance has always been a huge insight with me too during October, the celebration of the dying earth for a new.
I am finally being me, fully, and me fully is natural, not orthodox or passive, but raw and true, sexual and moral, yin and yang; I am of the earth, the sky, and the in-between states, and of the darkness below as the light above. And this, is how I view in part, Paganism. Honoring the parts and connections to all that there is in nature.
So, as I explore further Paganism concepts, I will share them with you here. I understand and aware of the tons of information and blogs already related to Paganism, witchcraft, and Wicca. However, this blog will not be about them, these posts won’t be especially that. They will be informative insights and posts, as I learn and explore, they too will grow and develop. I am not a witch, or wiccan. I do not do spell work. My ‘magic’ is nothing of the manipulative forces. I use crystals but for my own meditation, not to manifest or to deceive for superficial illusionary gain. I will share my journey of the past few years in another posts. As of late I have been posting old post saved over the years. But you will see more pieces of me soon. Stay tuned.
Continue to read below, about the Pagan Wheel of the Year, simplified from the Instagram account I found, titled: @pagankids – For Norse Pagan Families (I feel in my Soul I have Norse ancestry ^_^ )
The 8 Celebrations/Holidays, for the Northern Hemisphere are:
Yule (Winter Solstice) between December 20th to January 1st
Imbolic (Candlemas – half-way to Spring) Feb 2 (modern day Groundhog Day)
Ostara (Spring Equinox) March 20th – 23rd (modern day Easter)
Beltane (May Day – halfway to Summer) – May 1st
Litha (Summer Solstice) – June 20th – 23rd
Lammas (Lughnasadg – Halfway to Autumn) – August 1st
Mabon (Autumn Equinox) – September 20th – 23rd
Samhain (All Hallow’s Eve) October 31st (modern day Halloween)
For me, my pagan ‘Year’ Began on 2.2.22 with Imbolic. Next post will relate to this holiday and how I celebrated it/honored it.
P.S. Originally, the celebrations upon the Wheel of the Year were based on the Moon Cycles, so did not have a set date. Also, the Wheel of the Year could be seen as, or, similar to, the Medicine Wheel.