Dec 112011
 

Well, it has been quite some time since my last rant and although it is the holiday season of many religions, I do have to get something off my chest – so to speak.

Why the heck do I keep getting greetings from Pagans/Witches which say Merry Christmas???

Gee, when those religious righters put up signs saying “Keep the Christ in Christmas” they have a point. Although Christmas has roots in Paganism, as does every other religion, when a Pagan says to me “Merry Christmas” I really don’t know how to react. It’s one thing to hear it in the stores, from co-workers and Christian family members, and from folks who just assume that everyone is Christian, but when I get a message or am greeted by Pagans who say this to me, I am pretty astounded at the lack of thought that goes with uttering what has become a common catch phrase.

Bah, Humbug!

It’s not that I don’t appreciate the sentiment. Certainly, when confronted with such a greeting from well-meaning folks, I usually respond with a “Happy Holidays to you too” – although there are times when I will sneak in a “Happy Solstice” – and receive puzzled stares in return. What to do, though, about Pagan Merry Christmas’s I haven’t quite decided – although my first reaction of wanting to smack them upside the head has been firmly suppressed on many an occasion.

I think my favorite greeting this season came from a novice witch who wanted guidance. She sent us an electronic greeting card complete with the title “Merry Christmas” with a Christian picture AND a Christian song attached. I think she really needs to do a lot more basic work before she can make a decision about this path. But it’s not just newbies who do this, but seasoned veterans as well. Have we become so conditioned by the dominant culture, that we unthinkingly mouth these phrases by rote? What does it say about our being witches – connected and observing of our path? If witches/Wiccans/Pagans greet each other with “Merry Christmas” with this little thought, then the religious righters might have cause to be worried about the submergence of their holiday into the consumeristic mecca that it has become. And although I don’t believe that “Jesus is the reason for the season” (they need to take a simple astronomy course here), I do believe that this can become a time when ALL religions can come together to celebrate peace and joy and giving and hope.

So let’s think about the meaning of this season. We celebrate the returning sun, the growing light, rebirth and reflection. Greet the dawn with thanks for the returning warmth. And try greeting your Pagan friends with something more in line with your beliefs. Believe me, changing this takes thought and effort.

Wow – a little Yule magick in the making.

 

This essay was lovingly crafted on December 24, 2001.

 Posted by at 2:14 pm
Aug 012011
 

We try to mix up how we celebrate the season. This is just one of the many celebrations we’ve done for Lughnassadh.

 

The Sacrifice of John Barleycorn

We take a loaf of bread and wrap it many times in heavy aluminum foil. Then using paper mache, we turn the loaf into a head. Add a stuffed body and you have John Barleycorn. Some of our most moving rituals have centered around passing John from person to person, as each expresses their thanks for the sacrifice being made. John is then thrown on the fire (while we sing “Hoof and Horn”). After the outer covering has burned away, we remove the head (bread), unwrap it and eat it as an offering from the Gods. We also sing the traditional song, ” John Barleycorn”.

Apr 242011
 

Gaia Invocation for Beltane

The scent of green leaves and blossoms float to us
on sweet breezes this Eve
The luxurious glow of growth and renewal
Reflecting both Brightness and Darkness
A night blessed by sacred joining

You have long been the watcher and guardian of life
Beginnings
And endings
A procession of children who call you home
Hail Gaia, Dance through us
Our souls are moved by Your breath
Our bodies flow with Your blood
Nurturing, Growing, Blooming

Plant Your seeds of knowing within us,
That we may move with confidence and courage

Fertilize our imaginations
Moving us to create our world anew with fresh vision

Sweep clean our doubts and fears
So that we can more fully embrace life and the wonders that it brings

Fill us with Your Love of life
So passion can more fully envelop our being

Be pleased to be with us in our circle
For Your very being is our being
Feeding each other throughout time and space
Blessing All who seek Your Love
So Mote It Be!

Thanking Gaia at Beltane

Hail Gaia

We thank You for Being here this Eve
And we are truly thankful and blessed
By planting us with your knowing seeds
By fertilizing us with imagination
By sweeping clean our doubts and fears
By filling us up with Your love of life
We are reminded daily of our connection to You
Be blessed and honored as we bid farewell

Blessed Be!

© 2003 Sabrae

 

 Posted by at 12:00 pm
Mar 202011
 

Herne Invocation for Ostara

Hail Great Horned Herne!

We ask you to be here with us
On the Rite of Ostara.
You are the balance between Hoof and Horn
As the time of rest and reflection has come to pass
As we move into the time of growth and action.

Herne, we ask that You be our guide for the world!
Give us the drive for new growth.
Bring us the insight on our path.
Watch over us and protect us on our way.

Let Your intuition fill our heads.
Lets us feel Your strength in our bones.
Let our bodies move in this world with confidence.

So Mote It Be!

Thanking Herne at Ostara

Hail Great Horned Herne!
Thank You for Your guidance at this Rite of Ostara!
We are grateful for your gifts of intuition, strength and confidence.

Place your protective eye over us and our loved ones
As we travel the spiral paths of our lives.
May we always feel Your presence within us.

Blessed Be!

© 2003 Rock

Mar 082011
 

Brighid's CrossBrighid Invocation for Ostara

Hail Brighid, Goddess who brings forth life anew!

We ask that You be here with us
On this rite of Ostara –
Balanced between Your energies of fire and frost.
For the time of cold and dark has passed, and
We move into the time of warmth and light.

Brighid, we ask that You be midwife unto the world!
Aid the sprouting of seeds, pushing up through the dark earth.
Bring comfort to those who labor bringing forth
new life from the dark womb.
Watch over the sprouts and the newborns,
protecting them with Your gentle hand.

Let Your inspiration fill our hearts.
Let us feel Your fire in our souls.
Let our minds perceive the world in clarity.

So Mote It Be!

 

Thanking Brighid at Ostara

Hail Brighid!
Thank You for Your guidance at this Rite of Ostara!
We are grateful for Your gifts of inspiration, fire and clarity.

Hold Your protective hand over us and our loved ones
As we travel the spiral paths of our lives.
May we always feel Your presence within us.

Blessed Be!

© 2003 Sabrae