24 December 2009

Thoughts For the Season

I took this image more than a week ago and I think it's got some brilliant red colors to enjoy and mark the important, but often forgotten, point of the whole season of holidays: the return of the sun after the longest night of the year. Unfortunately, my monitor crapped out on me and I've had to temporarily replace it with an ancient Compaq monitor that only has 32 bit color. So, I'm not quite sure if this photo is very red or not. Either way I seem to remember liking this image, so I hope you do too!

I read on The Wild Hunt how some 300 people came to Stonehenge to celebrate the Solstice on the wrong day and I just couldn't believe it. Or, rather, I was incredibly dismayed by it. I know I'm a hardass about celebrating the solstices, equinoxes and cross quarters at the right time (I don't celebrate Samhain on Halloween, for example, but on the actual cross quarter which usually occurs a full week after Halloween) but come on folks! You call yourselves pagans? And you didn't even realize that our holydays are based on astronomical events and thus don't always occur on the same calendar date? You know so little about what it means to be pagan that it never once occurred to you to check the date? I wish I could meet those folks and slap them silly! I guess I wouldn't have to slap them silly since they are already! Okay, stepping off soapbox now.

I stayed up all night on Yule and kept the fireplaces and candles burning all night. I like the idea of making it a tradition; it's a beautiful way to not only recognize the solstice but show respect for the sun. I've read before how keeping candles/lights burning all during the Yule night will help draw the sun back or otherwise help the sun find its way back. I don't think the sun needs our help but I like the idea showing my support. There's also that little fact of it being seriously cold to encourage one to keep fires going!

Here's hoping you and yours stay warm and happy during this season and all the years to come!


Aquila ka Hecate said...

I'm afraid I'm just like you when it comes to the astronomically correct dates, Livia!

If the whole point revolves around an actual occurrance in this world, it's better to observe the actual occurrance at the actual time. Or so runs my scientist narrative.

And a point could be made that it's an obstructionist narrative, but hey. :)

I also celebrate the Greater Sabbats at the cross-quarter points. It's just neater, more symmetrical.

I don't suppose the world's going to end if we don't do this, but like you I allow myself to feel a tad irritated by people calling themselves Pagabs and apparently not giving any thought to what they're doing.

Terri in Joburg

Griffin said...

Hope you had a lovely peaceful Crimbo too. Here we even had snow! Now it's bright, crisp and cold out, but the snow's all gorn... sigh!

Dear Livia, I hope the new year is a lot better than the old one and you have a lot more fun and more of the good stuff.

Here's lookin' at you kid!

Livia Indica said...

Hi Terri, always good to hear from you! I totally agree. Why bother saying you honor the solstices and the rest if you're not gonna do said honoring on the right dates?!

Hi Griffin, we had a white Christmas too! And for the first time in years. Here's hoping we all have a great year!

Cygnus MacLlyr said...

Hiya Liv!!!

Do the magic when u feel, and allow it to carry us when we don't.

Slainte, Lady. I hope your next cycle is prosperous and joyful.

Bonjour, Indica Flower...

Livia Indica said...

Hi Cygnus! Nice to hear from you as always. Here's hoping this next calendar year is good for all of us!