Category Archives: Ritual

Yule Log

Among the Pagan traditions that have become part of Christmas is burning the yule log. The Druids would bless a log and keep it burning for 12 days during the winter solstice; part of the log was kept for the following … Continue reading

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Christmas Feasting

The coronation of Charlemagne on Christmas of 800 helped promote the popularity of the holiday. Other customs developed as part of Christian belief. For example, Mince Pies (so called because they contained shredded or minced meat) were baked in oblong … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice dōng zhì 冬至 Dec 21st

Today is the winter solstice. Where I live in Virginia it comes at 11:19 PM EST. In the modern west the solstices are said to be the first day of winter and summer. Yet an older tradition marks the solstices … Continue reading

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Santa Lucia Day

Saint Lucy or Santa Lucia, was a wealthy young Christian martyr, killed in Syracuse, Sicily, by Diolcletian.  Her feast day in the West is 13 December . Her name comes from lux, lucis “light,” and she is the patron saint … Continue reading

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December Calendar

St Nicholas Day Dec 6                                                                                                                      Celebrated as a popular holiday in many European countries, St. Nicholas Day, celebrates St. Nicholas of Myra, the man whose life inspired the tradition of Santa Claus … Continue reading

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Samhain

When the nights begin to chill and the leaves turn color and begin to fall, my thoughts turn to All Hallows’ Eve. Not the rampant candy fest Halloween but the older holiday, the tridium of Allhallowtide, which lasts three days … Continue reading

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Creatures of the Dark – The Illusive History of Vampires

The notion of vampirism has existed for millennia. Cultures such as the Mesopotamians, Hebrews, Ancient Greeks, Manipuri and Romans had tales of demons and spirits which are considered precursors to modern vampires. Despite the occurrence of vampire-like creatures in these … Continue reading

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