I'm pet-sitting over the holidays, which means I am in a house with a lot more tv channels than I'm accustomed to. While flipping through the endless options this weekend I came across a program talking about the origins of varied holiday traditions that abound. While I've pondered the meaning behind some of my own automatic traditions before, this show offered history and reasoning I'd never heard before.
One of my favorite traditions is decorating an evergreen tree and making a holiday wreath for the front door. The historical interpretation I find most connection to is that of hope for spring and a new year, shown by the tree's green life surviving through winter. We also burn
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by K. M. Sheard, author of Llewellyn's Complete Book of Names.
Is there such a thing as a Pagan name? In the same way as people talk about Christian, Jewish, and Muslim names?
As a Pagan who has spent the last two years writing a book on names, my answer might surprise you. My answer is no.
But, I would also argue that there is no such thing as a Christian, Jewish or Muslim name either. There are only ever names for Christians, Jews, Muslims—and Pagans.
And, if you dig deep enough into a name’s history, you’ll find that almost every name, from every time and every place, could fit the bill for Pagans.
I know a lot of Pagans who
On the 20th day of December, tarot gave to me:
the 8 of Pentacles from the Gilded Tarot. In a few days, it'll be "...the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." But now, a few days before Christmas, everyone is stirring, putting last minute touches on the treasures they will present to their loved ones. So what are you doing here? You'd better scurry!