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Re: How Do You Refer to the Celebrations Within the Wheel of the Year?
« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2011, 02:21:45 pm »
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For those of you who use the Wheel of the Year, how do you refer to the Celebrations within it?
 

 
I really like your names for the festivals. I tend to celebrate them as feasts as well. Anyway, here are my festival names (they're pretty standard):

Samhain/All Hallows
Winter Solstice
Imbolc
Spring Equinox
Beltaine
Summer Solstice
Lammas
Autumnal Equinox

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Re: How Do You Refer to the Celebrations Within the Wheel of the Year?
« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2011, 10:12:35 am »
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Hallowmass (Samhain)
Wintermass (Winter Solstice)
Candlemass (Ostara)
Springmass (Spring Equinox)
Wortmass (Beltane)
Summermass (Summer Solstice)
Loafmass (Lammas)
Fallmass (Fall Equinox)


At the moment, I tend to refer to the solstices as "the solstice", meaning the solstice that's going to arrive next/soon, or the winter and summer solstices if I refer to them both in the same sentence. Same with the equinoxes. But these I find don't feel like names of celebrations.

As for the cross-quarters, I haven't really found names that resonate with me yet (before now). I really like your names, CozyWitch, especially Hallowmass (I can't make "Hallowe'en" and "Samhain" mean the same thing in my head -- the former is the children's holiday and the latter is the Wheel of the Year feast -- and I don't like "Samhain" as a word ;)). I'm also another one that hates "Imbolc" (and "Mabon") as a name, so I'm definitely also going to steal "Candlemass" :P I was intrigued as to the meanings behind them, so thank you for that too :)

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After thinking this over I have to say I don't use any of them in a spiritual / religious capacity. I don't work with Celtic or Germanic gods / goddesses so that removes the entire Wiccan wheel and those recognized names.

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I also tend to not recognize the Wiccan wheel outside of high Northern & Low Southern regions as it is a failure on a global scale. The very fact it does not apply nor hold truth about the equatorial regions is one reason Wicca is disputed to be a global religion and practice.


I only want to follow the Wheel of the Year as it stands in this thread (almost typed "year of the wheel" :P) because it follows the seasons of where I live. If I lived in another country, it'd feel bizarre to celebrate ;)
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Re: How Do You Refer to the Celebrations Within the Wheel of the Year?
« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2011, 11:15:51 pm »
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As for the cross-quarters, I haven't really found names that resonate with me yet (before now). I really like your names, CozyWitch, especially Hallowmass (I can't make "Hallowe'en" and "Samhain" mean the same thing in my head -- the former is the children's holiday and the latter is the Wheel of the Year feast -- and I don't like "Samhain" as a word ;)). I'm also another one that hates "Imbolc" (and "Mabon") as a name, so I'm definitely also going to steal "Candlemass" :P I was intrigued as to the meanings behind them, so thank you for that too :)



You said something here that I want to touch on because it's a major sticking point with me in naming the feasts and it's also how I for my feast tradition dates down to a science.

You mentioned not being able to get Halloween and Samhain to mean the same thing in your head. This was exactly my problem when I first got involved in wicca and paganism in 1996. Halloween is very much it's own holiday in my head, and in the heads of pretty much everyone I've ever met. In fact, it's become so bothersome to me that they're said to be on the same day that I don't even celebrate them on the same day, anymore. Halloween is Oct. 31st, and popular culture has very much created a very different sense of the holiday for that day, that's why Samhain didn't fit for me. Samhain is Nov. 1 for me. I celebrate Halloween until midnight on Nov. 1 and at that point I start with the All Hallow's feast. Or Hallowmas. :) It just seemed to me that since Samhain was a celebration for last harvest and thinning of the veil, and Halloween was about parties and tricks and treats and the Monster Mash, they should be separate.

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Re: How Do You Refer to the Celebrations Within the Wheel of the Year?
« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2011, 01:56:40 am »
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You mentioned not being able to get Halloween and Samhain to mean the same thing in your head. This was exactly my problem when I first got involved in wicca and paganism in 1996. Halloween is very much it's own holiday in my head, and in the heads of pretty much everyone I've ever met. In fact, it's become so bothersome to me that they're said to be on the same day that I don't even celebrate them on the same day, anymore. Halloween is Oct. 31st, and popular culture has very much created a very different sense of the holiday for that day, that's why Samhain didn't fit for me. Samhain is Nov. 1 for me.

This is common for many since modern culture has shaped Halloween into what it is. Traditionally Samhain would have been on a lunar calender and started at sunset on the eve prior since time was viewed as night preceding the day. Halloween night in Gaelic culture is Oíche Shamhna. Some people even view it as a seasonal occurrence marked by the first frost, or astrologically when the sun enters 15* Scorpio, so you're not alone in having a night that you hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, and then your Oíche Shamhna ;)
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Re: How Do You Refer to the Celebrations Within the Wheel of the Year?
« Reply #19 on: August 01, 2011, 03:30:27 am »
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Interestingly, a fellow Vanic-focused Pagan suggested this Heathen version of the Wheel of the Year (although, it should be noted that most Heathens view it as a Wiccan concept that isn't relevant to their tradition). The holytides are arranged thusly:

The Charming of the Plow/Disting (February)
Summer Finding/ Eostre (March)
Walburga/May Day (May)
Midsummer/Summer Solstice (June)
Freyfaxi/Thing’s Tide (August)
Harvest (September)
Winter Finding/Winter Nights (October)
Yuletide (Jul, Jól) (December)
 


I think I've seen this one before. Or at least something very similar. But I only really celebrate Yule. I'm pretty lazy about holidays. I do have a friend who wants to celebrate the holidays more. I think she wants to celebrate Samhain, Beltane, Midsummer, Lughnasadh, and Yule. Oddly enough, my mother wants to celebrate Lughnasadh too. Although in my friend's world, I think she's renamed the holidays (with dumb names) because she felt like it. Like besides having Lughnasadh, she's also calling it Colorado's birthday and talked me into making a cake for the state. I believe Midsummer in her book is "Drinking in June" and Yule is "Drinking in December."

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Re: How Do You Refer to the Celebrations Within the Wheel of the Year?
« Reply #20 on: August 01, 2011, 06:52:13 am »
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For those of you who use the Wheel of the Year, how do you refer to the Celebrations within it?


I pick and mix shamelessly. You can say I'm still trying names on for size...:) So:

Samhain/Third Harvest
Yule/Midwinter (in my mind, Midwinter refers to solstice night itself, while Yule includes the lead-up to it)
Imbolc
Lady Day
Beltane
Midsummer
Lammas/First Harvest
Second Harvest
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Re: How Do You Refer to the Celebrations Within the Wheel of the Year?
« Reply #21 on: August 01, 2011, 11:41:26 am »
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For those of you who use the Wheel of the Year, how do you refer to the Celebrations within it?


I'm ADF too (like some who have already replied to this thread), so I follow the Wheel of the Year (The High Days), but I do so within my chosen Hearth Culture, which is Hellenic. So, I basically go through the Wheel of the Year, celebrating the Hellenic equivalents (as close as possible) to the Wheel of the Year holidays, as is suggested by ADF for Hellenic Druids.

So, my Wheel of the Year looks like this:

8/1 - The Panathenaia (today! The Autumn Feast)
9/22 - The Eleusinian Mysteries (the Fall Equinox)
(10/31)/11/1 - The Thesmophoria (The Autumn Sowing. I actually celebrate this as a "Day of the Dead" even more than the Hellenic holiday is traditionally celebrated, mostly because Samhain/Halloween is my favorite of the Wheel of the Year holidays).
12/22 - The Oreibasa (The Winter Solstice)
2/1 - The Anthesteria (Feast of Wine/Midwinter)
3/22 - The Greater Dionysia (The Spring Equinox)
5/1 - Thargelia (May Day)
6/22 - Skira (The Summer Solstice)

Obviously, this is in no way similar to how many Hellenic Recons celebrate their holidays, nor is it meant to be (I'm obviously not a recon ^^). This is more of an adapted version of some of the major Hellenic holidays into a more Neo-Druid pattern/set-up, in order to more closely follow the Wheel of the Year (ADF's chosen High Days). I personally really like this, as I want to follow the Hellenic way of doing things, but I'd rather follow The Wheel of the Year and not the more complex, traditional Hellenic calendar (of which there are actually many versions, depending on chosen city, tradition, etc).

I have more detailed descriptions of what I do on these holidays on my general religious blog (you can find the link in my signature), if anyone is curious. ^_^

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Re: How Do You Refer to the Celebrations Within the Wheel of the Year?
« Reply #22 on: August 01, 2011, 12:32:10 pm »
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This is common for many since modern culture has shaped Halloween into what it is. Traditionally Samhain would have been on a lunar calender and started at sunset on the eve prior since time was viewed as night preceding the day. Halloween night in Gaelic culture is Oíche Shamhna. Some people even view it as a seasonal occurrence marked by the first frost, or astrologically when the sun enters 15* Scorpio, so you're not alone in having a night that you hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, and then your Oíche Shamhna ;)


Great information, thanks! I'm glad I'm not alone.:)

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Re: How Do You Refer to the Celebrations Within the Wheel of the Year?
« Reply #23 on: August 01, 2011, 08:25:58 pm »
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(I can't make "Hallowe'en" and "Samhain" mean the same thing in my head -- the former is the children's holiday and the latter is the Wheel of the Year feast -- and I don't like "Samhain" as a word ;))


Interestingly, I don't have this problem. It probably stems from the fact that 1) I don't have kids, and 2) I live in Manhattan, where Halloween is definitely an adult holiday. NYC is not a place where you typically take your kids door to door (since most everyone is in locked-tight apartment buildings), and thanks to our raucous Halloween parade tradition, the downtown streets are filled with adult revelers in costume. So Halloween has always been a holiday where, for one night, you dress up and go out as someone else, assume a new identity...and watch a city full of other grown-ups do the same. It's marvelous.
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Re: How Do You Refer to the Celebrations Within the Wheel of the Year?
« Reply #24 on: August 02, 2011, 09:26:13 am »
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All Hallows (October 31st)
Midwinter (winter solstice)
First Seeds (February 2nd)
Springtide (spring equinox)
All Joys (May 1st)
Midsummer (summer solstice)
First Fruits (August 2nd)
Harvest home (fall equinox)


I recognize the solstices and equinoxes, though I don't yet have any particular way of celebrating them. They are important to me because they mark the changes of daylight vs. dark and the different seasons, both of which are very obvious and have a big impact on daily life where I live.

I've never felt any connection to the other holidays, other than Samhain, but I really like the names Jenett has shared here.
 
This thread has made me realize that the names 'All Hallows' and 'Hallowmas', ect, don't work for me, because the speak about things that weren't sacred or holy before becoming so on this day. As a pantheistic spirituality, FlameKeeping recognizes All as sacred, all the time. So I'll have to think about more on the proper name for that holiday. I'm not sure if 'Samhain' is right or not, I'll need to do some research.

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Re: How Do You Refer to the Celebrations Within the Wheel of the Year?
« Reply #25 on: August 03, 2011, 06:04:42 pm »
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This thread has made me realize that the names 'All Hallows' and 'Hallowmas', ect, don't work for me, because the speak about things that weren't sacred or holy before becoming so on this day. As a pantheistic spirituality, FlameKeeping recognizes All as sacred, all the time. So I'll have to think about more on the proper name for that holiday. I'm not sure if 'Samhain' is right or not, I'll need to do some research.

 
Actually, that's one of the reasons I went with the All Hallows/All Joys pairing.

For me, it's not that things aren't holy/hallowed or joyful/wonderful on all the other days (of course, they are.)  But rather, it's a time to stop and reflect about what we hallow and hold holy, and what we find joy in. And why.

So, for me, All Hallows is about remembering some specific things - beloved dead, beloved communities now left, stories and foods and songs that call specific things to mind. But it's also about "What was particularly important to my religious life in the year now ending? What do I want to have be particularly important in the coming year? How *is* the balance of my religious and spiritual life right now? What things can I leave in the past, by honoring them, without needing to take them into the future?"

I don't need to (and in fact, shouldn't) answer all those questions on that one day - but it sets the stage for deeper and more specific work in the coming year.

Likewise, May 1st is a chance for me to look at where my joy, my loves, my passions are taking me in that year, and what they mean for me and my life. Am I open to new ones? How am I honoring the ones I have had for some time already? Those things bring me joy every day - whether that's relationships, friendships, a passion for a particular
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Re: How Do You Refer to the Celebrations Within the Wheel of the Year?
« Reply #26 on: August 03, 2011, 09:59:14 pm »
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As for the cross-quarters, I haven't really found names that resonate with me yet (before now). I really like your names, CozyWitch, especially Hallowmass (I can't make "Hallowe'en" and "Samhain" mean the same thing in my head -- the former is the children's holiday and the latter is the Wheel of the Year feast -- and I don't like "Samhain" as a word ;)). I'm also another one that hates "Imbolc" (and "Mabon") as a name, so I'm definitely also going to steal "Candlemass" :P I was intrigued as to the meanings behind them, so thank you for that too :)

The way I've listed them is from years of studying, wording, and re-wording until it felt right for me. So, go ahead, I have no reserves to keep those to myself. ;)

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Re: How Do You Refer to the Celebrations Within the Wheel of the Year?
« Reply #27 on: August 04, 2011, 09:44:43 am »
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For me, it's not that things aren't holy/hallowed or joyful/wonderful on all the other days (of course, they are.)  But rather, it's a time to stop and reflect about what we hallow and hold holy, and what we find joy in. And why.

 
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Re: How Do You Refer to the Celebrations Within the Wheel of the Year?
« Reply #28 on: August 24, 2011, 01:50:45 pm »
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Wow. Who would've thought the ways I refer to the quarters and cross-quarters would be popular?
 
The biggest reason why I began referring to them as "-mass" is largely due to the fact that I don't work within a framework of Wiccan tradition or any specific pantheon. I celebrate those as feasts to celebrate the solar cycles.
 
Here's a bit more of a breakdown, bits and pieces from my Grimoire:
 
Hallowmass (Samhain) - Feast of Hallows
 
   This is the Feast in which all things are Sacred as the Veil becomes thin. Ancestors begin to return to join in the celebrations and magics. The ground in which the dead walk upon becomes Hallowed.

Wintermass (Winter Solstice) - Feast of Winter
 
   This is the feast in which Winter is welcomed into our lives with joy as we begin to see life wane, to allow ourselves to become more reflective and endure the dark. It is also the time in which things begin to be reborn after the Sacrifice. Night becomes longer than day.

Candlemass (Ostara) - Feast of Candles (Return of Light)
 
   Light begins to burst through the darkness and albeit beautiful it starts as small as a candle until its light fills up the room. Joy is returning as the darkness fades. The rebirth process is almost here.

Springmass (Spring Equinox) - Feast of Spring
 
   
This is the Feast of Spring in which its glory is welcomed once again after the endurance of the cold, dark Winter. Light has returned. Things are reborn. Magic is aloof. Celebrate and dance around the Maypole and partake in that which is sensual, good, and glorious.


Wortmass (Beltane) - Feast of Wortcunning
 
   A witch's brew begins to boil as herbs and oils are added to create a magical flow of power. Those who gain their knowledge in herbs during the dark of Winter can prepare themselves to reap and sow their own gardens. This is considered the first harvest. Mortal and pestle lie upon altars as powders, sachets, incense, etc. are being prepared.

Summermass (Summer Solstice) - Feast of Summer
 
   
Dance and be merry as fruitfulness has been multiplied. The heat of the Sun has returned and we may bask in it and be joyous. Light has come to its fullness and day is once again longer. Fervently do all that you must do for the dark of Winter is not too far away.


Loafmass (Lammas) - Feast of Feasts
 
   Raise your sickles and prepare your staffs. This is the time in which the final harvest is intiated before the cold of winter and all dies. The Sacrifice of Life begins. Death begins to knock at doorsteps and call out to those who have passed on.

Fallmass (Fall Equinox) - Feast of Fall
 
   The Sacrifice has been done on this day. Death has come as a welcome guest into the homes of many and into the coffins does he gather his beloved. They are being prepared to come in fullness when the Veil is thin to those who call for them and prepare to welcome them at the seats of their tables.
 
 
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I am fairly new to all of this so I love learning about the different holidays, and what people prefer to call them.
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Re: How Do You Refer to the Celebrations Within the Wheel of the Year?
« Reply #29 on: August 24, 2011, 02:44:06 pm »
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For those of you who use the Wheel of the Year, how do you refer to the Celebrations within it?

 
I celebrate the solstices and equinoxes, as well as the Full Moons. The feasts never called to me for some reason. But as far as what I call them, the simple "Winter/Summer Solstice" and "Spring/Fall Equinox" seems more correct for me. The moons on the other hand, I tend to call by their old names like "Corn Moon", "Harvest Moon", etc.

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