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Season-tides
« on: October 09, 2018, 11:34:04 am »
Wasn't sure what to call this, but Season-tides seemed to me to fit - this is inspired by Morag's suggestion of 29 September in this thread:

https://ecauldron.com/forum/holidays-and-festivals/when-you're-solitary-how-to-you-schedule-observancescelebrations/

If the idea of season-tides is either something you're already doing, or something that appeals to you, when would you see each of the seasons falling in your year?

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Re: Season-tides
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2018, 10:35:26 pm »
Wasn't sure what to call this, but Season-tides seemed to me to fit - this is inspired by Morag's suggestion of 29 September in this thread:

https://ecauldron.com/forum/holidays-and-festivals/when-you're-solitary-how-to-you-schedule-observancescelebrations/

If the idea of season-tides is either something you're already doing, or something that appeals to you, when would you see each of the seasons falling in your year?

So, that thread was a lovely read, and this is a marvelous idea, and I'd like to thank Morag for sharing that with us! 

I have a few sabbats I celebrate very easily and on the day, the number one being my birthday... errr, Winter Solstice ;) I mean, candles, a new year beginning, light coming back from days growing longer. 

Samhain gets easily celebrated as well, although my primary self-discovered deity has a very touchy relationship with the holiday, so there ends up being a lot of refreshing warding, hunkering down, taking inventory of loved ones to make sure everyone is doing well... it's a very cautionary day.  I'm not fond of being out late, and this year will be interesting, as it falls on a trivia night, so I... will be out late.  Nrrgh.

Others are harder to pin down, particularly Lammas, and I can think of plenty of good things that fall around all the major sabbats which I could easily use as part of the season-tides for celebrating...

It's late, and I'm tired, so I apologize this isn't super eloquent.  I mostly just wanted to comment "I love this and will be thinking about it!"
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Re: Season-tides
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2018, 07:11:36 pm »
I'd like to thank Morag for sharing that with us!

Yes indeed.

Samhain gets easily celebrated as well, although my primary self-discovered deity has a very touchy relationship with the holiday, so there ends up being a lot of refreshing warding, hunkering down, taking inventory of loved ones to make sure everyone is doing well... it's a very cautionary day.

That's interesting to hear - I'd be fascinated to hear a bit more, but obviously only if you're comfortable sharing.

As for me, see below:

Yuletide is the one that springs to mind easiest, and this would be the month of December, up to about the 26th.  I do celebrate Christmas, but I'm trying to incorporate more and more of my Paganism each year.

And then there's Halloween-tide, which is the month of October.  I've a childlike love of Halloween, I can't help myself.

I can justify the above (though it arguably overshadows Samhaim), because...

I have my season of remembrance, which is approximately the first half of the month of November.

Beltainetide would be the month of May, I think.

And the rest require a little more thinking about, at the moment.

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Re: Season-tides
« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 06:12:30 am »

This whole season-tide thing really seems to fit how I've always viewed the seasons. I think of Fall as the season for honoring the dead, because that's when All Saints Day traditionally falls, and because it's the time of year when nature goes into slumber. I generally think of it as ranging from around mid-September until late November. I guess I would call it Autumn-tide or something like that. 

Once the first snow falls, it's time to move on to Yule-tide. I think of the winter as a time for gratitude, thanks, and remembrance. A season for happiness and nostalgia, for family and friends, and for happy old memories.

For me, this sort of "Long Christmas" lasts from the first snowfall, usually in mid or late November, until early January. If there's no snow, I generally make the mental switch around the date of American Thanksgiving. I usually cut it off way before winter actually ends, around the time when people normally go back to school after winter break, a couple of weeks into January. It's hard to focus on family when everyone's busy with work and school (I'm in college, working on my graduate degree, my brother's a minor, my mother teaches).

For me spring is the season of rebirth, and more importantly, of healing. Spring is when I try to set my life straight and fix my long term problems. It's when I'm most health conscious, and when I try to plan my long term goals and think about the future. I generally start spring when the first flowers bloom, which does mean there's a certain time of year, some years, between Yule-tide and Spring-tide when I'm not really in any particular spiritual mindset. It's actually usually a pretty weird and unsettling time;l everyone's busy, nobody has time for family, nature is cold and dead, (we tend to get bad winter storms in late January and early Feb), and I often catch illness. I wouldn't put this time of year into a season. It's a liminal time for me.

Summer for me is a mixed season, and I don't know what name I would give the season-tides I experience there. There are two of them, generally splitting summer down the middle. The first one is a good time, when I try to make new friends, do new things, and get out into the world. The second one is a rather somber time for me, when the heat and mosquitoes start to get stale, when I get cabin fever and restlessness (I'm typically out of money by the start of July), and when I begin to think about the coming Fall with both dread and longing.




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