celtic festivals

Lughnasadh

Lughnasadh

Lughnasadh is the next of the most important Celtic festivals, which is celebrated on August 1st. This festival marks the beginning of the harvest, celebrates the abundance of nature and the generosity of Mother Earth.

Celebrations can hold on high hills, at sacred trees and wells or at other important natural formations. During Lughnasadh people invoke and worship the Pagan divinities and ask them to protect ripening crops.

It is a time of races, horse races, dances and various contests of strenght and skill. It is a good time for weddings.

To honor the harvest is baked pie from berries.

Illuminati Journal 05/2014 [ostara]

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A few spring points of interest

A few spring points of interest

Astronomical spring begins on March 20th at 5:56:36 p.m. this year, when the Sun enters into the sign of Aries. The spring equinox occurs – this is the moment when the sun passes the equator and the day is as long as the night. If your horizon of view was at an altitude of 0 meters above the Mediterranean Sea, you could observe that the sun rises exactly in the east and sets in the west. The sun passes on the equator through the zenith at noon.

At the North Pole the sun rises and the polar day begins.

According to the Pagan calendar we can expect the High Feast of Ostara and the end of Wolf month on March 20th. The old Germanic pagan feast of spring equinox is named after the Norwegian goddess of fertility, whose name was Ostara (Eostre). The name for Easter was taken from this by some Germanic languages (Easter in English and in German Ostern). Today neo-pagans celebrate this holiday and apparently also Wiccans, who indicate it as their Witches Sabbat.

From Nisan 15th till 21st Jews celebrate Passover (in Hebrew Pesach) – The Feast of Unleavened Bread. It is the oldest feast in the Jewish tradition. Nisan is the first spring month in the Jewish calendar and it usually falls on the period from March to April. In Hebrew the spring is called “aviv”. This word is part of the name of the Israeli city of Tel-Aviv (literally translated “spring hill”).

Note the similarity of the name of the Jewish holiday of Pesach with names of Easter in different languages; “Pascha” in Latin, “påsk” in Swedish, “påske” in Norwegian and in Danish, “Pasen” in Dutch, “paskhal’nyy” in Russian, “Páscha” in Greek, “Pasko” in Esperanto, “Pascua” in Spanish, “Pascoe” in Portuguese, etc.

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