For the first time in my life, I feel like I need a Grimoire. I don’t want to call it a Book of Shadows, because that title has never sat right with me. Actually the need for this has caused me to be unable to blog for a few days (That and pain, but that’s another day’s entry, I guess).
What has really tripped me up currently is trying to put down onto “paper” the holidays and feasts that I celebrate. The main reason is that I really haven’t celebrated anything other than secular holidays in quite a long time – Save Saturnalia. The secondary reason is that I want to have set holidays/feasts for my Greek pantheon, because my personal gnosis says that’s okay for me, personally, to do. Or I should at least be able to plan out a year in advance with it.
However, has anyone else tried to find a proper Hellenist calendar before? I’m probably being lazy, but the one that I feel is reliable is complicated. I followed it at one time, but now I’m left with this sense of “Whoa, whoa, whoa” any time I look at it. It follows the Greek months by name and the months go by the moon instead of what we’re used to.
Pleast idiot-proof your calendars for those of us that are lazy.
I have a giant list, and I’m not sure which I want to really follow. I have Neo-pagan, Hellenist, and Modern Secular holidays charted out.
So tell me… What holidays/feasts do you celebrate?
6 thoughts on “The Holiday and Feast Conundrum of 2009”
well, I am wiccan(ish) and follow the wheel of the year…it has the advantage of being simple. 😉
Hiya, Meganne. I wanted to come and give you another link. This one is more tailored to your chosen pantheon. This is a Hellenic reconstructionism forum. They might be able to help you with calendars, sacred days for Hellenist, etc. I don't know if you know about this already, but in case you don't this is a good forum to read. http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?board=60.0Forgive my noobyness at not knowing how to make that a clickable link in comments.:(
Celestite, that is one of the advantages of being Wiccan(ish)! LoL. Honestly though, I plan on celebrating the wheel of the year, too. It brings me closer to my neopagan brothers and sisters after all. :)LJ, thanks for the link! I think I stumbled upon that yesterday, but haven't had much time to look through it. I will have to check into it more. 🙂
Because I'm known for being curious (okay, nosey), I had to look and see if I could find a simple calendar for you. Not being really familiar with the Hellenist calendar at all, I went right to Wiki to find out more.What I found out is that it's very complicated. No help here.Though I don't consider myself Wiccan, I do follow what are basically the Wiccan holidays – though I do them in my own way.
"Though I don't consider myself Wiccan, I do follow what are basically the Wiccan holidays – though I do them in my own way." – That's us too.I could be completely way off base but I thought the majority of the Greek calendar was about individual feast days of various deities, and some public holidays… Or maybe I'm lumping Greek together with Roman…
Hecate doesn't like lazy girls…
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