SGC Admin: From our inbox to you from: Patti Wigington: Paganism/Wicca Expert

SGC Admin: From our inbox to you from: Patti Wigington: Paganism/Wicca Expert 

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Customs and Traditions of the Winter Solstice
The winter solstice, or Yule, is coming up on December 22, for our readers in the northern hemisphere. This celebration has a long-standing history, from back in the days of Mithras, through the Nordic tribes, and among a number of other cultures. Let’s take a quick look at some of the time-honored traditions of this winter celebration that is observed all over the world.

If you’re one of our readers below the equator, you’re gearing up for Litha, the summer solstice, and the longest day of the year. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for links to some great info about the customs behind the celebration of midsummer!

Yule History  
Many cultures have winter festivals that are in fact celebrations of light. In addition to Christmas, there’sHanukkah with its brightly lit menorahs, Kwanzaa candles, and any number of other holidays. Let’s look at the history of solstice celebrations. Also, be sure to read about winter customs around the world.

Globa Celebratons of the Winter Solstice  
This time of year has been celebrated in many ways in many cultures. From the Roman Saturnalia to the Italian La Befana, the Feast of Frau Holle, and the Neopagan tradition of the Oak and Holly King, just about everyone has marked this season with a celebration.

10 Christmas Customs with Pagan Roots  
Wondering why we go caroling or kiss under the mistletoe at Christmas? Ever ponder the mysteries of the holiday fruitcake? Believe it or not, many modern Christmas traditions can trace their origins to early Pagan societies. Ten Christmas Traditions With Pagan Roots

10 Things We Love About the Winter Solstice Season  
It’s a time of celebration, so just for fun, let’s look at ten great things about the Yule season. Also, let’s look at something that’s NOT a Pagan celebration at all, just because we get a lot of messages about it every year.

10 Reasons to Enjoy the Winter Solstice Season
Festivus: Not a Pagan Celebration at All

Mabon September 22 2014: “lesson” with Patti Wigington

SGC Admin: (Original Post September 2013):  Mabon is a Pagan/Wiccan celebration. This celebration puts focus on giving thanks for blessings bestowed and falls  around September 22 the Fall Equinox ….

 

Please view Patti Wigington ‘s “lesson” on Mabon… 

Happy Mabon to all who celebrate it.. 🙂

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It is the time of the autumn equinox, and the harvest is winding down. The fields are nearly empty, because the crops have been plucked and stored for the coming winter. Mabon is the mid-harvest festival, and it is when we take a few moments to honor the changing seasons, and celebrate the second harvest. On or around September 21, for many Pagan and Wiccan traditions it is a time of giving thanks for the things we have, whether it is abundant crops or other blessings. With it being a few weeks away, now is a good time to start decorating your home for the autumn equinox, and planning your fall craft projects!Follow Pagan/Wiccan on Twitter or Join Me On Facebook.

Five Quick Decorating Ideas for Mabon 

Need some quick and affordable decorating ideas for Mabon? Here are some tips on how to bring the season into your home without breaking your bank account! Use apples, leaves, acorns and more to celebrate the fall equinox. Read Full Article
Search Related Topics:  mabon crafts  pagan decorating ideas

Make a Gods Eye for Mabon 

God’s eyes are one of the easiest crafts you can make, and they’re versatile because you can create them in any color. For a harvest celebration, make them in fall colors — yellows and browns and reds and oranges. This simple craft can be used in fall spellwork. Read Full Article
Search Related Topics:  mabon  september holidays  wiccan and pagan calendar

Mabon Incense 

As the Wheel of the Year turns with each season, you may wish to use different types and scents of incense for your ceremonies and rituals. While incense isn’t mandatory for a good ritual, it certainly can help to set the mood. To make your blend of incense for Mabon, the autumn equinox, we’ll be using scents that remind us of the fall season, and the second harvest of the year. Read Full Article
Search Related Topics:  mabon  incense  craft projects

Mabon Food and Feasting 

Mabon is a holiday dedicated to family, feasting and friends. Try some of these great recipes, and get that autumn magic cooking! Read Full Article

Handfasting History: An Old Tradition Made New

SGC Admin: Summer time is a time of weddings, and each belief system has its own way of celebrating the act of marriage, or the joining of two lives… Check out what Patti Wigington has to share about the Pagan/Wiccan way of getting wed or Handfasting… 🙂 If you are planning your handfasting this summer, Patti has some helpful tips for you… oh and Congratulations… !!!

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We’re now into the merry month of May, which means that handfasting season is upon us. Many people in the Pagan community opt to have a handfasting instead of the “traditional wedding” that our non-Pagan friends have. In some cases, it may be simply ceremonial — a couple declaring their love for one another without the benefit of a state license. For other couples, it can be tied in with a state marriage certification issued by a legally authorized party such as a clergyperson or justice of the peace. Either way, the handfasting is becoming more and more popular, as Pagan couples are seeing that there is indeed an alternative for non-Christians who want more than just a courthouse wedding. Today we’ll look at some of the things to keep in mind when you’re planning a handfasting, as well as tips to help make it a magical and successful day!

Handfasting History:

An Old Tradition Made New

In centuries gone by, handfasting was a popular custom in the British Isles. In rural areas, it could be weeks or even months before a clergyman happened to stop by your village, so couples learned to make allowances. A handfasting was the equivalent of today’s common-law marriage — a man and woman simply clasped hands and declared themselves married.

Handfasting History Spring is here, and love is in the air! For many people of Pagan faiths, this is the time of year for a handfasting ceremony. If you’re lucky enough to have someone you love this much, there are a few things you may want to keep in mind while planning your handfasting ceremony.

Handfasting Tips Sample Handfasting Ceremony If you’re planning on having a handfasting ceremony rather than a traditional wedding, you may want to work with your Pagan clergyperson on the writing of the vows. This is a sample ceremony that you can make adjustments to based upon your needs and your spiritual tradition. 

It’s become traditional to give each of your guests a small wedding favor. Typically, these are small trinkets with either the date of the event or the couples’ names on them. However, if you’re having a Pagan or Wiccan handfasting, rather than a traditional wedding ceremony, why not come up with an idea that celebrates your spiritual path, as well as announcing your commitment to the community? Magical Gifts for Your Guests

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Mabon “lesson” with Patti Wigington 2013

SGC Admin: Mabon is another of the Pagan/Wiccan celebrations, with focus on giving thanks for blessing bestowed upon them and falls (excuse the pun) around September 22 the Fall Equinox …. Please view Patti Wigington ‘s “lesson” on Mabon… 

Happy Mabon to all who celebrate it.. 🙂

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It is the time of the autumn equinox, and the harvest is winding down. The fields are nearly empty, because the crops have been plucked and stored for the coming winter. Mabon is the mid-harvest festival, and it is when we take a few moments to honor the changing seasons, and celebrate the second harvest. On or around September 21, for many Pagan and Wiccan traditions it is a time of giving thanks for the things we have, whether it is abundant crops or other blessings. With it being a few weeks away, now is a good time to start decorating your home for the autumn equinox, and planning your fall craft projects!Follow Pagan/Wiccan on Twitter or Join Me On Facebook.

Five Quick Decorating Ideas for Mabon 

Need some quick and affordable decorating ideas for Mabon? Here are some tips on how to bring the season into your home without breaking your bank account! Use apples, leaves, acorns and more to celebrate the fall equinox. Read Full Article
Search Related Topics:  mabon crafts  pagan decorating ideas

Make a Gods Eye for Mabon 

God’s eyes are one of the easiest crafts you can make, and they’re versatile because you can create them in any color. For a harvest celebration, make them in fall colors — yellows and browns and reds and oranges. This simple craft can be used in fall spellwork. Read Full Article
Search Related Topics:  mabon  september holidays  wiccan and pagan calendar

Mabon Incense 

As the Wheel of the Year turns with each season, you may wish to use different types and scents of incense for your ceremonies and rituals. While incense isn’t mandatory for a good ritual, it certainly can help to set the mood. To make your blend of incense for Mabon, the autumn equinox, we’ll be using scents that remind us of the fall season, and the second harvest of the year. Read Full Article
Search Related Topics:  mabon  incense  craft projects

Mabon Food and Feasting 

Mabon is a holiday dedicated to family, feasting and friends. Try some of these great recipes, and get that autumn magic cooking! Read Full Article

Learning the Tarot Cards with Patti Wigington

SGC Admin: The tarot has long been a fascination for me.. over the years I have grown to respect my cards and honour the information gleaned from them. I cannot say how they work, ( I reckon it’s spirit) but they do and on many occasions they have assisted me through difficult times… 🙂 Check out the following information on the use of Tarot Cards. Thanks for sharing Patti… 🙂 

From our inbox to you from Patti Wigington – About.com Paganism

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One of the most popular aspects of the About Pagan/Wiccan site is our information on Tarot. This form of divination is one that many modern Pagans use, and has been around for centuries. Anyone can learn to read Tarot cards, but it does take some practice. It’s a highly intuitive process, so while books and charts come in handy, the best way to actually learn what your cards mean is to handle them, hold them, and feel what they are telling you. Let’s get started by looking at some of the different ways people use Tarot.

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Introduction To Tarot Cards 

To people unfamiliar with divination, it may seem that someone who reads Tarot cards is “predicting the future.” However, most Tarot card readers will tell you that the cards offer a guideline, and the reader is simply interpreting the probable outcome based upon the forces presently at work. A Tarot deck consists of 78 cards. The first 22 cards are the Major Arcana. These cards have symbolic meanings focused on the material world, the intuitive mind, and the realm of change. The remaining 56 cards are the Minor Arcana, and are divided into four groups or suits, each of which focuses on a theme. Read Full Article
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Tarot Cards and Their Meanings 

The Tarot is a great tool for guidance and advice, as well as solving problems. Each of the cards has a meaning of its own, and as you learn the cards and get to know them better, you’ll become a more effective reader. Anyone can learn to read Tarot cards, but it does take some practice. It’s a highly intuitive process, so while books and charts come in handy, the best way to actually learn what your cards mean is to handle them, hold them, and feel what they are telling you. Let’s look at the Major Arcana, and the four different suits of Tarot cards found in every deck. Read Full Article
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How to Prepare for a Tarot Card Reading 

So you’ve got your Tarot deck, you’ve figured out how to keep it safe from negativity, and now you’re ready to read for someone else. Perhaps it’s a friend who’s heard about your interest in Tarot. Maybe it’s a coven sister in need of guidance. Perhaps — and this happens a lot — it’s a friend of a friend, who has a problem and would like to see “what the future holds.” Regardless, there are a few things you should do before you take on the responsibility of reading cards for another person. Read Full Article
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Interpreting the Tarot Cards 

Now that you’ve laid down your Tarot cards, in the spread of your choice, this is where the real fun begins. If someone has come to you as a Querent, it’s because they want to know what’s going on — what sorts of things will present obstacles to them, what positive outcomes they can expect, that sort of thing. But they also want it to be interesting. After all, anyone can flip open a book and read that the Ten of Cups means contentment and happiness. What they really want to know is how does it apply to them? Read Full Article