Spring Equinox, Ostara (Ēostre) & Easter’s Pagan Origins

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In the Northern Hemisphere, the Spring Equinox is most widely known as the first day of Spring, when the nights really begin to lighten and the cold grip of winter finally relinquishes control of the atmosphere. Springtime itself is marked somewhat unwittingly by the planting of daffodils and the growing interest in the Easter season, with chocolate eggs beginning to fill our shelves and sculpted chocolate bunnies becoming everybody’s favourite snack. It’s perhaps the Continue reading “Spring Equinox, Ostara (Ēostre) & Easter’s Pagan Origins”

The Pagan Origins of Christmas

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Christmas is often referred to as a Christian festival, particularly in the current political climate in which we are attempting to promote our traditions in the face of attack from foreign cultures, but the truth of the matter is that there is very little about the celebration that originates from Christianity proper. In actual fact, Christmas was a celebration in northern Europe long before the arrival of Christianity. There were some serious differences, however, the most obvious of which Continue reading “The Pagan Origins of Christmas”