Pagan Rituals Alive and Well As National Pagan Day Celebrations Become Mainstream

by on 31/10/17 at 8:35 am

Busy witch season means relying on time-proven transportation like broom stick riding....Splinters be damned!

Busy witch season means relying on time-proven transportation like broom stick riding….Splinters be damned!

Green faces are popular this time of year.....Black pointed hats not so much.

Green faces are popular this time of year…..Black pointed hats not so much.

Louisville, KY – (

With Halloween just a day away, one of the most sacred times for the ancient people that lived off the land approaches…The Autumn Equinox, the time of harvest. If you’re in downtown Louisville today and someone says ‘Merry Meet,’ don’t be surprised at the friendly gesture. After all, this is National Pagan Day, and the folks in Louisville are celebrating by hosting a big Pagan Fair where crafts, gifts, and a few food vendors are offering up typical southern fare.

The Autumn Equinox has long been associated with the time of harvest and food, that pre-Christian religions celebrated with an orgy of celebrations and bonfires. Generally referred to as the Mabon…A time of harvest, latter references in Christian literature of the Dark Ages called it Halloween,(or the Samhain Sabbat from Celtic origins).
Thus, the story behind the term itself, which is short for “the eve before All Hallows’ Day,” the latter referring to the fact that saints of Christianity were “hallowed” individuals. It is thought that the Church decided All Saints’ Day should fall on November 1 to make it coincide with its precursor, a Celtic festival of the harvest. By “overwriting” the pagan origins of Halloween, perhaps the new religion could steal some thunder from the lingering Celtic influence in Europe.

Today, the Pagan interests still are alive and quite accepting as they do not belittle other religions and accept the fact that some people will criticize them as Satan worshipers which they aren’t. The Louisville celebration is more about gathering of friends and renewed friendship with a sprinkling of folk art and hand-me-down myth telling in the form of story and song. Outsiders are welcome providing they donate some canned goods which are latter donated to Louisville’s needy.

So, if you’re lucky enough to see a beautiful young lady riding a broom through the still fall air of an October night, give her a wave and maybe she’ll drop some dried fennel on you for good luck! Perhaps as she streaks higher into the sky you’ll here her farewell..’Blessed be!’

Now, don’t forget to carve that pumpkin so you can ward off the evil spirits away; make a token offering of Earth’s bounty to the little spooks and goblins that bang on your door with shouts of ‘trick or treat,’ and finally, place a wreath of dried corn and vine on your door. If you do, you’ll be partaking in a symbolic heathen ritual that pre-dates Christianity.

My word! What will the neighbors think!!!!

One Response to “Pagan Rituals Alive and Well As National Pagan Day Celebrations Become Mainstream”

  1. Philbert of Macadamia

    Nov 1st, 2017

    Great story QB.

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