Celebrating Candlemas Day

Learn about the origins of Candlemas day plus ways to celebrate this Pagan holiday which promises of the return of the light and the renewal of life.


06/20/2004 08:56:33 AM

I appreciated this article. We all must remember every culture has their own peculiar ways of worshipping/revering/remembering various deities. I cannot think of any one religion that has not "borrowed" from other faiths in some form or another. I worship/rever Brighid as my ancestral goddess because my surname is Smith & I am also an artist/poet and healer. If anyone wants to be truly inspired, I highly recommend a trip to Kildare, Ireland (Eire) for a look at Brigid's Fire Temple there. I went in 1998 and have never been the same since! The "Bridy" dolls can also be seen and purchased in Glastonbury, England where Her spirit lives on as well. Our english word "bride" derives from this most ancient of goddesses too!


03/28/2004 09:48:20 PM

Some actual theology would, in fact, be nice.


02/02/2004 11:51:56 AM

I agree. Maybe those of us who can write well enough could try submiting a piece now and then. I would love to read about other's perspectives on life and such.


02/02/2004 11:32:23 AM

"People HAVE sent them things on ethics, current events, etc." Yep. And most of it gets ignored.


02/02/2004 10:41:20 AM

Yah, the Candlemas thing got to me, too. Prosperina- People HAVE sent them things on ethics, current events, etc.


02/02/2004 06:31:38 AM

I do not even read these articles anymore because they are irrelevant. Just look at the title "Celebrating Candlemas", Candlemas is a CHRISTIAN holiday that coincides with some pre-Christian ones (but was still celebrated seperately mind you... doesn't make sense if it was only supposed to be a cover-up for the earlier holidays). Let us look at our editorial page... it covers ethnic traditionalists and reconstructionists, none of the articles are relevant, Native American religions, maybe one of the articles is relevant, Wicca, most of the articles seem like they might be but they are in fact about a warped commercialised product inspired by it. I'm going to read the article then share some of the stuff invariable wrong about it.


02/02/2004 02:38:33 AM

Just want to add that I like reading the articles, even though I knew them all, and didn't need to be told about the RCC managing to add their holidays onto pagan ones--heck--my mother told me that one! I liked the Fitzgerald article because it was engaging to read.It was simple enough, but, did the trick of renewing my own interst, and inspired me to want to burn my candles, and consider my goals. Yes, this was happening in my life anyway.And,I'm not young, and not a newbie. As for more articles besides the seasonal ones, I would love that. So, maybe some of us should write some?


02/01/2004 05:23:17 PM

Touche, Windsinger!


02/01/2004 04:58:22 PM

it could be worse! We could have an article saying superbowl sunday was a pagan holiday. ..or John Barleycorn a god.


02/01/2004 04:05:39 PM

Seems reasonable to me for BeliefNet to have seasonal articles (to cover all faiths, not just the Pagan wheel of the year). I like having a site that is for everyone, and like learning about others' religious practices. While this may be repetitive for those of us who have been through these holidays many times, I'm sure there are newbies coming aboard all the time, and they shouldn't be deprived of these articles (which seem to be well researched and written). There are plenty of days between holidays in which to write about other aspects of our lives. Tyrsson, you seem to be quite literate - maybe you could write an article about daily life in your spiritual realm of the universe? BeliefNet provides a wonderful opportunity for all of us to understand more about each others' beliefs, and possibly help us come closer to peace. What we don't understand, we fear. What we fear, we kill. Peace be with you.


02/01/2004 03:36:14 PM

Howdy, Sarifina! I'm not necessarily objecting to seasonal articles and I certainly appreciate that there are those for whom such articles will be both informative and inspirational. My objection is that this seems to be the only type of article offered by Beliefnet on this editorial page. With the possible exception of the recent "Pagans in the Military" story, the only directly relevant article to my faith community was the "Who are the Asatruar?" story that ran three years ago! In the meantime, I've lost track of how many articles have run about holidays we don't celebrate (though I suppose it would have to be at least 24 or so). It's high time for some variety, not to mention articles with greater depth. I've said it before and I'll say it again; we are--all of us--more than our holidays. Visitors to this forum, however, would never know that from the rather monotonous editorial content. In frith, Týsson


02/01/2004 03:08:43 PM

But on the other hand someone like myself who wants and needs to know about this stuff, really appreciates learning about what may be boring to the rest of you. I was raised in a religious family, not a spiritual one. So in the last year having become aware that there really is a Goddess. I want to learn as much as I can.


02/01/2004 10:50:03 AM

"What else would you expect pagan authors to write about?" Their history? Their hopes? Their struggles in daily life? Their faith and how it's helped them through difficult times? Their view of the soul? Their concept of time? Honor? Fidelity? Veneration of ancestors? Sacrifice? The sources of evil in the world? Why bad things happen to good people? What happens when we die? Cosmology? Eschatology? Epistemology? Etc., etc., etc. In case you hadn't noticed, we are considerably more than our holidays. In frith, Týsson


02/01/2004 10:49:51 AM

Howdy, Bkflorida! "Did any of you ever hear of tollerance?" No, but I have heard of tolerance. "It's fascinating how Christianity adapted the "old religions" in order to accommodate new converts." It is, indeed, fascinating--the first hundred times or so that you read about it. "If you are so narrow minded that you cannot respect the beliefs of others why do you read about them?" And where have I shown disrespect for the beliefs of others? My complaint is with the editorial content of this board, which, if you look closely, is supposed to cover a wide variety of different religions, many of which do not follow any sort of 8 fold wheel of the year. These other religions get virtually no editorial time. (continued)


02/01/2004 10:29:05 AM

bkflorida, this sounds like temper, love you dear dont take so much so personally, I used to think thataway but I realised I was taking everything seriously, life is too important to take seriously I am nominally Christian, but I have studied and tried to experience so many different branches of Life's Holy Tree, and I respect all of my buddies' beliefs, I believe the others were just being mischievous and trying to provoke a hearty argument, no harm done Belief net is doing well to report so much and try to please so many come on now LETS HEAR IT FOR BELIEFNET


02/01/2004 08:34:24 AM

Give it a break! Did any of you ever hear of tollerance? It's fascinating how Christianity adapted the "old religions" in order to accommodate new converts. If you are so narrow minded that you cannot respect the beliefs of others why do you read about them? What else would you expect pagan authors to write about?


01/31/2004 11:29:20 PM

You mean pagan authors write about anything else?!?!? affected shocked expression 0:-)


01/31/2004 11:27:50 PM

Oh my...aren't we being cynical today. I rather enjoyed the article. So there...


01/31/2004 08:15:32 PM

But however would they find any Pagan authors who've written about anything else? cough, cough, hint, hint. <-


01/31/2004 06:04:15 PM

Oh, look. Beliefnet has done another article on holidays. How original. yawn