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Pagan Holidays

Litha 2015: Pagans Welcome The Summer Solstice

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion

The summer solstice arrives in the northern hemisphere on June 21, 2015 at 12:39 p.m. EDT, bringing us the longest day in the year -- which means lots...

Beltane 2015: Facts, History And Traditions

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.01.2015 | Religion

May 1 marks the Celtic festival of Beltane, also referred to as May Day. As spring is underway and summer approaches, many neopagans and Wiccans aroun...

Imbolc 2015: Traditions And Rituals To Know

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 02.02.2015 | Religion

For many in the U.S., the only 'religious' event this time of year is the Super Bowl. But for many pagans and Wiccans, February 2 marks the important ...

Litha 2014: Pagans Welcome The Summer Solstice

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion

The summer solstice arrives in the northern hemisphere on June 21 at 6:51 a.m. EDT, bringing us the longest day in the year -- which means lots of ext...

Beltane 2014: Facts, History And Traditions

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.30.2015 | Religion

May 1 marks the Celtic and neopagan festival, Beltane, also referred to as May Day. As spring is underway and summer approaches, many neopagans and Wi...

Imbolc 2014: Traditions And Rituals To Know

Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion

For many in the U.S., the only 'religious' event taking place this weekend is the Super Bowl. But for pagans and Wiccans, February 2 marks the importa...

Spring Equinox 2013: May You Be Like The Sun

Teo Bishop | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Teo Bishop

We find ourselves on the precipice of a new season. Here in the Northern Hemisphere we observe the Spring Equinox, the moment when the light of day and the darkness of night are equal. Today, if but for a single moment, there is perfect balance.

Imbolc: A Faith Made Of Fire

Teo Bishop | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Teo Bishop

Faith is a difficult proposition for many of us. Faith requires a letting go, a surrender of will. Few among us leap at the idea. Having faith, doing faith in a religious context, is not something I'm very practiced at these days. But come February, faith is the call of the land.

Worship The Sun! (Not Just The Son)

Wes Nisker | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Wes Nisker

The sun is still at the center of all our winter religious holidays: Hanukkah, Christmas, the Keltic Druid festival of the stars, the Katchina night dances in the Hopi pueblo. So maybe we should start deliberately worshiping the sun again.

The Most Surprising Facts About May Day

Posted 07.01.2011 | World

Although it's not recognized in the U.S. or Canada, May Day is one of the biggest bank holidays elsewhere in the world. While it conjures up image...

Imbolc 2011 -- The Spring Quarter Begins

Grove Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Grove Harris

Pagans celebrate Imbolc as a time to consider intentions and tools; it is a time to clarify aim and dedicate one's self for the coming year, to let go of clutter and to prepare for the season of growth.

Happy Solstice! -- Or is it?

Bron Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bron Taylor

Efforts to suppress nature-based beliefs and practices have been tremendously successful. Those who believe that there are spiritual beings or forces in nature have been denigrated as primitive and superstitious.