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If you could attend just one Festival at Stonewylde which one would it be?

IMBOLC
1
4%
EOSTRE
1
4%
BELTAINE
6
26%
SUMMER SOLSTICE
3
13%
LAMMAS
1
4%
MODRON
0
No votes
SAMHAIN
9
39%
YULE
2
9%
 
Total votes : 23

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Postby Lirazel » Thu Mar 06, 2008 10:37 am

If you could choose just one festival to attend at Stonewylde which one would it be?
I would have difficulty choosing between Beltaine and Yule.

Beltaine because it brings those very special energies into play - it's the beginning of the Celtic Summer, the light season of the year. A time to celebrate and take part in the many traditional customs and entertainments associated with it.

But then there's Yule, that magical time when you know that Light and Life will be returning - hard to choose but Yule it is...

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Postby Firecracker » Thu Mar 06, 2008 11:03 am

My very first choice would have been Samhain, but I guess that a Stonewylde festival may include some time outside so I chose Beltaine.
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Postby kit » Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:42 pm

:roll: Hard to choose as I love them all, but I think it would have to be Beltane for me. That's when I really, really feel the power of the earth's energy, the whole vitality and vibrancy of the spirit of the Earth Goddess and the inseminating power of the male - whether he's symbolised by the Green Man, the sun, or whatever. I feel it's a time of sacred union and complete interaction of the male and female divine elements.

I once had a rather "spooky" experience in some woods at Beltane, when I really felt that the Green Man was there, watching and waiting amongst the trees that were just bursting into life with greenery. My logical, rational mind knew that there was no shadowy figure with a foliate face standing there, but my psyche told me otherwise, and I was too scared to actually turn around and look behind me! It brings me out in goose-flesh just thinking about it! :shock:

Incidentally, for people who only know of paganism and festivals through Stonewylde, rather than more experienced pagan members, the festivals referred to in the poll as Ostara and Mabon are known also as the Spring Equinox and Autumn Equinox. But I expect you'll work that out anyway!

Nice idea, Lizarel! :D
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Postby Beantighe » Thu Mar 06, 2008 3:29 pm

I love all the festivals for their different energies, but I agree, the two it's hardest to choose between are Beltane and Samhain.

Beltaine is a lovely time of the year, when the Earth looks freshly washed and brand new; the leaves are that beautiful shade of spring green, there are flowers everywhere (my favourites are the milk-maids that grow in the meadows) and the hedgerows are bedecked with the pink and white blossoms of hawthorn. Heady summer is a few short weeks away, and the days are almost at their longest. Time to laze in the long grass and listen to the insects buzzing and the birds singing and just soak up the mellowness of the new air and sunshine.

Samhain is different altogether. It's a time of closure, of endings. The last of the harvest has been brought in, and the seed saved for next year's crops. We now know if enough food has been gathered to see us through the winter and early spring. The nights grow dark and chill and draw in, and we too withdraw inside our homes, inside ourselves, and huddle by the blazing hearth to keep warm. Our thoughts turn over the events of the past year, and also look towards the new one with hope and sometimes trepidation. We remember those who didn't make it this far, and those who have left us long since. It is traditionally a time when the veil between this world and the Otherworld is transparent, and the spirits of the departed can be invited to join us at our feast. Of course, it is not only benign spirits that wander abroad this night, and so people have devised methods of confusing them and diverting away those with any evil intentions, hence the dressing up and guising costumes. Our hollowed-out pumpkins serve a two-fold purpose; the demonic face to frighten away evil spirits, and a welcoming, friendly light to guide our loved ones home from the Otherworld for just this one night a year.

This is what the labyrinth in Solstice represents; our journey into the darkness and out again into the new light of a new year. For me, this is a very magical and spiritual time - a time to not only contact those who have gone before, but to get in touch with the deepest recesses of one's own soul. Emerging from this spiritual quest is the most cleansing experience, out of which comes an exhilarating sense of refreshment and renewal which provides the strength and encouragement to meet head-on what the coming year will bring.

Therefore, I think the choice has been made for me. It has to be Samhain.

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Postby iWitch » Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:22 pm

kit wrote: I once had a rather "spooky" experience in some woods at Beltane, when I really felt that the Green Man was there, watching and waiting amongst the trees that were just bursting into life with greenery. My logical, rational mind knew that there was no shadowy figure with a foliate face standing there, but my psyche told me otherwise, and I was too scared to actually turn around and look behind me! It brings me out in goose-flesh just thinking about it! :shock:


I've had a similar experience after an All Hallows ritual with a group. We were left to explore on our own and I encountered a rather spooky robed figure. I must admit I wasn't scared, but I knew I should tread no further and headed back to the group.
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Postby solsticedreamer » Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:53 am

so hard to decide :? i love them all so much.
if i really had to choose it would probably be between samhain and yule~but i just cant choose one!
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Postby solsticedreamer » Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:54 am

but in the poll i did put yule :)
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Postby Leanne » Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:53 pm

I am torn between Samhain and Beltaine, but having given it some thought I am choosing Beltaine- energy, vibrancy, new beginnings... very important to me right now. :)
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Postby blondielox31 » Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:07 pm

I went with Beltane in the end...why can't we vote twice, Kit?? It was that or Yule. A bit of a contrast, but there's nothing wrong with a little variety!
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Postby sea sprite » Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:07 pm

I voted Beltane too :D
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Postby thewiccaman » Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:09 pm

I think it would have to be Yule, mainly because it would be such a contrast from the commercialism and frenzied consumerism I experienced for the first time working in retail this last Christmas season and seeing it from the other side, so to speak.

Having said that, as I am clearly not a winter person and only seem to come alive creatively when the days lengthen and the sun is warm again, maybe Eostre would suit me better?
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Postby solsticedreamer » Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:13 pm

i am a winter person for sure~i love the warmer months but my coloring makes it all uncomfortable~gets a bit boring having to put on factor 35 just to go in the garden :lol:
i am much more active and positive in the cold :?
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Postby Carprimulgidae » Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:36 pm

strange, I'm a cold weather person too :arrow: :arrow: :arrow:
We must be a strange lot on here :lol: :lol: laying in the sun is not for me, what a waste of a summer :roll:
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Postby solsticedreamer » Thu Apr 17, 2008 10:05 pm

oh yes big waste of time, though i do admit i love getting in the sea when i can~even if its a bit chilly!
swampy moans as i sleep with the window open all year and in winter use a summer tog duvet :lol:


guess what carp... i am turning off the lap top now :wink: :lol: honest....!
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Postby Carprimulgidae » Thu Apr 17, 2008 10:25 pm

solsticedreamer wrote:oh yes big waste of time, though i do admit i love getting in the sea when i can~even if its a bit chilly!
swampy moans as i sleep with the window open all year and in winter use a summer tog duvet :lol:


guess what carp... i am turning off the lap top now :wink: :lol: honest....!


very similar, i would love the window open all year but jill is always cold but she has a loverly warm heart :lol:

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