With Easter upon us, and more people fortunate enough to have time for themselves, family activities, eating lots of chocolate or the religious significance of the festival, I want to explore what planetary activity is to the fore at the present.
As Easter approaches many of us chocoholics will be counting down the days until the Easter bunny makes its usual Easter Morning chocolate egg delivery but how did a serious Christian festival become associated with rabbits and eggs? Easter rabbits and eggs For Christians this is a special time of year celebrating the resurrection of […]
St David’s Day on the 1st March 2012, and with the March winds and since we have just entered the Chinese year of the Dragon this seems the ideal time to explore the folklore of you guessed it, the daffodil…er sorry the dragon, not just any old dragon though, the stately red one which stands on […]
It is believed that the origins of Halloween may probably be found in an ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival which honoured the dead. The Celts divided their year into four major holidays and according to this calendar, the year began on a day which now corresponds to November 1st on the modern calendar. Halloween History The […]
As we approach Halloween, it is unsurprising that our thoughts turn to scary spooks and menacing monsters, however, at the moment, vampires seem to be particularly popular. Halloween The time was when the main group of people who were fascinated by the toothy trouble makers were Goths but recently in Australia the academic world has […]
May 1st marks Beltane day, which was originally an ancient festival, celebrated in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man, although similar festivals were held in Wales, Brittany and Cornwall. Beltane marks the beginning of the summer season a time when livestock was driven out for summer grazing.
As you contemplate buying your kids or your partner an Easter egg, you might wonder who came up with the idea that eggs should be associated with Easter. The original eggs given as gifts at this time were real ones which had been decorated.
March is the third calendar month but for the Ancient Romans it was the first month of the year. March was named after the Roman god of war – Mars. It may seem odd to name a month after a war god, yet, for the Romans this was the start of the military campaigning season.
It is the Year of the Rabbit and perhaps the world could do with these more mellow vibes, because with Jupiter and Uranus and then Mars all clashing with the planet of power and transformation, Pluto, in the next few months, more politic turbulence seems very possible.
As winter takes its first tentative steps towards spring many folks prepare to celebrate Imbolc (sometimes called Imbolg), or St Brigid’s Day. This is a Celtic festival marking the beginning of spring and it is often celebrated on 1st or 2nd of February.