Keys for Hecate
Well you might be having trouble because your search terms are off. Halloween and Christmas are not Pagan celebrations, instead, you mean Samhain and Yule. I’d recommend checking with an Gaelic polytheist about Samhain. Most I know about it as a more traditional holiday is that it marked the change to winter and I think was considered the New Year for certain pagans. As for Yule, it was a midwinter celebration of Germanic tribes.
By searching using Samhain and Yule you’re more likely to find information you want, though be cautious of some of the (Neo)-Wiccan information because it might prove misleading. I wish I had more solid sources to give you, but this is a topic I’m not great with because I don’t celebrate either holiday much. (Though Yule might be one I will explore this year as I am engaging in a form of Germanic paganism.
Anyone care to add some good sources, that won’t conflate the 4 holidays together or accuse Christians of stealing Halloween and Christmas?
*kicks down the door* DOES SOMEONE WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT SAMHAIN?!???!!
Want something awesome to watch that covers the basics? BAM! Video here.
Want something cool to read that covers pretty much everything? ZING! In depth article here.
Want to celebrate it in a traditional way? BA-BING! Got you covered.
As for whether or not it’s the New Year…THERE’S AN ARTICLE FOR THAT TOO! But the gist is: we don’t know. Pre-Christian Gaels didn’t write anything done, so there’s no solid evidence for what was considered the New Year (or if they had one?) I personally subscribe to the theory that Samhain is the New Year, since we do know that the Gaels considered the new day to begin at sunSET not sunRISE. And since Samhain is the beginning of the darker, colder months…it makes sense to me that it’d also be the New Year. (Other contenders though are Beltane and Imbolc, the former because it is when the Tuatha de Danann arrived according to myth and Imbolc because of it’s associations with starting new things.)
Lemme know if you have any other questions Anonny! 😀
Ah, I knew a Gaelic Polytheist would be the best bet for good information. Thanks a ton!
Last year we gave away a short scary story I wrote and read for Hallowe’en, on Audible.com. Then it went away.
It’s back — now, JUST UNTIL THE END OF HALLOWE’EN.
It’s called CLICK-CLACK THE RATTLEBAG, which is a very silly name for a story, isn’t it? I mean, a story with a name like that isn’t going to be scary…
Download it fast. Don’t listen to it in the dark.
SPOOK LEVEL: I have been thinking about listening to it again but I’m still scared about it from last year
(Just a bit sorry, anyway.)
(Not actually sorry at all.)
Listen again. Maybe this time it will all be okay.