November 7, 2018
11:31:40 AM UT/GMT
06:31:40 AM EST
05:31:40 AM CST
04:31:40 AM MST
03:31:40 AM PST
01:31:40 AM AHST +10:00:00
In olden times, well before the “Common Era,” C.E., that’s now called B.C.E., Before the Common Era (“Before Christ”), there was no way to give the timing that I’ve been offering for the Eight-fold Year, the Solstices, Equinoxes, and the midpoints of those that we call the Cross Quarter Days, that are holidays and holy days of Wicca, Paganism, the Old Religion, or what have you. The events can now be timed to the second and I think that’s pretty cool, so share the times I get from computer assisted calculations.
There was no monolithic “Old Religion” or paganism, but Solstices, Equinoxes and Cross Quarters were likely recognized and utilized by a variety of peoples from very ancient times for ritual, augury, and as portals to exchange with the world of Spirit. Ancient astronomical accuracy recognizing the events are evident in many more structures than Stonehenge and Chaco Canyon, and from a wide variety of cultures globally. The Eight-fold Year resonates in celebrations and ritual in the calendars of religions and peoples, often obscured from the source, such as Groundhog Day for Imbolc (in the belly) midway between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.
Samhain, a sabbat or high holiday and fire festival of the pagan calendar falls with the Sun at the midpoint of the sign Scorpio, the Scorpion, symbol of death and transformation. It is a Water Sign traditionally affiliated with Mars but akin as well with Pluto, not visible to the ancient world, but well recognized by the astrological community fairly quickly after its discovery, February 18, 1930.
Scorpio is of the body zone of sex when considering the astrological associations from head, Aries, to feet Pisces. While Mars is strongly in the masculine, male, camp, Pluto well includes the so-called dark female, embodied by Persephone from the Greek view, and especially with Inanna the Sumerian goddess. The richness of mid-Scorpio easily includes all of the celebrations, holy days, and rituals that cluster about this time.
|Pagan Wiccan Greeting Card, designed by artist Amanda Clark|