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Seasons of the Witch! Ancient Holidays (and some not so ancient!)

October 18—St. Luke’s Little Summer
St. Luke’s Little Summer (not Indian Summer!) is a period of summerlike days that occurs around October 18, named to honor the saint’s feast day.
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October 18—Alaska Day
Alaska Day marks the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Alaska Territory from Russia and the raising of the U.S. flag at Sitka in 1867.    

Kent, England: CHARLETON HORN FAIR, Merrymakers wear horns on heads &, among other delights, men dress as women whipping genuine women with bunches of furze. By 1872, “the fair had degenerated into an all-out orgy & was suppressed”.

PANDROSOS – The Greek Goddess Pandrosos was known as the all-bedewing or all-refreshing one. She was the deified first priestess of Minerva. Today is the final chance in the year for really good weather, the St. Luke’s summer of English tradition.
In England, the Great Horned Fair takes place annually on this day to celebrate the wondrous powers of nature and fertility. Many Pagans and Wiccans (especially of the Garderian tradition) perform a special ceremony on this day in honor of Cernunnos, the Horned God of Hunting,fertility, and wild animals. He is also the consort of the Goddess, and a symbol of the male principle. At this time, many priest of Wiccan covens perform a sacred ritual called Drawing Down the Sun.

Seasons of the Witch!   Ancient Holidays (and some not so ancient!)    


October 18, 2010 - Posted by | Daily Posts

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