SORTING IT OUT:
Sorting out the seasonal, symbolic and practical meanings related to a high day is a very important process in having things end up “making sense” and thereby having your annual round of liturgical works become a dynamic, interrelated system - rather than just a series of thematically disparate ‘events’.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
The Nornic Modalities :
From Past Urd Formerly
Through Present Verdandi Presently
To Future Skuld Consequentially…
The Seasonal Delineators :
( Don’t even get me started on folks who don’t integrate
seasonal factors into the themes of their Rites of the Wheel! )
What’s peaking? = The beginning of the end of
What’s finally ending? = The end of...
What’s beginning? = The beginning of…
A better approach for getting a handle seasonal factors? SEE THIS...
Symmetry : oppositional relationships across the Wheel…
Yule is opposite Summer Solstice
Imbolc is opposite Lughnasa
March Eqx. is opposite September Eqx.
Beltane is opposite Samhain
A good exercise:
Come up with a sensible and dynamically functional justification for the following: “Why would ( “should”) Imbolc/Brigantia be held on the February crossquarter-day instead of some other time of year (ewes and lambs excluded) ?”
Think back / think ahead..
The core of this factor is about seeing if there is a sensible relationship between this rite and the last and/or this rite and the next - but make sure you’re not just duplicating one of the following...
Beware of the Neopagan High Day "SEASONAL SMEARS”
You’ll have to make a decision. These simply can’t all be “right”…
HINT: Clear this up by using the Seasonal Delineators above.
Wedding rite: Betaine**
Wedding rite: Summer Solstice
Wedding rite: Lughnasa
Dark Descent: AutEqx
Dark Descent: Samhain
Dark Descent: Yule
**BTW, there’s a wealth of old European traditions about May weddings being unlucky.
…leading consequently to the familiar June-weddings custom
The Methodology of the Mysteries
The Rites of Eleusis, the grand religious initiatory celebration of the ancient Greeks was performed continually for nearly 1400 years and thereby developed a specific and apparently very effective set of operants for the dispensing of its profound mystery-teaching. A writer contemporary with the Rites tells us that the Eleusinian Mysteries were delivered through a sequence of special methods:
the dromena “things acted”,
the legomena “things said”,
the deiknymena “things shown”
AND so, we put it all together, and come up with a map...