While this is designed and written for Catholic families to do a Crowning for Mary on May Day, this could also be paganized and used for Beltane by Pagan families. All you need are a Goddess statue and flowers.
To the North we turn
Toward Earth and Life
Raphael come forth
Bring peace to our Strife.
To the East we turn
Toward Air and Thought
Gabriel come down
We wish to be taught.
To the South we turn.
Toward Passion and Fire
Michael stand Tall
Sword lit like a Pyre.
To the West we…
I think I’ll post my “wiccan” rosary soon along with a picture of my modified rosary. I took off the crucifix and replaced it with a Moons of Hekate amulet.
Whether you celebrate Alban Eiler, Spring Equinox, Ostara, Passover, the feast of Eostre, Easter, or some other early spring holiday, this time of year has a certain feeling of hope and thanksgiving.
I celebrated Alban Eiler back on the equinox, tho I recognize Imbolc as the beginning of spring. I performed the same ritual I’ve been performing for the past 6 years. I also planted catgrass and blessed both gardens on my family’s property. Spring weather had arrived early and flowers had already biked and threw were leaves on the trees. In Michigan we say that it’s officially spring when you’ve seen a robin, and I’d spotted six in one users only a few days before. Spring was exploding! On Friday I celebrated the Feast of Eostre with my best friend and consort and helped him move to the other side of the state. This continued into yesterday when my family dyed eggs. We also spent a large part of the day with my uncle who is just lucky to be alive. He was training to be a pilot, and on thursday while logging hours for his license he was in a severe plane crash. The doctors have told him that is the only person known to have survived a crash like that. And today I am celebrating Easter with my family. The whole day is centered around dinner at my grandmother’s. The kids have an egg hunt and everyone is sent more with an Easter lily. While I do celebate the religious aspect, it’s not in the typical fashion. This stems from the fact that I do not believe Jesus died, so it’s impossible for me to believe he rose from the dead. Instead I reflect on how the individuals in his life must have felt in this situation, himself included. While Jesus himself, his mother, and his wife all knew of the plan and that he wouldn’t actually die the plan went smoothly, they well aware that even a slight mistake could result in his death. While neither of my pregnancies made it to term and I cant call myself a mother, I cannot imagine how fearful Mary must have been. After everything she had gone through to protect her son, it could have ended in a split second. And the bravery of the Magdalene is incredible. While the other apostles high talked it out of there, Magdalene stayed on her husband’s side. But imagine her own fear when she arrived at the tomb to attend to his wounds and the man had alway wondered off and disgused himself! It’s something I could see my consort doing. But I don’t think I’d be as nice to him as the Magdalene was to Jesus. I think I would have killed the man myself!
Spring is honestly one of my favorite seasons, and with all of the natural beauty and wonderful holidays, it’s obvious why! I also try to add one meaningful thing to my path each season and this spring I’ve decided to start headcovering daily. April is the trial run inspired by “wear a hijab in april” and so far it’s gone pretty well. :)
I honestly first read it in a Sylvia Browne book titled The Two Marys. I know, plenty of people are going to laugh about saying I read it there. But I’ve actually seen it in other places as well. It is known in many groups (though I don’t know how for sure, I’m still doing my own research) that Mary Magdalene went to France following the crucifixion of Jesus and that she was accompanied by a young girl named Sara. Also, the area of France she was believed to go to (again, I cannot remember the name of the town/region, so sorry!) had a deep devotion to both Mary Magdalene and Mother Mary herself. As for as how Jesus may have been able to have even survived: According to Sylvia, they placed him in the tomb to recover, not as an actual tomb. See, when you are crucified (for anyone that may not know) you essentially die from suffocation. Especially if the type of cross used was the shape generally portrayed by Christians (normal crosses used by Romans was a simple T shape), then this would have taken a very long time, hence the reason they attempted to spear him. But it’s very likely that the spearing wasn’t very deep nor a fatal wound, and considering when he was even placed on the cross, it’s not likely he would have even had time to die. It can take days for someone to die from being crucified, and according to law at them time, he had to be taken down BEFORE the sabbath. Assuming he was placed on the cross on a Friday (as is generally believed) it’s simply not enough time! So many people (or maybe only Sylvia and me) seem to believe he was placed in the tomb to recover and that Magdalene was going to the tomb to attend to his wounds, leading to shock when he wasn’t there. Also, if he were a spirit, why would he have to appear to the Magdalene in a guise (I believe he was dressed as a gardner or something similar). Likewise, when he appeared to the other apostles, he still had the wounds. If he had ascended to Heaven, why would he have wounds at all? Many people site that he told the apostles he was going to Heaven following his visit with them, but an interesting fact is that there was a center of wisdom at the time called Heaven and it’s belived by some Gnostics that he may have been referring to it, and that Magdalene became pregnant while they stayed there, and that they stayed there for, I think, about 7 years. According to Sylvia, Mother Mary was also a psychic and healer and had taught this to Magdalene and Sara (Magdalene actually may have lived with her for a time while Jesus was a way and may actually have known her since she was a child as the Magdalene’s family apparently was descended from David and thus high status). I don’t know how true that is. But that’s the version she presents in her book. I have read similar things elsewhere, but I do not remember the sources. I actually want to research it as best I can myself, but my “gut instinct” says its correct. I have really strong intuition. I’m fairly sure it’s a perspective on events only believed by Gnostic Christians, some Christopagans, and those trying to discredit Christianity, but I could be wrong. :)
It all depends on the individual. It’s honestly a spectrum. My definition of Christopaganism is anyone who blends Pagan and Christian spiritualities. This includes Pagans that include anything Christian, such as perhaps the rosary, in their practice or still regularly attend a Christian Church, to Christians that worship in a pagan fashion, perhaps in a circle and calling the archangels for the quarters. There’s also everyone in between, like myself. I would say I am Pagan first, Christian second. My primary deities reside in the Greek Pantheon, but my matrons are Sekhmet and Mother Mary. This wasn’t a path I decided to go down on purpose, it just sort of happened. I tend not to take the Bible as fact, but even in light of that, I believe most of the Old Testament no longer applies, and that’s were most of the anti-pagan propaganda is. I tend to ascribe more to Gnostic lines of thought, such as God had a wife and that Jesus married Mary Magdalene, didn’t die on the cross, and instead traveled to France with his wife and mother. Also, I prefer the Catholic church over protestant Churches, because of their devotion to Mary and honoring of the saints. As someone devoted to Mother Mary, I often pray to her, say the rosary, (I even rewrote the entire rosary once for Wiccans!), and I incorporate her into my altar. I have a madonna statue and an Our Lady of Guadeloupe candle on my altar. I have a special relationship with Mary as the Virgin of Guadeloupe, because she appeared hundreds of years ago on what is now my birthday. Also, when I moved home after an especially nasty break up I found a virgin of Guadeloupe bead from a saint bracelet randomly sitting on my parent’s front porch. To me it was a clear omen that things were about to start looking up. I also regularly attend both a Baptist (with my grandmother and great-grandmother) and a Catholic church (usually alone). The way it works all depends on the individual’s perspective. I think a brilliant example of Christopaganism (though people of these faiths wouldn’t describe themselves as such) are Voodoo and Sanataria. They blend African native religion with Catholicism, they have figured out which saints correspond to their orishas/lwa, etc. Even Celtic Christianity in Ireland blended in old Pagan practices and perspectives on nature with the new Christian beliefs. It’s certainly not a new practice.
This seems to parallel the cycle of the Holly King and the Oak King, who each rule one half of the year:Hekate carries the torch through the dark half of the year, while Brigid takes it for the light half. Some suggest that Hekate and Brigid are sisters who share the torch.