St Patrick's Day – a very, very bizarre celebration indeed. A [a fifth-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop] who attempted to annihilate the Druids, who conducted exorcisms to banish the great Irish faery deity Aine, who told lies about the faery, who claimed he threw Pagan women who would not convert into the ocean and they became mermaids, who "drove out the snakes" (the Pagan ways), and who attempted to turn the great bright god Lugh into Lugh-chromain ("little stooping Lugh") which would become "lephrecaun."
I adore the Irish. I revere Ireland. I have that old blood singing within my veins. But this day is a day to celebrate the survival of the Old Ways despite what this "saint" represented and the cruel actions he took. Today I wear the green for the fae, for the Old Ways, for the shining ones and the deep love of the land. . . . A blessing on the survival of the Old Ways, and of the Truth emerging from the distortions of history.
– Lucy Cavendish
March 17, 2018
March 17, 2018
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
• At Hallowtide, Pagan Thoughts on Restoring Our World and Our Souls
• Celebrating the Coming of the Sun and the Son
• The Pagan Roots of All Saints Day
• Advent: A "ChristoPagan" Perspective
• Beltane: Celebrating the Sheer Exuberance of May
• Beltane and the Reclaiming of Spirit
• Beloved and Antlered
• Integrating Cernunnos, "Archetype of Sensuality and the Instinctual World"
• Gabriel Fauré's "ChristoPagan" Requiem
• The Prayer Tree