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Winter Solstice                   

Anyhow…I consider the modern Wiccan tradition (that’s the tradition which has grown up over the last century or so) at this time of year primarily because Gardner saw the Solstices and Equinoxes as Lesser.  For him, Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain were the “Greater” wheel festivals.

I find that approach confusing in truth.   Just as I consider the concept of Samhain as New Year odd.  In my heart, New Year is a time of hope and promise.  It encapsulates the possibilities of the future.  For me, Samhain is part of the “dying” year, hence the brief return of those gone beyond.

Yet ever I respect and revere those choices of belief made by my fellow man, and held in trust and faith – whether I understand them or not.   Maybe those who hold Samhain as the start of things see my belief as weird.  And if they do, I hope they view me in the same light as I view them.   When those of differing traditions, faiths, beliefs and sources of inspiration can each hold the other equally and respectfully holy, we have a world that wins for all of us.  And that’s the world I want to live in.

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