Esoteric Alternative Christian "Pagan" Calendar of Events & Observances. The Alternative Church Year of Holidays


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JANUARY

FEBRUARY


MARCH

APRIL


MAY


JUNE


JULY



AUGUST


SEPTEMBER


OCTOBER


NOVEMBER


DECEMBER


Twelve Days in December,

the Esoteric Kristmas
Cycle





See our
Church
of the Way Liturgical Calendar
with an explanation of Priestly Vestment (Robes) colors at the end.


OFF SITE LINKS:


Wheel of the Year Calendar by religion version,

and
Sacred Source‘s by the months version.  The best online calendars you ever saw!


Summer Solstice
Celebrations
 of Christianity, Neopaganism, Judaism, etc. on Religious Tolerance.org


Offsite article:  
Celebrating
Winter Solstice – School of the Seasons


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October 13, Knights Templar Remembrance Day          
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On Friday the 13th in October of 1307, the world’s first established Esoteric Kristians, the Knights Templar were arrested by the King of France.  They were then tortured and burned at the stake.  Ever since then Friday the 13th has been considered an unlucky day.  On this day the Church of the Way asks members to maintain silence during all meals.  Our Knights Templar members maintain silence all day.  Also, you are encouraged to get out those candles and light a black one for remembrance and a red one for passion and the blood of martyrs.


Summer Solstice — June 21st                
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Sacred Source writes: The time when the sunrises seem to halt their northern advance and hang motionless on the horizon, bringing us the longest day of the year. Also the time of the Oak King and the Wicker Man. A time to light bonfires and honor the God.  Marks the beginning of Summer and the longest day and shortest night of the year; celebration of the light and dancing around a bonfire.


The Bear hangs by its tail in the sky.  (Big Dipper constellation).  Said to be a dangerous time, the “death” of the light as winter solstice is the birth of the light of the world.  Mal-adepts, perverted corrupted mages, use this day and night to do evil magiks.  


Esoteric Mystery School and Church of the Way members are urged to contemplate the season, do some research on the solstice, read some articles and if you can — light a bonfire!  (Candles may have to do, of course).


Summer Solstice
Celebrations
of Christianity, Neopaganism, Judaism, etc. on Religious Tolerance.org


See also
notes here.

Sep
tember 11 Remembrance Day With Candleworkings and Bell-Tolling  
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As we have done every year since 2002, please join Mystery School initiates and especially our Templar spiritual-warriors, in observing this day of remembrance.  All you need is a candle and a bell — or a glass with a spoon to substitute for the latter.

Strike a bell one time at the exact moment of 8:46 a.m. Eastern Time when the first plane hit Tower One, the North Tower in NYC.  If you don’t have a bell, you can strike a glass with a spoon.  The ringing sound — called a tolling — has long been used to remember souls of the dead.  You may also wish to toll at the following significant times (all Eastern Time):

9:03 a.m. when the second plane hit the South Tower

9:37 a.m. when American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon

9:59 a.m. when the South Tower fell

10:06 a.m. when Flight 93 hit the ground in Shanksville, PA

10:29 a.m. when the North Tower fell



Light a taper or small votive candle for each Sept 11 victim you knew by name, or knew of — such as a friend of a friend, distant acquaintance, or any victim you felt emotionally connected to such as someone from your home-town, alma mater, etc. You may also toll your bell for each name you know. If you didn’t know any of the victims by name, that’s fine, just perform the rest of the ritual as follows.

Next light a column candle to symbolize all the victims. If you have one of those fat round column candles, they serve as a good representation for all victims. Red is a good candle color for remembrance. Multi-wicked column candles are especially appropriate because they represent humanity or large groups of people.  The three-wick candles symbolize body, mind and soul, the three aspects of human beings.

After you light the candle or candles, hold each one up first toward New York City (where the first deaths occurred), then toward Washington DC, and finally toward southwestern Pennsylvania near Shanksville.  You may need a map to help you figure out which direction these places are from your specific geographic location.  Say in each direction, “Ignis Vitae Flagra In Aeturnum”  or its English equivalent, “(May) this light-of-life burn in eternity.”  Then place the candle with reverence in a window or on your altar or other special spot.  Finish with a bell-tolling of three.  If you want to go deeper into remembrance, you can look up the list of over 3000 victims and recite their names.  Children of the victims did this recitation of names in 2002 and 2003, taking several hours to speak them all.

Keep in mind that in some places in the world today, as was done in Britain in 2003, there are groups celebrating September 11 as a sick kind of “defeat” or victory over the West.  They honor the 19 hijackers, calling them the “Magnificent 19,” praising them with huge rallies and celebrations while screaming promises of future attacks against Americans, British, Christian and Jewish peoples.

You may wish to contemplate the Dalai Lama’s advice to Americans on Sept 11, 2003 as follows:

The Tibetan Buddhist leader, who in 2003 came on a five-city, 20-day tour of the United States timed to coincide with the Sept. 11 anniversary, called on Americans to channel their lingering grief “into a source of inner strength.”

“Big, unthinkable tragedies happen,” he said. “Now, instead of keeping that and developing hatred or sense of revenge, instead of that, think long-term. The negative event, try to transform into a source of inner strength.”


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September 29, Michaelmas

by Soror Majad, aka Debbie Van Neste, Enochian Adept and Mystery School Initiate


This is the feast day of St. Michael and all the Angels. It is the most ancient of all the angel festivals.


From fairly early on, Michaelmas was an important holiday, the religious or Christian equivalent of the autumn equinox. In England, it was considered the start of a new quarter. It marked the start of a new business year, a time for electing officials, making contracts, paying rent, hiring servants, holding court and starting school.


Obviously we still see the remnants of this in the timing of our elections and school year.


This is also a time when the weather is known to change. In Italy, they say “For St. Michael, heat goes into the heavens.” In Ireland, people expect a marked decrease in sickness or disease. The Irish also consider this a lucky day for fishing:


Plenty comes to the boat on Michael’s Day.


Barolini records a nursery rhyme about hours of sleep:


Nature requires five,

Custom gives seven,

Laziness takes nine

And Michaelmas eleven.


Michaelmas became the fixed date for the feast otherwise associated with Autumn Equinox or the harvest. As early as 1014, the laws of Ethelred in England prescribe a three day fast for all Christians before the feast. Servants weren’t allowed to work during these days. Michaelmas was a time when rents were due, and rents were often paid in food. The traditional rent for Michaelmas was a goose.


Eating something rich like goose at this turning point of the year brings good luck. In Nottingham they say “If you eat roast goose on Michaelmas day, you will never want money all year.” In Norfolk, they say, “if you don’t baste the goose on Michaelmas Day, you will want money all year.”


In Yorkshire, they use the condition of the meat of the goose to predict the weather:

If the goose breast at Michaelmas be dour and dull

We’ll have a sour winter, from the start to the full.


Fitzgibbon says the Irish used to stuff the goose with potato to cut the grease and absorb the flavor. This is like the traditional onion sauce served with goose in the 18th and 19th centuries and made from onions cooked in half milk and half water, with a slice of turnip, then mixed with butter, nutmeg, cream, salt and pepper and mashed. Apple sauce is the most common topping today.


In Italy, where this is clearly considered a harvest festival, they say “For St. Michael all the last fruits of the year are honeyed and ripe.”


Cosman says that it is traditional to eat ginger on Michaelmas. She mentions ginger ale, beer and wine, gingerbread, ginger snaps, fish baked with ginger and two ginger desserts: charwardon (made with large succulent wardon pears, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger) and ginger caramels with curls of ginger-root shavings on top.


Michaelmas daisy is the name given to flowers of the aster family which bloom at this time. I’ve seen it applied mostly to purple asters but Barolini says she used to pick yellow Michaelmas daisies on the beaches near Rome. She also made a yellow sponge cake called “Margherita” (daisy) on that day.


St Michael


Michael is a warrior angel often pictured poised with a sword over a dragon (or demon) that he tramples underfoot. Other times he rides a white steed, and carries a three-pronged spear in his right hand and a three-cornered shield in his left. He cast Lucifer and the other evil angels out of Paradise. Thus, in the Middle Ages was invoked as the patron of knights and warriors.


He’s been honored since ancient times as a protector. Most of his churches are on high places, for instance, Mont St. Michel in Brittany, the church on the tor at Glastonbury, the church on the tumulus at Carnac. They were often built on the sites where Lugh, the Celtic God of Light, was worshipped earlier.


Although all angels are sent as messengers from on high, Michael has a special task. He’s sent to fetch the souls of those who have died for judgement. For this reason he is also considered the patron saint of all trades that use scales which mean he looks after pastry chefs and weighers of grain.


My friend Carolee Colter translated this Litany of Saint Michael from the French prayer card she purchased while visiting Mont St Michel in Brittany:


Saint Michael, archangel, pray for us.

Saint Michael, chief of all the angels, pray for us.

Saint Michael, filled with the wisdom of God, pray for us.

Saint Michael, very glorious prince, pray for us.

Saint Michael, strong in combat, pray for us.

Saint Michael, terror of demons, pray for us.

Saint Michael, vanquisher of Satan, pray for us.

Saint Michael, our support in the fight against evil, pray for us.

Saint Michael, prince of the celestial militia, pray for us.

Saint Michael, faithful servant of God, pray for us.

Saint Michael, messenger of God, pray for us.

Saint Michael, angel of peace, pray for us.

Saint Michael, guardian of Paradise, pray for us.

Saint Michael, support of the people of God, pray for us.

Saint Michael, guardian and patron of the church, pray for us.

Saint Michael, benefactor of people who honor you, pray for us.

Saint Michael, whose prayers reach to heaven, pray for us.

Saint Michael, who introduces souls to the eternal light, pray for us.

Pray for us, Saint Michael, archangel.


For more information about St Michael, see the images and information at this website:  
www.saintspreserved.com/michael.htm


Elegba: In the voodoo tradition, Michael is equated with Elegba, the messenger god. All ceremonies begin and end with petitions to Elegba, the god of the crossroads, whose shrine is behind the door.


Sources:

Barolini, Helen, Festa: Recipes and Recollections of Italian Holidays, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1988

Cosman, Madeleine Pelner, Medieval Holidays and Festivals: A Calendar of Celebrations, Scribners

Field, Carol, Celebrating Italy, William Morrow 1990

Fitzgibbon, Theodora, A Taste of Ireland: Irish Traditional Foods, NY: Avenel Books 1978, p 105

Knightly, Charles, The Perpetual Almanack of Folklore, Thames and Hudson 1987

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