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Greetings, :)

I have a question, or several, rather. What do you, personally, celebrate? The Wheel of the Year, or the Christian feasts, or a mix of them both? Do you do your own rituals - and what are they like? I'm a curious soul - as a Kemetic and a Pagan with an effection for Yeshua/Jesus, I'd love to hear how others do this sort of thing. I don't go to church, for example, so I'd like to try to do things in my own home... How do you go about these things?

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je_reviens
Apr. 12th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Most of my "religious" celebrations are public or group things. If someone is throwing a summer solstice celebration I'll go to that. My extended family gets together for Easter and Christmas. For me personally, I don't do anything formally on my own.

lilairen
Apr. 12th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
My pagan isn't Wiccan, so I have no more use for the Wheel of the Year than I do any other religious calendar that isn't my own.

I currently consider Christmastime to be a ka and akhu festival, though.
jenniology
Apr. 13th, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)
How interesting that both of you have mentioned akhu festivals. :) Thank you for sharing!
mauvedragon
Apr. 13th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
Em Hotep jenniology *henu*,

I also don't celebrate the Wheel of the Year. For the same reason.

I do attend church for Good Friday, Easter and Christmas. I often spend large amounts of time at Easter and Christmas with my family.

Other than that I've sung Amazing Grace in front of my Akhu shrine because it was a favourite of my Great Gran Olive. I still consider the ethics Jesus lived by as important to me, (as opposed to some of those espoused by the church) so occasionally I will still read the bible.

My known Akhu are predominantly Christian. The exception was Christo-pagan. Although the tradition of hot cross buns does not directly tie in with Jesus himself, I offered a hot cross bun to my Akhu around Easter this year.
jenniology
Apr. 13th, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)
How interesting that both of you have mentioned akhu festivals. :) Thank you for sharing!
sim_james
Apr. 13th, 2008 10:32 am (UTC)
The wheel of the year doesn't have any significance to me, either. I do consider Easter to be a sacred time of year, and to a lesser extent Christmas, but I don't attend church at those times - I'm notChristian so it would feel dishonest to do so.

magusmaximuslen
Apr. 14th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
As my fiancée is Wicca only, we do tend to observe the Wheel of the Year. For the most part, we observe in a Pagan manner; though during equinoxes and solstices, there is a point that we pause for personal and silent meditation, at which point I offer up a Kyriat.
Ostara - Alpha and the Omega Kyriat - Stems from the belief that the birth of Jesus and the crucifixion took place within the same 3 week period in the spring.
Litha - Baptismal Kyriat - Celebrating the Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist
Mabon - Feast Kyriat - A feast of thanksgiving that also observes the mircale of feeding the multitude with the loaves and fish.
Yule - Messianic Kyriat - Celebrating the height of Jesus' ministry on earth.
Many of you may note the influence of Nancy Chandler Pittman in these, which is true, but I put my own spins on them.

To me, the observations of the Wheel is important for the memory of what has happened and a reminder of hope for the future.

Edited at 2008-04-14 03:39 am (UTC)
bastet11191967
Apr. 14th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
For me, depending on the occasion, I may attend a church service, or observe one of the Egyptian holidays. It is nothing formal, however, as it tends to be on the fly because of my crazy work schedule.
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