While browsing the book store the other day looking for something to catch my attention – I came across The Green Wiccan Year, This book is a combination of diary and spellbook and would be ideal to use as a personal book of shadows – a witch’s record of spells, rituals and magickal notes.
Anyway – the book is not the reason for my blog entry but rather the question that I have had in my mind since finding the book – ” why is anything Pagan, Wiccan etc considered NEW Age when in fact they have been around longer than Christianity, Judaiism, Buddhism and well all other ism’s really?” Another question I ask is “why are these ancient beliefs considered by so many to be evil when Christianity itself borrows so many traditions from them – being the “Christmas” season, here are a few examples:
The Christmas tree – A Pagan tradition which symbolizes fertility and prosperity which was decorated as follows:
Red/Gold baubles to symbolize the Sun (God), Candles to symbolize the light growing stronger (days becoming longer)
Other decorations at this time of year include –
Holly which in Pagan tradition represents the old.
Mistletoe which Pagan tradition represents the new waxing year.
Ivy , Pine Cones and Evergreen branches to represent rebirth and fertility.
Yule log burned to represent the rebirth of the Sun God.
….New Age …. hmmm not so much…