The Importance of Holidays

I recently read a discussion about Epiphany as a celebration of Light.  In that discussion, there was a comment that every day was a celebration of Light.  It is an interesting comment that I have heard in many places, and certainly every day is a celebration of Light in a certain sense.  On the other hand, I think that holiday celebrations are quite important.

vlcsnap-2015-01-06-19h54m52s212In the Filianic tradition, we celebrate holidays in accordance with the Wheel of the Year.  Other traditions have other cycles and other holidays, and they are no less valid. We celebrate Nativity at the same time as Christmas, and our day of Epiphany is the same day as the Christian Epiphany.  Nativity and Epiphany are both far older than Christianity and speak to Universal Truth rather than a set of historical, factual events that may or may not have happened 2,000 years ago in the Middle East, see the True Meaning of Christmas.

By celebrating holidays, we bring ourselves into harmony with the Music of the Spheres.  The original function of astrologers was not to give guidance to individuals in the form of prediction or personality analysis, but to read the heavens in order to set the appropriate time for religious festivals and other earthly activities.  Just as a musical score would be rather dull if it played the same note all the time, our lives would be similarly bereft if every day was exactly the same.

Actually, there was a time* in which there were no seasons or holidays.  In the Filianic tradition, we speak of the Golden Time, when we laughed and danced with the Mother.  The Judeo-Christian speaks of Eden and the time before the Fall.  All traditions have a similar story. We are no longer able to celebrate and worship constantly.  In the Filianic Creation Mythos, the Mother tells us, “I shall not live as close to you as before, but still I shall pour blessings upon you, and you may bring Me gifts–not in every moment as before, for you have learned to tire, but My light shall give you signs in this matter.”

As Unenlightened beings, we are not able to celebrate all of the time.  We do tire.  I needed a few days to recover after the Nativity Eve dinner, and to be honest, the decorations that were exciting during Advent and the beginning of Christmas were starting to feel a bit old and stale by the end of the twelve days.  If we were to attempt to celebrate every day, we would not be able to really enjoy any celebration.

My grandmother gave me a set of plates that belonged to my great grandmother.  When she gave them to me, she said that she wanted me to use them for everyday use. There were no more daughters or granddaughters to pass them down to, and she wanted them to be used.  At first, I tried to honor that request, and I did use them every day.  The problem with that was that they lost their specialness by doing that.  So, I stopped using them every day, and I now take them out for holidays and other times that seem special (like when I cooked my first successful roast).  This seemed a good compromise.  The plates are used…often enough so that they do get used, but not all the time, so that they are still special.

Every day is indeed a celebration of Light, and each day is a microcosm of the year.  Sunrise corresponds to the Spring Equinox or Eastre, noon corresponds to Midsummer or Rosa Mundi, sunset corresponds to the Fall Equinox or Cuivanya, and midnight corresponds to Midwinter or Christmas/Nativity.  Yet, just as we need periods of activity and periods of rest every day, we also need periods of activity and rest throughout the year.


*The use of the term “time” is not quite accurate, because it was the time before and beyond time; however, English does not quite have words to express this concept (at least to my knowledge).