Why do we, across all religions – from ancient to modern – celebrate the turning of the wheel, the changing of the seasons? Apart from being traditions, they are a wonderful way to renew and refresh ourselves. It’s a great way to ‘touch base’ with Mother Earth. I consider the Earth, our home, as more than just a lump of rock and all her peoples can be united by the same truths. Divided languages, culture, religion but united and bound together by our common birth place. We are all human. We can all see harsh winters and glorious springs, play-filled summers and reflective autumns.
In today’s world we can choose to ignore these basic human truths: living outside of nature, inside technology. However our lives are richer and our childrens lives filled more deeply when we connect to these intuitive cycles:
“We need to find festivals at once religious and united with the life of nature which can also unite us simply as human beings” (John Davy – Lifeways).
When we begin to connect with our celebrations as more than merely traditions we naturally turn to festivals that came before and feel that connection to the past. It is then we can see how religious festivals were woven into the rhythms of the year, and how the rhythm of the planets and cosmos still beat now guiding us like heartbeat and leading us through each year.