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What do you know of the Pagan wheel of the year?
Looking to get feedback on interests and knowledge
Well it's more Wiccan than covering ALL pagans. It's based on old festivals and high days, but one reason Wicca is silly is because this is a mish-mash of Celtic and Germanic pagan high days. Ostara was a Germanic holiday, as was Yule. The others are Celtic. You may already know this, but a lot of people don't so it's good to spread the knowledge, Wicca was invented in the 1940s by Gerald Gardiner. It has more to do with "ceremonial magic" from the secret societies that were popular at the time than real old paganism. Anyone interested in REAL ancient pagan beliefs should look toward reconstructionist pagan paths. I mean, the holidays are legitimate, but it's just weird that they randomly picked willy nilly from two cultures like that... Wicca has a bad reputation for "cultural appropriation," which is picking and choosing stuff that it thinks is cool from other cultures, taking it out of context, and running around as if it has a legitimate claim on it. Native American groups, for example, have had to ask Wiccan groups to stop disrespecting some of their cultural practices...
I wouldn't call it the Pagan WOTY. It's the Wiccan WOTY actually. Paganism is too broad a term; most Pagan religions have different holidays, they don't celebrate a universal model, though many modern Pagans have adapted the WOTY in some way.
Most of the holidays are somewhat based on earlier Germanic and Celtic holidays, but basically in Wicca it's a celebration of the cycle of the seasons, and the way they reflect in the cycles of our lives.
Wicca is a synchretic religion (like so many religions that have come before it). It's a modern reconstruction/reinvention of older beliefs and practices.
Originally Wiccans only celebrated the 4 major sabbats but the 4 minor sabbats were adopted to recognize the solstices and equinoxes later.
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