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The Pagan Book of Days: A Guide to the Festivals, Traditions, and Sacred Days of the Year

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• A daybook containing information about rituals and celebrations that have for centuries been associated with the changing seasons of the year.

• Includes charts of equinoxes and solstices, movable holy days, and monthly lunar phases through 2033

• First edition sold more than 30,000 copies

Pagan rites and festivals are at the root of many traditional holidays in the Western world. Embracing a sensitivity we have lost, the Pagan traditions emphasize mystical spirituality, reverence for the feminine principle, ...

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Overview

• A daybook containing information about rituals and celebrations that have for centuries been associated with the changing seasons of the year.

• Includes charts of equinoxes and solstices, movable holy days, and monthly lunar phases through 2033

• First edition sold more than 30,000 copies

Pagan rites and festivals are at the root of many traditional holidays in the Western world. Embracing a sensitivity we have lost, the Pagan traditions emphasize mystical spirituality, reverence for the feminine principle, and the links between people and the earth. This unique daybook contains a treasury of information about rituals and celebrations that have for centuries been associated with the changing seasons of the year. Included are the observances of the ancient Greek, Roman, Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Norse traditions, as well as Wiccan traditions and the worship of the Goddess.

In The Pagan Book of Days the author provides details on auspicious and inauspicious days, holy days of ancient gods and goddesses, and the eight stations of the year (the solstices, equinoxes, and cross-quarter days). He also includes lunar and solar charts indicating dates of major Pagan celebrations from the year 2011 through 2033. Illustrations throughout depict images from the classical and northern European traditions. The Pagan Book of Days is an enlightening way to incorporate these ancient cultural and spiritual practices and awarenesses into your daily life.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Month by month, Pennick lists and elucidates festivals, traditions, and sacred days from the 'pagan' calendar. Includes ancient Greek, Roman, Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Norse, Goddess, Mystery, and to some extent Wicca."

"This book is worth reading for the people who try to understand the significance of the festivals in our life time. The books writings are in simple language and easy to follow."

NAPRA Trade Journal
"Month by month, Pennick lists and elucidates festivals, traditions, and sacred days from the 'pagan' calendar. Includes ancient Greek, Roman, Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Norse, Goddess, Mystery, and to some extent Wicca."
Shankerprasad S. Bhatt
"This book is worth reading for the people who try to understand the significance of the festivals in our life time. The books writings are in simple language and easy to follow."
NAPRA Trade Journal
"Month by month, Pennick lists and elucidates festivals, traditions, and sacred days from the 'pagan' calendar. Includes ancient Greek, Roman, Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Norse, Goddess, Mystery, and to some extent Wicca."
NAPRA Trade Journal
Month by month, Pennick lists and elucidates festivals, traditions, and sacred days from the 'pagan' calendar. Includes ancient Greek, Roman, Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Norse, Goddess, Mystery, and to some extent Wicca.
Shankerprasad S. Bhatt
This book is worth reading for the people who try to understand the significance of the festivals in our life time. The books writings are in simple language and easy to follow.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892818679
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 459,402
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

An authority on ancient belief systems, traditions, runes, and geomancy, Nigel Pennick is the author of several books, including The Sacred World of the Celts, Secret Games of the Gods, and The Ancient Science of Geomancy. He lives near Cambridge, England, where he follows the oral tradition and Pagan lore of his native East Anglia.

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from Chapter 13

Tracking Intent

To understand a Toltec path, it’s best to know that it does not stem from a world of ideas, but from a world of intent. It does not deal with a world that is formulated and bound by reason; it does reflect a world that hinges on will. Its practices yield only to the domain of silent knowledge, which don Juan simultaneously defines as intent, Spirit, or the abstract, and thus descriptions always seem inadequate (Silence, 167).

AWAKENING INTENT

Don Juan thinks that in the course of human evolution, our ancestors became too fixated on trying to know intent objectively, as though it could be studied as something separate from human awareness. The more they tried, the more elusive it became. He says that the average person’s intent is practically dead. Realizing that they begin with a nonfunctional intent, Toltecs begin awakening it by performing a single action that is “deliberate, precise, and sustained.” Repeating the act long enough produces unbending intent (Fire, 179).

Accessing intent occurs in heightened awareness (Silence, 104). And proficiency with tracking and dreaming leads to heightened awareness. Thus a good way to start your awakening is to practice a variety of exercises. Then allow intent to lead you in the proper directions. Keep in mind that you’re going deeper and deeper in awareness. The understandings you have today often fade as you round the next bend. Also stay alert for the glimmerings of something waiting to unfold. The further you travel, the more you’re going to sense something looming, something waiting to break into full awareness. This is the unknown ready to become known.

MANIFESTING

By latching on to an intent, you bring that intent into view. Often this is termed “manifesting,” or bringing something—an idea, a goal, an object—into conscious awareness. From a Toltec perspective, manifesting concerns aligning your energy with the energy of the goal. This alignment produces the perception of it. In all phases of energy alignment, intent is the key.

Manifesting is a moment-to-moment process. In each moment we balance between the known and unknown. Ordinarily, this relation is so flimsy that we perceive new potentials only if they fit with our current, known world. And so we automatically reduce most potential. For this reason, an unyielding purpose is necessary to shift the focal point outside of its comfort zone. That is, only with such purpose can you deliberately step beyond your normal thoughts and habits that keep the focal point in place in order to arrive at new, transformative perceptions.

Don Juan says that intent is available to everyone, but its command belongs only to those who explore it (Silence, 105). Accordingly, the following views are offered to help you scout and track aspects of intent. Each of these is applicable to manifesting anything, but the bias concerns manifesting deeper connections with Spirit. Success requires giving Spirit complete control of your life without losing control of yourself.

ASPECTS OF MANIFESTING

We all face numerous influences, which govern how and what we manifest. Here are a few.

Decisions
When people make decisions, says don Juan, they merely acquiesce to a far greater power. Decisions are therefore a matter of allowing the first energy field to adjust to what’s already occurring in the second field (Tales, 243). In other terms, as awareness filters through into conscious awareness, you make a choice that echoes an Eagle’s command. To surrender the illusion of personal decision-making takes quite an effort. But with sufficient time exploring the world of Spirit, you realize that personal control doesn’t amount to much. You find that all of your gains reflect how well you have merged with the directives of Spirit. This might be why don Juan considers Spirit to be the real player and himself as only its agent (Dreaming, 200-205).

Learning to give yourself to Spirit is not done in a helter-skelter fashion. One bit of advice is that you make your decisions so carefully that you’re not surprised by what unfolds (Tales, 155). Another is that by applying personal responsibility, you make decisions that leave no time for regrets and that are always strategically the best (Separate, 184).

A decision unleashes energy. If you want to shift cohesion and make a new alignment, you need to apply steady, even pressure. When you can maintain strong, well-directed pressure, you have created unbending intent. As you learn to acquiesce to Spirit and remove personal wishes from decision-making, manifesting occurs as a result of becoming more aware. At the ranger stage, this means you build your life one day at a time. And to do this, you must trust your personal power.

Focus
Like a water-filled balloon placed in the ocean, you are one with, yet separate from, your world. How and where you direct your energies determines where you travel and what you experience. Manifesting, then, is basically a matter of focusing energy. Typically, however, we’re unaware of many of the influences affecting our focus. We all have habits and attitudes whose full effects we don’t realize or of which we aren’t even aware. To remedy this, self-observation is essential. Throughout the day, notice what draws your attention and where you aim your energy. Remember that how and where you place your energy determines what you experience. Ask yourself if what you’re doing is what you really want.

Furthermore, having a purpose focuses energy along specific avenues. The more intense the purpose, the greater the movement of energy. Accordingly, focus on the energy of your purpose from within your body. Sense it, guide it, live it. Hence, the primary focus is on gaining more awareness. When you can perceive the world without the artificial barrier of self-importance, and do so while maintaining the integrity of your personal energies, you’ve manifested a natural field. The balloon in the water ceases to exist, so to speak, but the energy within the balloon retains its own integrity and so a sense of individuality remains.

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Table of Contents

The Pagan Book of Days:
A Guide to the Festivals, Traditions, and Sacred Days of the Year

Introduction
Real Time
The Calendar
The Tides of the Day
Traditional Days
Egyptian Days
The Days of the Week
Notable Days
The Phases of the Moon
The Festivals of the Natural Year
The Stations of the Year
The Stations of the Day
Other Calendars
The Celtic Tree Calendar
The Runic Half-Months
The Goddess Calendar
Charts
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2003

    Good guide to have

    This is a good guide to Pagan holidays and festivals. It provides background on the major holidays from many different Pagan traditions. It is a useful guide for any Pagan.

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