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Pagan Festival of Imbolc (Imbolg)

On 25 Jan 2009 at 10:42pm Spinster Of This Parish wrote:
Lewes has many Pagans - will any be celebrating Imbolc next week?
If so, how?
On 26 Jan 2009 at 9:11am l.pierre wrote:
Is there anything happening in Lewes for Pagans?
On 26 Jan 2009 at 9:27am Earl of Lewes wrote:
Lewes has a very high concentration of graduates and academics, so I wouldn't imagine that paganism isn't that big here.
On 26 Jan 2009 at 9:29am Earl of Lewes wrote:
Sorry, I meant - I wouldn't imagine it is that big here.
On 26 Jan 2009 at 11:05am Buzzard wrote:
You may well like to check out Anderida on the net. They will be at the Long Man of Wilmington for Imbolc. Earl does that mean there are no academic Pagans?
On 26 Jan 2009 at 12:14pm Earl of Lewes wrote:
No, of course there are academic pagans, but I used to work for a chain of booksellers and the sales of paranormal/mind, body and spirit books were always much higher in those towns with the lowest number of graduates.

Research has shown that the higher the IQ, the less likely someone is to believe in religion or the paranormal and over 90% of Nobel Prize-winning scientists are atheists.

On 26 Jan 2009 at 6:21pm muriel wrote:
I imagine that your typical academic wouldn't take two attempts at leaving a message on this thread,so I can only assume that Earl is a religious man!
On 26 Jan 2009 at 7:07pm Earl of Lewes wrote:
If I made a minor typing error, it's only because I'm preoccupied with repairing the Hadron Collider, bringing peace to the Middle East and working out how to use VideoPlus. It's tough at the top.
On 26 Jan 2009 at 8:13pm Punxsutawney Phil wrote:
hey peeps - you singing my song - so pleased that these cross-quarter days are significant to you all in the old country - we have so many Irish here in the states they seem to think that they own this one - well no sir - as for the church sneaking in Candlemass to cloud the issue - P'Ah! - look out for those beautiful Snowdrops of St Brigit and then we know its all downhill to Spring - hurrah
On 26 Jan 2009 at 11:03pm Geoff wrote:
Why the Long Man of Wilmington?
On 27 Jan 2009 at 12:21am violet wrote:
Punxsutawney Phil, you're cool.
Earl of Lewes.. Brian Bates, Jenny Blain, Professor Ronald Hutton, probably Philip Carr-Gomm too. I know a few academically minded first class honours degree and MA graduates who are that way inclined. In some areas of paganism especially, the reconstructivist elements are massively academic- to be balanced in their authenticity.
That's interesting to hear about the sales of books. There must be lots of factors there. I wonder if it's also to do with people not being able to afford higher education in those places, wanting to learn or improve themselves in creative ways in general?
I'm also thinking that Nobel Prize winning scientists are a very specific group of people. They could have looked at people from all walks of life, or cultures? I understand lots of philosophers were very religious, or spiritual. What did the other 10% of scientists believe in, did it say?
have you cracked the Videoplus code?
On 27 Jan 2009 at 12:23am violet wrote:
Spinster of this parish -planting seeds for February and preparing the ground.
Taking fresh cuttings of plants eg. willow, jasmine, honeysuckle, dogwood, redcurrent, almond, cherry etc woven into an Imbolc ring. It will grow afterwards if put in a shallow dish or plate -to grow with the natural year. Also a good time for planting fruit trees, spring bulbs and cuttings. Lighting a candle or lanterns. It's time for awakening ideas, starting new projects. Creative activities like stories/a poem, or music.
On 27 Jan 2009 at 9:34am Archbishop of Canterbury wrote:
This is a disgraceful thread. Paganism has long since been outlawed and it should not be given the oxygen of publicity. The law prescribes burning heretics and if they are academics, burning their books too. It's good for their souls.
On 27 Jan 2009 at 3:59pm violet wrote:
irony, a bit like goldy or silvery; only made of iron
On 27 Jan 2009 at 8:08pm Rev Green wrote:
Get with it Archbish - Saint Brigid (alternative spellings) was the influence of much that is considered tryuly pagan - yet the Catholic church saw fit to canonise her - chill- life's too short
On 28 Jan 2009 at 8:54am Archbishop of Canterbury wrote:
Green, report to me in my study immediately for a spot of reeducation.
On 28 Jan 2009 at 8:11pm Rev Green wrote:
Now then Archbish - that sounds like a threat - hope I am not to be introduced to the violence inherent in the system? - was just pointing out that perhaps we should live and let live - might be nice to encourage a few hereticsinto the fold - we should be proud of our differences and see it as a challenge to re-educate them - I am already on your side so probably an easy statistic - lets start a campaign - "bring a heretic this sunday" - might learn some nice new songs from them - can get a bit staid in my parish...
On 28 Jan 2009 at 10:19pm Spinster Of This Parish wrote:
Whereas my Parish is fun (and I know loads of alternative songs).
On 29 Jan 2009 at 10:48pm north carolina girl wrote:
i find this conversation to be quite hilarious....especially since the Christian rituals have been taken HUGE poetic license (i.e., "borrowed") from the pagans during olden times, in an effort to convert them and gain their lands and monies. if one does research, one will find that the whole idea of Christmas, Easter, et. al., one will discover that all these celebrations have very deep roots in paganism.
don't get me wrong.......i am not disrespecting anyone's beliefs, or their right to have them! i am merely pointing out that one should have an awareness of the origins of their beliefs.
Punxatawney Phil, you are one cool dude!
wishing all who celebrate Imbolc a blessed sabbat. and to those who do not, i say.....live and let live and vive la diference!
fondest regards from the north carolina coast to everyone in Lewes!
submitted with utmost respect.
have a nice day! ; D
On 30 Jan 2009 at 5:35am l.pierre wrote:
Spot on!!!
On 30 Jan 2009 at 6:51pm Lost In Space wrote:
Gee - "X" certainly marks the spot!
On 30 Jan 2009 at 9:27pm i dont live in lewes anymore wrote:
Don't be worried about upsetting the Lewes yokels cos most are heathens by birth right. The archbishop of canterbury is a shirt lifter, which is an ancient religion.
On 30 Jan 2009 at 9:34pm north carolina girl wrote:
oh, what a relief, phil! butt even with the dirty laundry having been exposed by the archbishop, i simply don't foresee him being keen to take tea with the likes of *moi*, not even if i serve lavender bread.
regards from my side of the pond,
On 1 Feb 2009 at 9:28am Spinster Of This Parish wrote:
Ran into 4 nice Pagan's from Reigate this morning - they were on top of the tump celebrating Imbolc, but were surprised at the lack of local Pagan activity.
They head off to the White Hart for breakfast - I hope they have/had a nice day in Lewes

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