Originally posted on The Allergic Pagan:
The Wild Hunt arrived here in Chicago-land region this week. We had one beautiful warm day, and then the wind came and the cold. All the leaves were swept off the trees in one day. Just in time for our family mid-Autumn celebration. Not to mention that the days are getting noticeably darker, a process which will be accelerated by the shift back to Standard Time next Sunday.
I love it when the weather actually cooperates with my plans for family rituals. Ideally, the seasons would be turning our Wheel and not the other way around. I’d like to celebrate the beginning of fall when my kids first notices the geese flying south or the beginning of spring when they first notice the buds on the trees, but the practicalities of scheduling a busy family make that difficult. We always celebrate on weekends for this reason, but that means that we are usually a few days (or more) off from the rest of the Pagan community.
I don’t think this is a problem for our family practice, but I think I need to be more rigorous about my own personal practice. Regardless of when we hold our family celebration, I need to have my holy day on the day that I have decided to have it, regardless of whether it is convenient. Convenience and sanctity sometimes conflict, but in my personal practice, I think I need to give more emphasis to the sanctity. (By the way, thanks to Peter Beckley for his post that reminded me of this.) I may not be able to time my family celebration with the onset of the gusty winter winds, but I can do that in my private practice.
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