Sacraments as Magick
Holidays and the switch to Christian Magick
With enforced Christianity came the switch-over from traditional hedge
to Parish Christianity. The difference between the two is negligable. For
example there is not much difference between an amulet and a saint medal. The
dividing line here is difficult. Only the church could conduct magick, if a priest
performed it, it was called a miracle if a layperson performed it, it was called
evil and in league with the devil.
By the end of the 15th century the two types of magick had melded
with the European ritual cycles. Ritual cycles were very important in invoking
divine aid and in performing miracles. The calender was broken up into the
great feasts of the church: Christmas, Easter, Pentecost and Carnival/Lent.
On the eve of Lent there was Carnival a celebration of inversion. This was
perhaps the most popular of holidays. Morality was turned upside down. The
least popular youth was made mock pope. In Germany a procession of
prostitutes marched during carnival. Carnival was allowed as a satirical means
of removing desires, as a way of letting common folk let off steam. Inumberable
holidays existed. There were very few days that were not a celebration of one
saint or another. Here are a few of these celebatory days.
January 20-The Feast of Fabian and Sebastian-After this date
no trees could be
January 21-Saint Agnes Day-This day involved the ceremonial blessing of a
January 22-Saint Vincents Day-No vines could be cut on this date.
February 2-The Feasts for Fertility-This celebration was necessary to turn winter
into spring forty days after Christmas.
February 2-Feast of Purification-This feast day was also known as Candlemas.
February 5-St. Agathas Day-Agathabrot was distributed for heath on this day.
February 14-Saint Valentines Day-This day was to celebrate mating and new
The local belief of saint-veneration differed. In Germany, it was believed
gifts should be awarded to still living saints. That way the saint would reward
the gift giver from heaven. If the saint did not reward the gift-giver after death
the saint was obviously not a very good one!
Most everyone knows who Dr. Laura is, she despises anyone that is
or bi, and follows the dictates of the bible to the letter!!!! I received the following
letter from a friend that I thought was appropriate to put here to show there
is room for acceptance for everyone, thanks for sending this Kyra!!!!
Dear Dr. Laura
Thankyou for doing so much to educate people to God's Laws. I have
great deal from you and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as
I can! When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I
simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination.
End of discussion!
I do need some advice from you however regarding some of the specific laws
and how to best follow them!
1. When I burn a bull on the alter, I know it creates a pleasing odor
for the Lord
Leviticus 1:9. The problem is my neighbors, they claim the odor is not pleasing
to them. How should I deal with this?
2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as it suggests in Exodus
this day and age what do you think would be a fair price for her?
3. I know I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is
in her period of
menstrual uncleanliness Leviticus 15:19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have
tried asking but most women take offense.
4. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may buy slaves from the nations around
friend of mine claims this applies to Mexicans but not Canadians, can you
5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus
states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?
6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination
Leviticus 10:10 it is a lesser abomination then homosexuality, I don't agree. Can
you settle this?
7. Leviticus 20:20 States that I may not approach the alter of God
if I have a
defect in my site. Does my eyesite have to be 20/20 or is there some wiggle
I know you have studied these things intensivly, so I am confident
you can help.
Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging!!
If you have any questions please email me!!