Religious holidays are a general standard, though the days and meanings can vary. You can use this to your advantage in interesting ways...
The Power Of Natural Cycles
There is an energy that runs deep through the world as it spins and revolves through space. In the Northern Hemisphere, the seasons shift through the same patterns in the same months. Different continents have unique markers at times, like the color changing leaves of North America, but within a season everywhere has something obvious going on.
When the bustle of summer starts to fade and the chill of autumn sets in, the world often 'feels' old and tired. No wonder there are so many celebrations for ancestors around that general time of year. As the sharp cold of winter rolls through, we might look at the sun- longing for the familiar heat from before. Watching it dip in the sky and then start rising again must certainly have been a revolutionary excitement once upon a time. No wonder winter holidays seem so extreme.
Holidays, festivals, and other religious celebrations all have at least a few cyclic markers related to the turn of seasons. The annual cycle, regardless of religion, can be an incredible tool for making and breaking cycles of your own.
How It Works
Personally, I believe there is a quantum effect that unified celebration has on entangled beings in ways we haven't learned to measure yet. However, there is something to be said of the psychological effect holidays have that works well enough in the meantime.
Every holiday has its own meaning, and observing the practice can include a little personal flare without stepping on any toes. For example, Christmas is generally a celebration of peace and giving. Whether you feel you have plenty to give or nothing at all, the holiday's theme can lend some energy to your cause. (Check back during the next few weeks for more specific examples related to Christmas.)
The general pattern of seasons outline different points in cycles:
Winter is reflecting on the past and resolving to do better in the future.
Spring is new beginnings and reigniting what previously "ended" in improved ways.
Summer is for hard work, willpower, and steady accomplishment.
Autumn is a winding down, which could be ending a cycle or stabilizing one as permanent.
(Otherwise known as "reaping rewards.")
Holidays that fall into those seasons usually have an underlying theme related to the general pattern. *A new category (Holidays) will be available for you to more easily access specific holidays more easily.* Please bear in mind I'll be writing about them as they happen during the year, and I may skip some I don't know about. Feel free to comment below for holidays you'd like to know about!
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