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Why Pagans Don't Celebrate St. Patricks Day!!

March 17th 2009 15:03
Patrick was a Christian priest whose job it was to convert the population of Ireland to Christianity. The Druids, however, stood in his way. The Druids were very important people in Ireland at that time, and their symbol was the Snake of Wisdom. Druids
could be priests of the old religion of Ireland, but there were also much more.

One part of the Druid class were the "Bards", whose job it was to remember all of the history of the people, as well as to record current events. Because the Irish Celts did not rely on a written language, everything had to be memorized. Bards were poets and musicians, and used music and poetry to help them remember their history exactly.


Because of this, Bards were highly respected members of the Irish society.
The Irish believed that history was very important, for if you didn't remember what had happened in the past, you couldn't safely plan for the future. Bards, therefore, held the future of the people in safekeeping.

Another important part of the Druidic class were the "Brehons". Brehons were the Judges and the Keepers of the Laws. The Celtic people had a highly complicated society, and with it, a highly developed set of laws. Brehons trained for many years to learn the laws of the people, so that whenever there was a dispute, the Brehon could fairly decide the matter and make peace. The laws were there to make sure that everyone; man, woman, and child, were treated fairly and with respect. Because of the wisdom that the Brehons held, and the knowledge of the laws of the society, they too, like the Bards, were held with
much respect.

And, of course, there were the Druid Priests. This branch of the Druid set were the keepers of the knowledge of Earth and Spirits. It was their responsibility to learn the Spirit World, in order to keep people and Earth in harmony. Priests performed marriages and "baptisms", they were healers, and psychiatrists. The Priests were the wise grandparents to whom you could go with a problem. They were there to help you solve

them, with the help of the Earth and the Spirit World.

Into this world of the Irish Celts entered a highly energetic and devoted Christian Priest named Patrick. Because he believed so strongly in the tenets of Christianity, he thought that anyone who was not Christian had to become one in order to be "saved".
He came to Ireland to convert the Irish people to Christianity.

The Irish people at that time were happy and doing quite well without Patrick and his ideas, but he was persistent. He noticed that the Druids were really the important people of the society. He thought that if he could convert the Druids to Christianity, the rest of the people
would follow. Patrick's main problem was that the Druids were very comfortable with what they had already learned, and were not willing to change. Druids had spent their entire lives learning the ways of the people, and were the last people who were willing to change.

Although Patrick was not willing to abandon his vision of a Christian Ireland, he was getting desperate. He knew that because the strength of the people rested with the Druids, he had to get rid of them in order to get the people to listen to him.

Patrick was not alone in his efforts. He had brought many people with him from Britain to establish the new religion. Patrick began to destroy the influence of the Druids by destroying the sacred sites of the people and building churches and monasteries where the Druids used to live and teach. Gradually, the might of the Druidic class was broken
by a bitter campaign of attrition. Instead of hearing the teachings and advice of the Druids, the people began to hear the teachings of Rome.

Because the Druids were the only ones who were taught to remember the history, with the Druids dead and their influence broken, the history was forgotten.

Patrick won.
By killing off the teachers and the wise ones, his own religion could be taught.
For this mass conversion of a culture to Christianity, and for the killing of thousands of innocent people, Patrick was made a Saint by his church. Now you really didn't want to go out and drink green beer after all did you???
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Comment by Norm

March 17th 2009 23:26

Comment by Lady Henrietta Muddling

March 18th 2009 04:16
I was going to write something but Norm summed it up admirably.

What a bunch of blog toss wank that was.

The only worthy thing on this post is Norm's comment.

Comment by GlenB

March 18th 2009 05:15
Why pagans don't celebrate St Patricks Day.
Because they're not Catholic?

Comment by Anonymous

March 18th 2009 12:16
To each his own...Thanks for your welcome comments.
Blessed Be
M~WW

Comment by Anonymous

March 19th 2009 00:32
Wow... Norm, Henrietta, and Glen, how can such close minded people exist. Pagans don't celebrate St. Patrick's day because ST. PATRICK BUTCHERED THOUSANDS OF THEIR ELDERS.

Comment by Norm

March 19th 2009 00:53

Comment by Lilla

March 20th 2009 03:35
Hello Wandering Witchy Wiccan,

An interesting read, although I have read about St Pat rick before, it is still so much a part of our living history.

My view?

The middle road, because I have learnt both teachings well, (1) what Jesus said, and (2) learned much of the esoteric (and alchemal) earth energy knowledge of the Druids. Both were right. One practical, one spiritual. Quandry becasue although I walk the middle road, I dearly wish that the direct teachings of Jesus could have been applied to the Druidic ways without the conquering spirit of Rome offering its heavy hand to the proceedings of translation.

The truth is, that if you were to take the Roman influence out of the two sets of teachings, interesting enough, years and years of research have revealed to me that you more or less have Buddhism, but thats another issue. .

Like you perhaps, my problem has always been with what I see as the meddling of a patriarchical Rome with the truths, because of a hidden agenda? But I also have an issue with staying stuck in the past too, living in denial of the passing of what is obviously the passing through of another Ascended Master to enlighten humanity.

However I agree, that it is the same as something happening in Islamibad today, it means little to us in Australia if Mohammed should return, I would resent being converted in Brisbane because of it happening half a world away, especially if all my Christian churches were torn down and Mosques put in their place. I mean I know its all one God, but the control would annoy the crap out of me, regardless.

No doubts that this form of introduction of Chritianity has been a curse for Ireland since, and probably why it is tearing itself apart from within to this day. I agree that imported religion for the purposes of conquering is not a good idea, but what irks me more is that the Romans made it personal when Jesus strictly wanted it to be universal (one to unite them all in peace), and the enigma is that that is exactly what Rome has tried to do, albeit slightly misguided in their zealousness to control it.

Love, respect and loyalty cannot be earned by force I guess, something many forget.

A thought provoking post.

Lilla . .







Comment by GlenB

December 30th 2009 04:41
Close minded?...or did you mean closed minded?
I am not closed minded. It is a simple fact that St Patrick is a Catholic Saint, celebrated by Catholics.
Pagans don't celebrate Saint Patrick, nor do Hindus, Sunni Muslims, Shi'ite Muslims, Rastafarian or Roastarians. Neither do Athiests, Agnostics, Gnostics, or Coptics. Orthodox Greeks, Orthodox Russians and Jews don't celebrate any of the Catholic Saints. Either do Buddhists, Baptists or Breatharians. Scientologists, Sikhs and Shintos shun Saint Patrick...
Need I continue?

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