Advent and Epiphany

I thought I would research these lesser-known Christian holidays coming up since I don’t know much of anything about them. Unlike Christmas and Easter, I could not find pagan customs that had been incorporated into these holidays. They are part of the Christmas story – Advent is sort of abstract and meditative while Epiphany is more concrete, celebrating the visit of the three kings.

The online Oxford English Dictionary states that the word advent entered old English from the Latin adventus ‘arrival’, from advenire, from ad- ‘to’ + venire ‘come’. The advent of something or somebody means the coming of an important event, person, invention, etc.

Guess what important person is coming in about a month? Jesus Christ! So the month before his birth is a time of hope, faith, and anticipation.

The Advent Wreath must have been the source of the wreaths that we place on our front doors. It’s made of various kinds of evergreen branches and decorated with pine cones, which symbolize life and resurrection. Pine, holly, and yew branches symbolize immortality, cedar strength and healing, and laurel victory over persecution and suffering. The wreath itself, like all circles, has no beginning or end and so signifies the eternity of God and the immortality of the soul.

The wreath is sometimes placed on a table, and four candles are added, one for each week of Advent. One of the candles is lit each Sunday.

The first candle, which is purple, stands for hope – the anticipation of Christ’s birth. It is sometimes called the “Prophecy Candle” for the prophets who predicted the birth of Christ. The second candle, also purple, represents faith. It is called the “Bethlehem Candle” because that was Christ’s birthplace. The “Shepherd’s Candle” is pink and symbolizes joy. (The third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday – gaudete means “rejoice!” in Latin.). The fourth purple candle, the “Angel’s Candle,” symbolizes peace. “Peace on earth, good will toward men.”

Advent calendars are only about 150 years old. They were first made of wood, in Germany. Paper calendars were printed between 1900 and 1910, and the little doors were added in 1920. Behind the doors were Bible verses; chocolate did not appear until the late 1950s. I noticed this year that there are even Advent calendars for dogs!

Skipping over the winter solstice, Yule, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day (see Yule/Winter Solstice – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/yulewinter-solstice/), we come to Epiphany on January 6.

According to the online Oxford English Dictionary, the word “epiphany” comes from Middle English via the Greek word epiphainein, “reveal.” On this day, Christ was revealed to the three kings, who found his birthplace by following a star.

January 6 is the twelfth day after Christmas. Twelfth Night is the night before and is marked by feasting and wassailing. In Europe, some form of Kings’ Cake is eaten throughout the twelve days. It’s a rich cake with candied fruit and chocolate mixed in.

Some Satanic groups still celebrate Old Twelfth Night on January 17. The date was changed to January 6 in 1750 when the Gregorian calendar was adopted and some dates on the Julian calendar were reassigned. The Julian calendar is still in use by parts of the Eastern Orthodox Church. 

Googling did not tell me how Satanic groups pervert Advent, and I have no memories of those days, so I doubt my group marked them. All I can think of is that the opposite of hope, faith, joy, and peace is despair. Twelfth Night is a time of feasting and wassailing – in other words drinking. I’m pretty sure that it’s an excuse for orgies, with plentiful food, alcohol, drugs, and sex.

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Upcoming Holidays

December

 Sundays of advent: 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19

 12/4 Total Solar Eclipse visible only in Antarctica. Southern Africa and the southeastern corner of Australia and Tasmania will see a partial eclipse.

 12/18 Full Moon

 12/21 Winter solstice/Yule/St. Thomas’ Day

 12/24 Christmas Eve

 12/25 Christmas Day

 12/31 New Year’s Eve

January

 1/1 New Year’s Day

1/2 New Moon

 1/6 Epiphany/Three Kings’ Day

 1/7 St Winebald’s Day

 1/13 Satanic New Year

 1/17 Full Moon

1/17 Feast of Fools/Old Twelfth Night/Satanic and demon revels

 1/17 (?) Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 1/20 St. Agnes’ Eve

 1/31 New Moon

February

 2/2 Candlemas/Imbolc/Satanic Revels

 2/14 Valentine’s Day

 2/12 (?) Lincoln’s Birthday

 2/16 Full Moon

2/21 (?) Presidents’ Day/Washington’s birthday

 2/25 Walpurgis Day

Dates Important to Nazi and Neo-Nazi groups

 (NOTE: Not all groups meet on Jewish holidays. Some groups also mark Candlemas, Beltane, Lammas, Halloween, the solstices, and the equinoxes.)

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You can find more information on the following holidays at: 

Thanksgiving – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/thanksgiving/

Yule/Winter Solstice – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/yulewinter-solstice/ 

Candlemas – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/candlemas/

Valentine’s Day – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/valentines-day/

Spring Equinox – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/the-spring-equinox/

Easter: personal – (for background, see Spring Equinox) – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/easter-blues/

Walpurgisnacht/May Eve – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/walpurgisnacht/

Beltane – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/beltane/

Mothers’ Day – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/mothers-day/ Fathers’ Day – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2020/06/20/ritual-abuse-and-fathers-day/

Summer Solstice (corrected text) – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/well-this-is-embarrassing/

Lammas – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/category/lamas/

 and https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/august-ritual-dates/ 

Feast of the Beast/Bride of Satan: Part 1 – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-feast-of-the-beast/

Feast of the Beast/Bride of Satan: Part 2 – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/feast-of-the-beast-part-ii/

Fall Equinox – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/the-fall-equinox/

 Halloween (personal) – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2016/10/11/halloween/ 

Halloween (background) – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/samhainhalloween/

I’m sorry this is late. I had some dental work done and went into a flashback that went on and on. I was kind to myself, rested a lot, and tried not to pressure myself to do much of anything. I am pretty much over it now.

I thought I would write about these lesser-known Christian holidays coming up. I didn’t know much of anything about them, but they seemed important enough to pervert. Unlike Christmas and Easter, I could not find pagan customs that had been incorporated into these holidays. They are part of the Christmas story – Advent is sort of abstract while Epiphany celebrates the visit of the three kings.

The online Oxford English Dictionary states that the word entered old English from the Latin adventus ‘arrival’, from advenire, from ad- ‘to’ + venire ‘come’. The advent of something or somebody means the coming of an important event, person, invention, etc.

Guess what important person is coming in about a month? Jesus Christ! So the month before his birth is a time of hope, faith, and anticipation.

The Advent Wreath must have been the source of the wreaths that we place on the doors to our houses. It s made of various kinds of evergreen branches and decorated with pine cones, which symbolize life and resurrection. Pine, holly, and yew branches symbolize immortality, cedar strength and healing, and laurel victory over persecution and suffering. The wreath itself, like all circles, has no beginning or end and so signifies the eternity of God and the immortality of the soul.

The wreath is sometimes placed on a table, and four candles are placed on it, one for each week of Advent. One of the candles is lit each Sunday.

The first candle, which is purple, stands for hope – the anticipation of Christ’s birth. It is sometimes called the “Prophecy Candle” in for the prophets who predicted the birth of Christ. The second candle, also purple, represents faith. It is called the “Bethlehem Candle” because that was Christ’s birthplace. The third candle, called the “Shepherd’s Candle, is pink and symbolizes joy. (The third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday – gaudete means “rejoice!” in Latin.). The fourth purple candle, the “Angel’s Candle,” symbolizes peace. “Peace on earth, good will toward men.”

Advent calendars are only about 150 years old. They were first made of wood, in Germany. Printed calendars appeared between 1900 and 1910, and the little doors appeared in 1920. Behind the doors were Bible verses: chocolate did not appear until the late 1950s. I noticed this year that there are even Advent calendars for dogs’

Skipping over the winter solstice, Yule, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day (see Yule/Winter Solstice – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/yulewinter-solstice/), we come to Epiphany on January 6.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word “epiphany” comes from Middle English via the Greek word epiphainein, “reveal.” On this day, Christ was revealed to the three kings, who found his birthplace by following a star. January 6 is the twelfth day after Christmas.

Twelfth Night is the night before and is marked by feasting and wassailing. Throughout Europe, some form of Kings’ Cake is eaten throughout the twelve days. It’s a rich cake with candied fruit and chocolate mixed in. Some Satanic groups still celebrate Old Twelfth Night on January 17. (The date was changed to January 6 in 1750 when the Gregorian calendar was adopted and some dates on the Julian calendar were reassigned. The Julian calendar is still in use by parts of the Eastern Orthodox Church.) 

Googling did not tell me how Satanic groups pervert Advent, and I have no memories of those days, so I doubt my group marked them. All I can think of is that the opposite of hope, faith, joy, and peace is despair. Twelfth Night is a time of feasting and wassailing – in other words drinking. I’m pretty sure that it’s an excuse for orgies, with plentiful food, alcohol, drugs, and sex.

 

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Upcoming Holidays

 

December

 Sundays of advent: 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19

 12/4 Total Solar Eclipse

 12/18 Full Moon

 12/21 Winter solstice/Yule/St. Thomas’ Day

 12/24 Christmas Eve

 12/25 Christmas Day

 12/31 New Year’s Eve

January

 1/1 New Year’s Day

1/2 New Moon

 1/6 Epiphany/Three Kings’ Day

 1/7 St Winebald’s Day

 

 1/13 Satanic New Year

 1/17 Full Moon

1/17 Feast of Fools/Old Twelfth Night/Satanic and demon revels

 1/17 (?) Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 1/20 St. Agnes’ Eve

 1/31 New Moon

February

 2/2 Candlemas/Imbolc/Satanic Revels

 2/14 Valentine’s Day

 2/12 (?) Lincoln’s Birthday

 2/16 Full Moon

2/21 (?) Presidents’ Day/Washington’s birthday

 2/25 Walpurgis Day

 

Dates Important to Nazi and Neo-Nazi groups

11/29 -12/16 Chanukah/Hanukkah  (Jewish Festival of Lights)

1/16 – 1/17 (sundown to sundown) Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat  (Jewish celebration of spring)


1/12 Birth of both Rosenberg and Goering, Nazi Leaders in WWII


1/30 Hitler named Chancellor of Germany


2/26 Purim (Deliverance of the Jewish people from Haman in Persia)

 (NOTE: Not all groups meet on Jewish holidays. Some groups also mark Candlemas, Beltane, Lammas, Halloween, the solstices, and the equinoxes.)

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You can find more information on the following holidays at: 

Yule/Winter Solstice – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/yulewinter-solstice/ 

Candlemas – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/candlemas/

Valentine’s Day – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/valentines-day/

Spring Equinox – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/the-spring-equinox/

Easter: personal – (for background, see Spring Equinox) – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/easter-blues/

Walpurgisnacht/May Eve – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/walpurgisnacht/

Beltane – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/beltane/

Mothers’ Day – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/mothers-day/ Fathers’ Day – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2020/06/20/ritual-abuse-and-fathers-day/

Summer Solstice (corrected text) – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/well-this-is-embarrassing/

Lammas – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/category/lamas/

 and https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/august-ritual-dates/ 

Feast of the Beast/Bride of Satan: Part 1 – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-feast-of-the-beast/

Feast of the Beast/Bride of Satan: Part 2 – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/feast-of-the-beast-part-ii/

Fall Equinox – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/the-fall-equinox/

 Halloween (personal) – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2016/10/11/halloween/ 

Halloween (background) – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2011/1/02/samhainhalloween/

Thanksgiving – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/thanksgiving/

 

 

May 25/26/2021 Super Blood Moon Eclipse

There will be an total eclipse of the Super Blood Moon tomorrow near moonset in the western United States and Canada, all of Mexico, most of Central America, and part of the western coast of South America, On Thursday. totality can be seen in eastern Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, including Hawaii.

It is the largest full moon of the year and will be red. It is the first super moon eclipse in almost six years.

There is a chatty article from NASA at https://blogs.nasa.gov/Watch_the_Skies/2021/05/21/mays-full-moon-comes-with-supermoon-eclipse/. Explore NASA’s site for more technical information.

An article on cults and super blood moons is at https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2015/08/20/the-september-28-2015-super-blood-moon-full-eclipse/.

Wishful Thinking in the Month of October

I said to myself, as I opened my blog folder to write this entry, “Well, at least October is over!” Except it isn’t. It’s only a third over. October is not my favorite month by far. Wishful thinking, sigh.

I know that this is a terrible time for many people, much worse than it is for me. Not that Halloween isn’t bad, but it doesn’t hold a candle, so to speak, to Beltane. My heart goes out when I hear that some of you spent many days in preparation for Halloween and the dread and the tortures increased every day.

I note that I list 10/13 as Backward Halloween on the calendar. I also dimly remember that I once listed it as Backward Halloween/Satanic New Year, but I cannot find the reference. The Satanic New Year is currently listed as being on January 13, which doesn’t mean anything to me. If anybody knows anything about the significance of this date, can you let me know?

10/13 to 10/31 would make sense as the period of preparation for Halloween, simply because of the numbers. This might account for the long preparation time that some of us have had to suffered through. If some cults moved the celebration of the New Year back to 10/13, it would make even more sense.

When I say, “moved back,” I’m referring to the fact that cults from the United Kingdom mark the start of the year on Halloween, as did the Celts. The idea was that life begins in darkness. Seeds start off covered by soil, human babies spend nine months in the womb. Other mammals spend from a couple of days to almost two years in the womb. Since the cults in the United Kingdom stole the major holidays from the Celts, Halloween is the New Year.

By the way, there is a Backwards Halloween! Called Neewollah (That’s Halloween spelled backward.) It started in 1919 in Independence, Kansas, as an alternative to trick and treating and is now a nine-day festival. If you don’t believe me, see https://www.neewollah.com/p/about/100-years-of-neewollah

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I wish for all of us that October was over. I wish everybody in the cults would wake up and realize that it’s lots more rewarding to be kind to people that to be a sadistic bastard. I wish that all children could grow up in safety, surrounded by love.

That’s pretty ambitious wishing! I think I’ll scale it back and simply wish…

That we all get through October in one piece, so to speak. That we all recognize what a miracle it is that we yearned for freedom and that most of us have gained freedom. The others haven’t given up; they are still trying to escape. I wish that they could see how courageous they are and hold their heads high.

I wish that we all could remember, every single day, that they didn’t destroy our essence, our soul, our love of truth, and our love of life. We forget this in the middle of flashbacks, when we are totally overwhelmed, or when they have caught us and are once again torturing us. But it is true, we hide what is most precious deep inside where they can never reach it.

We are all amazing heroes.

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Upcoming Holidays

October
10/12 Columbus Day
10/13 Backward Halloween
10/31 Full moon (Blue Moon)
10/31 Halloween/start of Celtic New Year/start of the dark half of the year
November
11/1 All Saints’ Day
11/2 All Souls’ Day
11/11 Veterans’ Day (?)
11/13 Friday the thirteenth
11/14 New moon
11/26 Thanksgiving Day (United States)
11/30 St Andrew’s Day
9/29 Michaelmas/Feast of Archangel Michael and of all Angels
December
Sundays of advent: 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19
12/4 New Moon
12/4 Total Solar Eclipse
12/14 New moon
12/14 Total solar eclipse. Totality visible in Chile and parts of Argentina. Partial eclipse visible in southern South America and south-east Africa. See https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/map/2020-december-14
12/18 Full Moon
12/21 Winter solstice/Yule/St. Thomas’ Day
12/24 Christmas Eve
12/5 Christmas Day
12/29 Full moon
12/31 New Year’s Eve

Dates Important to Nazi and Neo-Nazi groups
10/19 Death of Goering
10/12 Hitler’s alternate half-birthday (Note: Hitler was born on Easter, so Nazis celebrate his actual half-birthday, 10/20, and his alternate half-birthdate six months after Easter, which fell on 4/12 this year.)
10/20 Hitler’s half-birthday
(NOTE: Not all groups meet on Jewish holidays. Some groups also mark Candlemas, Beltane, Lammas, Halloween, the solstices and the equinoxes.)

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* You can find more information on the following holidays at: 

Halloween {personal) https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2016/10/11/halloween/
Halloween (background) https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/samhainhalloween/
Thanksgiving https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/thanksgiving/
Yule/Winter Solstice https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/yulewinter-solstice/ 
Candlemas https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/candlemas/
Valentine’s Day https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/valentines-day/
Spring Equinox https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/the-spring-equinox/
Easter: (personal) For background, see Spring Equinox https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/easter-blues/
Walpurgisnacht/May Eve: https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/walpurgisnacht/
Beltane: https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/beltane/
Mothers’ Day: https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/mothers-day/
Fathers’ Day: https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2020/06/20/ritual-abuse-and-fathers-day/
Summer Solstice (corrected text) https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/well-this-is-embarrassing/
Lammas https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/category/lamas/
and https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/august-ritual-dates/
Feast of the Beast/Bride of Satan: Part 1 https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-feast-of-the-beast/
Feast of the Beast/Bride of Satan: Part 2 https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/feast-of-the-beast-part-ii/
Fall Equinox https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/the-fall-equinox/