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St. Patrick's Day:  March 17th (by Donna M Pinkton MA)

  • While St. Patrick's day is not officially recognized as a "National" Holiday, it is certainly one the most recognized in the United States.  Celebrations began in Boston, MA in the year 1737. Irish immigrants missed their home country and with the help of the Catholic Church they came to honor the arrival of Spring with the legend of St. Patrick bringing Christianity to Pagan Ireland.

  • As the legend goes, ST. Patrick was born in Kilpatrick Scotland in 387.  His  real name was believed to be Macwyn Succat.  And his parents were of Roman high rank.  At 16 he was captured by Irish Marauders and sold as a slave to chieftain Milchu in Dalaradia.  Milchu was a Druidical High Priest, leaving Patrick to tend sheep in the fields.  Patrick remained in captivity for 6 years.  He learned the Celtic language as well as all the facets of Druidism.  However, as he remained a slave he grew in his belief in Christianity and prayed to the Christian God.  Finally, one day he fled, traveling 200 miles and boarded a ship and sailed to Britain.

  • Patrick stayed in Britain for 18 years bring Christianity to various cultures through war and conquering lands.  Pope Celestine allowed Patrick to return to Ireland and bring Christianity to the country and named him "patritius" derived from "ater civium" meaning "father of the people".  A legend says that St. Patrick chased all the snakes out of Ireland.  With Ireland being an island, there actually were no snakes to begin with.  Patrick's chasing out the snakes is in reference to chasing out the Druid's, Ireland's indigenous religion.

  • As the legend continues, in 433 Patrick fought in Ireland with the Druids and was able to infiltrate the culture since he knew the language of the ancient pagan religion.  Legend has it that St. Patrick died on the 17th of March 460 and this is the reason he is honored on this date.  However, the Spring Equinox being anywhere from the 19th to the 22nd of March, by celebrating St. Patrick's day on the 17th was actually symbolic of the famous legend where Patrick arrived on Tar hill and lit the ritual fire before the Druid priests arrived and overtook the site.

  • Another symbolic act of Patrick overtaking Ireland's Druid heritage involves his use of the Shamrock (three-leaf clover).  It is said that Patrick used the clover to explain the Trinity of God:  Father, Son and Holy Sprit.  However, the shamrock (Persian word for three-leaf clover), known as a "Seamroy" to Ireland, was a symbol used in Druidism to explain the three faces of the Goddess found in the Moon:  Maiden, Mother, and Crone.

  • All the symbols used in St. Patrick's Day celebration are pagan in origin.  The wearing of the green is associated with Ireland's green fields and nickname "Emerald Isle".  And the Leprechaun is the face figure of the Faeries known in Ireland.

  • The legend of the Leprechauns is that they know all the secrets of hidden treasures.  Their affiliation with shoe-making, rainbows, and pots of gold is really symbolic of them being earth elemental spirits.  They are the spirits that take raw material, work and shape it into something useful for humans.  Trolls are the raw materials, found in its raw state, in its original location.

  • Leprechauns are one of the many tribes belonging to the Faerie gods known to pagan Ireland.  They live in the Land of Faeries known as "Tir Non Og" which lies in the West.  The Irish originally called all faeries the Tuatha de' Danann, a pantheon of gods from which Lugh and Danaan were a part.  Other such faerie gods include the high king "Fin Bheara".  He is known to be skilled a the game of chess and running the hunt. 

  • There are also the Banshee, angels of death.  They are beautiful women in white or sometimes seen as old hags.  They can be heard before seen because they are mournful.  Their responsibilities are actually like guardian angles in that they help the deceased reach their designation. There are variety of others including:  Lhiannon Sidhes - the faerie sweethearts, Phookas, Fir Darrig, Merrows - faerie mermaids, Roanes - the Seal People, and the Glaistigs - female water spirits.

  • Each family has his/her own protective Faerie spirit according to ancient Ireland and Druid tradition.  These family spirits are cared for, fed, and given gifts.  to do this strengthens th sprit and in time one can actually communicate with his/her spirit faerie.  Among other things, one can learn the dame of his/her family spirit faerie and acquire favors.

  • The myth of finding gold at the end of the rainbow contains hidden meaning because in ordinary reality there is not end of a rainbow.  Rainbows are circular.  They are created by water particles in the sky.  A rainbow can only be seen in the morning and late afternoon when the sun is closer to the horizon.  The rainbow will be found opposite to the sun.  To see a rainbow, the seeker must be between the sun and the area of the sky where the water particles reside.  It is hard to see the full circle of the rainbow because in order to see the rainbow at all,  we can only see it from an angle.  It is not visible straight no - perpendicular.  IF one can solve the puzzle of the rainbow being circular and how a pot of gold can be at the end of a circle when there is no end to a circle, then he/she will achieve the winnings of a pot of gold.

 
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