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Deborah Guzzi travels for inspiration: China, Nepal [during the civil war], Japan, Egypt [two weeks before ‘The Arab Spring’], and most recently Peru. First published at the age of sixteen, she writes articles for Massage and Aroma Therapy Magazines. Her poetry has been accepted in the Literary Journals of Western CT. University, Inclement Magazine, Pyrokinections, Jellyfish Whispers, Grey Wolf’s Summer Legends Anthology, The Germ, Wilderness Literary Review, The Anthology Sweet Dreams & Night Terrors, Bitterzoet Magazine, haiku journal, Contemporary Haibun Online, Bella on line, The Autumn Sound, Eskimo Pie, and Ribbons, The Inwood Indiana Review, Five Poetry, Tanka Society of America Journal, and 50 haiku. She has published two illustrated volumes of poetry, The Healing Heart and Heaven and Hell in a Nutshell.


Modraniht Mother's Night Saxon Winter Soltice


Blog Posted:12/3/2013 8:22:00 AM

I find it so interesting that so few have written of Mother's Night. Yes, it was [or is] a Pagan celebration [Pagan is merely a Christian term for anyone who does not accept Christ as God. It does not mean there is no belief in God]  The Night of the Mother's was celebrated on what we now call Christmas eve by people of Norse/Saxon origin in western Europe before the rise of Christianity. There is a close connection with the reverence for Mother Mary in Catholicism. 





Even for me, I find it hard to write of my mother [though I often do]. Why do we find it so hard to revere the women who give birth? When I was pregnant it was a grand time! I so enjoyed it. How crestfallen I felt once my son was born and all the focus shifted to the child. It truly made me feel as if I was merely a vessel? 

Among modern Pagans, this is a time to honor the matrilineal ancestors as well as living mothers and grandmothers, matron Goddesses and the disir [a ghost, spirit or deity associated with fate who can be both benevolent and antagonistic towards mortal people.]


The lore as it is used today in modern practice is very interesting. Anyone who loves mythology with enjoy this site which attempts to bring you from the past to the present in ENLIGHTENED

http://www.tamarawolfson.com/winter-solstice-ceremony.html 


For MY CONTEST -

Just write me a verse in memory of a Mother ... yours or someone else's YOU CAN EVEN WRITE OF MOTHER MARY ;)

CONTEST QUESTIONS CAN BE ANSWERED HERE OR IN SOUP MAIL.

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  1. Date: 12/3/2013 6:41:00 PM
    I have enough entries to judge Andie I'd just like to see a verse in each category win. Hope you and yours had a nice holiday?

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  1. Date: 12/3/2013 4:57:00 PM
    Hi, debs, this is interesting. I hope you get someone writing about it. You gave a few holidays that were not so difficult, so I am surprised more people have not entered. I have noticed that the contests have slowed down. Is it just me? It really seems to be that way!!! Good luck in getting it filled up.

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  1. Date: 12/3/2013 4:16:00 PM
    I would love to see some verse telling Mary's experience giving birth in a barn, giving what you think her perspective would have been on that holy night?

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  1. Date: 12/3/2013 4:14:00 PM
    I guess it depends who you are Sis, like will you wear the jewish star as a badge of pride or as a symbol like a brand that you are less than human. I do not consider myself pagan, I have been called 'heathen' and a 'devil worshiper' [as a small child in a Catholic community] But YES, it's a 'slam' to call someone who believes in God [just not your God] a pagan or a heathen [even if they themselves embrace the term] XXXXOOOO

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  1. Date: 12/3/2013 3:46:00 PM
    I hope you get more entries! Your contest is exciting. And I feel awful. I had no idea the term Pagan was not P.C.!!! I now know to use the term Multi-theism! I learned something today! Thanks hon... xox

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 12/3/2013 3:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I (sigh) meant that our perception may be wrong, not someone's beliefs, but YOU know me well enough to know what I intended.
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 12/3/2013 3:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    One, hmmm, I don't think many would apply the term Pagan to Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Taoists or Hindus. I think today most would apply the term to Neo-Paganism, those who believe in nature gods, right or wrong. Perhaps just a misconception, hon?
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 3:34:00 PM
    Interesting Debbie

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