I’ve seen some pagans writing about Lent? Really? Why Lent has no place in a pagan practice. There is no reason to abase yourself or deny yourself. All acts of love and pleasure are my rituals? Remember? Maybe it’s because I was raised in a Presbyterian household that considered anything that smacked of Catholicism evil. (We were taught in Sunday School that Catholics were evil idol worshippers and that the only way to the Father was through ourselves, that we needed no intermediary like a priest. We should confess only to god.) The old Scots in church would have been horrified if someone even mentioned it.
So there was no fish on Friday except by accident. There were no religious observances on the liturgical calendar from Christmas until Good Friday other than normal Sunday services. So the idea of celebrating Lent is a no go right from the start.
Why does any pagan need to feel that they have to give up anything? That’s a Christian idea not a pagan one. I see too many people who can’t seem to leave Christianity in the rear view mirror. The idea that all goddesses/gods are one is a Christian one. Any ancient polytheist would be totally confused if someone said that Brighid and the Morrigan and Aphrodite were really one. I don’t think so.
Why, oh why? Are pagans doing their best lately to take their Christian brain-washed selves and Christianize anything pagan? I’m sure it’s to make themselves comfortable but it isn’t correct or right. It’s no different than when some people are afraid to come out so they call themselves bisexual as a way to ease into the idea of coming out.
Knock it off and grow a brain and stop trying to neuter pagan ideas.