Pagans need to knock off the idea of celebrating Lent

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.

3 thoughts on “Pagans need to knock off the idea of celebrating Lent

  1. Upon asking The Management ™ weather or not I should fast for *insert reasons here* I received a “Nope…We forbid you to do that” I’m like “Ohkayfine Bosses.” When my particular Managerial Team forbids something, it’s pretty srs bsns.

    It’s not just for Lent or anything like that either, even though it was what sparked the train of thought down the rabbit trail. I’m like “You know, this time of year would have been lean pickins food wise for the old trad pagans..blahblahblah insert ruminations here” I followed up with “What if….” and that’s when I got a “Hell naw” so yeah.

    I’m of the type, if your Gods want you to give something up, They’ll tell you in one way or another. If you want to give something up for Them, run it by Them first. Divination/meditation whatever. Don’t do it because you’re trying to stay within your comfort zone. (General usage of “You”)

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  2. Except that, as you point out the Presbyterian disdain for Catholic idolatry is a reaction to the pagan underpinnings of church tradition, represented by, among other things, ritual fasting and sacrifice.

    I am in full agreement that Pagans have no business trying to appropriate Lent for themselves, but to say that the idea of giving up something for your god is a strictly Christian notion…, immmm, no.

    Do certain folks need to let go of the Christian trappings which they still cling to with a certain desperation? Yes. But let us not throw out all the stuff that our Christian neighbors borrowed from ‘our’ tool-shed along the way. 🙂

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  3. I do not do the lent personally because i never did in my life, but…. why do you think you are to tell others what they should or shouldn’t do? If a pagan chooses to do the lent, it’s their own business, whether or not it’s in our pagan beliefs. May i remind you that in the history of Ostara, it required blood sacrifices, of course in 2014 we do NOT do blood sacrifices anymore. A lent is a sacrifice of something for a number of days. frankly, if i had to choose between sacrificing an animal for blood or doing the lent, i’d go with the lent.

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