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To maybe start of some discussion...
by Curtis R. Mullings (golugranu)
at August 7th, 2008 (02:05 pm)

In order to hopefully start up some discussion, I figured I'd post a question for the group:

What problems do CRs in the Southwestern area face that might differ from those in other areas/environments.

For example, here in Arizona, the seasons don't precisely match up with the traditional Celtic calendar.

Any thoughts?


Posted by: Linda (qorinda)
Posted at: August 8th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)

One way I deal with that in my rituals is to talk about the ENERGY of this time of year, which usually matches the Irish growing season to some extent. Then I talk about something happening here in Arizona at the time of the high day ritual. For example, for Lughnasadh, I will be talking about how growth has lessened from the hot summer, and yet how basil is growing profusely and ready to start harvesting in earnest.

Posted by: pocket_owl (pocket_owl)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)

I guess, being in Colorado, my husband and I are very lucky with regards to the seasons. Everybody knows there's snow on the ground 9 times out of ten on Samhain, lambing and calving happen in early February, and summer flowers come into bloom in early May, which starts the summer thunderstorm season, which usually culminates with a huge thunderstorm sometime in late July or early August, right after the hay comes in.

The big problem I've seen, which by no means seems to be unique to the southwest, is that there just aren't that many reconstructionists.

Posted by: Curtis R. Mullings (golugranu)
Posted at: October 20th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)

Yes. It seems to me that that is one of the biggest problems facing a great many Reconstructionists, and not just those of the Celtic persuasion. Most of the old Indo-European pagan religions were 'tribal' (if that's the right word) in nature, so to be alone or even in a small group and practicing such a religion is very difficult.

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