"Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance."

--Yoko Ono
The Temple of Earth Holidays

Holidays have been an integral part of human culture since the beginning. They allow us to get together and honor our place in the world and give us a chance to bond ceremonially with our peers. Unfortunately, they are also laden with superstition and the veneration of anthropomorphic (human-like) figures that do not exist.

Religion has always spent a great deal of time appeasing angry gods in the interest of the people. And of course this is not an invention of the church. This has also been going on since the dawn of man. Modern neo-pagans complain that the church has perverted the original traditions of a simple, agrarian people who only wanted to celebrate the wonderful world around them. In fact many pagan holidays involved murder, rape, and torture (see Frazer, The Golden Bough). Kudos to the neo pagans who have taken the poetical, nature-based celebrations and made them squeaky clean. But why do they still have to pretend that there’s a Mother Earth figure or a goatman Pan in need of having their egos stroked?

The Temple of Earth celebrates four official holidays, all extremely poetic, natural, and logical. They are:

The Winter Solstice – The Festival of Fire (FireDay)

The Spring Equinox – The Festival of Rebirth (Rebirthday)

The Summer Solstice – The Festival of Light (Daylight)

The Fall Equinox – The Festival of Time (Daytime)

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