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Jan 18, 2010


I recently attended my first Solstice ritual this past December 21st -- The Winter Solstice.  I went to Laguna Beach on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California where I was invited by a fellow care2 member. Needless to say, the setting was perfect for the celebration which beckons the light (sun) to return for the New Year. It is the shortest day of the year when Mother Earth is at an angle in its rotation with the sun and the sun’s light is seen less this day than any other day of the year. There were drums, a Didgeridoo, Native Shakers, etc. There were people from at least five different cultures present.

The ceremony involved a group prayer and a key word announced from each in attendance from the spirit and soul. When the native instruments were playing and people dancing as if guided by their spirit and soul dictating the rhythm I could see that everyone in the group was in unity with each other. They were feeling the passion of the moment. It did not matter, the color skin or culture. Everyone was feeling peace and harmony. In the end was the burning of Yule Log. Suddenly I felt we went back in time, long before organized religions enveloped our psyche with belief systems that strolled away from the elements of the Earth and the universe. I suddenly felt native. I felt closer to the indigenous people of Mother Earth whose church was and is Mother Earth.  


In today’s social and religious structure this ceremony has been labeled as “Pagan” or even “Heathen”. Regardless, the connotation is more negative than positive. The Latin definition for Paganism is &ldquoaganus” which means rustic or village dweller. This has a far less negative connotation.  Both in Judaism and Christianity, Pagans are considered “non-believers”. Pagans were and are still are in most social structures considered Polytheists, believing in multiple Gods.


For a moment let's consider that the "ancient" and indigenes people who believe in the natural cycle of Mother Earth and the unity of all things has influenced greatly the religions of the “New Era”.  Please consider the following:


What does the Easter Bunny have to do with the resurrection of Jesus which is commonly known as Easter?


What does the Christmas tree in your living room have to do with the birth of Jesus, along with Santa Claus and reindeer?


I can name many more traditions from “Paganism” which are part of Christianity and most religions in the world. After all, People who walked Mother Earth from the beginning of time believed in the good of all things on this planet that was the creed of their religion. Unity and peace with all was the basis of their belief system. It always has boiled down to good vs. evil. Yes, the majority of all religions believe that you can be good to all living creatures on Earth! Ah Ha! So there is something in common with the Ancients and today’s belief systems beyond Holi-days. 


I do have a degree in Theology and I was once an ordained priest in the Greek Orthodox Church. I am here as a witness to organized religions in general which have been infiltrated with rules and regulations. With rituals and dogma that has taken the naked soul and dressed it with so much structure that the believer does not have to feel anything as long as he follows the rules.  Even Jesus turned over tables in the temple warning people to believe in the spirit of the law instead of simply following the law. In a sense, Theology replaced Astrology. The ancients were incredible astronomers. They built temples around the stars of the heavens, the cycles of Mother Earth and they believed that if you treated the Earth well, you will be treated well by the positive energy you send to the universe.


Allow me to be so bold to say that many organized religions have become political just by the way the community of the church is organized. It has become a business and as you know, TV Evangelists have been and still are making millions every year. In the Native American communities the chief, story teller, medicine man or any other elders of the tribe was compensated by the riches of Mother Earth. Would those same Evangelists be as passionate if paid with corn and a place to sleep?


For me, sharing of the spirit with native music, chants, group prayers, amongst the elements of Mother Earth with all people, regardless of race, color or background is more satisfactory then being surrounded by parishioners who are there for the social gathering, and fulfilling a requirement to be “saved” from damnation. I am sorry; I witnessed too often people not coming to church to communicate with God, but to be seen.


The Ancients lived their religion on a daily basis. Their creed is simple. BE GOOD.


I am not against any belief system which makes a connection between you and the higher source, God, Allah, Jehovah etc. as long as you treat the Earth and her people and all life forces with love and respect. Whatever inspires you to accomplish that end is correct. For now, I may be considered an Ancient.  

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Posted: Monday January 18, 2010, 10:44 am
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Agapi S. (75)
Monday January 18, 2010, 11:58 am

Agapi S. (75)
Monday January 25, 2010, 2:11 am
Stephen, You a beautiful soul with a huge heart!
THANK YOU for all you do and for sharing with us your knowledge on "Ancient Religion" It is perfect! There no better person that can inform us about Religion.
You are a true asset to Care2!
If only the world had more caring and loving people like you, it would be so much better. You make our world a brighter and better place to be. Keep up the good work! I appreciate the person that you are and I am so grateful we have met.
God Bless!

ALORAH A. (51)
Sunday February 14, 2010, 11:49 am
There are beautiful heartfelt celebrations in Glastonbury for all these occasions and people come from all over the UK to attend. I am delighted that you experienced the Solstice this way.
Bless you dear Stephen.

Maria Jimenez (294)
Friday February 26, 2010, 10:07 pm
Was such a wonderful and very uplifting celebration. Ohhh so much spirit all around. Thanks for your presence and all 100 plus orbs that joined us for the Winter Solstice. Much love to you.

Melissa Rosen (22)
Friday March 19, 2010, 9:15 am
Hallo Stephen, I read your article with great interest, can you share some links with me?

Shey is away for awhile (67)
Wednesday June 9, 2010, 9:28 am
Amazing article! I studied religion when I was at the university and your article nailed it! Anyone who read this saved themselves a lot of money and four years at the University! I have a zealous Christian in law who thinks that the Harry Potter series is "evil" because it has witchcraft in it, I tried to tell her that the overriding theme is that goodness triumphs over evil and love is stronger than any magic. I thought that was a Christian belief? Maybe it doesn't count if you have a wand?

Anumpeshi Aduddell (227)
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Dalia H. (1280)
Monday February 7, 2011, 6:18 pm
Hello my Beloved Stephen:
I think it doesn't matter the Culture, the Language, or Religion you practice. The most important thing is in which you Believe and Share. The most you Share, the most you learn about other practices of Religion.
The Most important thing is "GOD" and the Universe, HE created.
Beautiful Article. Thank You so much for sharing with Us.
Have a very Peaceful Night and a very Beautiful week ahead.
GOD Bless You and Yours Always, wherever you are or go.
Much Love and Light,

Dalia H. (1280)
Monday February 7, 2011, 6:19 pm
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Stephen because you have done so within the last week.
I'm sending you my Love instead!

Susan Ryan (43)
Friday August 10, 2012, 3:08 pm
Hail Stephen, Well spoken. The orthodox church does teach for us to be stewards of the land. While attending a local Lakota Lodge I experienced the joining with Mother Earth and all the Spirits who abide with us each moment if we are aware and reverent.With my work in the garden and with horses, dogs and cats there is an empathy that feeds me with universal energy and peace. Thank you for your article! and may all your rituals bear fruit. Sue Sofia


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