Celestially Auspicious Occasions: Seasons, Cycles, and Celebrations

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Berkley Publishing Group, 1996 - Religion - 236 pages
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From ancient times to the present there have been special days that mark the passage of time, announce the arrival or retreat of the sun, moon and stars, and signify holy days and holidays alike. Celestially Auspicious Occasions presents a fascinating cross-cultural exploration of the rites and rituals inspired by heavenly events. More than just a history, Celestially Auspicious Occasions examines everything from the early origins of Halloween to the appearance of the blue moon to the connection between ancient Egyptian beliefs and contemporary Easter eggs. In addition, it reveals the traditions and practices that unity humanity to the cosmic center of the universe.
Celestially Auspicious Occasions is a unique celebration of the varied and wonderful ways people have interpreted cycles of the seasons across the planet and across time, and suggests how these practices can inspire us to honor and safeguard our place in the cosmos.

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Humans have always observed the passage of time and the changes in the heavens. Moreover, we have marked these observations with customs, celebrations, and observances. In this delightful compilation ... Read full review


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Donna Henes, urban shaman, is a contemporary ceremonialist and the author of Celestially Auspicious Occasions. She and her annual vernal equinox celebrations have been profile in the New York Times, The New Yorker, USA Today, and many other print and TV features. Mama Donna, as she is affectionately known, has offered lectures, workshops, circles, and celebrations worldwide for thirty years. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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