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Saint Patrick's Day

Posted by J. Roslyn Antle on 3/13/2016 to Occult Weekly
Dye the river green, get yourself a beer, and watch out for the sneaky Leprechauns – it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day! As we delve into the history of particular holidays as the year goes along, we learn about the significance of the original event(s), as well as how traditions emerged over time. Over the past few years, I witnessed an ultra-modern interpretation of St. Patrick’s Day, but secretly wondered how many individuals truly knew what they were celebrating.
This is certainly not to criticize the celebration in any which way, but simply to notice how traditions change over time regardless of their origins. Similar to the notion of Santa Claus, new customs have emerged at certain instances in time that add to a certain holiday’s celebration. Reindeer, gifts, and a sleigh were not initially associated with Saint Nicholas, but have become over time. So I ask to the inherent balance of our Universe, if something is added, must something be taken away?
Patrick was born in 386 A.D., in Britain, to a family of religious prominence. Just after his 16th birthday, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and made a slave on the West Coast of Ireland. He remained there for years until in a dream Patrick had, where he claimed to receive a message from God to flee captivity and return to Britain, which he did. After his return, Patrick devoted his time towards studying to become a Priest.
Around 432 A.D., St. Patrick returned to Ireland, where he was once held hostage, this time on his own free will, in attempt to convert the pagans of Ireland. His most infamous technique in accomplishing this task was by relating the shamrock with the concept of Trinity. St. Patrick remained in Ireland for the next thirty years, until he died on March 17th, 461 A.D. 
Today, St. Patrick is possibly the most recognized patron Saint of Ireland. His Martyrdom is celebrated publicly in Ireland (both North and South), Newfoundland & Labrador, and Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated in places of the Irish Diaspora, such as Canada, Argentina, and the United States. Additionally, certain legends have been associated with St. Patrick that do not have a historical basis. The most prominent of these is that it was St. Patrick who rid of all the snakes in Ireland. However, the island separated from the European continent at the end of an Ice Age, so it is unlikely that snakes ever resided in Ireland. In addition to this legend, believe it or not, blue was the color first associated with St. Patrick rather than green!
Thus, we must return to the initial question. When a holiday that commemorates a religious man born in Britain, kidnapped, and then driven to convert the Irish people based off of the image of his captors becomes associated with all things Irish, as well as drinking and the color green, it would appear that a great deal has been lost over time. So, do you think that while it is very important to remember the roots of a celebration, the celebration in itself is what matters most? Or do you perhaps deem that a celebration is held for a particular occasion, and if the true nature of this occasion is unknown, then the celebration lacks a true point?
My personal view is that we should always be aware of the history of a celebration, while keeping in mind its current significance.

J. Roslyn Antle
High Priestess
The 7witches Coven


Date 3/15/2015
Thomas Patrick taylor
Excellent article good research.
Date 3/15/2015
Susan L W.
My mother is Irish. They are a bit of cult, which is by way of saying, they are unto themselves. They celebrate everything; especially everything Irish. They just like to celebrate. They always love a party, theme or no theme, they gather. And they love St Patrick, because every cult needs a leader. Especially a Saint. Most of them are Catholic. And Catholics have lots of Saints. Your history lesson was fascinating. We did have a nun out here, Sister Elizabeth, who really was a Saint. She was from Ireland and whatever she prayed for happened. She was incredible. She could do miracles. But I am not sure that was because she was Irish Catholic, so much as because she was close to God. She just happened to be Irish Catholic. She went into the church at 19 years old. May your day be blessed, Susie
Date 3/15/2015
Robert R.
Dear, Ms. J.Roslyn Ante,.. THANK YOU, for This St.Patrick Story,.and History,I, did learn from this, and You're so right that we ALL should be aware of the History of Any Celebration, and Keep in mind it's Current Significance,..THANK YOU,..Have a Good/Blessed Day,with Light, life, and LOVE,.. peace be with You,..HAPPY EASTER, with your Love Ones,. and to ALL 7wiches Coven,. Please Remember me in your Mediations/prayers... Robert R.
Date 3/16/2015
I agree with you J. Roslyn, I'm not Irish but love everything from Ireland and St. Patrick Day is celebrated in my home coz he is also known as the Saint of good luck and fortune, prosperity and abundance.
Date 3/13/2016
I wish to have my Free consultation with J. Roslyn Antle. PLEASE E-MAIL ME. you're so hard to CONTACT THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME... Thank You , patricia
Date 3/13/2016
Ruby Willison
Wow thank you that part I never knew and I am Irish part from both sides and Scottish and a bit Indian from both sides bit of Dutch germen and I was told I got Spanish eyes and maybe more makes me want to look into my family history to find out for sure
Date 3/13/2016
I found your history lesson very interesting and I have learned from it . My bloodline stems from five different nationality's hence forth Irish is one of the more prominent bloodlines in my family . I am perplexed and fascinated by the original Blue traditional color being turned Green ....I can not believe in my now 40's I am hearing about this . My family took major strides to decorate the house , get dressed up , and celebrate just about everything from when I was a child until my mother passed away . Now that we are all grown up we all celebrate in different ways now . But every St. Patrick's Day I still wear my shamrock's .
Date 3/21/2016
Date 3/21/2016

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