Some families say the spooky day makes them "uncomfortable and frightened."
The ultimate irony (and hypocrisy) is that Christmas is now cheer-led and celebrated by a consumer capitalism whose corporations are destroying the environment through, for example, the genetic engineering of crops, the drenching of soil with agrotoxins and the eradication of indigenous cultures.
He said it should be no different than a nun wearing a habit.
Many people want to express a sense of reverence for life; however, the religious themes they see around them seem empty and foreign. If this resonates with you, who knows? Maybe something old can offer you something new.
Despite the resurgence and richness of the Vesta tradition, many people who think "Vestal Virgin" still think of one thing
The rediscovery of ancient faiths like Vesta, as well as other pre-Christian polytheistic belief systems, has been skyrocketing
I recently read an article that offered a Christian apology to Jewish people for the wrongs committed against them. The author also acknowledged the way that Christianity was "built" on Judaism. That's great; however, there's a glaring omission here. Christianity was also largely "built" on the destruction and desecration of Greco-Roman polytheistic culture.
Think Easter started as a Christian holiday? Think again. This spring holiday began as, and still is, a very pagan one. In fact, Easter itself is named after a pagan goddess who was worshipped for centuries before Christ.
As a couples mediator, January is always an extra-busy month for my practice. There is always a wave of clients seeking to improve their relationships and family lives so that the new year is a happier one than the old year was. They want to hit the reset button in their lives.
Despite spending most of my life as an atheist, I have come to realize that spirituality is part of the human condition. So is the ability to think for oneself, to follow one's own moral compass and to challenge stereotypes that others have created for their own purposes. If you agree, you might have a spark of Vesta's ancient fire in you after all.