by Christine Cover
Self Published, 2004 $17.00 CN
Available at http://www.geocities.com/celebrations2005
Well, I gave up reviewing calendars because it’s very hard to find 20 or 30 different ways to say “it’s beautiful”. The main problem is that it’s a calendar. There are only so many ways to format a calendar and still have it be of use to you. This one, obviously from the name, is a date book.
But not any datebook. It is a truly pan-Pagan datebook. It has celebrations for just about every “pagan” culture listed. While going through this, I found celebrations for the Celts, Neopagans, Buddhists, Shintos, Romans, Helenic celebrations, Norse, Slavic cultures, Egyptians and some Native American celebrations. There are the moon phases with the quarter moons as well as full and new moons.
Each page during the week to week view has a section of valuable information, not only on some of the more confusing celebrations on the displayed pages, but there is poetry, correspondences, and some of the sacred beings of the months. Each month has a month-view, about 4 pages of information on the month and the moons of the month, a week by week veiw with notations and information, and areas for notation.
There is an extensive appendix of definitions for some of the terms used in this calendar in the back. There is no afterword and the foreword was blessedly short.
There are many things that are NOT present in this calendar. Trivia about notable events in Pagandom and pagan history are not included. There is not a listing of birthdays for notable names in NeoPagan life. And there is not a list of holidays of Christianity, Judisam, Islam or The United States.
I’m not sure I agree with not including the holidays of America or the culture of the majority. According to her website description (listed above), she has not included those holidays because the calendar publishers of the majority don’t list our holidays except where convenient. So it looks like she’s cutting off her nose to spite her face in this case. If one is going to make a calendar to be used by Pagans, the it only makes sense to include the holidays of the culture those pagans are living in. It may not matter that they don’t include our holidays, but I know of no Pagans anywhere who will insist on going to work on Christmas (when everyone else is off) just because they don’t participate in those celebrations.
By all means, include the Canadian Holidays, the United State’s holidays and the Mexican holidays so that those in those three countries can all have the cultural holidays as well as the Pagan Holidays that may be celebrated as well.
Make absolutely no mistake, this IS a useful resource. But be prepared to have a “standard” calendar as well, so you know when Flag Day and Queen’s Day is. It may not be celebrated as a Pagan Holiday, but it will still be celebrated.
However, except for that flaw, it is a very well done calendar. But since that flaw cuts so deeply into the usefulness of this product, I’ll give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5. Those who are really into knowing a lot of pagan holidays will find this invaluable. Some may wish to reconsider buying this, but I would encourage everyone to buy a copy to encourage the continuance of resources like this, since the only way we will get these resources is to support them when they show up.
I would HIGHLY encourage Christine to include the standard holidays for the three major countries on the North American continent to encourage sales by making it more useful to a broader group of people. I know of many Jewish people who have decided to be in the NeoPagan groups but who have not totally converted to Pagansim.
Originally posted 2012-06-30 22:01:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter