The Green of St Patrick’s Day
March 17th marks the celebration of St. Patrick, the traditional saint of Ireland who is said to have driven the snakes from the land.
He is said to have passed from this earth on March 17th in the year 461, and his life has been commemorated since.
Much of what we know about St. Patrick cannot be confirmed. His birthdate is estimated between 373 and 390 in the latter half of the 4th century in the village of Banna Vemta Burniae — but neither fact can be confirmed.
We do know his name was likely Maewyn Succat and his father Calpornius was a British military officer as well as a deacon and a roman.
Patrick was allegedly not a Christian believer until after the age of 16 when he was kidnapped by Irish pirates and sold into slavery.
According to his own autobiography called Confessio’, Patrick found his faith during his six years of forced labor near Mt. Slemish.
Working with pigs, sheep and at other labors Patrick found himself becoming more and more drawn to his religious calling. He claims after 6 years a vision led him to hide away on a boat, thereby escaping his slavery. It was then when his real studies began.
The famous tale of driving the snakes from Ireland metaphorically marks the changeover from the pagan beliefs of the Celts to the traditional values of Christianity and then Catholicism.
There are many traditional modern celebrations of the day which include everything green. Wearing green clothing, drinking green beer, eating green cakes, singing, dancing, parades and music. For a rather sober individual the celebrations around St Patrick’s can be very bacchanal!
But St Patrick’s Day has other secrets that those who walk the path of old mysteries will easily recognize:
Some historians and spiritual groups liken the wearing of the green to the celebration of the Green Man, guardian of the woodlands and nature who dwells in the deepest forest.
Velvet green, a once common term for the forest, can be seen often and clearly in the celebration of St Patrick’s, binding the old and new together in a way that gives honor to both. It harkens in us the memory of something ancient, something before things were so organized when nature was still honored as sacred and was equally beautiful and terrifying.
The shamrock, iconic symbol of St. Patrick’s Day is another interesting symbol. The tri leaves of the shamrock symbolize divinity in many ways.
What was once the maid, mother and crone has become the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, all of which represent the ever-changing cycles of birth, age and death and the eternal symmetry between all three. Threes have long held a place in divinity and symbolize eternity in many aspects along with good luck, blessings, power and magic.
The green of the the shamrock symbolizes further the color of nature and the three stages of life on earth with the promise of the eternal soul to follow.
Green is the color of health and growth and to an agrarian society, the color of life, money and food.
To celebrate St. Patrick’s is to partake in an ancient and rich history that shows the historical and spiritual evolution of a society. It reels in revelry whilst staying solid in the ancient ways.
So, sing, dance, wear green and celebrate nature.
Read your cards or cast your runes, see what the day brings you.
Maybe take some green tea with a leprechaun while you sit under a tree gazing at rainbows.
How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
What do you think?
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