(2) The common American name for the festival celebrated by modem Witches at the Vernal Equinox on 20 or 21 March in the Northern Hemisphere or September 22 or 23 in the Southern Hemisphere. It is one of eight major annual festivals or Sabbats derived from ancient European Pagan festivals marking changes of the seasons. British witches continue to call in the Spring Equinox.
Due to the very 'organic' nature of Paganism, and the many differing Paths and Traditions within it, in many cases no one definition may be universally accepted by all Pagans. Therefore, where such cases of possible conflicting and/or contradictory meanings of certain terms occur I have endevoured to give not only the generally accepted meaning, but also any major 'variations' in belief and/or practice.
Christians who believe this difference in meaning of certain key terms, beliefs and practices to be unique to Paganism need to remember that such conflicts also arise within the Body of Christ - the Church. Take for instance the differing practices amongst Christians concerning Baptism and the different attitudes towards women in the clergy.
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