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    Does anybody else have an issue with the real meaning of today?

    I know most people have no idea about the history behind the day, but how do you feel as Pagans?

    Saint Patrick was the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland who is credited with bringing christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works, the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish christians. Saint Patrick described himself as a "most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God."

    Saint Patrick is most known for driving the snakes from Ireland. It is true there are no snakes in Ireland, but there probably never have been - the island was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age. As in many old pagan religions, serpent symbols were common and often worshipped. Driving the snakes from Ireland was probably symbolic of putting an end to that pagan practice. While not the first to bring christianity to Ireland, it is Patrick who is said to have encountered the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan rites. The story holds that he converted the warrior chiefs and princes, baptizing them and thousands of their subjects in the "Holy Wells" that still bear this name.

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    Thanks for posting that. I remember coming across something before about the snakes meaning pagan religions.

    It is not really a day that we have celebrated, other than the usual excuse for a drink. Odd really as Mum's side of the family are Irish Catholics.

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    TBH, I don't even celebrate St Patricks Day. But thanks for posting that, it's interesting


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