In my explanation and exploration of the holy days of Chaos Paganism, I’m going to start with the day that’s next up on the calendar: the day I’ve called Inspire. Loosely speaking, as I haven’t actually settled on a date, it is supposed to align somewhat with Beltane and that’s when I plan to celebrate it this year, with the option to move dates if it doesn’t work.
I’ll also talk a bit about the season that follows Inspire, the Season of Creation.
Note: This calendar is still in flux as I contemplate and meditate and practice. Some things will work and some will not and will be changed accordingly.
Inspire is meant as a way to celebrate creation and creativity in a way unattached to the concepts of reproductive fertility and sexual reproduction. Some people are unable to have children and the constant reminder is painful, meanwhile some people are simply uninterested and even repulsed by the idea of sex. Some people are survivors of sexual violence who aren’t yet at a point in their healing journey where they can face the concepts. Some people are simply asexual.
There is also the fact that reproduction and fertility are often wrapped up in cis-centric, transphobic concepts that promote the gender binary and erase any identities that don’t fit within it.
Personally, I am a sex-averse asexual person who is also child-free by choice. Celebrating creativity and creation through sex and fertility doesn’t make much sense to me or to my practice.
I want to be clear that I don’t find celebrating sex, fertility, or sexual reproduction to be inherently bad. I understand there’s a reason Pagan religions tend to heavily promote freedom from sexual oppression, and a historical necessity for such sex-positive attitudes.
On the other side, however, sometimes that leads to ignoring the needs and identities for those of us who have little to no interest in or desire for sex in our lives in any fashion.
Creativity is Found in Multiple Ways
I am a writer, and I’ve been known to dabble in the visual arts as well, mostly through pen and pencil drawing. This is the type of thing most people think of when they think of “creative” people, but it’s not the only way to be creative.
My mother doesn’t think of herself as a particularly creative person, but I’ve seen her spin off some really neat and interesting ideas for wedding decorations, practical jokes, and family activities. Just this Sunday for the family’s Easter celebrations (I’m the only Pagan), she set up an egg hunt for the mostly grown children in attendance where the eggs contained money, a single quarter, or a note. If an egg contained a quarter or a note, the finder had to bring those items to my step-father. A quarter received one lottery ticket. A note received a gift card.
I would never have thought of that spin on the egg hunt. I’d have just put candy in the things and been done with it. She came up with that after only a day or so of thinking; imagine what she could have done with more time.
For Pagans, creation may also come in many forms. There are certainly the writers and artists among us, those of us who write hymns to our deities, who create art in homage to them, to spirits, to entities and in honor of holy days. There are the songwriters and the dancers, too, and the storytellers who weave their words aloud instead of on paper or screen. The costumers who deck themselves and others out in pretty cloth.
There are also the magic-makers, the spellcasters, and the mystics. Those of us who create protection, safety, love, happiness, for ourselves and others. There are the meditators, who create whole worlds in their minds, and the astral projectors and dreamwalkers who create paths through other worlds. We Tarot readers take what the cards give us to piece together and create the story of our clients’ lives. Some of us create servitors, little pieces of ourselves we send into the world.
We are all creators in some fashion or other. Inspire is meant to celebrate all the forgotten or under-appreciated methods of creation.
How Do You Celebrate Inspire?
As this will be my first year really celebrating this calendar, I’m not very clear on specific rituals or what may come of them, but I do know it’s about connecting with the parts of yourself that are creative and inspired by the world around you.
For those of us who know where our creative heart lies, this is the day to take hold of them and start something new. Maybe start that big project you’ve been wanting to do but didn’t think you were ready.
If you think you’re not creative or don’t know where your creative strength lies, this is the time to meditate on it through whatever meditation method you prefer. What deity or deities inspire you? What parts of Nature, what spirits? What entities or archetypes? Commune with them, ask them to point you in the direction of your most creative drive. Don’t use the small list I came up with above as a definitive list; I definitely don’t know all the ways in which someone is capable of being creative.
Chaos Paganism and its holy days are about finding what works for you—so there’s a definite possibility I won’t give any more instruction on celebrating the holiday than this. Perhaps… part of the holiday is finding your own creative way of celebrating.
What’s Next? The Season of Creation
The next holy day in the Calendar Chaotic is Narcissus, the day of self-love. Between Inspire and Narcissus is the Season of Creation.
Seasons are meant for manifestation of the projects, magic, relationships, etc. begun at the previous holy day, moving into a meditation on the upcoming holy day, its meaning and forms of celebration.
For the Season of Creation, this means continuing whatever creative projects you may have begun during rituals on Inspire, or continuing to explore where you were guided on that day. The closer you come to Narcissus, assess your energy levels—all that creative energy comes from you, and you’ll need to recharge! Narcissus not only helps one recover from the (hopeful) creative whirlwind of Inspire, it prepares one for the remainder of the year, which has the potential to become very intense.
In the end, the Calendar Chaotica is not about separate holy days that lead into one another with no real connection; this is a calendar of holy days and holy seasons that bring the sacred into the entire year and keeps one walking the path at all times–rest and self-care are built in and part of the cycle.
I hope you all enjoyed this information. Next, I’ll write a post detailing my Inspire celebrations if they go well and I feel I can share, and then I’ll write a full post about Narcissus itself and the following Season of Foundation.