Fathers Day as we know it began on July 5th, 1908 in West Virginia, in honour of the 210 miners who had died in a mining disaster. Most countries still celebrate this, close to the Midsummer Solstice. This feels right because it recalls much older rituals linked to the Sun, and father-gods.
Today, Father’s Day is a family occasion and an opportunity for commercial profit. However, it can be helpful to remember that ancient traditions give this celebration deeper meaning.
The feast day of St John the Baptist is June 24th, and in many countries he is honoured at the Solstice. John foretold the coming of Jesus – his followers were like his children and he baptised them in running water. He was beheaded by King Herod, at the request of his sexy step-daughter Salome. However, this story echoes more ancient pagan themes of the sacrifice of the God, who is the life force, which is cut down – but is always reborn. Of course this sounds very dramatic, but Father’s Day is a great opportunity to remember the sacrifices fathers make, and to thank them for it.
Dwelling on positive god-images can help you relate to Fatherhood, whatever your personal experiences. They can be especially helpful if your own father has been less than loving and helpful. These may inspire you to set up a small altar at home:
On Father’s Day spend a little time in front of your altar and reflect on the strong, protective masculine side of the Divine. You are loved and cared for.
If your relationship with your dad is in any way positive, don’t miss this opportunity of showing him some love and attention. Even if you or he are embarrassed by expressions of emotion, spend some time with him, get a card and/or a present and if you can’t visit make sure you phone.
In this article we have looked at the origins of Father’s Day, links with John the Baptist and the old gods, and found ways to celebrate. Occasions such as Father’s Day can be heart-warming, but they can also bring home to you what you’ve lacked and open old wounds. If this is the case then you need to talk this through and find healing. Our intuitive and supportive Readers are just a call away, so why hesitate? Celebrate Father’s Day in the best way possible by gaining deeper knowledge and new perspectives.
PUBLISHED: 16 June 2016