Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (Irish pronunciation: from the Old Irish samain). The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes regarded as the "Celtic New Year". Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living !!!
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Shell out! Shell out! The Witches are Out!

Halloween with Themis & friends
Halloween Night - Friday, October 31
The Black Swan
9:00 PM till death.

When: October 31, 2008 - 8:00 PM
Where: The Black Swan
154 Danforth Ave. (@ Broadview St.)
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M4K 1N1

Themis Halloween at the Black Swan - Friday and Saturday, Halloween Weekend!

Themis The Countess and Ruffian ANgel with the deceased bass player.

Themis at Holy Joes, July 11, 2008

 

Significant New Music Genre: Wicca Rock

A strong thread in the artistic work of Themis is the Wiccan love of life and nature. Lyrical references to the "Love of Life", the "Forest of Life", "the Honeyed Fountain", "the gentle caress of a warm summer breeze" focus on the Wiccan belief in nature's divinity.

Themis Music has drawn nature-loving Wiccans from all over the world (http://www.myspace.com/themismusic). Themis promotes unity among all peoples through the power of music and common beliefs. The Countess and Ruffian Angel form both a musical and religious partnership: they are a High Priest and a High Priestess who have each undergone the three degrees of Wiccan initiation.

The two promote Wiccan philosophy in their songs and written texts/articles. Embedded in the Canadian duo's music and their published explanations of the Themis's musical inspirations, is a clear adoption of Wiccan ecology and feminism.

Themis duo state on their website [1] a creed of beliefs, including:

  • "The cycles of nature are our holy days: the earth is our temple, its plants and creatures our partners and teachers." and
  • "Females are respected as equal but have a slightly higher rank to males."

 

 Melodic Wicca themes

Wicca themes carry throughout the artistic works of Themis Music. Themis is unique in combining classic rock elements with a progressive and decidedly gothic sound.

"The songs are melodic and tell stories with Wicca themes (nature-based doctrine not to be confused with witchcraft in any way), such as a profound love of nature, a reverence for all life, and the power of nature's omnipotent rule over man's mortal law. Appropriately named after Themis, the Greek Titan Goddess of divine law and order, this two piece band has a spirit, a philosophy and a big sound."  ~ e-music.ca