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Why We Celebrate Father’s Day

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Why We Celebrate Father’s Day

At Pan Society, every day is Father’s Day (and Mother’s) Day. Parenthood is a sacred contract. Honoring our parents is a way of celebrating the creative force, ancestors, and divine masculine and feminine within. Let’s take a look.

The Sacred Contract

Children come into this world innocent. They need love, guidance, protection, and resources to grow up safe and healthy. If parents do a good job, children become sovereign, self-supporting, and contributing members of the tribe. When we choose to become parents, we engage in a sacred contract to fulfill this agreement for those who cannot do it for themselves.

The Creative Force

We all know that the womb is sacred and life flows through the Mother. However, Mother doesn’t do it alone. No, the Divine Mother has an equal partner in the Divine Father. Yin and Yang are always partners. One doesn’t exist without the other. Father provides the seed that Mother brings into existence. Father creates and maintains Order and balance to Mother’s Chaos.

We see many female honoring spiritual paths that exalt the female. That’s a further step into the historical pattern of moving towards polarities. Balance is in the middle. The Father brings light into Mother’s darkness, provides while she nurtures, thinks while she intuits, and does while she knows stillness. Life, creativity requires both. When we dishonor or ignore the divine masculine, we can’t be whole individuals or communities.

Celebrating the Ancestors

With the Black Lives Matter protests raging all around us, trauma triggers are being uncovered. It’s hard to ignore the intergenerational trauma that has hit all cultures. Poverty, persecution, sexual assault, addiction, emotional abuse, mental illness, and violence is a legacy that leaves few families untouched in some way. So many of us grew up without a fully functioning parent.

And yet, we also each come from a long line of great people. That greatness lives inside of us. All we have to do it remember it! When we honor our fathers, it’s saying “The divine in me sees the divine in you.”

Goodness needs to be reflected for others to see it. We all do this for each other. Celebrating Father’s Day is a way to say “thank you” to all the good fathers who came before. It’s also a way to say, “I understand, forgive, and support” all the ones who had more pain than they could bear alone so that pain can heal.

Acknowledging the Divine Masculine

A man stands in his fullness when his Lover, Magician, Warrior, and King archetypes are healthy and balanced. Celebrating Father’s Day is also an acknowledgement of these energies. It’s a way of keeping this knowledge alive so that you can cultivate it in yourself and appreciate it in others. It’s like saying, “Hey, I know this is a hard job. I salute you for taking it on.” We do this regardless of whether the person is doing a great job or not.

So we celebrate Father’s Day to help maintain the balance between child, father, elder, and ancestor. Remembering that fatherhood is sacred makes us better children and fathers. We support fathers because it’s not an easy job. We love because we’re family, we’re One.


Laura grew up with animism. She is a co-founder of Pan Society, a licensed clinical social worker, author of Angel Whispering: How to Talk to Your Spiritual Guides and How To Be A Panist: A Guide to Creating a Modern Animist Lifestyle. She also facilitates spiritual pilgrimages. For more information about Laura Giles, see her websites at http://www.lauragiles.org

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