an (as usual) excellent post on chaos magic tripped a pet peeve of mine. that pet peeve being the peculiar insistence of many of many pagans/wiccans tying celebration to an agricultural calender. i haven't read dawn of sex & so can't argue for/against the idea of agriculture as enemy. however, i can argue that the marketing of wheel of the year as a necessary part of pagan practice has more to do with selling an easily grasped concept which lends itself well to the peddling of various patterns, decorations, books, etc. than it does with the idea of magical practice.
harvest home in the face of technology which allows many of us to buy strawberries in december makes no sense. nor does assigning spiritual significance to an agricultural occasion which precious few people have any direct experience with.
for those of us with gardens, or even with farms, who want to celebrate a good harvest by inviting friends over --that's all well & good-- but hanging out with friends & family hasn't a damn thing to do with my spiritual or magical practices. to claim that it must merely adds an extra layer of fluff which takes too much of my time to shove aside.