Drinking (even if it is green beer) seems the opposite of how we should be responding to this holy and solemn occasion. In other words, while we claim to be grateful for Saint Patrick chasing the snakes out of Ireland, we seem instead to be inviting these same cold-blooded creatures into our very souls!
The reason for this unflattering accusation is that serpents and snakes symbolize our lower corporeal/sensual and worldly values (because snakes crawl over the earth rather than facing heavenwards towards God). So, spiritually speaking, what better way to honor Saint Patrick than to remove such crawling, lowly influences from our inner spirit?
Certainly “going green” on this festive day, means something different than having a concern for the health of environment. And, with all the drinking going on, there is certainly no concern for our inner environment (our spiritual health). Drinking and getting intoxicated symbolizes our intoxication with self-importance, which causes us to see reality in a blurry way and stumble through life.
And the parade?
According to the great spiritual seer Emanuel Swedenborg, a parade of marchers symbolizes God’s love and wisdom both advancing and drawing nearer to our lives. In the opposite sense (when left to flawed human prudence) such marching symbolizes the destruction of spiritual truth and guidance in our lives.
But mindless or not, why stand in the way of people simply trying to be happy for a day and rain on their parade? So please proceed as usual.