Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: December 9: Tablets of Destiny

Something we don’t hear much about unless it’s a biblical, is the culture of Babylon. One very important Babylonian God was Zu, or, to the Persians, Anzu. In ancient Babylon, Zu, would have been honored today.

Born of the Goddess Siris, Zu was actually drawn to look like the mythological creature, the Griffin. He could breathe fire and water but was unfortunately destroyed by the hands of Lugalbanda,

Still, he would forever go down in history as being the one who stole The Tablets of Destiny from another god named Enlil. The Tablets of Destiny were believed to have been written by the Elder Gods.

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: December 8: Last Greek Goddess Standing, Egypt’s One Born of Light, one born of Darkness.

In Greek mythos, Zeus had a daughter with the Goddess Themis. Her name was Astraea. In the world of men (our world), Astraea, was the last to leave taking her place in the Heavens where all those who were like her, went.

While this reminds me of the Elves from Lord of the Rings, when they made their exit from, what was it? Middle Earth? Astraea wasn’t a work of fiction according the the Greeks. She was very real to them, the Goddess of Justice.  That’s why December 8th is an observance dedicated to her.

In Ancient Egypt, a religion time has somewhat forgot and buried beneath her golden sands, a festival for Neith would have been held today. Neith was one of the original Gods and Goddesses of this culture. She was said to have been the mother of Ra. She also gave birth or made his arch nemesis, Apep.

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: December 7: Haloia

Today is the Greek Observance for Haloia of Demeter. Now, if you remember, we already covered Persephone and I even threw down the 411 on her love drama from way back in the day. Well Demeter, if you recall, is her momma, and also the one that turned the seasons upside down mourning for her baby when she was abducted by Hades.

Demeter is the Greek’s Goddess Mother of all things.

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: December 6 : Santa, An Aspect of Odin & Guardian of the Two Lands of Egypt

 

Today is the Festival of Nicholas—an aspect of the Norse God Odin.

A die-cut ephemera scrap from circa 1880s. --- Image by © Blue Lantern Studio/Corbis

Now listen close, because Nicholas heads up the Hunt, rides across the heavens in a flying chariot pulled by Reindeer.

If you haven’t guessed it yet, the Ancient version of the Norse Nicholas became our Santa.

Nicholas comes to us from the Norse culture. He is an aspect of the God Odin.

*sighs* It might be a Pagan Christmas after all.

Today is also an observance for Bastet, Egyptian Goddess who guards over the ‘two’ lands—upper and lower Egypt. Remember, Egypt was once a whole land until the throne was ripped out from under Set and given to Osiris. A huge argument took place which ended in the decision to divide Egypt into the ‘two’ lands—one for Set and one for Osiris. Whichever one brought their land to prosperity, inherited all of Egypt.

Of course, I always thought that the ‘two’ lands could have also represented the Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead, since Osiris did gain leadership of the Underworld—that world being just as important to Egyptians as the living one.

But we all have our theories.

 

 

New Pagan Books for December 2016

These are not book reviews, information on titles comes from author and publisher pages. We like to feature books written for and by Pagans, and books of likely interest, do get in touch if there’s something you’d like shared here.

Growing with Gratitude: a poetic journey of healing, by Janey Colbourne.

Gratitude is a most powerful force for healing. Whether it brings physical healing or not, it can be truly transformative in our lives. This book is the story of a healing journey told in poetic form. Janey shows us how her cultivation of gratitude transforms her experience of disability. Gratitude for the simple things in life carries her through the challenges of chronic illness and helps her to find the courage to face surgery. It is possible to find the source of inner healing, irrespective of the state of our physical health, and we can begin with the daily practice of gratitude. This book is intended to inspire you on your own path. Look around and see the gifts you have. The more you look the more you see, and the more you will create.

Buy from Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Growing-Gratitude-Poetic-Journey-Healing/dp/1539833100/

 

Pagan Portals – The Urban Ovate. The Handbook of Psychological Druidry by Brendan Howlin.

Presenting Druidry in an easy-to-understand way, making the concepts open to everyone. Pagan Portals – The Urban Ovate, continues the process started by Brendan Howlin in The Handbook of Urban Druidy by moving deeper into the life of an urban ovate.

Buy online – Amazon US Amazon UK Hive Indiebound

 

Hopeless Maine – a graphic novel by Tom and Nimue Brown

(yes, this is one of mine!) A young experimental occultist, a witch, strange magic, uncanny creatures, crows, and a haunted island. It’s the perfect book for the goth in your life, for the young Wiccanette, and anyone who still has a lingering desire to be Wednesday Adams (guys included).

More here – http://www.slothcomics.co.uk/hopelessmaine.html

 

Pagan Portals – Pan, by Melusine Draco.
Dark Lord of the Forest and Horned God of the Witches. Historical, mythological and magical insight into the god Pan.

Buy online – Amazon US Amazon UK Indiebound

 

 

 

 

 

Gods & Goddesses Colouring Book

Take a journey across the pantheons of the world and allow your creative energy to flow, colouring in images and mandalas for some of the most interesting and inspiring deities.

Buy online – Amazon US Amazon UK Indiebound

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: December 5 : Lucina, Bastet & Nones

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Lucina, was and is, a Virgin Goddess of light and Childbirth. She is honored on this day, or was, in Ancient Rome. Also in Roman Calendar, the Nones of December, begins.

The Egyptian Goddess Bastet would have also been honored today because she will go forth from Bubastis. Bastet is a Goddess with the head of a Cat. Like Cats, the daughter of Ra could not be tamed. She was both generous and cruel. Kind to those who deserved kindness but cruel to those who deserved wickedness.

 

 

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: December 4: Pallas Athena

Greeks had a Goddess who stood for wisdom and represented the Arts. Two things which was very important to their culture. A daughter of the Great and almighty Zeus, Athena was her name.  Considered to be Daddy’s favorite girl, Athena didn’t have your everyday, typical birth. Instead of being born of a woman, since Zeus swallowed up her mother, Athena was instead, born from the splitting open of Zeus’s skull. No worries, Zeus survived.

In classical Greece, a festival called, Pallas Athena, would have been held honoring the Goddess.

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