Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: July 27th: First Female Pharaoh

Even though this is an Ancient Calendar Date that will also apply to all  July 27th’s to come, I can’t help but to reflect on what is going on right now, as I write this.  How far women have come and how far they still have to go.

As my fingers tap against my keyboard and my eyes glance back and forth from my notes to my Writing Program in order to get this worked up and posted for all of you to read, my mind skips to all the women in the news today—those who are running for President like Hilary and those who were running for President, like Fiorina. I think about the women fighting for equal pay and I think about women who are just fighting to be taken seriously. I think about all of the women who have paved the path for us now – the right to vote, the right to shake off a 100 pounds of clothing, the right to even speak in a religious place…

This makes me respect Queen Hatshepsut even more as this day is all about celebrating her day of birth.

I wonder if Thutmose I and his wife, the Queen Ahmose, of Ancient Egypt, knew their daughter, Hatshepsut would end up being the very first Female Pharaoh?

Hatshepsut

Her destiny didn’t start out that way, though. At first, she was the wife of Thutmose II. It was only after his death that she bravely and boldly declared herself Pharaoh during a time when there wasn’t even an Egyptian Hieroglyph or word describing or speaking of such.

A person can’t help but think of how far we have come and owing that journey to women such as her. What thoughts shall Hatshepsut stir within your own mind as the Ancient Calendar celebrates her birthday?

Magical Moon: July 26th, 2016

78ec3f1d481ce3e75ae173aa9eb5686c.jpgOn July 26th, 2016, the night shall bring forth the Last Quarter Moon, otherwise known as the Waning Moon.

This, again, is another Crone Moon, which can be used for any magic of decrease.  (Remember, that the New or Waning Moon is used for magics of increase.)

While the New Moon moves from Dark to Full, the Last Quarter moves from Full to Dark.

This is a good time to banish things you no longer need or want in your life. This is also a great time to reverse anything you may need to rework or to end things that need put to an end, like friendships, projects, relationships with those who are toxic or for lovers that are no longer needed in one’s life.

This is a time of retribution and a time to thank the Mother for all that she has given us—gardens, blessings and gifts.

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: July 26th: Sleipnir

 We begin with a Norse festival for  Sleipnir.

Odin_and_Sleipnir_by_RipeDecaySleipnir was the horse that the God Odin was famous for riding.  The horse had eight legs and legend says, it could travel from Asgard to Midgard to Utgard which basically meant from heaven to earth to the underworld.

Interestingly enough, lore says Loki gave birth to Sleipnir when he took the form of a mare. As Loki returned then to his human form, he offered the colt to Odin as a gift.

 

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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: July 25th: Furrina & Anuket

Rome is at it again, for today in Ancient History would have been called Furrinalia, sacred to the Goddess Furrina, who presided over springs and waters.

Interestingly enough, these festivals marked the days that all Romans would return from their holidays (vacations) from the countryside. When they did so, a great feast in honor of the Goddess would commence.

Egypt would celebrate “The Welcoming of the Rising Nile” by having a Feast of Anuket.

 

The Importance of Vacation

Since it’s summer, this is a great time to talk about vacations. Vacations are important because a change of pace keeps us fresh and focused. They wipe the slate clean and let us approach daily stressors with new eyes and renewed determination. Many forego a vacation because they think it’s too expensive or out of reach. However it’s not actually expensive if you utilize local resources for shorter getaways.

highland_state_recreationWhether we can go on a vacation or not, we take steps to stay close to nature, which is where we find divinity. My younger twin and I practice yoga together most days. When the weather is nice, we’ll take our mats outside. Sometimes we use them, and sometimes we just enjoy the feel of the grass on our bare feet. Though we started this to help her with dive, it is a deeply spiritual practice that helps connect us to the earth. Meditating outside can be a small, daily vacation.

Camping and hiking are two other ways to take small vacations. We highland state rec2live near state recreational land. It offers many trails, and we can take the dog with us. We can spend an hour or a few days there. State and National parks are great ways to connect with nature, especially the ones that are cheap or free. That means they’re not tourist traps, and you will be able to get away from civilization to relax and recharge.

This summer, carve out regular time to connect with the earth. You’ll treasure the internal peace that comes with this act.

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