Pagan Holidays for February 22, 23, 24, 2010

Taking a step back through the doorway of the past—I spy with my little eye—something ancient and interesting….

 

February 22, 2010

The Romans will be throwing down a festival for their Goddess Concordia on this day—URBAN PAGANS alert!—for we all know the Romans celebrated not in the green forests but within the walls of their concrete empire. The first shrine or temple built for Concordia (who represented healthy relationships, getting along and so forth) was, according to the earliest record, resurrected in 367 BCE. Interestingly enough, her temple became the place where the Roman Senate met and held meetings.

 

Today Hermes Trismegistus—a huge member of the occult (around the time of Ancient Egypt’s Library of Alexandra—writing many texts concerning Egyptian magic and alchemy—was discovered in his tomb on this day.

 

February 23, 2010

Rome will be having yet ANOTHER festival of Terminalia—honoring the God of Boundaries named Terminus. If you want to partake in our time—the ritual consists of blessing boundaries with wine and honey. Back then, people marked their boundaries with stones—so on this day a huge feast would be held, neighbors would come together adoring the stones with garland and a sacrifice (of non-blood) would be held.

 

February 24, 2010

The Greeks never go long without celebrating something and today will be no different. In fact, its going to revolve around one of their favorite of all Gods—Dionysus—a celebration of wine.

The celebration will go something like this…

One the first day (today) the barrels or caskets of wine would be opened and tasted.

On the second day, wine would be served with a public meal. This kind of also represented a wedding feast to…since they would celebrate Basilissa and Dionysus being married.

And last but not least, on the third day, another meal honoring Hermes —the one who guides all departed souls—would be held.

 

 

Hope you have a grand Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday!!!!!

See you on Thursday for another round of Pagan Holidays.

Please Help!

Bear with me, this one rambles…  writing it became a process that changed what I thought I was doing. 

I commented last week, when I’m writing non-pagan characters I’m entirely easy with urban settings.

Starting next Friday (26th February) my dark, paranormal erotic series Heaven And Hell kicks off at www.loveyoudivine.com The first instalment – Sinners – introduces a night club in the middle of Birmingham, and some of the strange folk who hang out there. With lesbian werewolves, psychic vampires, and other, more peculiar folk, the nightclub Heaven and Hell is a curious place.

Is there a pagan connection? Well, yes there is.

At least, that’s what I thought. I had a very clear image in my head of a wall, in a building that was interpreted as a temple. On the wall, shapes that looked like breasts, and protruding from the breasts where the nipples should be, animal jaws. I had it in my head that this was a scene from Catal Huyuk, an ancient city in what is now Turkey. Can I find it online? Can I hell. I went back to the book I thought I’d got it from… and it isn’t there.

I could have sworn I’d first encountered reference to this in Hutton’s The Triumph of The Moon when he talks about Gimbutas and challenges some of her interpretations. Can I find my copy of The Triumph of The Moon. No.

Did I dream it? Has my strange and convoluted mind come up with this? Where the HELL did I get this image from? I based a character on it! Surely it came from somewhere?

If you know, or better still can find me an image, please leave a comment.