Ceres, the Roman Goddess of Agriculture, will hold June’s hand so that the warm month will not have to go alone.
Rome made today sacred to her, BUT, not before the Greeks did, because Ceres was just another version of Demeter. Ceres being born of Rome around the year 496 BCE after a horrible famine hit. The Sibylline Oracles assured the Fathers of Rome that they needed to adopt the Goddess in order to save them. It must have worked, because Ceres stayed, even though she was mostly worshiped by Women and the mysteries of her rites and rituals were kept between those women and NOT spoken to historians.
This is the first day of the runic month Feoh, beginning a New Year for those of you who follow the Norse path and runes. Runic months runs in halves, so Feoh will rule until another takes its place. Feoh is sacred to the Norse god and goddess named Frey and Freyia, who are the patrons of the Earth.
In the English village called Appleton, an observance by the name of ‘Bamming the Thorn’ would have taken place on this day. Customs included but were not limited too: Collecting the branches of an Ancient Hawthorn tree, dressing them with flowers, and creating garlands.
Today in 1315 an Alchemist and Philosopher by the name of Ramon Lull closed his eyes for one final time. Born to wealth, he became the tutor to James II of Aragon. When he died, he was said to have left a legacy of over two hundred books, including that of the Blanquerna, which may have been the very first of English novels. Lull invented the scientific method and the mechanical devices used to research alchemical principles still used in Science today.
For those who follow the whisper of the Runes, then pay close attention because today marks the completion of a year…that’s right, the Month of Dag bows it’s head and says good-bye…for now.
In other civilizations, Greek to be exact, Hemera was said to be born on this day. Hemera, interesting to me, because Erebus–the God of darkness and primeval chaos was said to be her father and Nyx, her sister, the Goddess of night.
Now scanning the distance across oceans of ancient sands, we take a look at Egypt, who would have been celebrating Ra and Nun on this day. According to their calendar, Ra would go forth and make peace with Nun. Now we know Ra is the Sun God, but most do not know that Nun happens to be the God of primeval waters which existed long before the universe was ever created. Even though the Universe came into existence, Nun still existed, only his waters flowed within the earth and in the deep depths of the Nile.
In Ancient History, Rome would have had a festival called Aestas, which happened to be their fabulous Summertime Goddess. It seemed fitting enough since today, on their calendar, was the first day of Summer. And the beginning of Summer didn’t lack its own superstitions either. In fact, if it was raining today, then that meant it would be a very wet season.
Rome rarely does anything without Greece adding its own touch. So while Romans do their thing, the Greeks will be having their own festival called Arrhephoria. This was all about their Goddess Athena, who supposedly brought about the dew of night. The observance, though, was really all about whom Athena sent to deliver the dew, which were four young girls of Noble decent called Hersphoroi which meant ‘dew bearers’. Now these ladies didn’t really deliver the dew but they were sent to the temple of Athena in Acropolis to join in during the services of the Goddess.
On June 27th, 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.
What was the Journey to the Center of the Earth based on? Surely the theories of a hallow earth, or civilizations living within did not begin in fiction. And if that is what you were thinking, then you are right. One possible beginning to such beliefs could have been the Shadow of Scartaris, which came from Icelandic beliefs and traditions who would have been paying honors on this Ancient day in history past. It was said that the very TIP of the Shadow of Mount Scartaris had a secret door or entrance that led into the center of our Earth. And while many stories of such circulated, one of them was the fact that monsters lives within. Kind of interesting since Iceland just had an eruption, hu?
In Rome, offerings would have been given to the Goddess Fortuna on this day who happened to be one of the most beloved deities. Probably because everyone wanted heirs, good luck, and wealth. And who better to give that than a happy Goddess?
Let’s step back in time and take a peak into Ancient Ireland where the shades of green were as vast as the sloping hills and endless sheets of sky.
On this day, the Irish would celebrate the Goddess Aine, who happened to be the lady of love and fertility. Maybe it is true that love is the most powerful thing of all because Aine was also the restorer of life – eternal life.
There was a Well, named Tobar-Na-Aine. Lore swears that the waters from this Well can bless the unhealthy with good health and give back the youth lost by those who are imprisoned by Age.
Aine takes the form of the leannan sidhe, when she appears to men. When not the Fairy Lover, she shape-shifts into the red mare.