Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: June 12th: The Goddess of Horses, Egyptian Truth, and the Destruction of Hera’s Name


Horses had great importance during ancient times. A horse was the equivalent to our car, in some cases, a plow, or means to transport goods. Horses could even be sold– this would bring a family income, or traded for the things a family needed to survive. So it’s no surprise that the Welsh would begin a feast today, in which they called Gwyl o Epona. Basically, this revolved around the Celtic Goddess Epona who was the very diety to see when it came to horses or the fertility of those very important creatures. At sundown, the feast would begin.

Rhiannon is another of Epona’s names, though, she has several others. Too many to list here.


Egypt would have a Festival honoring Mut today. Just in case you need a quick recap on who Mut is, think, “Mother”. She was often drawn as the Goddess as a “trinity”. Mut was often shown with three heads.

  • One, the Virgin Maat representing, Truth.
  • Second, Hathor, mother of the world, representing the Two Lands.
  • Third, Nekhbet, who represented the Crone.

 

Mut was said to be the Mother of all the Egyptian Gods. Later, Isis was given that title while other writings explained that Isis was born from her mother, Mut, along with Osiris. Her symbol or hieroglyph was that of three cauldrons which stood for, triple womb.


Interestingly enough, in Greece, Zeus was honored and in such a curious way. I say curious, because of what Celtic Tree Month it happens to be right now and an article I wrote of it only days ago concerning the Oak Tree. To honor Zeus, Greeks would wear oak leaves. I cant help but wonder if this is linked somehow. One culture slipping it’s mark onto another?


Adding more to that mystery, the Goddess Month of Hera comes to an end this day. Now, if you keep up with your Goddesses, then maybe, just maybe you know why I find this so interesting. Hera is another perfect example of a Goddess who men came to ruin as time went on. A great and powerful Goddess, one beloved of the people, was soon tarnished with writings depicting her as a jealous, vindictive hot head. The original Hera was not written this way but that’s another article for another time.


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