Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: July 11: A Vegetarian Goddess, Cronus Rises & Falls & a New Goddess Month Begins

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Here’s a bit of interesting history for everyone, that I, myself, had absolutely no clue about. Apparently, Vegetarianism is not a new deal and was alive and well in the Ancient World. In fact, Vegetarians had their own Goddess, or so saith the Greeks, who called her by the name of, Theano.

Theano was the wife of, Pythagoras. This Goddess added to the wonderful world of Mathematics. She is credited with having discovered the concepts of the Golden mean, ratio, and rectangle. And while the Greeks are honoring her on this day in Ancient History, they would have also had a festival for their God Cronus and the Goddess Rhea.


Cronus was a Titan. A Ruling Titan, that is, who took his throne by whacking off the unmentionable of his Father, Uranus. I’m sure castrating ones father had some sort of Greek symbolic meaning to it or perhaps the act alone was just blunt enough.

Rhea was the wife of Cronus and their children became the first Olympians. However, being a bit paranoid that his own flesh and blood may do unto him as he did unto his own father, Cronus began to devour each of his children the moment they were born. Having enough of that, Rhea acted like any Mother would and devised a plan to stop her husband’s cannibalism. The moment she gave birth to Zeus, she saved the child by tricking Cronus into eating a rock instead.

Thus comes the story of Zeus eventually defeating his Father Cronus and all of the other awful Titans. Showing Cronus a kinder fate than what he offered his offspring, Zeus banished them to the Underworld. That was not the end of Cronus, of course. No, like any great and powerful force, he learned how to skip town and change his name a few times….furthering his reign and legend.


AND THE GODDESS MONTH OF KEREA BEGINS.




 

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