Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: September 6 : The Horned Dance & Goddess Mala


A formal reckoning of, Abbots Bromley Horned Dance, can be traced back to 1226. Even further back, it favors the memory of fertility rites lost to many present day Pagans.

Still, on or about this day – even now – twelve dancers in mideval fashion, six in antlers, a motley fool, a rider, an archor and a Maid Marion, would and will dance a ten mile landscape across twelve distinct destinations.

Once upon a time, this celebration announced the launching of a Hunting Season of sorts, or the rights to hunt in a place called Needwood Forest.

The Goddess Month of Mala begins today.

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