Getting Back Into the Swing of Things with The Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays Column

Dear Readers,

I wanted to give you an update concerning The Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holiday Column. I have it up and going again. Sorry for my absence but when life calls in my world, it pulls a caveman– grabs me by the hair and drags me back to the cave threatening to feed me to the Raptors if I don’t give things my full attention. While I would love to dive back into writing full-time including my Blogs, unfortunately, it’s like wishing to win the lottery.  I know some of you found a way to juggle weekly paying Careers, Writing, Kids, Spouses, etc, but I unfortunately have not. Something gets sacrificed and while I’d be okay with that if it was just me, it’s not. It’s usually my responsibilities as a Mom, as a Wife, as a Caretaker to my mini-farm and my job — that actually allows me to pay a few bills here or there, lol.

When my oldest graduated High School and moved away, one of my biggest regrets was, how many hours did I rob from him trying to hammer out a novel, which would never pay for college or even the wear and tear of my computer? I have two more and I am trying to correct my guilt ridden mistake. You know Moms are always trying to improve ourselves.

That being said, while I haven’t given up on Writing or anything else, it has fallen at the bottom of my slush pile, of things to do only AFTER everything else is done. Well, EVERYTHING ELSE or that big list was at an all-time high these past few months and while I won’t go into After School Actitivites or how much I wanna scream when I see Paint Cans and Brushes, I will say, I have found away to buy some time to muster up the Calendar Column at least and get that all going again.

*Inserts the sounds of cheering in my own weary head.*

My goal for the Calendar is to get an entire Year completed so that next year, I can focus on other articles. All a reader has to do at any given time is move their mouse over the Menu to the left of us. Find the Month and the Day and then whalla! You have an Ancient Holiday. Over time, if there are any rituals or what not’s added, that too will be added like so….

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This is the goal….

All that being said, sometimes Life, the Caveman, will drag me away but rest assured, I’ll be back until we can get an entire year lined up. And sometimes, it takes me a bit to arrange it on the menu, like the pic above…but I will…eventually.

Thanks for understanding….

C.H.

 

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: November 18th : Ardvi Sura Anahita, Sacred Prostitutes and Sex Magic

 

 Today belongs to Ardvi Sura Anahita

It’s an Observance

Ardvi Sura Anahita was a Goddess of Babylonian times. Her name means, “damp, strong, AND immaculate’.’

Interestingly enough, she was a water Goddess that has the power to influence the flow of water which was believed to enable life.  After all, we need water to survive, yes?

Now this also meant  she ruled over the sperm of men and of all beasts– for without that—this making up half the recipe to create life.  She is considered to be a “mother” AND a virtuous maiden.

Ardvi Sura Anahita‘s temples accepted offerings of Green Plants which represented new life as well as purity. The temples were filled with Sacred Prostitutes.

Back in the day, a sacred prostitute was an important part of certain societies. They were well kept, sacred vessels that a partner could better connect to the Goddess through and with. I kind of considered them to be Priestesses of an ancient sex magic or that’s what I walked away with when researching them.

 Through pictures and art, Anahita is usually shown driving a chariot with four horses. They represent the natural and raw forces of  rain, clouds, hail and wind.

 

 

 

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New Pagan Books for November

Recently released Pagan titles – the details for these books are taken from author and publisher sites and are not reviews.

The Spirit of the Hedgerow by Jo Dunbar

Since the beginning of human history, our ancestral roots and those of the hedgerows have been intimately entangled. Now, often forgotten amongst the hedgerows, the ‘wild weeds’ still offer amazing medicinal opportunities, delicious sources of food and fascinating legends of our past. Many of the secrets of our history lie hidden in the stories of these plants. Our ancestors, living in harmony with the cycles of nature, knew how to prepare wild food, prepare remedies, make protective talismans and so much more. But we have lost our connection with the magic of nature…

Find the book on amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spirit-Hedgerow-Jo-Dunbar/dp/1910027162

 

The Goddess in America, an anthology

An anthology with contributions from nineteen writers, The Goddess in America is a book that identifies the enduring experience of Goddess Spirituality through a four-part discussion focused on the Native Goddess, the Migrant Goddess, the Goddess in relation to other aspects of American culture (Feminism, Christianity, Witchcraft etc.) and the Goddess in contemporary America.

Ebook – Amazon US Amazon UK Indiebound

Paperback –  Amazon US Amazon UK Hive Indiebound

 

The Broken Cauldron, by Lorna Smithers

At the centre of ancient British mythology stands the cauldron: the womb of Ceridwen, Old Mother Universe, symbolising inspiration, wisdom and rebirth. What happens when it lies shattered, the universe fragmented, the world out of kilter? These questions, for a post-modern age imperilled by global climate change and endless warfare, were posed by my deity, Gwyn ap Nudd, a ruler of Annwn and a guardian of the cauldron. In this fragmentary collection of essays, stories and poems, which seeks to mirror the broken cauldron, I present my response.

Buy the book here – https://lornasmithers.wordpress.com/publications/the-broken-cauldron/