Monday is the day of the Moon Goddess. She is known by many names.
Selene, Luna, Manu… just to name a few.
November 8th, 2009 is the day of
Observance of Thesmophoria
The Observance of Thesmophoria in Ancient Greece was a day to honor the Goddess Demeter.
Demeter represented agriculture and marriage.
There were certain rules to this festival and not everyone could attend. Only two women from each district of the city could go, and those women had to be of Attic Lineage and of blameless reputation.
The two women would perform the sacred rites of Demeter and help prepare the ritual meal.
Make sure to check back tomorrow to see what Pagan Holidays fall on November 10th!!!!!
Want more on info?
Moon Gods & Goddesses
Sunday is the day of the Sun God
Hellios, Apollo, Ogmios, Mithras or Phoebe: The Sun Goddess
November 8th is the Roman “Mania”
Welsh–Gwynn ap Nudd
Mania is 1 of 3 occurrences which happens during a Roman year. It’s when the Manes (deified spirits of the dead) rise into the world of the living.
Many Roman cities had a deep pit, also called a Mundus. The entrance to the Mundus was sealed with a stone. The pit was believed to be a tunnel that led to the underworld. When the Manes returned to the Land of the Living, they would use the tunnel. So on the day of Mania, the stone would be removed. Then, things were left for the Manes…sacrifices of wine, warm milk, honey, and the blood of black animals.
Today is also Gwynn ap Nudd—celebrated by the Welsh. On this day, the lord of the Fairy world would open the gate to our world. The door or Gate is believed to be located in Glastonbury Tor, Britain. The Lord of the Underworld, named Gwynn ap Nudd, comes to lead the spirits into Annwn.
Saturday: Seatere, Seater, Saturn, and Loki—trickster of the Norse Culture
November 7th is the celebration of Hekate (ek-ah-tay)
In the evening of the 7th of November, Ancient Greece would hold a celebration for their Goddess Hekate by lighting bonfires and so forth.
Hekate is the Goddess of the Night & Underworld but also of love and passion which is often invoked in the dark.
Thursday represents Thunor or Thor–the god of thunder and agriculture
On the 5th of November, Pagans Celebrate:
Ancient Rome–Nones of November
England–Guy Fawkes (See story below)
1605 –A group of disillusioned Catholics conspired to set off 36 barrels of gunpowder in an attempt to detonate the House of Parliament’s. Their goal was to kill King James I but alas, they failed.
One of the Conspirators became concerned that innocent people would be killed, so off he rushed to tell the King. But when the cellar was flooded by the King’s men…another conspirator was caught–Guy Fawkes.
Even though after checking the Gunpowder and discovering it was so old that it would have harmed nothing anyway, the attempt to kill the King spooked everyone so much that for 4 centuries after, that same cellar was searched on the day before Parliament was to open.
Afterwards, England remembered Guy Fawkes on that day by burning bonfires all over England.
Now, what does this have to do with Pagans since the assassination was an attempt by Catholics?
On the day that the fires burn for Guy Fawkes, Pagans had been burning their bonfires to banish or rid of the spirits of the previous year. They created Effigies or images out of woven straw and or grain. These were lit and the smoke was used to cleanse the spirits away.
It’s believed that Pagans, in order to protect themselves and their rituals, adapted, blended, and merged under the veil of Guy Fawkes and the celebrations done for him.
In other words, since everyone else was burning Effigies and bonfires anyway for him…then who would notice a bunch of Pagans doing what they have always done?
Something to think about.
Courtesy of The Pagan & the Pen!
Resources: Pagan Daybook