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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: January 28, 29, 30, 31

 

 

January 28—Thursday:

I am gaining new respect from the Norse and today is only once more shining example as to why. They are celebrating something called Upelly-Ah.  Scottish folk adapted this from the Norse, which means it will be going on in both cultures.

So what is it? Well it marks the end of Yule and what better way to do that with a huge slam dunk of a celebration? But you must do it right! And in order to send Yule off good and proper, a rowdy march must be sported through the town while carrying torches and a Viking Longboat through it’s streets. Afterwards, we will thrust the boat into the sea and burn it. (We have all seen that one in movies one form or another). Now the huge fire from that represents the old, dead year which has come to pass.

Less not forget that today is also the Runic Half Month of Elhaz—or rather its beginning.

January 29—Friday:

*sighs* what the Romans are doing today maybe something we need in our own day and age. the 29th marks their grand Festival of Peace. Dedicated to the Goddess Pax AND the Greek Goddess Eirene—both being deities of the same desire—PEACE. Pagans, I say light your candles this day and pray to either of these lovely ladies if Peace is in deed your wish for our crumbling world. Stir up some energy and manipulate something.

January 30—Saturday:

Well, now that the ‘whole’ peace issue is dwelt with, how about some fresh partying? Today happens to be the Festival of Sementivae Feriae in ROME. The whole shebang is to honor Ceres, their goddess of agriculture. Also Demeter in Greek minds, having been adapted into Rome during 496 BCE after suffering a brutal stretch of famine there.  During that bought of starvation, the Sibylline Oracles prophesied to Rome that the Goddess was urgently needed. Listening, she was embraced by the Roman people, but particularly worshipped by women in the way most Goddesses are—her rituals and rites kept secret to women so that Historians were unable to record them.

While Rome is insuring bountiful harvest, Egypt is celebrating the Day of Opening the Doors at Karnak. Karnak being something like the suburbs of Thebes and capital of Egypt itself. Many, many Pharaohs added their own touch to the temple at Karnak.

January 31—Sunday

Wishing January goodbye on this day….universally and by path of ancient, while the Eve of February or Eve of Imbolc, is among us and so is the Imbolc Festivals (ancient and new). Imbolc also known as Brigantia, spawns from the Irish definition ‘in the belly’ pertaining to the pregnancy of ewes.

This celebration will take place tomorrow between the Observances of Yule and the blessed vernal equinox. Our focus, as our ancestors focus, will be on the COMING OF LIGHT and the longing of days which comes about during spring. I say bring it on, bring it on….I am so over Winter.

Now interestingly enough, the Norse is stirring things up again, making today sacred to the Valkyries and Urd, Verdandi, and Skuld, who are said to sit by Urd’s Well under a Yggdrasil tree while determining the fates of men and gods.

But in Greece, we have a feast for Hecate—the Goddess of Night, the underworld,  of love and passion.  I adore Hecate.

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Interested in the days of the week?

Thursday belongs to the deity Thunor, also known as Thor, who is the God of Agriculture and Thunder.

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Thursday are Great for Dealing with Matters or Magical Spells & Rituals Concerning:

Passions & Desires—what do you want in your life?

Political Power—you can influence this for yourself or for what you desire on this day.

Speculating & Gambling—someone have a problem? Do you need help or luck?

Legal Matters, Treaties, Oaths—today is a great day to deal with these.

Harvests—perhaps you buy your food and this doesn’t;t matter to you but today you could make sure someone else has a good harvest. Maybe you could see to it that they have a meal for Thanksgiving?

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Thursday represents The Planet Jupiter and The Element of Fire

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Friday belongs to Frigga or Venus—Goddess of Love and Transformation.

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Fridays are excellent days to deal with matters or magical spells & rituals concerning…

Family life, friendship, growth, harmony, love, romance, passion.

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Planets & Elements

Venus and the element of Earth

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Saturday is the day of Seatere, Seater, Saturn, and Loki—trickster of the Norse Culture.

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Saturday is a good day to deal with matters and or invoke magical spells concerning:

A Gift of some sort, and or maybe something to do with your property?

Are you moving your home? Is someone else moving their home? Do you have matters concerning the elderly and or maybe you need to work on self discipline?

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Remember that Saturday belongs to Saturn and the Element of Earth.

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Sunday is all about the Sun God Hellios, Apollo, Ogmios and, Mithras or Phoebe: The Sun Goddess

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Sunday is a good day to deal with matters or magic concerning:

Your creativity—or be creative. Maybe someone else? How about matters of hope or personal money issues? What of victory, anything agriculture, perhaps healing, or a career? Do you have or need ambition and or most importantly, self confidence?

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Sunday represents the Sun and the element Fire.

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Wishing everyone a GREAT WEEKEND!!!

C.H. Scarlett

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Pagan Holidays for March 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 2010

Is everyone ready to step back in time again and see what our Pagan Ancestors were doing???? Let’s see who outdoes who….Rome or Greece, even though we have so many others this week who will be throwing in their finest of rituals, festivals, observances and celebrations. So let’s go….

Monday (moon-day), March 22

The day of the Moon

Rome is going to kick us off this month with their Cult of Attis, who happens to be the lover of their Goddess Cybele. The Cult would walk through the fine streets of Rome, carrying pine tress which have fallen…mourning Attis’ demise.

The French will be giving thought to their alchemist Nicolas Flamel who died on this day in 1417.

Tuesday (Honor-day)  March 23

The day of Honor

Rome is going to kick off Tuesday as well, as their Priests honor Mars and Saturn by performing The Dance of Salii. The dance was said to force the Spirits of Winter into leaving the city, in order to provoke the growing of crops. And let’s not forget about the God Mars, for whom the dance brought forth in order to encourage men to sign up for Rome’s army. The Salii consisted of twelve people, all from noble families. The 13th person was a Magister, who led the dancing and singing.

And here comes the Norse, having their fabulous festival of Summer Finding which was all about the light (Spring & Summer) prevailing, or taking dominance over the darkness (Winter). This was their observance to honor the Great Goddess of Ostara!

Even North-Western England will not be silent this Tuesday as once, all raised for an observance for their God Cocidus, who happened to be a deity of the forest and over hunting. For historical notes, an alter for Cocidus had been discovered in a place called Ebchester.

And in Egypt, we would have a wonderful festival for the timeless Goddess Isis on this day!

Wednesday, (Wisdom-day)  March 24

The day of Wisdom

The Great Brittan Goddess Albion is sacred on this day, even though Albion is said to go back much further (2nd CE) than when Great Britain used her fabulous image on their coins.

The Norse will be giving this day to their God Heimdall who guards the light and Bifrost Bridge–(the path which joins heaven and earth).

Thursday( strength-day), March 25

The day of strength

Rome will be having a grand celebration today called the Festival of Hilaria in honor of their Goddess Cybele.

The English will be having the Lady Day. On this day, they say the Good Goddess shall take the God of Spring to her bed.

In many parts of Britain during medieval times, today was once considered the first of the New Year. They made it sacred to Nuada— who was the God of poetry, magic, medicine, beauty, childbirth, and the oceans. His names were also Nudd and Ludd, and his sword, Fragarach, was considered to be one of four sacred and wonderful treasures of Tuatha de Danaan.

In Egypt, the Day of the Shining Ones of Heaven, was honored today.

Friday (love-day), March 26

The day of Love

Welsh will be having a celebration called Mabon ap Modron, who happens to be their fertility god. (Another Spring fling)

Today Persia will be having a festival of the birth of Zarathustra or Zoroaster, their King of Bactia. He was credited for inventing magic, and for enlightening the world with his theories of worshipping a god without the use of visual idols. At this date (our current one) archeologists believe that Zoroaster was actually two different men, a Babylonia astronomer who lived around the time of 2460 BCE and an actual Persian King living around the time of 590 BCE. However it should be said that the teachings of Zoroaster are still held high in many parts of Europe and the Middle East.

Saturday (Reckoning-day), March 27

The day of reckoning

Rome will kick off the weekend, the same way they did the week with their public celebrations of Liberalia or their God of wine and nature, Liber. Then, the public affairs will move to more private rituals called Bacchanalia.

Even though Bacchanalia was outlawed by the Senate in 186 BCE, historical records show that it was an orgy of mythical extent. Don;t worry though, even though the Senate up and made a law against it, the participants of Rome didn’t seem to listen lol.

In the Egyptian‘s calendar, today was Smell the Breeze day. Now what does that say to you? Slow down and smell the roses!

Sunday (Sun-day), March 28

The day of the Sun

Greece will finish off the week by celebrating the Birth of Artemis, their Goddess of the Moon.

But the Roman’s will have the final say as well, having their festival called the Sacrifice at the Tombs as they honor all those who have departed this realm for another.

I don’t think people in Rome will get anything done at all this week, do you?

Wishing Pagans and non-Pagans a blessed and productive week…

C.H. SCARLETT

Pagan Holidays for 25, 26, 27, 28, 2010

Before I type up the Holidays…did anyone notice our new banner? That was donated to us by Pagan Artist Tom Brown….AND he is going to lend me some of his work to make some desktop calendars for everyone!!!!!! So go track Tom down, and stalk his art—he is just too cool to us.

 

 

Now for those holidays…..

 

February 25th Thursday

The Egyptians made this day sacred to their Goddess Nut. Nut happens to be the Mistress of the stars (sky), planets, and the great mother of Ra (the sun).

February 26th Friday

Something we don;t hear about often and that’s the Persian Ancient Culture. I think that’s rather sad since they were actually descendants, or so I read, of the mighty Aryan race—(not to be confused with what Hitler was going for)—no, this race was BAD—as in no one wanted to muck with them and EVERYONE of power, eventually kept trying to claim lineage to them—or so that’s where my reading got me.

So with that being said, today in Ancient Persian cultures, we would be honoring Mihr—whom the ancient Greeks and Romans adopted (because the deity was THAT old and sacred) and renamed as Mithras.

Mihr is a God of morality and of agreement—he was believed to be the very force that bound certain civilizations together. Later, he came to represent light and early wisdom—and the God certain cultures thanked for concurring the demons who dwelled in the sinister darkness.

 

February 27th Saturday

Does anyone dig horse races? Well, today in Ancient Roman times was known as Equirria and it was all racing horses—dedicated to the God Mars (shouting out a big HEY to the month of March soon approaching) who stood for war and agriculture. (you know those Romans LOVED big celebrations)

 

Now also mark your calendars because Tyr –the half-rune-month begins today—Tyr represents self-discipline and  sacrifice in order to achieve and desired end.

February 28th Sunday

We bid February good-bye—but what better way to send her off than to celebrate Day of Merriddyn with the Welsh. Does everyone reading know who he is? I bet you do, and maybe you don’t realize it….Merriddyn is Merlin—only he was a very real man who had visions and known to be a wild man of the woods. He even wrote his prophecies and books down—but the Church destroyed them.

 

We get to shout out to ANOTHER Persian Goddess as well, named Zamyaz. She is in charge of the earth and all forces of wondrous nature!!!!!!!!!!!!