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Ancient Calendar: June 2, 2010

Willow - Celtic Fairy Tree Magic

June: Pagan Artist of the Month: Willow Arleana

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Wake up!!! It’s Wednesday!!!!

I know, I know…what’s so special about Wednesday. Well, it means we are half way there…half way to that glorious weekend where most of you have off.

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How many has ever heard of the Count Alessandro di Cagliostro? Well I haven’t which goes to prove why Ancient Calendar is just so dang cool. It gives each of us a chance to learn a little something who had a bit to do with some form of Paganism.

The Count, given name at birth Giuseppe Balsamo, was born in a place called Palermo, Sicily during the year of 1743. While the details of his life are a mystery, he was known for being an Alchemist, Freemason, and an adventurer (makes me think of our own William Maltese). Now while the Count claimed to have studied Alchemy and the Kabbalah with the Knights of Malta, the very controversial Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was actually the one who added the many tall tales known about him. Whether they are true or not…we may never know, unless one of us gets off our butts and channels up a spirit or two in order to find out. *winks*

So, summing things up…what does today have to do with the Count? Well, it’s his Birthday of course. Happy Birthday Count…from all of us here at The Pagan and the Pen…wherever you may haunt!

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Now here is a more popular name for you, or for those who love to dive head deep into Prophecies. The notorious Mother Shipton, real name Ursula Sontheil, is remembered today. Mother Shipton was born in a cave (no lie) which was beside the river Nidd in Yorkshire back in the year of 1488. For those who haven’t a clue as to who she is…she wrote down poetic prophecies. Some of her famous once, which was said to come to pass–

Henry VIII victory over France in 1513

The Famous London fire of 1666

The Victory and defeat over the Spanish Armada in 1588

And her own death…in 1561

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Now, stepping back in time, Ishtar of Babylon, who stood for love and fertility would have her festival on this day…if Babylon was still shaking a tail feather.

Rumor has it, that Ishtar had her history of lovers…taking them and then tossing them to the side whenever she tired of them. (GO ISHTAR!!!)

There are many tales concerning Ishtar, concerning gods named Tammuz, and then one named Gilgamesh, a King of Uruk, (who in here watched the Movie The Knight’s Tale?). Gilgamesh was said to turn her down, and his reasons—the way she tossed her other lovers so easily away.

Now, according to Barbara G. Walkers (whom I absolutely dig) , Ishtar is the same as the biblical Ashtoreth, Anath, Asherah, Esther, the Queen of Heaven in (Jeremiah 44: 19) Of course Biblical writers had to also make her the Great Whore of Revelations 17: 5 (gotta love that), and Mother of all Harlots.

Ishtar, , Star, according to the Babylonian scriptures, was known as the Light of the World, along with a whole bunch of other wonderful and very cool names. And according to more Feminine translations, Ishtar did not chase Tammuz into the Underworld in order to make him one of her many-toss- him- to- the- side- lovers, but to rather SAVE him. We have to watch when reading the myths of our times, because somehow, Goddesses get a bit of negativity tossed to their names, depending on what writer is raving on them.

Also according to Gilgamesh, the one who became famous for turning her down, she was cruel to her lovers. However, this misunderstanding could have come from the misunderstanding concerning who her lovers were…each representing a sacrificial god who refreshed the fertility of the earth with his blood.

The fact was, Ishtar was not one to muck about with. And she was a woman, a Goddess who held super duper kickin’ powers that the other Gods feared because if they didn’t walk a straight line, Ishtar could deny them their sacrificial meals.Because of the power factor, it could be, that Priests of later Gods, decided to lessen her image as such the case as time went on…and the image of the Great Goddess was slowly destroyed.

Here is hoping you enjoyed today’s Ancient Calendar. Please comment, and let us know what you think. Did you learn a little something?

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Ancient Calendar: June 1, 2010

Willow - abundance

June: Pagan Artist of the Month: Willow Arleana

Happy June 1st!!!!!!!!!!!

Boy, the months just slip away the older you get, don’t they?

And unfortunately, the 1st of every month is a BUSY time for me at the Pagan & the Pen…but let me goof off some by dragging you down memory lane and take a look at what our Ancient Ancestors were doing.

Yep, so far it looks like a busy time for them too.

Ready to step back in time and take a look?

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Let’s give a shout out to all those who are and were Celtic! Because in Celtic lore,  they would have honored what is called the Hamadryads. The Hamadryads were actually spirits that lived in Oak Trees. The name actually came straight out of Greece with a somewhat different meaning. In Greece, the Hamadryads were actually Nymphs (the Greeks loved their Nymphs) that were born with attachments to a certain tree. According to their beliefs, if the tree died, then so did the Nymph. And don’t think about running off to cut one down to see if it’s true, either, because the Gods are said to punish anyone who maliciously hurt a tree and or Nymph. (The Gods, like the Greeks love their Nymphs).

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Jumping the magic carpet over into Rome, we see that they were having a festival for two so-very-fabulous Goddesses named Carna and Cardea. Carna overlooked doors, locks, while Cardea overlooked the hinges. Also, Carna protects the larger organs of the body…while Cardea protects the innocent while they sleep from Strigæ. Who were they? A type of Vampire (even though they didn’t use that word back then) who sucked the blood of their victims while they slept. I keep telling people Vampires didn’t begin with Bram Stoker, but no one wants to believe me. *eye roll*

Today is also their Kalends of June.

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Leaving Rome, we go to the land and culture of the Norse, as they are honoring one of my favorite Goddesses named Syn (actually named a cat that when I was a kid and then was shocked to find out later–in life–that the name belonged to a cool goddess). Anyway, back then, Syn hung out and aided Fridd, but was also a protector, who would do so if one simply invoked her. Later on, she came to be known as a protector of those in need of justice AS WELL AS those who are on trial.

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Checking out Egypt, we have one more celebration going down involving Ma’at and Ra. As this is the day that THEY go forth in secret. (sh-sh-sh don’t tell anybody).

Oh what the hell, run on out and tell the whole world!

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Hope you enjoyed today’s Ancient calendar. See you all tomorrow for another look into Ancient History.

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Ancient Calendar: May 23, 2010

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Rome would have kicked things off with a Festival called Rosalia, (also a Greek festival, originating there) which was all for the roses, hoping to honor their Goddess of Flowers, youth, pleasures and fruits, named Flora. While that was going on, Rome was also offering up Sacrifices to their god of blacksmith and volcanoes– Vulcan. What a mix, hu?

Today would have been the fifth day of Callynteria in Classical Greece. See Ancient Calendar: May 19th.

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A little announcement. Yes, Ancient Calendar is the same as Pagan Holidays. I just thought this title might be a bit more accurate. We also have our own page, located Ancient Calendar.

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Ancient Calendar: May 19th, 2010

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Wednesday May 19th is all about Callynteria, Egyptian Mystery, and Hathor!

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Athens (Greece) would have been hopping on this day in Ancient History because it was all about  rituals, rites, cleaning, washing, cleansing, and Athena!

The day was called Callynteria, And on this day, a Feast of Adorning would be held in honor of a classical Goddess named Athena. However, this one was not all about partying it down (in which Greeks were known to do). No, it was about going to the Erecththeum, which happened to be the Sacred Sanctuary of Athena, and putting on the cleaning gloves.  Not only did the Sanctuary itself have to be scrubbed from top to bottom, but the Goddess’ statue had to be purified, and her clothes removed and washed.

Only members of the Praxiegidae family could foresee to these duties, rites, and rituals of atonement, along with the Plyntrides–priestesses –women–of the Goddess Athena.

On Plynteria–the actual day of cleaning the statue, no Greek would dare to muck about with business of any matter, either. It was considered very unlucky to do so.

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Now peeking into Ancient Egypt, we have some other interesting things going down. All of which, happens to do with their Goddess Hathor. According to Egyptian Calendar, Hathor returned to the Land of Punt on this day in Ancient History, which broke the hearts of many other Goddesses and caused them indescribable amounts of sadness.

Now, as for the mystery…that would exist with the Land of Punt because to this day, the place baffles the mind of what’s real and what’s surreal. Once mentioned as a trading expedition by  Queen Hatshepsut, there was plenty of record kept proving that it was a real life location, rather than something simply existing in the world of the Gods & Goddesses. Some evidence suggests that it may have been located in present day Somalia, but whatever it was concerning Hathor (if it was something different) and or if this location was correct….remains a mystery.

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A little announcement. Yes, Ancient Calendar is the same as Pagan Holidays. I just thought this title might be a bit more accurate. We also have our own page, located Ancient Calendar.

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Ancient Calendar: May 18, 2010

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Ok, first off, a little announcement. Yes, Ancient Calendar is the same as Pagan Holidays. I just thought this title might be a bit more accurate. We also have our own page, located Ancient Calendar.

Now, on to what our Ancient Ancestors were doing.

On this fabulous Tuesday, it’s all about Apollo and Pan.

First, let it be known that the shadows (hint: my choice of art) had absolutely nothing to do with Apollo who was all about the Sun. And on this day in ancient history, the Romans were having one hell of a shin-dig Festival (called Apollon) all for him. Why?

Well this happened to be the time, for the Romans, to throw some celebrations down concerning how the light of day was now increasing for the awesome New Year ahead, and how the darkness of the past winter was now becoming few and far between.  And since Apollo, as I said, was the sun, Rome had to give him notice. Less not forget, though, that he also stood for archery, agriculture, poetry, medicine, prophecy, and of course, ethics.

Now, while Rome does their thing, Greece will be doing theirs for the God Pan. Pan happens to be one who likes to wander the forests (again my choice of art) and happened to be the envy of most Greek men especially because he had his own band of Nymphs following him around. (Groupies for the Deities). A good description of Pan was half man, half goat.. Although he had a lot of lust runnin’ through those veins, and the Greeks loved how he burned it.

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The above picture is Pan sitting along the side of a Shepherd, those he was patron of. However, just because Pan watched over Shepherds and Herdsmen, didn’t mean they didn’t have to be careful.

You see, Pan was said to be a God who napped during the day. What rock star isn’t a total night owl, hu? Anyway, Greeks warned all Shepherds that they better not make any noise in the forests or meadows and wake the God up.

Also, Pan and his lust earned him rock star notoriety. In fact, not only were legends boasted of him, but the word PANIC was actually born of his name. It was said that this ‘feeling’ was what women felt if they were walking through the woods. In fact, if a woman felt Panic, then that meant she was being stalked or lusted for by Pan, himself.

*Hand to Forehead* Gotta love Pan for that.

That’s all for today peoples, but I hope you learned a little something and enjoyed today’s Ancient Calendar.

See you all tomorrow.

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Pagan Holidays for May 4, 2010

Ready to take a look at what our Ancient Ancestors were doing on this day?

Well, while yesterday Roman women were having a private Festival and Observance for Bona Dea, today, they will be launching a public one.

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Those who are all for trees, would have been honoring the Hathorn for it was sacred to the Good Goddess. If you happened to find any thorns growing around springs, wells, or sources of water, then take notice for it is said they have great power. And if you were out and about hoping to invoke the Good Goddess on this day, you could hang ribbons from any tree or bush having thorns.

(Personally, I am thinking my land is totally blessed since there are so many wild rose bushes growing, its hard to walk through some places and I have the nicks on my legs to prove it lol)

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Ireland would have kicked off their own shindig, called Sheela-na-Gig, which was an Observance for their fertility Goddess named Sheela-na-Gig!. Now according to the Irish, her womb is what kicked off everything considered LIFE.  And while they are having a throw down of festivities for her, this is also known as Faeries Day. So don’t forget to leave out an offering of tea, cakes, cookies or whatever snacks outside your doors. If not, they might come in a steal your kids lol or so the legend says.

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Pagan Holidays for April 24, 2010

The numerology number for today is 4.

This number is symbolized by the four points of the compass and the four seasons. As a result, four is associated with foundations, with a sense of structure and tradition, and therefore with the sign of Capricorn. Its planetary ruler is Saturn, and its colors are dark gray and Blacks.

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Let’s see what our Ancient Ancestors were doing on this Saturday way back when….

Oh, this is a good one! For those who adore Divination, then today is for you. Your Pagan Ancestors took great advantage of this day calling it Mark’s Eve. An unmarried woman could learn the hidden identity of her future husband on this day. Now, there seems to be no particular custom or ritual but history shows that some would bake in silence come evening. Whatever she baked, bread, cake, pastry, had to include ONE egg. Afterwards the eggs shell would be filled with salt. Now, the face of her beloved was supposed to show itself somewhere in that egg shell, I am guessing.

Oh, and another GOOD custom—some girls would walk backwards to her bedrooms on this night. If they did so, they would see the image of their soon-to-be husband rush past !!!!!

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