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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: July 26th: Sleipnir

 We begin with a Norse festival for  Sleipnir.

Odin_and_Sleipnir_by_RipeDecaySleipnir was the horse that the God Odin was famous for riding.  The horse had eight legs and legend says, it could travel from Asgard to Midgard to Utgard which basically meant from heaven to earth to the underworld.

Interestingly enough, lore says Loki gave birth to Sleipnir when he took the form of a mare. As Loki returned then to his human form, he offered the colt to Odin as a gift.

 

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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: July 25th: Furrina & Anuket

Rome is at it again, for today in Ancient History would have been called Furrinalia, sacred to the Goddess Furrina, who presided over springs and waters.

Interestingly enough, these festivals marked the days that all Romans would return from their holidays (vacations) from the countryside. When they did so, a great feast in honor of the Goddess would commence.

Egypt would celebrate “The Welcoming of the Rising Nile” by having a Feast of Anuket.

 

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: July 24th: Hathor

It’s all about Hathor today as Ancient Egypt would have been throwing a Festival just for her.

While Males identified themselves with Osiris, in Roman times, Hathor was so widespread, females related with her. Patron of Love, Happiness, Music, Dancing, and a ton of other awesome things.

 

 

 

 

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: July 21: Witch’s Day, Damo, Aten

Present Day Pagans maybe celebrating Witch’s Day. This is a time to celebrate one’s practice, the Craft, their life and path or religion.

Once upon a past, there was a woman, a philosopher, named Damo who happened to not only be the daughter of Pythagoras, but also a student. Damo was a Seeress and actually founded a Pythagorean School in a city named Damour (named after her) which is located near Beirut. Today is a remembrance to her, which seems rather cool, because I wonder how many people actually heard of her? Well, regardless, now you do and I wouldn’t feel so bad if you didn’t, since sadly, there is little known.

 

In Egyptian Calendar, today is the birthday of Aten. Happy Birthday Aten!!! Now for those who are just learning about Ancient Egyptian mythology, or for those who know enough but can’t quite put their finger on who Aten is, well, let me refresh your memory.

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When you think of Aten, think of the Sun and also think of Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti. During their bloody reign when they attempted to destroy freedom of religion and force all living in Egypt to forget about their own gods/goddesses and believe in only ONE TRUE DEITY (according to them), Aten became their weapon.

In all actuality, and in my opinion only, Akhenaten and Nefertiti probably paved the way for every TV evangelist out there, without knowing it. Because not only did they slaughter you (Nefertiti could wield a crazy weapon too) if you dared to believe in another god other than their own, but they also made Egyptians bring them gifts of worth (Money, gold, whatever they had of value) so that Akhenaten and Nefertiti could make their prayers for them.

Yep, they took away the individuals right to commune to the gods and goddesses themselves. Something that ended up being repeated throughout history in one culture or another, but successfully pulled off during our time when one looks at the Vatican and, well, the TV Evangelists that litter our television channels from time to time.

Luckily, Akhenaten and Nefertiti failed in their endeavors, though. While they spent mass amounts of time hunting down priests who refused to lay down their gods for them, built massive Sun temples in Aten’s name, and tried to bend and twist Egypt into something of their own minds, those who they ticked off, came back to get them.

And even though the death and life of Nefertiti herself is a great mystery, we can safely say as to why. Yep, when you piss off the powers that be in Egypt, they don’t want you remembered throughout eternity. So while the theories on Nefertiti and her husband are endless, or what exactly happened to them in the end remains a mystery, one thing is for sure….

Freedom of Religion is something that has long been desired since the dawn of the world and for those who try to take it away, eventually end up in big trouble and not the favorite fan of the century!

 

 

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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: July 20: Thoth

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In Ancient Egyptian Calendar, as we have seen, this month seems like a BIG one. Today proves to be no different as the Ancient Egyptians would have been having a Feast for Thoth.

Thoth might have been one of the most popular gods, who not only survived myth and time, but also found his way into other cultures and belief systems. (Think Hermes, etc). Thoth was famous in Egyptian history, though, for inventing writing, astronomy, music, art and time and magic.

Many believe that Thoth wrote The Emerald Tablets, and may have even come from Atlantis. When the city was destroyed, however, Thoth was told by his masters of light to go into the North and create a city of enlightenment there which would spread the truth and wisdom of Atlantis, forever more. Thoth did, and created Egypt.

So today, light your candles for Thoth for all the marvelous things he did and may still be doing. I know I will as he has always had a special place in my heart—for some weird reason or another lol.

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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: July 15th: Norse Tree Goddess, Sowing Festival & Ides

Did you know the Norse had a Goddess of the trees named Rowana? Today is sacred to her or would have been in our Ancient Calendar. Rowana was also said to be the patron of the Runes and all their knowledge.

 


In Ancient Greece, today would have been called Scirophoria, which was a festival for the Goddess Athena. Known as a sowing festival, where the Priestesses of Athena would stroll along underneath a sciron—which was a large umbrella type parasol.

 


In Rome, they marked their calendars because today was the Ides of July.

 


 

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: July 7: A Slave Saves Rome & a Farewell to Duir

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Once Upon a Time, very, very long ago, Rome was defeated by Gauls. Just like all wars coming to an end, those who win have demands. Gaul demanded that all the women of Rome be given over to them. All Noble Women, that is. You can just imagine what Gaul would have done with them.

Having no other choice, Rome was about to hand their women over, until a Roman slave named, Tutula, also known as, Philotis, offered a better and most clever solution. Instead of sending the noble ladies of Rome off into the mercy of Rome’s enemies, why not send slave girls? Tutula, with all her wisdom, suggested that Rome dress up the slave girls to look like Noble women. This would give Rome time to forge further plots and plans against Gaul….

Once inside the camp of Rome’s enemy, the slave women worked their charms by making the soldiers very happy and very, very drunk. The Gaul men passed out and as they did, Tutula gave the signal to the Roman soldiers hiding ever-so-patiently within the surrounding darkness.

Because of the wisdom and skills of a slave named, Tutula, Rome was able to flip the tables on a war thought to have been lost.

Because of that night and what Tutula did, today would have been known as Nonæ Caprotinæ–the second of two festivals. While Rome would celebrate the very event Tutula helped shape, Noble Women and Slaves were free to eat, make merry and celebrate together.

Tonight’s festival would also honor the Goddess Juno. Romans would also have another festival on this day that was also important to the Harvests, called Consulia, honoring the god of the earth, Consus.

Interestingly enough, Consus’s alter, which stood at the, Circus Maximus, was kept covered with earth all year long except for three days. After uncovering it today, they would have had chariot races, a Roman festival of Handmaids, or otherwise known as, the maid’s day out, and many other celebrations to make the people of Rome very happy and to honor a God, which Rome depended on for food, etc.

Also in Roman calendar, today would have been the Nones of July.

On another Ancient note, the Celtic tree month of Duir ends today. To read more about this month, check out: Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: June 14th: Physical & Symbolic Doors to New Things and Other Dimensions, New Runic Half-Month, A Son of Odin and an Epic Song of Muses