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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 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

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: June 26th: Iceland’s Shadow and Fortuna

 

 

What was the Journey to the Center of the Earth based on? Surely the theories of a hallow earth, or civilizations living within did not begin in fiction. And if that is what you were thinking, then you are right. One possible beginning to such beliefs could have been the Shadow of Scartaris, which came from Icelandic beliefs and traditions who would have been paying honors on this Ancient day in history past. It was said that the very TIP of the Shadow of Mount Scartaris had a secret door or entrance that led into the center of our Earth. And while many stories of such circulated, one of them was the fact that monsters lives within. Kind of interesting since Iceland just had an eruption, hu?

In Rome, offerings would have been given to the Goddess Fortuna on this day who happened to be one of the most beloved deities. Probably because everyone wanted heirs, good luck, and wealth. And who better to give that than a happy Goddess?

 

 

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: June 12th: The Goddess of Horses, Egyptian Truth, and the Destruction of Hera’s Name


Horses had great importance during ancient times. A horse was the equivalent to our car, in some cases, a plow, or means to transport goods. Horses could even be sold– this would bring a family income, or traded for the things a family needed to survive. So it’s no surprise that the Welsh would begin a feast today, in which they called Gwyl o Epona. Basically, this revolved around the Celtic Goddess Epona who was the very diety to see when it came to horses or the fertility of those very important creatures. At sundown, the feast would begin.

Rhiannon is another of Epona’s names, though, she has several others. Too many to list here.


Egypt would have a Festival honoring Mut today. Just in case you need a quick recap on who Mut is, think, “Mother”. She was often drawn as the Goddess as a “trinity”. Mut was often shown with three heads.

  • One, the Virgin Maat representing, Truth.
  • Second, Hathor, mother of the world, representing the Two Lands.
  • Third, Nekhbet, who represented the Crone.

 

Mut was said to be the Mother of all the Egyptian Gods. Later, Isis was given that title while other writings explained that Isis was born from her mother, Mut, along with Osiris. Her symbol or hieroglyph was that of three cauldrons which stood for, triple womb.


Interestingly enough, in Greece, Zeus was honored and in such a curious way. I say curious, because of what Celtic Tree Month it happens to be right now and an article I wrote of it only days ago concerning the Oak Tree. To honor Zeus, Greeks would wear oak leaves. I cant help but wonder if this is linked somehow. One culture slipping it’s mark onto another?


Adding more to that mystery, the Goddess Month of Hera comes to an end this day. Now, if you keep up with your Goddesses, then maybe, just maybe you know why I find this so interesting. Hera is another perfect example of a Goddess who men came to ruin as time went on. A great and powerful Goddess, one beloved of the people, was soon tarnished with writings depicting her as a jealous, vindictive hot head. The original Hera was not written this way but that’s another article for another time.


Ancient Calendar: Lady Godiva & more: July 10, 2010

My grandmother once told me that in order to get the attention of a man, and to get him to rethink something his mind seems permanently fixed on…a woman has to do drastic things.

Let Lady Godiva shed light to that. 

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Most people think she was simply a famous painting, which I will show shortly, but she was much more than that. An actual person, she was married to a man named Leofric III, who was known as the Earl of Mercia AND the Lord of Coventry. Having pleaded with her husband many times, Lady Godiva on this day in Ancient History during the year of 1045 CE decided to do exactly what my Grandmother advised all women to do….take matters into her own hands and do something drastic.

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Stripping down to absolutely nothing, Lady Godiva rode through the village in a desperate plea (or awakening) to persuade her husband to lower the taxes on all those living there.

Now some sources claimed that Lady Godiva had tried very hard to convince her husband before this, and that her ride was done so after he made a sarcastic remark such as, "I will lower the taxes only after you ride through the village naked." If that were the case, he had to eat his words, didn’t he?

Some sources also claim that Lady Godiva did not do this as a shock to everyone. That she ordered the villagers to remain indoors and to not look outside. Other sources claim that she did this in full view, where all could see her, as her two female lady attendants rode along side of her—with their clothes on that is.

In the end, despite how it came about or how it came to be, the taxes were lowered.

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The Norse would have been celebrating their Goddess Skaoi or Skadhi, whjo happened to be the wife of Niord. She was the goddess of the Hunt.

 

The Goddess month of Rosea Ends.

 

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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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Ancient Calendar: The Norse give us Sunday, The Celtics give us Tinne: July 8, 2010

 

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The Norse step in today with an observance for Sunna, who happens to be their Goddess of the Sun. In many Germanic Traditions, she was called Frau Sonne and the day Sunday in their calendar, is actually named after her.

The Celtic Tree month of Tinne begins today, since Duir ended yesterday. Now I won’t bore you with my gibberish concerning Tinne because I actually found a very nice, neat, and well informative website on the matter. Whoever created this place, did more work than I could type up. Check It Out!

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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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