Hold tight because tonight Old Disting or the feast of Disir according to the Norse old Runic Calendars. Now, the Disir are guardian Goddesses, dressed in black and sporting swords. They bring with them great fortune, fertility, protection, and more. In order to gain such blessings, you must invite them into your home. And don’t dare be shy or humble when it comes to accepting their gifts—not unless you want to tick them off.
How many of you knew that tonight is known as Burns night in honor of the Scots poet Robert Burns?
There is a God who is patron of the forests. Once was his name Cernunnos but the rest of you might recognize him as Herne the Hunter. In Pagan history, he wears the great stag’s antlers. He is one of the oldest deities.
In various Pagan stories, Cernunnos is born during the solstice of Winter. In others, he is web to the Goddess at Beltane and then dies again on the day of the summer solstice. (Only to be reborn again come Winter *winks*)
Ok Pagans, take note because if you were in Rome on this day in Ancient History, you would be celebrating the wondrous festival of Paganalia! This celebration was to honor the Earth Mother, Tellus Mater, who happened to look after things like fertility, birth, and the sacred act of marriage.
Paganalia comes from the Latin term ‘pagus’ meaning’ village’. So these celebrations often took place in rural areas. Paganalia is also where the term PAGAN derives from—a name given to rural people who followed the old gods.
Now if Rome isn’t your thing, then perhaps you might like to pop on over to Babylon where they are having their own festival and celebrations for the Goddess Ishtar. She also happens to be a Goddess of love and fertility. Now even though we have a difference of cultures, its times like these that I see the link connecting each one no matter the name of the Goddess, God, or Festival.