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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: June 1: A link between Celtic and Greek Dieties, Rome’s One and not the Other, Ancient World Vampires, Norse Syn and Ancient Egypt

Time to reflect on Celtic lore, for our Ancient Calendar reveals the Celts would have honored what they called, the Hamadryads. The Hamadryads were spirits that lived within the sacred Oak trees .

The name actually came from Greece, but in that culture, had a somewhat different meaning.

In Greek lore, the Hamadryads were not Celtic spirits but, Nymphs. The connection between these two cultures may live within the whole “tree” thing, for it is said that Nymphs were individually born with an attachment to a certain tree.

According to the Greeks, if the tree died, so did the Nymph.

Also, to harm a tree connected to a Nymph was a great crime against Greek Gods.

In fact, their Gods were said to punish anyone who maliciously set out to harm either.


Over in Rome, on June 1st, a festival for two Goddesses named Carna and Cardea would be happening. These two ladies and their purposes intertwined. Goddess Carna overlooked doors and locks, while Cardea overlooked the hinges. Also, Carna protected the larger organs of the body as Cardea protected the innocent while they slept…but from what?

The Strig.

Who were the Strig? A type of Vampire/Demon, who sucked the blood of their victims while they slept.


Today is also the Kalends of June in Ancient Roman Calendars.


 

Now, let us go to the land and culture of the Norse, as they were honoring one of my favorite Goddesses named, Syn. Syn not only aided Fridd, but was also valued as a protector. In order to be granted the protection of Syn, all one had to do was invoke her.

Later, she became known as a protector of those in need of justice and those on trial.


In Ancient Egypt, they are celebrating Maat and Ra, as this is the day they go forth in secret.

Pagan Holiday for November 8th, 2009

Sunday is the day of the Sun God

Hellios, Apollo, Ogmios, Mithras or Phoebe: The Sun Goddess

 

November 8th is the Roman “Mania”

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Welsh–Gwynn ap Nudd

 

 

Mania is 1 of 3 occurrences which happens during a Roman year. It’s when the Manes (deified spirits of the dead) rise into the world of the living.

Many Roman cities had a deep pit, also called a Mundus. The entrance to the Mundus was sealed with a stone. The pit was believed to be a tunnel that led to the underworld. When the Manes returned to the Land of the Living, they would use the tunnel. So on the day of Mania, the stone would be removed. Then, things were left for the Manes…sacrifices of wine, warm milk, honey, and the blood of black animals.

 

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Today is also Gwynn ap Nudd—celebrated by the Welsh. On this day, the lord of the Fairy world would open the gate to our world. The door or Gate is believed to be located in Glastonbury Tor, Britain. The Lord of the Underworld, named Gwynn ap Nudd, comes to lead the spirits into Annwn.

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