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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: July 17: Isis




That’s right, today in Ancient Egyptian Calendar, all of Egypt would have celebrated the birthday of the Goddess Isis. Known as the Goddess of a Thousand names and having a following that predates most other Gods/Goddesses, Isis protected Children, land, man, woman and beast.

She is truly a woman who can survive as much of her story is based on just that. Cunning and clever…a woman who managed to do one thing no other could do…trick Ra into telling her his secret name. Trained by Thoth, loved by Osiris, obsessed over by Set, not even the death of her husband beat her down. She managed to use her magic to bring him forth again so that Egypt would have an Heir.

Her stories are many and much of them found their way into the bible…even though her deeds were given to others and her name erased.

Still, Isis is a Goddess who can be admired by all and one who is whispered upon the lips of many Pagans even today.


Ancient Calendar: Osiris, Rune Ur: July 14, 2010

The Ancient Egyptian’s would have celebrated the birthday of Osiris today. One of the most popular gods of Egypt, he ended up becoming the God of the Underworld, proving to Egyptians that there was life after death, and promising them renewed life under his protection and domain.


The Runic half-month of of Ur starts today. Ur stands for strength and new beginnings, so for those looking to venture out for a new start, or are in need of extra help, now is the time to proceed.




Ancient Calendar: June 4, 2010

Willow - Tree of Life

June: Pagan Artist of the Month: Willow Arleana

Guess what happened on this day way back in 470 (Or 469) BCE? Can’t guess? Good thing I have a big mouth then, hu?

Today happens to be Socrates’ Birthday. (I hope someone remembered to get a cake).

Now there are alot of images out there of Socrates, even though none of his many writings survived the tests of time. So I chose one, which seems to be the most common.

Everyone, meet Socrates….


Kind of looks like he was related to Santa Clause, doesn’t he? Well, he didn’t have a thing to do with Christmas, I don’t think, but he was a famous Greek Philosopher. Because his writings disappeared, we have to reply on other sources to tell us all about him and what he believed in. Sources such as Aristophanes, who wrote a humorous play about him called The Clouds, Plato, Xenophon, and Aristotle.

Now, while Socrates–like most Greeks–loved his fill of wine (and then some) he was also said to be a soldier. Sources say he was praised and given honor for his bravery (Plato said) but then was also convicted of impiety by the Athenians. That means he had absolute no respect for a god or any gods. However, sources also claim that it wasn’t that he had no respect for a god, but that he had no respect for the Athenian Judicial system. You know how it is….you snarl at the present laws and someone wants to make you drink Hemlock (a poison) and then kill you because of it. Which, is what happened to Socrates.

A really great web page concerning this man can be found HERE.

So, if you are out and about, having a few drinks or conversing the deep thoughts of philosophy…then think of ol’ Socrates. Happy Birthday Socrates!!!!


Want more? Ancient Calendar.




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