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Ancient Calendar: May 24, 2010

Morgana_smallArtist Russelle Westbrook

Our May Artists of the Month

Our Celtic Ancestors (and many of present day) will be or would have been celebrating a festival for the Three Mothers–Maiden, Mother, Crone. Known to our Ancient Celts as Matres or Matronæ. The three aspects of the Goddess was very important in many cultures. She represented seasons, the phases of women and of the Goddess herself, and of the earth. For those honoring her (in the past), she promised prosperity and a full harvest.

Alchemists will be honoring and remembering Hermes Trismegistrus today. While his story might be a bit shadowy and mysterious, he was said to have written many works on Egyptian magic, alchemy, etc. Some believed he was the reincarnation of Thoth, while others later referred to him as Hermetica. Although Hermes said himself to have written 42 volumes of his great works, many believe they were destroyed in the horrible fire that burned the Library of Alexandria down. Others claim that the books are buried in the Egyptian desert somewhere. Although the originals seem to remain unfound, many versions or copies have surfaced over the years.

Greece would have had a festival for Artemis on this day in Ancient History. A true Goddess of Night, also being the daughter of Zeus and Latona.

Here’s hoping you all enjoy your Moon-day! it’s my oldest son’s birthday today, so I will be honoring him. Fourteen and dreaming of being a rock star, I think I’ll have my hands full…….. as I live out the Mother aspect of my life.

A little announcement. Yes, Ancient Calendar is the same as Pagan Holidays. I just thought this title might be a bit more accurate. We also have our own page, located Ancient Calendar.

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Ancient Calendar: May 23, 2010

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Rome would have kicked things off with a Festival called Rosalia, (also a Greek festival, originating there) which was all for the roses, hoping to honor their Goddess of Flowers, youth, pleasures and fruits, named Flora. While that was going on, Rome was also offering up Sacrifices to their god of blacksmith and volcanoes– Vulcan. What a mix, hu?

Today would have been the fifth day of Callynteria in Classical Greece. See Ancient Calendar: May 19th.

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A little announcement. Yes, Ancient Calendar is the same as Pagan Holidays. I just thought this title might be a bit more accurate. We also have our own page, located Ancient Calendar.

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©C.H. SCARLETT

www.chscarlett.net

Coming   Soon from Noble Romance Publishing Click to Purchase

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Ancient Calendar: May 19th, 2010

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Wednesday May 19th is all about Callynteria, Egyptian Mystery, and Hathor!

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Athens (Greece) would have been hopping on this day in Ancient History because it was all about  rituals, rites, cleaning, washing, cleansing, and Athena!

The day was called Callynteria, And on this day, a Feast of Adorning would be held in honor of a classical Goddess named Athena. However, this one was not all about partying it down (in which Greeks were known to do). No, it was about going to the Erecththeum, which happened to be the Sacred Sanctuary of Athena, and putting on the cleaning gloves.  Not only did the Sanctuary itself have to be scrubbed from top to bottom, but the Goddess’ statue had to be purified, and her clothes removed and washed.

Only members of the Praxiegidae family could foresee to these duties, rites, and rituals of atonement, along with the Plyntrides–priestesses –women–of the Goddess Athena.

On Plynteria–the actual day of cleaning the statue, no Greek would dare to muck about with business of any matter, either. It was considered very unlucky to do so.

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Now peeking into Ancient Egypt, we have some other interesting things going down. All of which, happens to do with their Goddess Hathor. According to Egyptian Calendar, Hathor returned to the Land of Punt on this day in Ancient History, which broke the hearts of many other Goddesses and caused them indescribable amounts of sadness.

Now, as for the mystery…that would exist with the Land of Punt because to this day, the place baffles the mind of what’s real and what’s surreal. Once mentioned as a trading expedition by  Queen Hatshepsut, there was plenty of record kept proving that it was a real life location, rather than something simply existing in the world of the Gods & Goddesses. Some evidence suggests that it may have been located in present day Somalia, but whatever it was concerning Hathor (if it was something different) and or if this location was correct….remains a mystery.

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A little announcement. Yes, Ancient Calendar is the same as Pagan Holidays. I just thought this title might be a bit more accurate. We also have our own page, located Ancient Calendar.

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©C.H. SCARLETT

www.chscarlett.net

Coming   Soon from Noble Romance Publishing Click to Purchase

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Ancient Calendar: May 18, 2010

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Ok, first off, a little announcement. Yes, Ancient Calendar is the same as Pagan Holidays. I just thought this title might be a bit more accurate. We also have our own page, located Ancient Calendar.

Now, on to what our Ancient Ancestors were doing.

On this fabulous Tuesday, it’s all about Apollo and Pan.

First, let it be known that the shadows (hint: my choice of art) had absolutely nothing to do with Apollo who was all about the Sun. And on this day in ancient history, the Romans were having one hell of a shin-dig Festival (called Apollon) all for him. Why?

Well this happened to be the time, for the Romans, to throw some celebrations down concerning how the light of day was now increasing for the awesome New Year ahead, and how the darkness of the past winter was now becoming few and far between.  And since Apollo, as I said, was the sun, Rome had to give him notice. Less not forget, though, that he also stood for archery, agriculture, poetry, medicine, prophecy, and of course, ethics.

Now, while Rome does their thing, Greece will be doing theirs for the God Pan. Pan happens to be one who likes to wander the forests (again my choice of art) and happened to be the envy of most Greek men especially because he had his own band of Nymphs following him around. (Groupies for the Deities). A good description of Pan was half man, half goat.. Although he had a lot of lust runnin’ through those veins, and the Greeks loved how he burned it.

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The above picture is Pan sitting along the side of a Shepherd, those he was patron of. However, just because Pan watched over Shepherds and Herdsmen, didn’t mean they didn’t have to be careful.

You see, Pan was said to be a God who napped during the day. What rock star isn’t a total night owl, hu? Anyway, Greeks warned all Shepherds that they better not make any noise in the forests or meadows and wake the God up.

Also, Pan and his lust earned him rock star notoriety. In fact, not only were legends boasted of him, but the word PANIC was actually born of his name. It was said that this ‘feeling’ was what women felt if they were walking through the woods. In fact, if a woman felt Panic, then that meant she was being stalked or lusted for by Pan, himself.

*Hand to Forehead* Gotta love Pan for that.

That’s all for today peoples, but I hope you learned a little something and enjoyed today’s Ancient Calendar.

See you all tomorrow.

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