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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holiday: November 26th : A Silver Lining Born from Death and Curses

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On this day in History, guess what happened? Tut Ankh Amon was discovered!!!

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This huge discovery happened in the year of 1922. The reason this was such a big thing is one…the findings were astronomical and, well, the curse.

Without the doom and gloom of a nasty curse, let me just say, good comes from something bad. Why do I say this?

 Some would say that before this discovery, not many people were all that concerned or interested in Ancient Egypt. You didn’t have tons of people knowing the in’s and out’s of Isis nor did anyone  really care about the Book of the Dead , or the customs of an Ancient Culture long dead.

In fact, what was done to Mummies before and even after this time and the sacred various tombs of this civilization would bring a tear to your eye.

Did you know that during the 20’s and 30’s  thousands and thousands of mummies were used to feed the fires of trains as fuel?

This little tidbit is highly debatable as many Documentaries have made this claim but many others, especially on the net, argue it.  However, the Documentary I seen showed the trains and the thousands of Mummies piled on it. But you should go find footage and see for yourself.

I also found this…

  • Ground up mummies were used as fertilizer, and chopped wooden mummy cases served as firewood.
  • In the late 1800’s, paper manufacturers used mummy wrappings for wrapping paper.
  • Mummies have been used instead of thatch to repair roofs on houses, and used as a cheap source of fuel in trains.
  • In some areas, people would pay great amounts of money to see a mummy being unwrapped. SOURCE

So, while respect for the Dead and the history of Egypt wasn’t a popular trend at one point, the discovery of King Tut’s tomb might have helped change things and if it were not for the wealth of that discovery or the “curse”, , perhaps people would have continued to be ignorant of a civilization long lost. While the riches unveiled in this discovery caught the attention of media and viewers worldwide, it also helped other explorers to find the funding needed for future expeditions.

In all actuality, Tut’s tomb was rather small compared to the rest. This is probably because he died so soon in life. Usually a tomb took the lifetime of a Pharaoh to build, and since Tut was a boy, well the time was just not on his side.

But Tut’s tomb, small or not, stood out because it was the first ever tomb discovered that was completely in tact. Usually Tombs are poached and picked apart by grave robbers, even horrendously destroyed, but not Tut…and perhaps the Curse might tell us why.

 With the discovery Howard Carter made in 1922, came the first horror of interest story, which happened to be instigated by newspapers and reporters from all over the world. Suddenly, the ‘Curse’ was born and this very so-called nightmare would encourage Fiction for years and years to come. Here is one such movie made not long ago….

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And of course, what was written on the entrance of the tomb (as said during that time) helped to kick the whole thing off:

“Death’s wings will touch who ever touches the pharaoh.”

Note: I have never been to Egypt so can’t support an ongoing argument by two sides. One side claiming the inscription is there and others who claim that it isn’t.

So, is there any truth to the Curse?

On the day and within the hour that King Tut was discovered, the Earl of Caernarvon, who funded the Expedition, actually died.

Scientifically, people will later argue that the curse is a lie and that all  the deaths were a coincidence, while others, even to this day, swear it is true.

All I can tell you is, 18 living people became 18 dead ones AFTER the tomb was found. All persons, with the exception of Earl Caernarvon, died in one form or another AFTER entering the tomb. Even Carter, who led this adventure, died a year after.

Caernarvon died after traveling to Egypt, where he was bitten by a mosquito.  Lying in the hospital, Carter finally made the  big discovery that the Earl had  longed for, and within that hour Caernarvon closed his eyes for the very last time on this earth.

Two more incidents happened in Egypt when the tomb was discovered. All the lights in Cairo went out quite suddenly and Caernarvon’s dog began to howl madly—no one could stop him.  In fact, the dog kept wailing until it too met its end.

Coincidence? You decide.

Truth or not, the tally was adding up and the Egyptian workers were already spooked from the get go. The dog and lights didn’t help but as they pushed on, even more occurrences fueled their fear. For instance, the canary that Carter placed in the tomb was eaten by a cobra.

Remember, the Cobra is a royal symbol of the Pharaohs. In fact, it is the symbol located at their heads on their kingly crowns. It is in their paintings, on statues, and inspires their funeral masks.

Was there a more realistic cause to all these Deaths?

Medically and scientifically, there is a possible reason for all of it, aside from the dog and canary, that is. The dog could be explained as the bonds and link between man and best friend. The Canary could have been some freak accident.

However, as far as all the rest, it’s believed that there was a fungus or bacteria on the Mummies themselves, in the tomb, and when this sealed sanctuary of 3000 years was popped open,  those that  hopped on in, breathed in and became sick with it.

Another interesting fact, no bats were ever found living in the tomb even after it was opened—dead or alive. Could this be even more evidence that something was wrong with it, bacteria wise? Because we all know animals have a special two cents concerning these things. And then again, maybe they were just smart and knew to muck with the place—fearing the wrath of the dead? Hmmm

 Some say whether that’s a Scientific Fact, Theory, or not, it was still the defense of the spirits protecting that tomb and that the discoverers of that day and time should have respected and listened.

The tomb, the king, should not have been touched.

Regardless, Carter and many of his members died from lung and Respiratory problems after their famous discovery. This seemed to be enough to prove that there WAS something wrong with King Tut’s tomb whether Science could explain it or the fact that the warnings of the Dead were nothing to muck around with.

And the moral of the story, or the silver lining as mentioned above, if it had not been for this Discovery or the publicity and internet and lore surrounding it, who knows if there would have been an interest for all thing Ancient Egypt or if anything, respect for it’s customs and dead. We went from a world of ignorance concerning Ancient Egypts’ myths, customs and lore to one that values every find, every archeological discovery, every little piece discovered beneath her golden sands.

I for one think that, that’s a beautiful thing even if it had to come from so much death and mayhem.

Thank you, King Tut. Thank you.

 

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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 17: Isis

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY 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 & Pagan Holidays: July 5th: Earth’s Orbit, Rome Throws Down, & Some Egyptian Ma’at

In many Ancient Calendars, today was actually Old Midsummer’s Day. Ancient or not, the earth, interestingly enough will be the farthest ever on its entire orbit from the sun. Pretty cool, hu?

Now just to make it all the sweeter, Rome would be having two festivals today. It was called Poplifugium, and it was all about history for them. Way back when, Rome was defeated by the Gaul, and unfortunately because of it, were ordered to hand over a big portion of their women. (Sucks to be a woman, sheesh.) Unfortunately, it didn’t suck as much for the ladies of Rome as it did for their slaves. Some Roman gal named Tutula threw the idea of slaves dressing up as the Noble women of Rome and guess how long it took for those ladies of upper-class to throw their poor slave girls out there?

While the Slave women of Rome had to endure their share of hardships, in this one particular case, they had to endure some more.

Ordered to go into the enemy camps of Gaul and get the soldiers drunk, they did. Then after Tutula climbed a tree with a torch giving Roman Soldiers the signal,  Romans marched in and threw down on Gaul. Now, I wonder if those slave women were set free afterwards, or if they were sent back to serving their Ladies and Masters AFTER saving their royal butts?  Doubt it.  While I dig Ancient Cultures, some of their habits just, well, turns my stomach.

Any who…today is also sacred to Ma’at of Egypt, who will join Thoth and Ra on this day and ride across the skies in the sun boat!

 

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: June 28th: Runic New Year, Hemera, Ra & Nun

 

For those who follow the whisper of the Runes, then pay close attention because today marks the completion of a year…that’s right, the Month of Dag bows it’s head and says good-bye…for now.

 

In other civilizations, Greek to be exact, Hemera was said to be born on this day. Hemera, interesting to me, because Erebus–the God of darkness and primeval chaos was said to be her father and Nyx, her sister, the Goddess of night.

 

Now scanning the distance across oceans of ancient sands, we take a look at Egypt, who would have been celebrating Ra and Nun on this day. According to their calendar, Ra would go forth and make peace with Nun.  Now we know Ra is the Sun God, but most do not know that Nun happens to be the God of primeval waters which existed long before the universe was ever created. Even though the Universe came into existence, Nun still existed, only his waters flowed within the earth and in the deep depths of the Nile.

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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.

Ancient Calendar: June 18, 2010

One of my favorite things about doing Ancient Calendar is that I get to educate myself on a God/Goddess or Legend not on the latest of trends. Today is a good example. And on this day in Ancient History, I give to you…MIN.

Now while we may know the classic Egyptian stories and names of Isis, Osiris, Thoth, Ra, and some others, Min may be one that bogs the mind. However, today was said to be the DAY the Egyptian god Min made his grand appearance in the skies of Egypt.  So maybe we should have a brief study of him now.

 

In short, Min’s tale began in a much more earlier Egypt, and he became famous or important, because he represented fertility. He was often depicted in statues and paintings with an erection, while his spread arms created the shape of a V. Remember, the V shape came to represent women, their sacred sex, and so on.

Now, unlike many other deities who later came and concentrated on WOMEN being given the powers to conceive, Min was quite different. Egyptians, in their grand wisdom, must have realized that the problem with those who are childless may not always be the fault of the woman….

So Min was there to offer MEN his aid with his divine sexual powers of fertility. Men of Egypt knew that Min was in their corner, having the power they needed to make heirs, and that is always important. *winks*

Hope you enjoyed today’s Ancient Calendar…

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