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Pagan Holiday for November 17th, 2009

Pagan Days for Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Tuesday belongs to Mars, Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw (named after), Tuisco & Tyr

 

As Tuesday belongs not only to the God Mars, but also to the Planet of Mars, we can toss the Element of Fire into the mix ,and have the makings of a very heated and passionate day!

So if you don’t have anyone to vent those wild emotions out on, don’t fret because you can point them into the direction of matters or magical rituals and spells concerning:

anything having to do with marriage, money or wealth, loyalty, enemies, protection, confidence for yourself or another, and of course, courage!

 

The moon phase for today is:

~Waxing Crescent~

What do you know, the Waxing Crescent is for magic concerning love, wealth, success, friendship, luck or health.

 

Now, Rie McGaha has agreed to pull a Kate & Leopold with us so we can go back in time to see what the Holidays were today. Yep, she will shove us off the Brooklyn Bridge so we can get enough speed and force to slip through a tear in time…ready?

 

November 17th belongs to…

The Roman Ceres

& the Greek Demeter

 

Artist Soa Lee

 

 

Ceres and Demeter were the same Goddess. One belonged to the Romans and the other belonged to the Greeks. On this day, the Romans are throwing an informal Observance for Ceres: Goddess of Agriculture.

Ceres was not always a part of Rome.

Back during 496 BCE, Rome was facing an awful drought. Having enough before all of Rome starved, the Sibylline Oracles demanded that they bring Ceres into their culture to spare them.

Rome did so, but Ceres did not belong to everyone. She became a mysterious Goddess worshipped by women—women having the power to invoke her. That meant only women knew and practiced the sacred rites and rituals of Ceres and only women passed them down…to other women.

Of course sooner or later, women stopped passing those secrets probably when Rome was handed over to Christianity and Paganism became feared. That meant the rites and secrets of Ceres were forgotten and not one historian was able to record them for us Pagans of the future.

 

So today as you light your candles and give a whisper of honor to Ceres…

think about the women who kept her secrets sacred and alive. And possibly let them know, wherever they are, that Paganism did indeed survive, after all.

 

Like to add a little science to your Paganism?

Well Ceres is also the name of a dwarf star—the only one in our asteroid belt.

Them Ancients were so dang smart!

 

 

 

 

 

Links for further reading

 

Want to know what November represents?

Check out my past post called:

Paganism: The Month of November

 

Want more written by someone else?

Check out…

Ceres (dwarf planet) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ceres – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ceres (mythology) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Demeter, Greek Goddess of The Bountiful Harvest

Pagan Holiday For November 15th, 2009

 

Pagan Day for Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Sunday is all about the Sun God Hellios, Apollo, Ogmios and, Mithras or Phoebe: The Sun Goddess

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Sunday is a good day to deal with matters or magic concerning:

Your creativity—or be creative. Maybe someone else? How about matters of hope or personal money issues? What of victory, anything agriculture, perhaps healing, or a career? Do you have or need ambition and or most importantly, self confidence?

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Sunday represents the Sun and the element Fire.

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The phase of the moon is: Waning Crescent—2% full

 

 

November 15th, 2009

On this day:

Greek Observance for the God Asclepius

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The Egyptian Ennead Feast

 

If we could leap through the magical portal today and browse the festivities of the Ancient World, not allot would be going on. Of course, if you remember yesterday, there was– and perhaps the Celts, and Druids have too many hangovers to do much of anything on this day.

But alas, there is still something to admire and peek in on. You know those Greeks, they rarely have hangovers. So while the other Cultures take it easy (who can blame them), the Greeks will be having an Observance for Asclepius—which some evidence supports truly existed.

 

Asclepius began as a mortal man. After his death, though, Zeus brought him to live among the other Gods. He was given the star constellation called Ophiuchus and to this day, he is still remembered by some Physicians who take the Hippocratic Oath.

 

After peeking in on the Greeks, lets swoop on over to Egypt since we are done with the three days of Isis. On this grand Sunday, representing the Sun, what better place to hold a feast than in The House of Ra—the God Ra—Sun God.

The feast is called Ennead –which means the nine divinities. Now, every temple could have its very own Ennead, but today, we pay respect and honor to all nine—

The first Ennead—Ra and the others: his children and grandchildren.

Very appropriate for the day of the Sun, isn’t it?

 

Well folks, that’s it, which means we can jump back through the portal and have a peaceful day ourselves. Not unless you were one of the many that took the time machine with me yesterday and stayed to party it up with the Celts and Druids. If you are suffering from some of the same hangovers, then we will quietly return to our homes.

See you tomorrow!!!!

Oh, oops, sh-sh-sh-sh. Sorry.

 

Pagan Holiday for November 14th, 2009

 

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Moving on to what you came here for…the holidays!!!!

 

Today is Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Saturday is the day of Seatere, Seater, Saturn, and Loki—trickster of the Norse Culture.

Saturday is a good day to deal with matters and or invoke magical spells concerning:

A Gift of some sort, and or maybe something to do with your property?

Are you moving your home? Is someone else moving their home? Do you have matters concerning the elderly and or maybe you need to work on self discipline?

Remember that Saturday belongs to Saturn and the Element of Earth.

Today’s Moon Phase:  Waning Crescent

Lots of stuff happening on November 14th:

 

The Celtic Festival of Dubricius

The Celts also made this day sacred to the Goddess Moccas

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Druids Traditional Feast of the Muscians

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Greek Festival of Oschophoria

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Egyptian 3rd day of Isis

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If we could hop a time machine visiting each of these cultures, this would be what we’d find….

We could watch  in Celts during their history as they celebrated by having a Festival for Dubriciu– who was said to have crowed King Author in Colchester. They would also be honoring Moccas by making this day sacred to her–a Celtic pig Goddess.

 

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While the Celtics were doing their thing, the Druids were doing their own. Today they would be having the Feast of the Musicians which was a huge celebration in honor of Musicians and Bards.

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Hoping the time warped fence into Ancient Greece, we would find them having the Festival of Oschophoria.

This would be a grand celebration. Why? Because it was all about Dionysus, the Greek God of Wine and Fertility. Oh he was a much loved and highly favored God to. I mean who didn’t;t envy a God who was known to walk the face of the earth with his own entourage of Nymphs, Woodland Spirits and Satyrs. This God was clearly the rock star of his day—I mean why wouldn’t he be? Everywhere he went vines sprung forth from the earth and there was peace and absolute happiness.

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Now let’s take a peek into Egypt where we find the 3rd day of Isis. If you remember– two days ago began the journey of Isis in search of her husband’s body. Yesterday, she mourned for him, and today…oh yes, today Isis finds the body of her beloved Osiris.

That’s it for today folks and I guess that’s a good thing since so much is going on. So who do I drop off where? Who will be staying in Greece and who will be skipping over the Egypt? or maybe we lost a few in Celt-land or did they sneak off to stay a spell with the Druids? Never the less, join us tomorrow for another fabulous Pagan Day in History!

 

 

Want something to read further? Here’s some links I scooped up for you…

Dionysus – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dubricius – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Isis – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia