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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: November 25th: New Celtic tree Month, Women’s Day, Knocking the Knickers off of Persephone

 

The Celtic Tree Month of Ruis Begins

For more about this Tree Month check out this AWESOME site I found that has the most information I have ever seen concerning these Celtic Tree Months.

A pat on the back to them and that information.

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Women’s Merry Making Day

This took place in most parts of Europe long ago. Some suspect that it was once an Observance & celebration for Women’s Mysteries especially concerning Persephone.

(Since some Greek Deities and their secrets, rituals, and knowledge could only be preformed by women, known by women, and so forth.)

However, what I have noticed moving forward from Ancient Civilizations into the Middle Ages or Medieval times, the same sacred days that were once honored ,take on new form as something else. Now there was good reason for this. Sometimes and in most part it was done to protect the Pagan Traditions long celebrated.

This is one of them, sort of, and the day itself was really nothing to brag about . The only thing women got on this day…was the right to do less labor. And I say less because even though the point was to give them the entire day off…*gee thanks*lol…in most cases, less is what they got if that.

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Speaking of….

and further back in time…today is the Greek Festival of…(can you guess)

Persephone!!!!!!

Now you know the Greeks were romping it up and throwing down on this day! But the Greeks were not the only ones, no. Rome also adapted Persephone and made this day all about her as well. Only instead of calling her by her Greek name, they called her Proserpina.

By Natalie Harter

 Persephone was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter.

If you read the holidays yesterday when I spoke of Isis and Osiris’ love story, well here is another classic tale that is often forgotten. And as a young girl, I’ll admit, I used to get all hazy-eyed over this one. Why?

Because ….

Persephone happens to be the P.H.A.T (pretty hot and tempting) Goddess on the block that every guy-god wants. Only she can’t get no lovin’ from any of the guy-gods who sends her gifts because her too-damn-strict-momma keeps tellin’ them boys no and sendin’ them presents back!

So it’s startin’ to look like poor Persephone will be a lonely little maid forever..

UNTIL….

Hades—*knock our knickers off* bad boy– does what bad boys do best—break all the damn rules!

Now Hades happens to be the dark, forbidden, and ever-so-sexy-your-momma-warned-you-about-hottie in this story. And this bad boy falls in love with Persephone, decides he wants her *oh yeah* and then kidnaps the little miss because of it.

In short, her mother, Demeter is  flippin’ completely out because her daughter is missing, and after raising so much noise, the God of the Sun Helios finally gives up what Hades did.

So the pissed off momma sends a guy-god named Hermes to snatch her baby girl back.  With fingers crossed, Demeter waits…in fact she waits for so long and grieves so bad that the brakes are thrown on the seasons.

(Now you know that is making this rough and crazy for the world of humans and I can’t imagine Zeus being happy either)

Anyway, if you’re thinking Hermes is going to swoop in, rescue Persephone like the knight in shining armor, kick yourself now because that doesn’t happen. For once, the dark, forbidden, and ever-so-sexy-your-momma-warned-you-about-hottie Hades wins (to my delight) and plans ahead for all the family drama to come.

You see, while his beloved Persephone is with him in the ever-so-fab-Underworld, he gets her to eat an enchanted pomegranate. And the seeds of this fabulous fruit is what kicks it all into motion and forces the Fates to back Hades and give him what he wants so that the other Gods can’t to a damn thing about it….well sort of. 

When it all comes down to it, Hades does have to give up his Persephone but not forever. You see, Persephone may have to go back to her mother but only for a few months out of the year and because of those fabulous seeds, he has the rights to do it.

*snap*

So when Persephone returns to the Land of the Living…so comes Spring. And when she goes back to the Underworld to have her socks rocked off by Hades, so comes winter for us.

Now do you see why this would make a girl swoon?

If not and you want to read more, then check out…

This link here

Wikipedia

 

 

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Ready to see what our Ancient Ancestors were doing on this day in History?

The Greeks never watch a week go by whereas they are silent. Think of this one to be no different for not only are the celebrating something, they will be going strong for the next two days.

And it’s all about Aphrodite and Eros.

So between a Goddess who stands for love and marriage and a God who stands for erotica and pleasure, well I am thinking the next two days would have been VERY interesting in the realm of the Greece. If only we were a fly on the wall. *winks*

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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 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

Paganism & Thanksgiving

We all know the story of the Pilgrims and how the first American Thanksgiving came about. What we do not learn or may not know–what the Elementary Schools do not include in their Plays & Skits–is more about the Native Americans & Pagans that influenced Thanksgiving.

For instance, did you know that the tribe of Native Americans that had their meal with the Pilgrims was called Wampanoag? And did you know that they held celebrations and gave thanks to Kiehtan, the Creator ? Not only did they believe that their most precious crop of corn was a blessing from him, but they also gave thanks to many of their other Spirits for the other foods they ate.

Before Thanksgiving was made a holiday in the year of 1861, settlers had already brought their traditions to America—all influenced by Pagans. After all, Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks and harvest…correct?

Celebrating and giving thanks for a Harvest can be seen throughout history in many cultures.

Just to name a few…

*Ancient Rome gave thanks to Ceres, Goddess of the Harvests.

*Ancient Greeks honored Demeter

*Celtic Pagans and Angelo Saxon’s had huge celebrations–Lughnasadh and Mabon. These were to honor the first and second harvest blessed upon them by their Goddess and God.

Lughnasadh marked the beginning of the harvest season, the Harvest of Grain (Bread), the ripening of first fruits (usually berries), and was traditionally a time of community gatherings, market festivals, horse races and reunions with distant family and friends. Wikipedia

Mabon, (pronounced MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon, or MAH-bawn) is the Autumn Equinox. The Autumn Equinox divides the day and night equally, and we all take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark. We also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year’s crops. The Druids call this celebration, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth. Resource

Now what could some of the things you’re eating on Thanksgiving symbolized?

(For all Our Kitchen Witches Out there!!!!)

Turkey-– Native Americans–symbolized the Mother Earth and a shared Harvest.

Apples–Celts–rebirth, healing and youth

Pumpkins--Native American– was symbolic of personalized power (in some cultures) and symbolized the sun.


Wishing you a Merry Pagan Thanksgiving!

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Resources (if not listed above with quotes)
Pagan Symbolism (in regards to Thanksgiving)
Wikipedia Thanksgiving
Pagan Roots (in regards to Thanksgiving)
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