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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: January 7

Lots going on in Ancient Egypt today, which happens to be one of my favorite cultures. I also think its fitting because this month is Women’s Empowerment Month here at P&P.

One thing Egypt has is very strong and empowered women. In fact, one of the things that I admired most of this culture was the fact that their women didn’t cling to any Great Gods to save them but rather took matters into their own hands and saved themselves.

We have seen a lot of Sekhmet and today is no different. Once again, because she is most deserving, she’s honored in Egypt. Sekhmet was not only testament to all women–being a strong warrior and protector, but she also brought the Dead cake and wine in the Underworld daily.

Also today in Egypt, there will be a festival of Isis. Now Isis was the Goddess of many things (why she is called the Goddess of a Thousand Names) but today she is remembered for being the Patron of Women, Children, Magic, and Medicine.

So on this day, whether you are Pagan or not, perhaps you could take some time to yourself…let your mind heal, so to speak and get in touch with your inner Goddess—the real woman that lives inside of you. Maybe you can see your children with new eyes and you’re importance to them. Remember that you are their protector and Patron. Remember that your love has the power to change the world you live in….because when it comes down to it, it is your world. Remember that magic isn’t divining tools and cauldrons but something that lives inside of you—energy. And that you can make anything happen no matter what the odds.

 

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: January 2

Today happens to be the birthday of Sumerian Goddess Inanna.  She is the princess of Earth & the Queen of Heaven.

In Egypt, we are celebrating the Advent of Isis. Most of you know Isis as being the Goddess of love, fertility, and much more. She was the wife of Osiris and mother of Horus.

Now, today is also known as Terrestrial Perihelion. You’re probably saying ‘What?”.

Well the ‘what’ is that Earth will come as close as it ever will to the Sun today during it’s orbit. Now how many of you knew that? Well, now ya do!

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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays : November 24th: Reuniting Isis and Osiris, Offerings to Sekhmet, A Celtic Tree Month Ends

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The Feast of Burning Lamps will be held in Ancient Egypt today. This is an observance of Isis and Osiris.  Today, they are reunited again after Osiris’s death and Isis’s long journey in search of his body and securing Egypt an heir.

 

Also in Egypt today, if you have offerings for Sekhmet, then this is the day to drop it off. Remember, she feeds the dead in the Underworld, so making an offering of wine and cake to her today is more than respectful.

 

The Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal Ends today

Recapping, and throwing another well maintained and informative site into the spotlight:

Ngetal – Reed
Month: October
Color: Grass Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: NG
Meaning: Upsets or surprises

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Ancient Calendar& Pagan Holidays: July 19: Adonis & an Egyptian New Year

Adonis was the beloved of Aphrodite. However, during a hunting accident, he was killed by a boar. Aphrodite lost her mind over this, as any lover would. So, pleading and begging Zeus to return him, he compromised. Waving his Godly hand, or however them Gods there do it, *winks* he made it so that Adonis would spend half the year in the light with Aphrodite, and the other half in the darkness of the Underworld with Persephone. So today, in Ancient Greek calendar, Adonis’s travels would mark the mid point of the half year.

 

 

In Egypt, This would have been the New year, but also the wedding anniversary of our dearest Isis and Osiris. How neat is that?

 

 

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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: June 16, 2010 : Teardrops of Isis

Everyone ready for the Ancient Calendar for today?

Here we go…we ONLY have one, but what a beautiful one it is. I tell ya, those Egyptians might not have partied it up like the Greeks and Romans, but when it came to celebrations or what was sacred, they made it sound as sweet as a whisper…or look as spectacular and breathtaking as a sunset…

Let this evening be NO different…

The Egyptians called it, Night of a Teardrop.

On this night, when the moon rose high in it’s sky, Isis shed one blessed and mournful tear for her beloved, Osiris. That precious tear was then collected into the palm of the Goddess of the River Nile, Satis, in which she placed it within’, causing the Nile to bring forth it’s annual flood. Even in Isis’ pain, something divine came forth.

So, if this night brings tears to your eyes, for whatever reason, know that while the pain might be gruesome, there may still come a blessing from them.

And may Isis bless you all…although I am sure she already has.

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The Origins of the Star, Pentacle, Pentagram

 

The star , known as a Pentagram or Pentacle, has come to have great meaning and power over the decades to both Pagan and others. It has remained, regardless of religion, in some way or form.


But where did it surface from? What does it mean? And what does it continue to stand for?


 

The star itself can be traced back to Ancient times as nearly every culture laid claim to it. The Goddess Kore, who was worshipped by the Pythagorean mystics knew that if you cut an apple crosswise, it revealed the star in its center marked by her sacred seeds.

Some ancients called it the star of Ishtar, of Isis, of Nephthys. While in some cultures it meant life and health, in Egypt, it came to represent the underground womb. And even still, from there it’s uses and purposes grew. In Babylon, they were famous for drawing the star on pots and pottery invoking its power to help preserve what was in them. Even those of biblical times, adapted the power of the star as being the first holy sign of their seven seals. Why even King Solomon’s legendary magic ring was made of a star.

While the upright star also symbolized the Goddess, it  brought protection and knowledge. While Christians today will make the sign of a cross over their chest, Ancient Pagans would make the sign of the pentagram over theirs.

Start at the left breast, then to forehead, then right breast, then left shoulder, right shoulder, then end it at the left breast.  This symbolized not only protection but completion.

Pretty neat, hu?

Over time, though, the meaning of the star changed, and even today, many Pagans and non-Pagans forgot it’s origins. We have been taught to fear the star, especially when we see it represented in this way.

Pentacle 2 But in Ancient times, the upside down star simply represented the God. It especially became popular when a man was placed in the center, calling him “He of the five shapes.” Also known as the horned God, representing four horned and sacred animals: the bull, ram, goat, and stag. The fifth shape was that of a man.

This was adapted by Satanists sometime later, and then the stereotypes and fear grew from there for whatever reason. (Usually misrepresentation, lack of knowledge, or speculation.) But back in the day, the Horned god nor the upside down star ever represented anything evil or frightening.

Sadly, though, even today, many Pagans do not know the origins of the upside down star. A perfect example– I did a newsletter some odd years ago, using a piece of Royo art to set it off. The warrior woman had on a necklace with an upside down star on it. To me, the woman represented the Goddess and the star, the God. But sure enough I was slammed with angry and offended emails wondering why I would shatter the image of Paganism by using something so evil as the upside down star.

However, focused on what our Ancient Ancestors would do…and On a more positive note…when the two stars are intertwined like so…

Pentacle 3 They represented the union of the God and the Goddess joining. This symbol was often used in marriages between Pagans, as in some cultures, the woman represented the Goddess, and the man, the God…so by bringing them together, they each represented the sacred union and joining of both.

This, nine pointed star has also come to mean the Tree of Life, or the moon inside the tree of life. It represents balance, guidance and inspiration. It symbolizes completion, eternity, as well as nine being a popular number in Ancient times.

From the Ancient Egyptians, to the Celts, the star was held high and kept close. from story to legend, to family crest, the star made its mark. Gawain was said to carry the pentacle as it was painted on his shield–representing Morgan. Hermetic Magicians used the star within their model of man because from Ancient to previous times, the star meant, among other things,….knowledge.

Those of law enforcement move behind that of a star. Many flags– American, Iraq, Australia, and more show stars. Why, one of the most popular decorations right now happens to be the Primitive Star. I can’t drive through a neighborhood without seeing a gazillion of them hanging on people’s homes. From Barns, to weather vanes…the star has survived the test of time…and for those who make note of them in your life, maybe they will give you a deeper meaning, now that you know some of their grand origins.