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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 15th: Moses’s Copyright Infringement of Ma’at and the Catastrophic Fires of Rome.

On June 7th, I did an Ancient Calendar article which through an intriguing but heartbreaking light on the Vestal Virgins. I bring that up now because they are connected to what I am about to say, here. Without going into the details I already discussed on June 7th, I’ll simply link you in case you missed it. Please check it out because it was those Virgins and that Temple which gave birth to many well-known things still used by the Catholic Church.

I will say again, as I already wrote in June 7th’s article that the Vestal Virgins or their greatest responsibility was keep the sacred fire of their temple burning. The Goddess Vesta stood for fire and hearth. Prophecy foretold that if Vesta’s sacred fire was allowed to go out inside her Temple at Lavinium, all of Rome would fall by Catastrophe. If by some chance the fire did extinguish, then it could only be lit by creating a friction between two pieces of Fruit Wood. Talk about a difficult task. At least, though, the Goddess gave her Virgins room for error. Right?

Unfortunately for them and Rome, Vesta’s Temple was sealed shut on this day in Ancient History by the hands of the Church. The same Church that would later use the rituals, practices and habits of Vestal Virgins and Priests to create the most important figures in it’s own Religion.


On a more happier note, Ma’at will travel to join all the other Goddesses in Heaven on this day. She will be accompanied by Thoth and Ra, in the Sun God’s flying Sun Boat. Ma’at stood for “truth” and “Justice”. She was represented by a feather. A man’s ab, or heart-soul, was weighed against that feather when he passed into the Halls of Judgement inside the Underworld.

Ma’at was said to write 42 Laws in which all Egyptians tried to live by. It is said that these Laws were the inspiration behind the 10 Commandments that Moses would later write.

Below are the 42 Laws:

  1. I have not committed sin.

  2. I have not committed robbery with violence.

  3. I have not stolen.

  4. I have not slain men or women.

  5. I have not stolen food.

  6. I have not swindled offerings.

  7. I have not stolen from God/Goddess.

  8. I have not told lies.

  9. I have not carried away food.

  10. I have not cursed.

  11. I have not closed my ears to truth.

  12. I have not committed adultery.

  13. I have not made anyone cry.

  14. I have not felt sorrow without reason.

  15. I have not assaulted anyone.

  16. I am not deceitful.

  17. I have not stolen anyone’s land.

  18. I have not been an eavesdropper.

  19. I have not falsely accused anyone.

  20. I have not been angry without reason.

  21. I have not seduced anyone’s wife.

  22. I have not polluted myself.

  23. I have not terrorized anyone.

  24. I have not disobeyed the Law.

  25. I have not been exclusively angry.

  26. I have not cursed God/Goddess.

  27. I have not behaved with violence.

  28. I have not caused disruption of peace.

  29. I have not acted hastily or without thought.

  30. I have not overstepped my boundaries of concern.

  31. I have not exaggerated my words when speaking.

  32. I have not worked evil.

  33. I have not used evil thoughts, words or deeds.

  34. I have not polluted the water.

  35. I have not spoken angrily or arrogantly.

  36. I have not cursed anyone in thought, word or deeds.

  37. I have not placed myself on a pedestal.

  38. I have not stolen what belongs to God/Goddess.

  39. I have not stolen from or disrespected the deceased.

  40. I have not taken food from a child.

  41. I have not acted with insolence.

  42. I have not destroyed property belonging to God/Goddess

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Moses’s 10 Commandments

  1. You shall have no other gods before Me.

  2. You shall not make idols.

  3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.

  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

  5. Honor your father and your mother.

  6. You shall not murder.

  7. You shall not commit adultery.

  8. You shall not steal.

  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

  10. You shall not covet.

Remember, as it’s already been discussed in this Months Calendar, that there is evidence that the Hebrews of Mount Sinai were worshiping Hathor, an Egyptian Goddess. Moses being raised in Egypt by Egyptians had first hand knowledge of their Pantheon, rituals and ways. This may explain how and why the miracles that Moses preformed had already been done by the hand of many Egyptian deities like the parting of the red sea and even the manner Moses came to be raised by a royal family to begin with.


Roman Calendar, today begins the Ides of June. Ides, meaning the 15th of any month.


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 1, 2010

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Happy June 1st!!!!!!!!!!!

Boy, the months just slip away the older you get, don’t they?

And unfortunately, the 1st of every month is a BUSY time for me at the Pagan & the Pen…but let me goof off some by dragging you down memory lane and take a look at what our Ancient Ancestors were doing.

Yep, so far it looks like a busy time for them too.

Ready to step back in time and take a look?

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Let’s give a shout out to all those who are and were Celtic! Because in Celtic lore,  they would have honored what is called the Hamadryads. The Hamadryads were actually spirits that lived in Oak Trees. The name actually came straight out of Greece with a somewhat different meaning. In Greece, the Hamadryads were actually Nymphs (the Greeks loved their Nymphs) that were born with attachments to a certain tree. According to their beliefs, if the tree died, then so did the Nymph. And don’t think about running off to cut one down to see if it’s true, either, because the Gods are said to punish anyone who maliciously hurt a tree and or Nymph. (The Gods, like the Greeks love their Nymphs).

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Jumping the magic carpet over into Rome, we see that they were having a festival for two so-very-fabulous Goddesses named Carna and Cardea. Carna overlooked doors, locks, while Cardea overlooked the hinges. Also, Carna protects the larger organs of the body…while Cardea protects the innocent while they sleep from Strigæ. Who were they? A type of Vampire (even though they didn’t use that word back then) who sucked the blood of their victims while they slept. I keep telling people Vampires didn’t begin with Bram Stoker, but no one wants to believe me. *eye roll*

Today is also their Kalends of June.

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Leaving Rome, we go to the land and culture of the Norse, as they are honoring one of my favorite Goddesses named Syn (actually named a cat that when I was a kid and then was shocked to find out later–in life–that the name belonged to a cool goddess). Anyway, back then, Syn hung out and aided Fridd, but was also a protector, who would do so if one simply invoked her. Later on, she came to be known as a protector of those in need of justice AS WELL AS those who are on trial.

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Checking out Egypt, we have one more celebration going down involving Ma’at and Ra. As this is the day that THEY go forth in secret. (sh-sh-sh don’t tell anybody).

Oh what the hell, run on out and tell the whole world!

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Hope you enjoyed today’s Ancient calendar. See you all tomorrow for another look into Ancient History.

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