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Ancient Calendar: June 2, 2010

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June: Pagan Artist of the Month: Willow Arleana

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Wake up!!! It’s Wednesday!!!!

I know, I know…what’s so special about Wednesday. Well, it means we are half way there…half way to that glorious weekend where most of you have off.

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How many has ever heard of the Count Alessandro di Cagliostro? Well I haven’t which goes to prove why Ancient Calendar is just so dang cool. It gives each of us a chance to learn a little something who had a bit to do with some form of Paganism.

The Count, given name at birth Giuseppe Balsamo, was born in a place called Palermo, Sicily during the year of 1743. While the details of his life are a mystery, he was known for being an Alchemist, Freemason, and an adventurer (makes me think of our own William Maltese). Now while the Count claimed to have studied Alchemy and the Kabbalah with the Knights of Malta, the very controversial Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was actually the one who added the many tall tales known about him. Whether they are true or not…we may never know, unless one of us gets off our butts and channels up a spirit or two in order to find out. *winks*

So, summing things up…what does today have to do with the Count? Well, it’s his Birthday of course. Happy Birthday Count…from all of us here at The Pagan and the Pen…wherever you may haunt!

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Now here is a more popular name for you, or for those who love to dive head deep into Prophecies. The notorious Mother Shipton, real name Ursula Sontheil, is remembered today. Mother Shipton was born in a cave (no lie) which was beside the river Nidd in Yorkshire back in the year of 1488. For those who haven’t a clue as to who she is…she wrote down poetic prophecies. Some of her famous once, which was said to come to pass–

Henry VIII victory over France in 1513

The Famous London fire of 1666

The Victory and defeat over the Spanish Armada in 1588

And her own death…in 1561

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Now, stepping back in time, Ishtar of Babylon, who stood for love and fertility would have her festival on this day…if Babylon was still shaking a tail feather.

Rumor has it, that Ishtar had her history of lovers…taking them and then tossing them to the side whenever she tired of them. (GO ISHTAR!!!)

There are many tales concerning Ishtar, concerning gods named Tammuz, and then one named Gilgamesh, a King of Uruk, (who in here watched the Movie The Knight’s Tale?). Gilgamesh was said to turn her down, and his reasons—the way she tossed her other lovers so easily away.

Now, according to Barbara G. Walkers (whom I absolutely dig) , Ishtar is the same as the biblical Ashtoreth, Anath, Asherah, Esther, the Queen of Heaven in (Jeremiah 44: 19) Of course Biblical writers had to also make her the Great Whore of Revelations 17: 5 (gotta love that), and Mother of all Harlots.

Ishtar, , Star, according to the Babylonian scriptures, was known as the Light of the World, along with a whole bunch of other wonderful and very cool names. And according to more Feminine translations, Ishtar did not chase Tammuz into the Underworld in order to make him one of her many-toss- him- to- the- side- lovers, but to rather SAVE him. We have to watch when reading the myths of our times, because somehow, Goddesses get a bit of negativity tossed to their names, depending on what writer is raving on them.

Also according to Gilgamesh, the one who became famous for turning her down, she was cruel to her lovers. However, this misunderstanding could have come from the misunderstanding concerning who her lovers were…each representing a sacrificial god who refreshed the fertility of the earth with his blood.

The fact was, Ishtar was not one to muck about with. And she was a woman, a Goddess who held super duper kickin’ powers that the other Gods feared because if they didn’t walk a straight line, Ishtar could deny them their sacrificial meals.Because of the power factor, it could be, that Priests of later Gods, decided to lessen her image as such the case as time went on…and the image of the Great Goddess was slowly destroyed.

Here is hoping you enjoyed today’s Ancient Calendar. Please comment, and let us know what you think. Did you learn a little something?

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Ancient Calendar: May 23, 2010

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Rome would have kicked things off with a Festival called Rosalia, (also a Greek festival, originating there) which was all for the roses, hoping to honor their Goddess of Flowers, youth, pleasures and fruits, named Flora. While that was going on, Rome was also offering up Sacrifices to their god of blacksmith and volcanoes– Vulcan. What a mix, hu?

Today would have been the fifth day of Callynteria in Classical Greece. See Ancient Calendar: May 19th.

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A little announcement. Yes, Ancient Calendar is the same as Pagan Holidays. I just thought this title might be a bit more accurate. We also have our own page, located Ancient Calendar.

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Pagan Holidays for May 9, 2010

Ancient Egypt would have had an Observance of the Akhet Eye that Pleases Ra today. However, the eye itself would have represented Hathor. So apparently Ra was very pleased with her on this day lol.

The Roman’s would have kicked off a festival of Lemuria today. Now, there are a TON of myths and theories concerning this lost civilization. However, the festival Lemuria that the Roman’s were having, had nothing to do with that. Their Lemuria stood of the Larvae which were restless spirits of the dead.

Now what makes a spirit restless according to Rome? Well, if you died a violent death or were eaten up with your own guilt, then that would pretty much do it, among other things.

Now, lore says that the Larvae take the shape of spectral forms and if you happen to be unfortunate to touch one, well you will just go totally mad in the head afterwards. On this day, the point was to get rid of these spirits and send them on.  And those Roman’s who wronged these spirits would have to do an act of atonement in order to do so.

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Greeks are throwing down yet another festival for their Goddess Artemis today.

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And this is Old May Day otherwise known as Laa Boaldyn on a place called Isle of Mann. Manx tradition has it that Witches and Fairies rise up and walk this world (our world) doing acts of good or mischief—depending on what they will.

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