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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: January 25, 26, 27

January 25—Monday

 

Hold tight because tonight Old Disting or the feast of Disir according to the Norse old Runic Calendars. Now, the Disir are guardian Goddesses, dressed in black and sporting swords. They bring with them great fortune, fertility, protection, and more. In order to gain such blessings, you must invite them into your home. And don’t dare be shy or humble when it comes to accepting their gifts—not unless you want to tick them off.

How many of you knew that tonight is known as Burns night in honor of the Scots poet Robert Burns?

 

 

January 26—Tuesday

 

There is a God who is patron of the forests. Once was his name Cernunnos but the rest of you might recognize him as Herne the Hunter. In Pagan history, he wears the great stag’s antlers. He is one of the oldest deities.

 

In various Pagan stories, Cernunnos is born during the solstice of Winter. In others, he is web to the Goddess at Beltane and then dies again on the day of the summer solstice. (Only to be reborn again come Winter *winks*)

 

January 27—Wednesday

 

Ok Pagans, take note because if you were in Rome on this day in Ancient History, you would be celebrating the wondrous festival of Paganalia! This celebration was to honor the Earth Mother, Tellus Mater, who happened to look after things like fertility, birth, and the sacred act of marriage.

Paganalia comes from the Latin term ‘pagus’ meaning’ village’. So these celebrations often took place in rural areas. Paganalia is also where the term PAGAN derives from—a name given to rural people who followed the old gods.

 

Now if Rome isn’t your thing, then perhaps you might like to pop on over to Babylon where they are having their own festival and celebrations for the Goddess Ishtar. She also happens to be a Goddess of love and fertility. Now even though we have a difference of cultures, its times like these that I see the link connecting each one no matter the name of the Goddess, God, or Festival.

 

Ancient Calendar: May 25, 2010

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It’s Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday. And if you are reading this, then that means you survived Monday. Since I am writing it, that means I survived too…although I am not so sure if that is a good thing…for you…not me. *grins*

To kick off today, it seems Ancient Greece would have had another festival for their God of the Sun– Apollo. Now this deity of light came to be known for many things, however, he ended up being most popular at being the protector of all mankind. Since Apollo represented the sun and all its light, that meant he was a slayer of darkness and all wicked things in it. We can see a change in cultures, possibly from awesome to horrible, by such legends as this. For once, in prior civilizations, there was nothing to fear during the night. Underneath the moon was as sacred as the sun. However, as time changes, so do all things. Originally, though, Apollo was simply known for bringing forth the light of Spring and sending away the darkness of Winter. Nothing fearful about that.

Moving onto Scotland, we would have seen something biblical if it were not so very Pagan to them. And if you love Legend and lore, then keep reading…

The Mester Stoor worm was a creature long feared. The worm happened to be one of the nine curses which could and would visit mankind. It was a terrifying monster which lived out in the sea and had an awful habit of demanding things from villages or Kings. Legend says that he absolutely loved to gobble up virgins.

On one particular year, a King was told that if he didn’t offer up his own daughter as a sacrifice to the worm, then his Kingdom would be lost. So, like any good daddy would do, he sent word out unto the lands….

“Any man who can destroy the worm, shall have the hand of my daughter.”

Now who wouldn’t want to be son-in-law to a King and be married to his pride and joy, hu? So away men went but never returned…until a Farmer’s son named Assipattle found himself a very small boat and creped out into the waters one night with only a spear and a bucket of burning peat. Dipping his spear into the peat, he stabbed the Monster in the throat causing it to thrash to its very death.

The body of that monster became the land of Iceland and legend says its teeth formed the Faroe Islands.

Some more links for further reading:

Mester Stoor Worm – Monstropedia – the largest encyclopedia about
Orkneyjar – Assipattle and the Mester Stoor Worm

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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Ancient Calendar: May 22, 2010

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Norse Desktop Wallpaper by C.H. Scarlett. Click for larger version to save and enjoy! Woman by Royo! I SO STALK the art of Royo!

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Ok, so do ya dig the Norse wallpaper? If ya do, then maybe you will dig some cool Norse History or Legend . It all starts with a Scandinavians (Norse)King named Ragnarr Lodbrók or Ragnarr Lodbrok (This day belongs to him) who may have or may not have existed.

The cool thing about Ragnarr is that he claimed he was a direct descendant of Odin. Hey, it could happen! However, I am guessing that that’s where the whole doubt as to whether or not he even existed kicked in. I mean, you’re real until you claim to be the son of a God/Goddess…after that, you are on your own MR!!!

Any who, Ragnarr lived in the 8th or 9th century and had a bit of a worry concerning his sons. See, he didn’t want them to out do him with better adventures, which meant Ragnarr set out his entire rule attacking any country he could set his sword on. Ragnarr became such a thorn that the only way his prey could get him off their back was to pay him off in Gold. (Was this the first real Soprano?) Unfortunately, just because he wasn’t one to play around, he’d attack again even after he’d been paid.

It is even said that he attacked Paris and captured the entire city in the year 845 and held it up for ransom—a sum total of seven thousand pounds of silver. Legend says King Aelle defeated him in Northumbria during the same year.

The Greeks will be having an Observance for their Goddess Selene, who is of the moon. Usually followed by that of women, she also stood for hunting and the chase.

Today would have been the fourth 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 Holiday for May 16, 2010

Good Goth, I love today’s holiday or would have  if we were still romping around in the adulterous gardens of our Ancestral Gods lol. While looking up today’s date on some software called Pagan Days, I noticed that it was the beginning of Goddess Month sacred to Greek Hera.

Now that’s not what gave me the temple giggles.

It’s what my glorious software said which led my mind to sarcastically wonder…

And I quote, “She is said to protect all women who have not slept with her husband Zeus.”

Well what woman/goddess in their right mind would? lol Was there a Goddess who vowed to protect ONLY the  women who yanked up the skirts, and hopped a ride on said hubby/god? lol KIDDING.

And no matter how free my tongue may wander, that juicy bit of sentence gives you an idea of what poor Hera suffered for pulling a Tammy Wynette and standing by her man.

And let me give you the 411 on the scandalous gods according to the Greeks way back in the ancient day. Hera and can’t-keep-it-in-his-pants-Zeus were known to fight so much, the Greek squad credited THEIR marital thrash downs for all storms swallowing up their skies. The worse the storm and damage, the worse Zeus mucked up. Hera having the power to call forth winds, rain, thunder, and any other stormy thing falling inline with all of that,  had one hell of a temper and who wouldn’t if their big daddy was runnin’ round bein’ the divine man whore of the local pantheons untouched or desirable maidens .

Hera, don’t you take no crap off your man. Rock on girl!

While Hera is finally getting her due, all of the blessed Goddesses of Egypt will be getting theirs. Today would have been a feast for all of them.

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Pagan Holidays for May 11, 2010

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Today’s Ancient goodies are all about Roman Larvae, Typos, & Scandalous Puritan Banning!

In Ancient times, today would have been day two of the popular Roman festival known as Lemuria, which was all about getting rid of the Larvae. Now, in a Pagan Holiday post I did a couple of days ago, I received a few emails asking if I had made a big old Typo.  Nope lol. I did not. I meant to type Larvae, and no, it does not have anything to do with insects.  (See the last bit of this article for another source, other than my mouth, stating a few facts about the Larvae.)

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Now, kicking Rome to the side for just a moment, did you know that on this day in 1659, those strict Puritans who were cluttering up the Bay Colony if Massachusetts actually BANNED the celebrating of Christmas?????? (Makes you wonder who pitched a fit because they didn’t get the shiny new ho (gardening, my darklings) that year and got all spiteful with it? They claimed, and this was of course according to them, that it was a Pagan Festival and a great dishonoring of their mighty God.

Well you were sort of right Puritans….Christmas did spring up from Pagan corners from many directions of the Ancient world, but alas, I think your God digs it too and why not? It’s all about giving. getting, goodwill , blah, blah, blah.

So chill, be real, and thank goodness people woke the hell up from that era. *rolls eyes* Or did they? *winks*

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Drawing your attention to some information online that I found for all my wonderful emailers:

Another Interpretation of the Lemures – Haunting Spirits:

Instead of being evil spirits, lemures (larvae) may have been souls that could find no rest because they met with a violent or premature death and were unhappy. They wandered among the living haunting people and driving them to madness.

Lemuria – Festivals to Placate the Lemures:

No sane Roman wanted to be haunted, so they had ceremonies to satisfy the spirits. The lemures (larvae) were propitiated during the nine-day Lemuria festival in May. At the Parentalia or Feralia on the 18th and 21st of February, the living descendants shared a meal with the benevolent spirits of their ancestors (manes or di parentes).

Ovid (43 B.C. – A.D. 17) on the Lemures and Manes:

In Ovid‘s Fasti 5.422, the Manes and Lemures are synonymous and both hostile, in need of exorcism via the Lemuria. Ovid incorrectly derives the Lemuria from Remuria, saying it was to placate Remus, the brother of Romulus.

Larvae and Lemures:

Usually considered the same, not all ancient authors considered them as such. In the Apocolocyntosis 9.3 and Pliny’s Natural History, Larvae are tormentors of the dead.

To read more CLICK HERE for original Source.

See, it wasn’t a typo and had nothing to do with bugs.I wouldn’t  lie to ya!

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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!

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Pagan Holidays for May 7, 2010

Today, Greece would have been holding an added bonus to their already two day festival. The Observance added would have been called Thargelia. Now who can celebrate Aphrodite and Eros if we don’t throw Apollo into the mix, hu? All first fruits of the season would have been offered to Apollo right after a formal procession.

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Oh, and let’s not forget about another Greek favorite known as Hecate!

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Hecate or Hekate was said by the Greeks to  have risen up from her dark, beautiful Underworld on this day or night,  taking a stroll through our world with her entourage of spirits. Hekate is a Goddess of Night whose name is no secret to those of our day. She represents all the stirrings which are invoked once the moon rises such as love and passion. Now, Hekate is known for many things but one of which is the fact that the Styx are her loyal pets. And of course, she is said to give great power to Witches and Sorceresses.

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For those who follow Rome’s calendar, today marks the Nones of May!

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Pagan Holidays for May 6, 2010

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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