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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


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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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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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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