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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.

Pagan Holidays for May 14, 2010

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We have a little Sun at Midnight, a little Isis, and some Runes for you on this day in Ancient History.

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Our Ancient Ancestors of Norway would have been honoring their Norse Goddess of the Sun during a festival called Midnight Sun. The name alone makes me want to throw a temper tantrum that I can’t really hop back in time and check it out. Oh well, maybe I’ll take on a new pen name or run off and rename myself Midnight Sun just to raise a few brows. Or maybe I’ll save such coolness to my next incarnation.

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You know it’s spring and you know it’s the time of Beltane, so of course every culture will be cramming their Goddesses of Fertility into this month.  I say they all need to stand in line (because I’m in a selfish mood) and so steps forth Isis, the lady i dig most of all.

Isis is known as the Goddess of a Thousand Names. Why? Why not, I say. She does it all from fertility, protection, magic, peace, and whatever else you have in mind. Isis is the patron of beasts and people, because no one can multitask quite like her.

So I am a bit excited today because our Ancient Ancestors of Egypt would have been holding a Festival today in her honor. (What the hell is wrong with present Egypt? Get with the program and be as smart as those who once walked those sands.)

So while present Egypt breaks my heart, Ancient Egypt would have also remembered Thoth on this great day. Because of Thoth, according to ancient calendar, he appeared with Shu, returning Tefnut to Egypt. Rock on Thoth, because we need some Tefnut, that’s for sure! After all, she—sister of Shu–the god of Sunlight—was also daughter of Atum. And having been a cool Goddess, Tefnut presided over rain and moisture. So all hail a little rain today, if it so comes your way.

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And in the name of all that is fertile and fertilizing, I say we pay special attention to the Runic Half month beginning today known as Ing. Ing just so happened to be the male consort (that’s lover, baby) of the Mother Goddess of Earth. He happens to be marked by the rune of Light and while he will become alive under the passionate arms of the Goddess, he will bring to us energy and the growth of midsummer.

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C.H. SCARLETT

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