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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: June 17th: So Close and Yet So Far, A Festival of the Bards and a Little Something for the Fisherman


Long, long ago, a serpent bit a Greek Nymph named Eurydice. The poison killed her and while unfortunate and unexpected things tend to happen, even to those blessed and touched by the gods, her husband, Orpheus, refused to let her be lost to the Land of the Dead.

The story goes that Orpheus went into the Underworld charming Persephone with nothing more than a song. The words and melody moved the Goddess of Spring so much that she granted Orpheus the gift of returning to the Land of the Living, with his beloved, Eurydice, under one condition.

He must never look back. Never must his eyes catch the reflection of Hades.

Strange, how Gods and Goddesses give such strange conditions. Never the less, Orpheus didn’t listen no more than he was able to leave the Land of the Dead. -Sighs- So close, Orpheus, and yet so, so, far.

For that, the Greeks would have honored Eurydice on this day, for we all know how much the Greeks love their Nymphs.



Let us all raise a glass, pint or goblet to the Welsh on this day for as soon as the sun sets, they shall all give rise to Gwy o Bardd, a festival of the Bards. It will not end until June 22 when the sun sets.

Rome had a festival that was called Ludi Piscatari, which was known to be sacred to fishermen. See, even Rome knew not to bite the hands that worked to feed them.


Spartacus: Blood and Sand Season 2

While the second season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand has been postponed:

LOS ANGELES, CA—Andy Whitfield, who plays the title role in Starz Original series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," announced today he has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and will begin treatment immediately in New Zealand. Source


I wondered, how many knew that Spartacus was an actual person, or so legend says. Said to be a Thracian slave, he led an uprising against the Roman Government back in 73 B.C.

His wife was a priestess of Orpheus–Dionysus, and just like in the series, she had visions. In a dream, she saw the Orphic serpent wrapped around Spartacus’ head. This meant he would do great deeds and would die a hero’s death. And, alas, her prophecy was brought about when Spartacus led a revolt against the Romans, and even though it was soon brought to an end, he was given a King’s sacred death.

Pretty interesting, hu?

Wishing Andy Whitfield lots of healing and prayers. Here’s hoping he makes a speedy recovery!

C.H. Scarlett