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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: June 28th: Runic New Year, Hemera, Ra & Nun


For those who follow the whisper of the Runes, then pay close attention because today marks the completion of a year…that’s right, the Month of Dag bows it’s head and says good-bye…for now.


In other civilizations, Greek to be exact, Hemera was said to be born on this day. Hemera, interesting to me, because Erebus–the God of darkness and primeval chaos was said to be her father and Nyx, her sister, the Goddess of night.


Now scanning the distance across oceans of ancient sands, we take a look at Egypt, who would have been celebrating Ra and Nun on this day. According to their calendar, Ra would go forth and make peace with Nun.  Now we know Ra is the Sun God, but most do not know that Nun happens to be the God of primeval waters which existed long before the universe was ever created. Even though the Universe came into existence, Nun still existed, only his waters flowed within the earth and in the deep depths of the Nile.


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.

Ancient Calendar: A Magician, Astronomer, the Sun God and Welsh Goddess: July 13, 2010

On July 13th 1527, the noted magician & astronomer who studied at Cambridge named John Dee was born. John Dee made quite a name for himself and his reputation was outstanding. He served the court of Queen Elizabeth I as a consultant, and then created the largest personal library in the world. John Dee spent his entire life studying the Occult and Magic. While many tried to murder him for being a buddy of the devil, Queen Elizabeth I made sure that didn’t happen. While no one could burn his alive, though, after her death in 1603, John Dee was still forced to die a pauper five years later in his home at Mortlake—(Being shunned by James I–her successor) among the many books and literary wonders he had spent his life collecting.


According to Ancient Egypt, Ra, their Sun God was born on this day.


And once the sun went down (as Ra bid his good-byes) the Welsh would have been having a feast, marking their calendars for Gwyl o Cerridwen–in honor of their Goddess Cerridwen, who stood for fertility. She was a triple Goddess–representing maiden, mother, and crone.




Ancient Calendar: June 1, 2010

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June: Pagan Artist of the Month: Willow Arleana

Happy June 1st!!!!!!!!!!!

Boy, the months just slip away the older you get, don’t they?

And unfortunately, the 1st of every month is a BUSY time for me at the Pagan & the Pen…but let me goof off some by dragging you down memory lane and take a look at what our Ancient Ancestors were doing.

Yep, so far it looks like a busy time for them too.

Ready to step back in time and take a look?


Let’s give a shout out to all those who are and were Celtic! Because in Celtic lore,  they would have honored what is called the Hamadryads. The Hamadryads were actually spirits that lived in Oak Trees. The name actually came straight out of Greece with a somewhat different meaning. In Greece, the Hamadryads were actually Nymphs (the Greeks loved their Nymphs) that were born with attachments to a certain tree. According to their beliefs, if the tree died, then so did the Nymph. And don’t think about running off to cut one down to see if it’s true, either, because the Gods are said to punish anyone who maliciously hurt a tree and or Nymph. (The Gods, like the Greeks love their Nymphs).


Jumping the magic carpet over into Rome, we see that they were having a festival for two so-very-fabulous Goddesses named Carna and Cardea. Carna overlooked doors, locks, while Cardea overlooked the hinges. Also, Carna protects the larger organs of the body…while Cardea protects the innocent while they sleep from Strigæ. Who were they? A type of Vampire (even though they didn’t use that word back then) who sucked the blood of their victims while they slept. I keep telling people Vampires didn’t begin with Bram Stoker, but no one wants to believe me. *eye roll*

Today is also their Kalends of June.


Leaving Rome, we go to the land and culture of the Norse, as they are honoring one of my favorite Goddesses named Syn (actually named a cat that when I was a kid and then was shocked to find out later–in life–that the name belonged to a cool goddess). Anyway, back then, Syn hung out and aided Fridd, but was also a protector, who would do so if one simply invoked her. Later on, she came to be known as a protector of those in need of justice AS WELL AS those who are on trial.


Checking out Egypt, we have one more celebration going down involving Ma’at and Ra. As this is the day that THEY go forth in secret. (sh-sh-sh don’t tell anybody).

Oh what the hell, run on out and tell the whole world!


Hope you enjoyed today’s Ancient calendar. See you all tomorrow for another look into Ancient History.


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Ancient Calendar: May 30, 2010


One more day and it’s good-bye May. Who’s ready?

Ok, got some Norse stuff for you to all learn today. Ever hear of the Einherjar? Well, if you haven’t, no worries because while today was an Observance all for them, we will be broadening our minds at the same time. And since they happen to have a hand in a little something that interests me—battle of Ragnarok—then away we go!

The Einherjar are Warriors who were once living until they died as heroes during battle. Norse men and women were something fierce and they held those who held a sword very high. They didn’t fear death, they just feared dying without having a good one. And a good one came from being in battle, neck to neck with an enemy.

The Einherjar, though, will aid Odin come the great battle of Ragnarok, which is said to be the very thing that brings about the end of the world. They train daily, eat and drink their fill in Valhalla and await for the great battle of the final destiny of all Gods to come.

However, on this particular day in Norse history, they will be honored. Awakened by the crowning of Gullinkambi (A rooster), they will then test each other by battling until sunset. After which, they will be brought to the side of Odin, where all of their wounds will be healed.

Greece will be having two sacred days dedicated to Hecate. These days were even observed in Rome during Republican times.

Ma’at shall be taken to Ra in Ancient Egypt’s calendar.


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Ancient Calendar: May 26, 2010

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In many circles of Paganism, today is and was Sacred Well Day. What does that mean? Well, it meant that most people would decorate and gussy their Wells up with flowers, and whatever else. If we do this, then the spirits who have passed over, could very well rise up and speak to us. In many corners, Wells were doorways into other worlds. People would use them for Divination and all sorts of fab–things. What cool Well lore do you know?

In Ancient Egypt, this day would have been known as “Receiving of Ra“.


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Pagan Holiday For November 15th, 2009


Pagan Day for Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Sunday is all about the Sun God Hellios, Apollo, Ogmios and, Mithras or Phoebe: The Sun Goddess


Sunday is a good day to deal with matters or magic concerning:

Your creativity—or be creative. Maybe someone else? How about matters of hope or personal money issues? What of victory, anything agriculture, perhaps healing, or a career? Do you have or need ambition and or most importantly, self confidence?


Sunday represents the Sun and the element Fire.


The phase of the moon is: Waning Crescent—2% full



November 15th, 2009

On this day:

Greek Observance for the God Asclepius


The Egyptian Ennead Feast


If we could leap through the magical portal today and browse the festivities of the Ancient World, not allot would be going on. Of course, if you remember yesterday, there was– and perhaps the Celts, and Druids have too many hangovers to do much of anything on this day.

But alas, there is still something to admire and peek in on. You know those Greeks, they rarely have hangovers. So while the other Cultures take it easy (who can blame them), the Greeks will be having an Observance for Asclepius—which some evidence supports truly existed.


Asclepius began as a mortal man. After his death, though, Zeus brought him to live among the other Gods. He was given the star constellation called Ophiuchus and to this day, he is still remembered by some Physicians who take the Hippocratic Oath.


After peeking in on the Greeks, lets swoop on over to Egypt since we are done with the three days of Isis. On this grand Sunday, representing the Sun, what better place to hold a feast than in The House of Ra—the God Ra—Sun God.

The feast is called Ennead –which means the nine divinities. Now, every temple could have its very own Ennead, but today, we pay respect and honor to all nine—

The first Ennead—Ra and the others: his children and grandchildren.

Very appropriate for the day of the Sun, isn’t it?


Well folks, that’s it, which means we can jump back through the portal and have a peaceful day ourselves. Not unless you were one of the many that took the time machine with me yesterday and stayed to party it up with the Celts and Druids. If you are suffering from some of the same hangovers, then we will quietly return to our homes.

See you tomorrow!!!!

Oh, oops, sh-sh-sh-sh. Sorry.