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Pagan Holiday for November 17th, 2009

Pagan Days for Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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!

 

The moon phase for today is:

~Waxing Crescent~

What do you know, the Waxing Crescent is for magic concerning love, wealth, success, friendship, luck or health.

 

Now, Rie McGaha has agreed to pull a Kate & Leopold with us so we can go back in time to see what the Holidays were today. Yep, she will shove us off the Brooklyn Bridge so we can get enough speed and force to slip through a tear in time…ready?

 

November 17th belongs to…

The Roman Ceres

& the Greek Demeter

 

Artist Soa Lee

 

 

Ceres and Demeter were the same Goddess. One belonged to the Romans and the other belonged to the Greeks. On this day, the Romans are throwing an informal Observance for Ceres: Goddess of Agriculture.

Ceres was not always a part of Rome.

Back during 496 BCE, Rome was facing an awful drought. Having enough before all of Rome starved, the Sibylline Oracles demanded that they bring Ceres into their culture to spare them.

Rome did so, but Ceres did not belong to everyone. She became a mysterious Goddess worshipped by women—women having the power to invoke her. That meant only women knew and practiced the sacred rites and rituals of Ceres and only women passed them down…to other women.

Of course sooner or later, women stopped passing those secrets probably when Rome was handed over to Christianity and Paganism became feared. That meant the rites and secrets of Ceres were forgotten and not one historian was able to record them for us Pagans of the future.

 

So today as you light your candles and give a whisper of honor to Ceres…

think about the women who kept her secrets sacred and alive. And possibly let them know, wherever they are, that Paganism did indeed survive, after all.

 

Like to add a little science to your Paganism?

Well Ceres is also the name of a dwarf star—the only one in our asteroid belt.

Them Ancients were so dang smart!

 

 

 

 

 

Links for further reading

 

Want to know what November represents?

Check out my past post called:

Paganism: The Month of November

 

Want more written by someone else?

Check out…

Ceres (dwarf planet) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ceres – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ceres (mythology) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Demeter, Greek Goddess of The Bountiful Harvest