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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays : November 27th : Sacred Fleece & a Farewell to Cailleach, for now…

In Ancient History….

Today, the Greeks are having a Pompaia of the Sacred Fleece!

In classical Greece, a Pompaia was a formal celebration of rituals that took place in many cities and towns by tons of people—people being the key. In this particular one, many  would carry the skin of a sheep that had been sacrificed in honor of Zeus. As they walked together holding the fleece, a priest of Zeus would hold up a Caduceus (a staff of Hermes intertwined with snakes) and lead them onward.

Zeus was said to protect all those participating in a Pompaia.  This particular one was meant to drive away storms so that the newly planted crops would not be harmed or destroyed. However, there are other purposes for this day as well. One of them being evil. If someone had been doing lots of evil deeds and wanted to be purged from the evil itself, they could place a left foot on the fleece, and the fleece’s power would drain all the evil out of them.

The Goddess Month of Cailleach Ends today.

 

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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: November 20th: A Greek Initiation and An Egyptian Goddess Linked to New Age Vampires

 

Today, Greece is holding a festival for Praetextatus & Paulina.

Praetextatus & Paulina happen to be the keepers of the Eleusinian Mysteries.

Today an initiation ritual would have been preformed by the Greeks and their Priestesses. That’s what the Eleusinian Mysteries are, initiation of the initiate, along with whatever celebration and ceremony that moment called for.

These mysteries belonged to Demeter and her daughter Persephone. These mysteries, not to be confused with lesser ones, were the greatest and most sacred in all of Greece.

In Egypt, we have another feast going on. This one is for Sekhmet—a goddess you really don’t hear too  much anymore unless you frequent Vampire communities online or, maybe, in life.

Vampires or those who are into that lifestyle, having their own reasons, have adopted this Goddess into their own personal pantheon, but in Ancient Egypt, no such belief existed *winks*—least not on this day of course.

On this day, Egyptians would have held  a huge feast in Sekhmet’s honor and homage paid to her Purifying Flame.

Her name means power or might. She sustains the spirits of those who have died by bringing them food in the Underworld.  If you are living, she would be important to you to as well. For if you have need of conquest, vengeance, or punishment for wrong doers, then you would skirt off to a Temple of Sekhmet.

Beginning as a warrior, she was all about protection. The Pharaohs’ depended on Sekhmet greatly for protecting them. It is said that her breath created the deserts.

Sekhmet (Sakhmet) is one of the oldest known Egyptian deities. Her name is derived from the Egyptian word “Sekhem” (which means “power” or “might”) and is often translated as the “Powerful One”. She is depicted as a lion-headed woman, sometimes with the addition of a sun disc on her head. Her seated statues show her holding the ankh of life, but when she is shown striding or standing she usually holds a sceptre formed from papyrus (the symbol of northern or Lower Egypt) suggesting that she was associated primarily with the north. However, some scholars argue that the deity was introduced from Sudan (south of Egypt) where lions are more plentiful.

Sekhmet was represented by the searing heat of the mid-day sun (in this aspect she was sometimes called “Nesert”, the flame) and was a terrifying goddess. However, for her friends she could avert plague and cure disease. She was the patron of Physicians, and Healers and her priests became known as skilled doctors. As a result, the fearsome deity sometimes called the “lady of terror” was also known as “lady of life”. Sekhmet was mentioned a number of times in the spells of The Book of the Dead as both a creative and destructive force, but above all, she is the protector of Ma´at (balance or justice) named “The One Who Loves Ma´at and Who Detests Evil”. Source

Links for further reading:

The Ecole Initiative: The Eleusinian Mysteries

Eleusinian Mysteries - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sekhmet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ancient Egyptian Gods Online--Sekhmet

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The Paganism of Valentine’s Day

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Not only is February 14th celebrated all around the world as a day of affection and love, but its also highly debated  as to where it originated from and if it should be celebrated at all by certain religions.

Yes, to some Valentine’s Day is yet another Pagan sin-fest of wild sex orgies and unforgiveable transgressions.

*wink*

 

While Valentine’s Day is steeped in Pagan roots….it’s celebrations were, in my opinion, beautiful and enriched with every cultures traditional stamp.

What do the other Religions say? One source says:

According the website American Catholic; to some Valentine was a priest in the Roman Empire who helped persecuted Christians during the reign of Claudius II. He was, as legend has it, thrown in jail and later beheaded on Feb. 14. In fact there is no historical supporting evidence of such a man. Others say Valentine was someone who secretly married couples when marriage was forbidden, or suffered in Africa, or wrote letters to his jailer’s daughter, and was probably beheaded. Still others say Valentine was a Catholic bishop or Terni, during the reign of Claudius II who was beheaded. The historical evidence supports none of these legends that have been handed down for generations. Source

 

February itself is dedicated and sacred to the Roman Goddess Juno Februata, Goddess of Love or the ‘fever’ associated with love, passion, women, fertility, etc.  (every culture had a Goddess representing this)

Valentine’s day at one time revolved around her and this febris, fever of love,…the joining of God and Goddess. It represented the spiritual marriage between man and his Goddess, and or woman and her god. Men and women played the role of both….

 

One festival that took place February 15th called Lupercalia. Lupercalia revolved around Lupa—mother of Romulus and Remus—two twins. Romulus and Remus (their tale possibly spurring Cain and Abel myths)were believed to be the founders of Rome, whom were raised by wolves or Lupa– the Sacred She-Wolf. The cave they were suckled and parented by Lupa, was named Lupercal and would later become the very center for the festival of Lupercalia.

During these, many rites and rituals,revolving around lovers, passion, and fertility.

Other traditions became something of a lottery where young men would draw the names of women from a box. The name drawn would mean that the boy and girl would become sexual partners for the rest of the year.  The girl would receive a gift from the boy and came to represent the Goddess Juno for whom the month name came. She, representing and becoming a vessel of the Goddess, while he became her lover and vessel of the God—Juno’s God Husband, Jupiter.

This became the source for many erotic games, renounced by the Church many moons later.

Babylon….

This day surrounded the Babylonians god Saturn, using their own rites and rituals, represented  by many Gods and Goddesses.

So where did the belief that Valentine’s day came from St. Valentine?

In ancient culture, the Babylonian/Roman/biblical Nimrod (also believed to be the God Saturn) was known as the first St. Valentine. It is said that the heart representing Valentines came from Babylonian culture—the heart, the symbol, representing Baal (a title for Lord) of Babylonians—Nimrod. His name was also Santa or Sanctuc—hero/god—meaning saint. The title St. Valentine was shared by many throughout history.

Other Cultures gave rise to Cupid , less not forget, and Eros and Aphrodite reflected the sacred day in Greek civilizations.Venus, Kama, Priapus, and Pan to name a few more.

 

One thing that is unchanging concerning what efforts were made to do so…Valentine’s Day is all about the Lovers and or love.

 

Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day

http://wilstar.com/holidays/valentn.htm

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The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths & Secrets by Barbara G. Walkers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pagan Holiday for November 13th, 2009

 

Friday, November 13th, 2009

 

Whoo hoo!!!! It’s Friday the 13th!

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Friday belongs to Frigga or Venus—Goddess of love and transformation.

Friday is a great day to deal with matters or magical workings concerning:

Family life, friendship, growth, harmony, love, romance, passion.

Friday belongs to the planet Venus and the element of fire.

 

November 13th is the day of:

The Roman festival of Epulum Jovis

also…

Rome celebrated a festival honoring Feronia on this day as well.

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Egyptians honor Isis again today.

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the Runic half month of Nyd begins.

 

 

Lots Going on in Rome Today!

 

 

Today they would hold a Festival of Epulum Jovis which was a formal banquet in Capitola where the members of the Senate and Magistrates of Rome would attend.  The banquet was in honor of Jupiter, Juno, & Minerva.

Now while they were doing that, there was another festival going on that honored Feronia. She just happens to be the Goddess of flowers and of the pleasures of youth.

Now if you lived in Rome and wanted to drop off an offering of flowers and the seasons first fruits for Feronia, you would simple trot on over the the foot of Mount Soracte in Etruria because that’s where it was.

 

Today in Egypt, we are not done with Isis yet!

Now remember Isis started her journey yesterday searching for the body of her brother/husband Osiris. Well, today, we give Isis the chance to mourn and grieve for him.

 

 

Runes, Runes, Runes!

 

Today begins the Runic half month of Nyd. That means, we need to get it together and do our Winter preparations.

 

 

Well folks, that’s it for today. I was too lazy to grab links for further reading because I have a kid that was up all night sick. So, with that being said…my lazy ol’ butt leaves with all of the above—wishing you a fabulous Friday the 13th!