Seasons of the Witch – Ancient Holidays
Remember The Ancient Ways and Keep Them Holy!
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain begins 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Calendar: Ngetal (Reed) – October 28 to November 24.The Reed Month
November ~ Moon Phases
New Moon falls on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:32 AM
First Quarter falls on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 5:07 AM
The Seasons, 2014
Winter Solstice (Winter begins) December 21st at 6:01 evening.
Sun Rides Low, at Southern tropic (turn), enters the sign of Capricorn.
The Year Is Divided Into Four Seasons:
The first season is of a frigid complexion, and this is “Winter”;
The second is of the complexion of Air, and this is “Spring”;
Then follows the third, which is “Summer”, and is of the complexion of Fire;
Lastly, there is the fourth, wherein fruits are matured, which is “Autumn”.
~The Turba Philosophorum, ca. 12 century
As The Wheel Turns ~ Legends and Lore for November 20
Revolution Day in Mexico. Invoke your favorite Goddess of Change today with an offering in fire at your altar. Name the change you’d like brought about.
Day of Sekhmet and the Purifying Flame (Egyptian) – Sekhmet, daughter of Ra, her body spreading a fiery glow, represented the destructive power of the sun and was crowned with a disk and coiled cobra. The day of Sekhmet and the Purifying Flame occurs today the 5th day of Tybi. (Old)
First Day of Ophiuchus – The sun enters the House of Ophiuchus, the lost sign of the zodiac; five days between Scorpio and Sagittarius known to the Greeks as Aesculepius, God of Medicine, grasping the adjacent constellation Serpens, the snake coiled about his body. Ophiuchus, the thirteenth sign, was abolished by St Augustine of Hippo in 600 for being un-Christian. An ancient Babylonian constellation, Nutsirda, (Prince of the Serpent, or Lord of the Underworld) may be identified with Ophiucus. Feast day of Praetextatus and Paulina, ancient Rome, Praetextatus and Paulina were guardians of the Eleusinian mysteries.
In 364 AD they resisted the order of the Christian emperor Valentinian to suppress these Greek pagan sacred rites. The presiding Goddess of the Mysteries was Demeter Feast day of St Edmund, King and Martyr (Red stapelia, Stapelia rufa, is today’s plant, dedicated to this saint)
Commemorations of Priestesses of the Eleusinian mysteries who guarded the faith in 364 C.E. against the order of Christian Emperor Valentinian to suppress the Greek Pagan rites. The priestesses continued performing the rites in whole. Demeter is the presiding Goddess of the Eleusinian Mysteries founded at Eleusis.
On this night, when the Pleiades (a cluster of stars in the constellation of Taurus) become visible to the naked eye, native rituals and celebrations begin in Hawaii to mark the beginning of their harvest season and to honor and give thanks to the ancient God Lono.
Universal Children’s Day (UN) – In 1954, the United Nations General Assembly recommended (in Resolution 836 – IX) that all countries institute a Universal Children’s Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children, and of activity promoting the welfare of the world’s children.
GrannyMoon Says November Is:
Aviation History Month
Diabetes Awareness Month
Georgia Pecan Month
Native American Heritage Month
Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
Sleep Comfort Month
Vegan Awareness Month
Remember the ancient ways and keep them sacred!
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Live each Season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.
~Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
NOTE: Because of the large number of ancient calendars, many in simultaneous use, as well as different ways of computing holy days (marked by the annual inundation, the solar year, the lunar month, the rising of key stars, and other celestial and terrestrial events), you may find these holy days celebrated a few days earlier or later at your local temple.
Courtesy of Granny Moon’s Morning Feast