Seasons of the Witch – Legends and Lore, Ancient Holidays And Some Not So Ancient!

Witchy CommentsSeasons of the Witch – Legends and Lore, Ancient Holidays And Some Not So Ancient!

 

Today Is …

 

Festival of Cerridwen. Invoke Her tonight and ask Her for creative solutions to problems and how to manifest those solutions. The potent nature of her brew has, today, transformed Cerridwen, in some eyes, into a Goddess of fertility, creativity, harvest, inspiration, knowledge and luck. The pink or white sow, a symbol of fertility, good fortune and enrichment, is said to be her matron animal.

The New Year of the Seminole Indian tribe of Florida begins on this date, and is celebrated with an annual Green Corn Dance honoring the new corn crop.

In Italy, this day is sacred to the Witch of Gaeta; in Greece, the Goddess Athena is honor is celebrated on July 3rd,

Cherokee Green Corn Dance. This annual ritual is also performed by other tribes, including the Seminoles. The 4-day festival is a New Year celebration in thanksgiving for the maize harvest, honoring the maize Goddess Selu.

Northern Hemisphere: The Dog Days, ruled by the Dog Star, Sirius, begin today. This is considered the hottest part of the year by people who haven’t been to Texas.

Greek: The third day of each month is sacred to the Goddess Athena.

Slavic Pagan: Cherven (July) 3 – The Day of Remembrance for Knjaz Sviatoslav the Great. Sviatoslav, the Great Pagan Prince of Rus

July 4 Native American Holidays & Commemorations

– Spirits of the Mountains Ceremony, an Apache tradition.

– Sun Dance honoring the Great God Who Lives in Sun’s Fires, a rite of the Ute Tribe of Utah and Colorado.

Greek: The fourth day of every month is sacred to the Goddess Aphrodite and the God Hermes.

U.S. Independence Day. On this day, the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the official “birth” of the United States is celebrated by Pagans and non-Pagans alike. On this day, many patriotic American Wiccans honor and give thanks to Lady Liberty, and perform magickal spells and rituals for the benefit of the country.

Day of Pax. On this day in ancient times, Pax (a Roman Goddess of Peace and Harmony, identified with the Greek Goddess Concordia) was honored with feasting and revelry.

Also on this day, the spirits of the mountains are honored by the Mescalero Apache Gahan Ceremonial, while the Great God who dwells within the fire of the Sun is paid homage to by the Ute Indian tribe of Utah and Colorado, who perform an annual Sun Dance.

July 4-U.S. Independence Day. Celebrate ways you are independent.

July 5-Sun Dance Festival. Go to the beach and make solar mandalas in the sand, or go to a dance.

July 6-Day of Io, the Cow Goddess. Imagination should be fertile today. Practice an art form.

July 3-August 15. This was recognized by the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Arabians and Polynesians. The Dog Days of Summer takes it’s name from the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. The ancient words which we translate as “the Dog Star” could also be interpreted as “the little bitch bringing heat.” This is the hottest period in the Northern hemisphere of Earth.

Remember The Ancient Ways and Keep Them Holy!

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