Seasons of the Witch – Legends and Lore, Ancient Holidays And Some Not So Ancient!
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On this date (approximately), the Sun enters the astrological sign of Virgo. Persons born under the sign of the Virgin are said to be analytical, organized, meticulous, and often prone to being perfectionists. Virgo is an earth sign and is ruled by the planet Mercury.
Festival of Nemesis. Dress in white today. Participate in an activity centered on social justice. Communicate clearly.
Egypt/Kemet: Feast of the birth of Osiris; the partner and great love of Isis, father of Horus; guide of all husbands, fathers, and judges.
Greece: Feast day of Agios (Saint) Dionysios. The processions for this patron saint of the Ionian island of Zante are very colourful. The town holds a procession, strewing the roads with myrtle branches for the saint to pass over.
Rome: Opening of Mundus Cereris; the womb or labyrinthine passage to the underworld, the domain of Ceres, the great Mother of vegetation. Also, Feast day of Mania. Today was the first day of the Roman festival for the manes, deified ancestral spirits. According to some, the European St Bartholomew’s Day festivities grew out of this ancient festival. See Pip Wilson’s almanac for Bartlemas information.
Papua-New Guinea: Waratambar, the day of thanksgiving to God and Nature for the goodness of the harvest. In New Ireland villages, people celebrate with song and dance in costumes representing comic characters. It is a big day for gatherings of family and friends.
Swaziland, Umhlanga week at the royal city of Lobamba, Swaziland. Young girls gather reeds for several days and on the sixth bring them to the queen or queen mother of this African monarchy. Before the queen, they dance the umhlanga, a slow processional dance. The girls throw reeds in the air as a coming-of-age rite. On day seven, the girls rebuild the screens around the royal kraal with reeds.
England: Chimney sweeps’ feast. Begun in the early 19th century by a man named Jem White, in Smithfield. Only the young child apprentices to the master-sweeps were invited, and Jem White himself was head waiter.
Resource – See Festivals & Holidays: http://secondsightresearch.tripod.com/bodyandsoul/id2.html
GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives Remember the ancient ways and keep them sacred! )0( 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)
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