Who were the Maenads?

Enchanted Circle of Witches®

Written By Priestess Hypatia

For Coven Life



Priestess of Bacchus, John Collier (taken from Wikimedia commons), 1886

In Thebes the birth place of Dionysus, the God of wine, the Maenads were born. They were known as the Priestesses who were part of the Dionysus cult and performed ecstatic dance. Roaming the mountains of Thebes, trancing and dancing in fawn skin dresses and panther throws, snake crowns and barefoot. Snakes in ancient times were used as healers.

The list of Maenads is long in history, these women that maintained the Dionysian cult with ecstatic ceremonies were distinct to the Hellenic world. A religious cult unlike no other, the women maintained a frenzied state of ecstasy. Extended periods of dancing (usually to the point of absolute and utter exhaustion) and drinking wine, the Maenads participated in orgiastic celebrations dancing naked through the forests of Thrace.

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January 30 N. H. Current Moon Phase and Planetary Positions

Current Moon Phase


Today the Moon will be in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.

From Moongiant.com

You can use this link to go forward or backward in time for Moon phase information. If you are curious you can even find out what phase the Moon was in when you or anyone else you know was on the date the person was born.

Custom Planetary Positions

The time for the Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Chicago, Illinois, USA


January 30, 2020
12:00 pm GMT (6:00 AM CST)
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:10 Aquarius 03
Moon:11 Aries 56
Mercury:23 Aquarius 29
Venus:20 Pisces 08
Mars:18 Sagittarius 22
Jupiter:13 Capricorn 21
Saturn:24 Capricorn 52
Uranus:02 Taurus 49
Neptune:17 Pisces 02
Pluto:23 Capricorn 22

True Lunar Node:07 Cancer 53 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:06 Cancer 41 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):00 Aries 21

Chiron:02 Aries 28
Ceres:29 Capricorn 40
Pallas:04 Capricorn 46
Juno:21 Libra 23
Vesta:15 Taurus 23

Eris:23 Aries 15

If you need to calculate the planetary positions for a specific use and time, click on this link


To figure out GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)e to your local time use this link

For You Local Time and Date

If you have questions about using any of the links please leave them in the comment section as others may have the same question and it is easier to answer once than many times via email. Thank you.