Celebrating Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Festival of Luna

August 24th

Festival of Luna

 

Luna, the Roman Goddess of the moon, often identified with Selene, the Greek Goddess of the moon. Her temple was on the Aventine Hill, and there was another temple to Luna “Noctiluca” (Luna that shines by night) on the Palatine Hill. It was during Luna’s festival that the cover was removed from the mundus-ritual pit. This allowed the spirits of the Underworld to roam free. Thus, all public business was forbidden. Her other festivals were held on August 28 and March 28, at which times the focal point was again the removal of the mundus. It is likely that all secular activities were ceased at these times so as not to disturb or anger the spirits, should they damage the crops or obstruct planting and harvest activities.

 

The Wicca Book of Days for March 31 – A Lunar Lady

The Wicca Book of Days for March 31

A Lunar Lady

Luna, the Roman Moon Goddess whose Greek equivalent was Selene, was once honored with a festival in Rome on March 31, also the day on which a temple was dedicated to her on the Aventine Hill. This Goddess of the Lunar Disk was envisaged as traversing the sky either perched on a mule or driving a biga, a chariot pulled by two horses, and was considered to have gone astray whenever there was an eclipse of the Moon. When this happened, mortals in Rome called back the errant Goddess by blowing trumpets, banging metal objects together, and generally making an almighty din.

Silver and Pearls

Since Ancient times, both silver and pearls have been considered sacred to Lunar Goddesses, for both resemble the gently glowing Moon. Pay tribute to Luna, on this, her feast day, or pearls mounted in a silver setting.