Seasons of the Witch – Legends and Lore, Ancient Holidays

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Seasons of the Witch – Legends and Lore, Ancient Holidays

And Some Not So Ancient!

 

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Day Dedicated to Nathor. (Nuit Nut, Nwt, Nathor) Celebrate with a Middle Eastern/Egyptian meal.

 

In ancient Egypt, the cow-headed Goddess Hathor was honored on this day by an annual festival known as Breaking the Nile. The festival, which was also dedicated to all water and River Goddesses, celebrated the rising of the fertile waters of the mystical River Nile.

 

In ancient Greece, the annual mourning ceremony called the Adonia was held on this date in honor of the dying hero-god Adonis.

 

Dog Days/Doyo – The Japanese call these the Dog Days, the most dangerous time of the year because of the heat which brings with it vermin and illness. The best way to stay healthy during this time is to eat lots of eels, whose slippery coolness is the proper antidote. For more information on the Dog Days, see July 2. Rufus, Anneli, The World Holiday Book, Harper San Francisco 1994

 

FEAST OF ‘AUT-YER, Egypt – Personification of Female Joy.

 

Gaia Consciousness Day – Day to meditate on Mother Earth as a living planet.

 

School of The Seasons, Sacred Source, The Daily Bleed

 

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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)

 

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

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July 28 In the olden days of Pagan Europe, the great thunder-god Thor was honored on this day with prayers for protection of the crops against destructive storms.

July 28-Birthday of Pythias, Oracle of Delphi. Practice divination skills today and though them seek to know yourself better

July 28-29 Vardavar – Armenians celebrate the Monday and Tuesday seven weeks after Pentecost as Rose Day. Once this was a midsummer festival of the goddess, Anahid, who was offered roses and doves. These are still part of the ritual, along with sprinkling water on each other and spending the day outdoors.

According to Injejkian, in Armenia, women and children often carried a broom dressed in rags called the boub ‘lad ‘gin through the village, singing special songs. Onlookers threw water on the ragged broom or bride, as it was sometimes called, and gave those who carried it lard, cracked wheat, and eggs. After the procession, the boub’lad’gin carriers gathered at a sacred spring and dined on pilav.
Blackburn, Bonnie & Leofranc Holford-Strevens, The Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999

Injejkian, Hasmig, “In Search of Nine Keghi Songs,” Canadian Journal for Traditional Music (1990), http://cjtm.icaap.org/content/18/v18art7.html

Brussels, Belgium: KERMESSE. A 600-year-old-spectacular parade featuring elaborate floats & enormous balloon creatures & characters.

Virgin Islands: HURRICANE SUPPLICATION DAY.

MAYAN CALENDER: NEW YEARS DAY! Eighteen 20-day months (appended by five ‘bad days’); beginning today with the Month of Pop
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Seasons of the Witch – Legends and Lore, Ancient Holidays And Some Not So Ancient!

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The Mayan New Year is celebrated annually on this date in South America. This is a very sacred day to the Maya, who welcome their New Year with feasts and prayers in honor of the old gods.

Mayan New Year. Make an offering in a well.

Egyptian: Birthday of Aten. Aten was the radiant disk of the sun. Aten (also Aton, Egyptian jtn) is the disk of the sun in ancient Egyptian mythology, and originally an aspect of Ra.

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Swaziland Festival of the She-Elephant. Feed the elephants at the zoo or place an elephant figurine on you altar.

Osiris: On this day, the birth of the vegetation- and fertility-god Osiris is celebrated by many Wiccans of the wiccan tradition.

The annual death and rebirth of Osiris personifies the self-renewing vitality and fertility of nature.

Japan: In the country of Japan, the annual Bon festival is celebrated on this date in honor of ancestral spirits.

1527: John Dee was born in London, England. He was renowned as an alchemist and was skilled in the arts of wizardry.

For many years he served as the royal astrologer of Queen Elizabeth I. He died in poverty in the year 1608.

Kronia – In ancient times, the Greek month of Hecatombion was also called Kronion, in honor of the old agricultural god Kronus, whose symbol was the reaper’s scythe. On the full moon (like the full moon of September which is also a Harvest Moon), the farm year ended with masters and slaves gathering to enjoy a harvest dinner together.

Obon Festival begins – Japanese Buddhist festival to honor the departed souls who return and share a life with us during these days. It is also called the Festival of the Lanterns, because of the colorful paper lanterns light the way. On the last day, the souls of the dead return and are given food offerings, accompanied by a silent, gliding circle dance, the bon-odori. Spirits with no relatives are honored with little boats bearing paper lanterns which are set afloat on the Tide of Returning Ghosts to drift out to sea. (Also celebrated in some places on Aug 13-15.)

Buddhist: Asala (Dhammacakka Day – Turning of the Wheel of Teaching) Buddhist observance of the day when Gautama Buddha made his first public proclamation to five ascetics. He taught the middle way, the noble eight-fold path and the four noble truths.

2003: Essex, England. Strange lights which floated and darted through the air were spotted in the skies over Cornwell Crescent in the town of Stanford-le-Hope at about 3:30 in the afternoon. The lights were caught on video by two witnesses. “I thought it was a UFO as there is no other explanation,” said one of the witnesses.

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Nova Scotia Lobster Festival. Enjoy seafood for dinner or visit an aquarium. Thank Yemaya for Her gifts.

Panathenaea: In ancient Greece, a six-day festival called the Panathenaea began on this day every four years. It was held in honor of the Goddess Athena.

On this day, Pagans around the world celebrate the divine birthdays of the wine- and fertility-god Dionysus and the Greek goddess Rhea.

On this date in the year 1992, Herman Slater (Wiccan High Priest, well-known occult author, and proprietor of the Magickal Childe bookstore and Witchcraft supply shop in New York City) lost his battle against AIDS. His death was a great loss to the magickal community.

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.

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

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“Graeco-Roman: Hecate ~ The last day of the month was sacred to Hecate. Offerings were made to her in the cross-roads (typically at a place where a side path joins a main road), which seem to be haunted the world over. ‘Hecate’s Suppers’ were put out monthly for her.

Day of Aestas, Roman Grain Goddess of Summer. The ancient Roman Corn-Goddess of Summer is honored each year on this sacred day. Corn bread is traditionally served at Pagan gatherings. Bake and eat bread. Offer some to Aestas.

This day is also sacred to the Pagan and Native American Goddesses Ceres, Changing Woman, Chicomecoatl, the Corn Mothers, Demeter, Gaia, Ge, Hestia,
Iatiku, Oraea, Pachamama, Spider Woman, and Tonantzin.

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.

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Ancient Rome: Lundi Piscateri, the Festival of Fishermen, is celebrated in the Roman traditions with a ritual and blessing of the boats of fishermen.

Greece: Festival of Eurydice, a tree nymph who was transformed into an underworld goddess after dying from a serpent bite was honored annually in ancient Greece.
Ask Her for a dream or vision!

Ancient Egyptian: Day of the procession of Sopdu, the Warrior.

1873 – US: Susan B. Anthony arrested for voting

The Cleansing Lily ~ Annual purification ritual to drive away the evil spirits of the rainy season takes place on this date in Nara, Japan. Lily stalks are blessed by seven white-robed priestesses, and a traditional dance is performed.

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Goddess Month of Hera begins 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Calendar: Uath (Hawthorn) – May 13 to June 9
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May Moon Phases
First Quarter falls on Monday, 25 May, 2015 at 1:20 PM
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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

 

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Goddess Month Month of Maia begins 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera begins 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Calendar: Uath (Hawthorn) – May 13 to June 9
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May Moon Phases
Last Quarter falls on Monday, 11 May, 2015 at 6:36 AM
New Moon falls on Monday, 18 May, 2015 at 12:15 AM
First Quarter falls on Monday, 25 May, 2015 at 1:20 PM
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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

 

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Goddess Month Month of Maia begins 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Willow  April 15 – May 12

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May Moon Phases
Full “Flower” Moon falls on Sunday, 03 May, 2015 at 11:44 PM
Last Quarter falls on Monday, 11 May, 2015 at 6:36 AM
New Moon falls on Monday, 18 May, 2015 at 12:15 AM
First Quarter falls on Monday, 25 May, 2015 at 1:20 PM
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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

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