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

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

 

Today Is …

 

Feast of Salacia, Goddess of Salt Water. If you live near the ocean, go for a swim or put your feet in the water. If not, honor the cleansing and renewal your tears can bring

Rome: Opiconsivia, the feast day honoring Ops Consivia, the Earth Goddess, considered to be the wife of Saturn. Ops was Lady of the Cornucopia, Bounty of the Harvest, and Sustainer of Life. In her honor, the Vestal Virgins opened a special room filled with sacred objects to performed their rites to ensure the fertility of the earth.

Ops or Consivia (the old Italian Goddess of fertility, sowing and reaping) had a special festival, which only the Vestals and the state priest could attend.

Heathen: The end of Odin’s Ordeal (August 17-25). Odin, the Nordic and Germanic all-father, was one of the three original Aesir gods who created the world, and most important of all the Norse Gods. In his quest for knowledge, he hung himself upside down from Yggdrasil, the world tree, for nine days. In commoration of the final day is the Festival of the Discovery of the Runes, when Odin fell “screaming” from the tree on which he had been bound, having gained the knowledge he sought.

Uppsala, Sweden, once observed this festival by sacrificing men and animals and hanging them in trees; devotees were burnt on pyres. Odin’s ordeal of hanging on the tree until his enlightenment bears apparent relation to the stories of both the Buddha and Jesus.

Voudun: Table Communion pour Dan Wezo, Roi de France

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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Celebrating Other Spirituality 365 Days a Year – The Consualia and Festival of the Pales

July 7 and 8

The Consualia and Festival of the Pales

It is believed that the festivals in honor of Consus were possibly to celebrate the harvest. Consus had an altar in the Circus Maximus in Rome that was kept underground. The altar was only exposed on July 7 and August 21, with burnt sacrifices offered in July by the Sacredotes Publici (state priests) and in August by the Flamen Quirnalis (priest of Consus) with the Vestal Virgins in attendance.

The Festival of Pales, held on Nonae Caprotinae (nones of the wild fig), was a feast of serving women held in honor of Juno Caprotina.