This Week’s Hellenic Calendar Reminders:
- Today (24 August), tomorrow, and Tuesday are sacred to the Khthonioi (Underworld Gods), the ancestors, and local heroes. It is a good time to honor the dead.
- Monday evening (25 August) marks the Dark Moon, or Héne kaì Néa (Old and New). This is the final night of the lunar month, and it is sacred to Hekate; it is traditional to leave a meal for Hekate and Her train of souls at a local crossroads.
- Tuesday evening (26 August) marks the Noumenía (New Moon), the first night of the new lunar month of Boedromión. On this night, it is proper to honor Apollon as Theos of new beginnings (similar in function to the Roman Janus), as well as Selene the Moon and the Agathos Daimon (the spirit of the home and its prosperity).
- Wednesday, 27 August, is sacred to Apollon Noumenios (Apollon of the New Month), Selene the Moon, and the Agathos Daimon.
- Thursday, 28 August, is sacred to the Agathos Daimon.
- In the Athenian calendar, Friday, 29 August, is sacred to Athene (as She is thought to have been born on the third of Her birth month). In Athens, the 3rd of Boedromión marked the festival to Nike (Victory) know as the Niketería.
- In the Athenian calendar, Saturday, 30 August, is considered sacred to Hermes, Aphrodite, Eros, Herakles, and any Theoi and Daimones associated with gender identity or sexual expression.
Festivals in Other Traditions:
- Hinduism: On Thursday, 29 August, some Hindu sects celebrate the Ganesh Chaturthi, a celebration of the (re)birth of Ganesh, the elephant-headed opener of ways and remover of obstacles. It is traditional to make or purchase a clay image of Ganesh and immerse it in water, to sanctify the image and soften it so the clay can be added to the home garden.
- Roman Catholicism: Saints’ festivals this week, beginning today, 1 June, are: Sunday—St. Bartholomew; Monday—St. Louis of France; Tuesday—St. Joseph Calasanz; Wednesday—St. Monica; Thursday—St. Augustine of Hippo; Friday—Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist; Saturday—St. Jeanne Jugan.
- Eastern Orthodox Christianity: Here are the commemmorations for Sunday; Monday; Tuesday; Wednesday; Thursday; Friday; and Saturday.
- Religio Romana: Today, 24 August, marks a sacrifice to Luna; it also marks the first of three days during which the mundus, a ceremonial pit dedicated to Ceres, was open and awaiting offerings to Ceres and the dead. // Monday, 25 August, marks the Opiconsivia, a sacrifice and festival to Ops, the chthonic Dea of Plenty. // Wednesday, 27 August, marks the Volturnalia, a festival to the indigenous Italian god of rivers and flowing water (identified later on with the Tiber River specifically). // Thursday, 28 August, marked a chariot race for Sol and Luna in the Circus Maximus.
- Kemeticism: The newest round of Kemetic Roundtable posts is up (you can view it here). The new composition topic is Ma’at and isfet, how you identify those concepts, and what role they play in your practice. Posts on this topic will be published on September 10th.
- Natib Qadish: Monday, 25 August, marks the Chudthu (New Moon) and first holiday of the Canaanite holy year. Known as ‘Ashuru Mathbati, it is traditional to build temporary shrines from cut branches to house images of the Gods. Decorate these shrines and fill them with offerings, and talk to the Gods about things you don’t normally discuss with them. (Correct me if I’m wrong—I may have misunderstood Tess Dawson’s description!)
- Shinto: On Tuesday and Wednesday, 26-27 August, some regions of Japan celebrate the Dai-Chochin Matsuri, or Giant Lantern Festival, during which giant paper lanterns decorated with scenes from myths and history are illuminated by giant candles.
- Rodnovery (Slavic Polytheism): Beginning on Thursday, 28 August, is a period of time lasting until 22 September known as the Medjudnevnica. It is holy to Dajbog, the elderly Underworld Sun who helps tend the coals that keep people warm at night and knows where all gold and silver is hidden. As He is able to grant gifts of prosperity, it is considered a good time to offer His dwarf-servants gold and silver at caves and tunnels so they will bring good fortune.
- Ekklesia Antinoou: Friday, 29 August, marks the commemoration of Diva Matidia being named Augusta in 112 CE.
- Thiasos of the Starry Bull: The night of Thursday, 28 August, marks the Pannykhis (All-Night Vigil) of Ariadne, the Bride of the Starry Bull.
- Today’s blog is for Your Mod’s fellow Hellenic Polytheists (though many other paths may appreciate it as well). It’s called Greek Revivalist Mommy, and it’s made up of posts exploring various pieces of Hellenic wisdom and aspects of festivals or daily religious life. The posts don’t have the depth of some other bloggers—but GRM is a pretty busy lady! It’s nice to see blogs from people who don’t have all the time in the world to post.
See anything this past week in the pagan or polytheist spheres of Tumblr that made you cheer? Any posts that made you proud to be on the path you follow? Any people or bloggers that you feel others should read? Or do you know of a festival or event coming up that you would like to share? Send them in!
This weekly round-up post may end up catering primarily to Hellenic Polytheists, but any pagan faith can submit recommendations if they want to. Posts, events, and other items will be posted at Your Mod’s discretion.