Tag: ritual

Miasma & Menstruation

Originally posted on Of Thespiae:
This topic comes up pretty frequently, so I’m going to make a post about it that hopefully covers everything in the best ways possible: Boeotian vase painting with Artemis Long story short, it’s actually been concluded that ?while unusual for the Mediterranean in ancient times? the ancient Hellenes didn’t appear…

Isidis Navigium

I’m posting this late because I don’t have internet on the homestead yet. March 5th was the usually considered the date of the Roman festival of Isidis Navigium, celebrating the Egyptian Isis as the patron of sailors (although some sources seem to say that it fell on March 6th, so hey, maybe I’m not late!).…

Greco-Egyptian Noumenia Ritual

So, today is the Noumenia, the New month in the Greek Calendar. Although Noumenia means literally “New Moon”, it is not on what is astrologically called the new moon, which is really the dark moon. Rather, it occurs a few days later, when the first sliver of light appeared. It was considered one of the…

Starting Over

I’m going to start practicing rituals again, even if I don’t necessarily believe. I am comforted by the rituals and the symbolism. I recently traded bedrooms with my brother (we live together), because he may need surgery eventually, and if that happens I don’t want him to have to go up and down stairs every…

Io Saturnalia! A ritual

Yesterday was the first day of the Roman festival of Saturnalia, the holiday from which most Christmas traditions are taken. It was the most popular Roman holiday, and all business was suspended for the week. It was a time of celebration and joy, and also an upturning of the social order. More information is available…

the Festival of Neith

  In ancient Alexandria, every year a great festival, called the Feast of Lamps, was held for Neith, the primordial Goddess of Lower Egypt. Herodotus tells us that the celebrants burned uncountable numbers of candles and lamps in an outdoor feast that lasted all night. This year that date fell on Wednesday (the 30th), but…