Pagan Calendar: September 1, 2016
*Dark (New) Moon in Virgo @ 4:03 am CDT: The Dark Moon (or New Moon) is when the Moon is completely dark. This is when the Sun, Moon, and Earth line up in that order and on the same line. That is, the Moon is between the Earth and the Sun, so it appears completely dark to us, as if it disappeared.
As the Moon moves in conjunction with the Sun, rising in the morning and crosses the sky, unseen, during daylight. This means there is no Moon in the sky during the night. Thus, this is the darkest night of the month. In the countryside on a starless night, you cannot see your hand before your face. It is complete and absolute darkness, like being in a void of perception.
But, within this perceptual isolation, is mystery and wonder. This is the time when the spirit can realize the possibility of unrealized potential. On this day, the Moon moves in conjunction with the Sun, rising in the morning and crosses the sky, unseen, during daylight. Many Witches use the Dark Moon as a rest period for regeneration and meditation.
Thursday: Day of Strength
The planet Jupiter rules Thursday, as the French word, jeudi, suggests. Thursday is the day to focus on wealth, success, luck, career development, legal matters, and material growth. It is associated with magic dealing with dedication, endurance, faithfulness, legal matters, loyalty, luck and money matters.
Color of the Day: Purple
Power, success, idealism, psychic manifestations; ideal for rituals to secure ambitions, independence, financial rewards, or to make contact with the spiritual otherworld.
Deities of the Day: Juno (Roman)/Hera (Greek), Jupiter (Roman)/Zeus (Greek), Thor (Norse)
Juno was the ancient Roman great mother goddess. In her Greek equivalent of Hera, she was the mature and powerful Queen of Olympus, and a powerful matriarch. She was a source of fertility, marriage, and childbirth. She was a guardian of women and children, and that of money. She was known by many names, including Juno Augusta, the harvest mother; Juno Februata, the mother of Mars; and Juno Lucina, the mother of light. In this latter aspect, the goddess was pictured as carrying a torch, or scepter of light.
Juno was associated with the lily, the cuckoo, and the peacock. In processionals, her priestesses carried fans made of peacock feathers. The many “eyes” on the feathers were thought to watch over women, and they symbolized the 50 priestesses who served Juno’s temple.
The word money actually comes from the word moneta. In ancient times, Juno’s temples housed the Roman mint. Coins that were made there were considered to be blessed by yet another associative Roman aspect of herself, Juno Moneta.
The Roman sky god and ruler of their pantheon, Jupiter is a god of justice and was originally a god of agriculture who brought the rains that the crops needed to thrive. As Rome developed, Jupiter became more of a dignified and stoic protector and guardian of the city and state of Rome. In that version, he was called Jupiter Optimus Maximus, “the greatest god.”
Jupiter is often linked with Zeus in Greek mythology; many of the images of Jupiter are stylized after the Greek Zeus. He was later identified by the German and Norse people with their god of thunder, Thor. The Roman Jupiter was linked to hospitality (likely because he always rode herd on the squabbling gods and goddesses). Jupiter Optimus Maximus, as the protector of Rome, was also in charge of laws and social order on earth. Oaths, treaties, and alliances were sworn in his name.
The 5th day of the week is dedicated to Thor, for he was–and is–greatly loved. One of the most widely worshiped of the Norse gods, people called on Thor to protect them from evil and bless them with both fertility and abundance. Thor is referred to as the “everyman’s god.” He is often pictured with red hair and a red beard, and is thought to be hearty and hot-tempered. He is married to a golden-haired goddess named Sif. Thor is the strongest of all the Norse gods. When he uses the hammer, he wears a belt, or girdle, that doubles his strength, and he wears magical iron gauntlets. When Thor rides the earth in a chariot pulled by two gigantic male goats, he brings rain to germinate the crops and to make fields fertile. The people believed that the turning of his chariot’s wheels made the sound of thunder.
In spite of seeming like a warlike god, Thor is not. His hammer is thought to be a symbol of his beneficence; in fact, the symbol was used to bless both infants and brides. (There are mentions of Thor blessing a bride by having her hold the hammer in her lap.) He is also believed to be a guardian for the downtrodden and frightened. He is both a compassionate friend and a fierce protector. Thor blesses us with stability and helps us to stay strong, grounded, and centered. He is worshiped as a benevolent god, one who protects both the other gods and humanity from evil and destruction. Thor brings fruitfulness to the fields and happiness to marriage.
Goddess Focus of the Day: Odwira (Ghana)/Ichar-Tsirew
Themes: Unity; Community; Justice; Spirituality; Purification; Home; Peace; Organization
Symbols: Water; Orderly items; Peace amulets
About Ichar-Tsirew: In Ghana, this water goddess flows into people’s lives, saturating them with peaceful intentions and tranquility, especially in the home. She revels in good organization and any matters carried out in an orderly fashion.
Source: ‘365 Goddess: A daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess’, by Patricia Telesco
Herbals of the Day: Anise, Clove, Honeysuckle, Meadowsweet, Nutmeg, Sage
Thursday’s Spell: Anoint a blue candle with one of the above-mentioned essential oils. Cast your circle in your usual manner, then return to your altar and light your spell candle and say…
By this day’s energies of prosperity and health,
In the best possible way, may this spell bring wealth.
Herbs of Jupiter, lend your abundant energies to mine,
Bring me positive change that will last come rain or shine.
On this Date: Kalends of September/St. Giles/Celtic tree month of Coll ends
Wounded in the leg by an arrow while protecting a stag that the king of Provence was trying to shoot, Giles became patron of the disabled, and was prayed to for cures. Many hospitals were dedicated to him, all later closed by Henry VIII, as were the Catholic monasteries and fairs at Oxford and Winchester.
Source: ‘The Pagan Book of Days: A Guide to the Festivals, Traditions, and Sacred Days of the Year’, by Nigel Pennick
Tarot Card Associations of the Day: Ace of Pentacles (for feeling good about ourselves and past achievements, and when looking to add a bit of financial boost to our lives), Nine of Pentacles (for material success and emotional well-being, peace, serenity, and protection), Ten of Pentacles (for family issues/keeping a happy home, or where emotional support and encouragement is needed).
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