Golden & Sunny Fornalacia Loaf: Bread Magic for The Feast of The Ovens – Gather Victoria

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Fornacalia was a moveable feast and its official date was posted each year in the Forum. In early Rome, it was likely determined by the new moon, which was the first day of the month which Roman priests announced from Capitoline Hill. And as spring began officially somewhere between February 5th -7th, (also the beginning of Fornacalia)  I also think it likely this festival is a remnant of fertility magic associated with much earlier goddesses who from Old Europe to Mesopotamia, were associated with grain, bread, and baking. Their shrines and temples often featuring communal oven at the centre, a symbolic representation of the womb of the Great Mother.

Fornax can be roughly translated as the phrase “the Oven is the Mother” and her rites called the Fornalacia were once so important that every citizen in Rome was expected to attend. Ovens were draped in garlands, spelt and grains were…

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