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    The Kronia

    the Kronia (New Year) which falls on the 12th of Hekatombaion, is celebrated in honor of Kronos beginning at sundown. The Kronia falls between two agricultural seasons and was an early harvest festival. The fields were newly plowed and seeded for the next crop. Lavish banquets were given by masters for their slaves and the slaves were allowed free merrymaking in the streets. Today, the Kronia is the spiritual New Year with sacrifice to Kronos, Zeus and Hera the Son and Daughter of Kronos, Earth, and the Seasons with prayers to the Gods for blessings and bounty followed by feasting. It is also a time to honor the repeated yearly cycles and to review the achievements and good deeds of the past year with the aim of building upon those achievements and accomplishing greater deeds of goodness during the coming year.

    "It is the season of the Kronia, during which the god allows us to make merry." ~ excerpt from Emperor Julian, The Caesars

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    Witchcraft, Living The Old Religion
    Happiness is the natural outcome of being aligned with Essence, our true self, which is experienced when we are fully present in the moment. The key to happiness is being very awake and aware of what is really happening in every moment rather than being absorbed in thoughts about the past, the future, your life, other people, and the many other thoughts we tend to get lost in, which don't add to our life or enhance our experience of life but, rather, detract from the potential joy, peace, and contentment inherent in each moment. Happiness is in our control, since where we focus our attention is in our control. When we focus it on what the mind is telling us, we suffer; when we focus it on what is real and true in this moment, we experience happiness, joy, peace, and contentment. The present moment is all that exists, since the past and future are simply thoughts about the past and the future. But because we are programmed to pay attention to our thoughts, we often fail to notice what is actually going on now. Most people live in a mental world. When we drop out of this mental world into the Now, we experience a depth, a richness, and a joy and peace that feel sacred. This is the experience of our true self, or Essence. So, when we talk about being in the Now, we are also talking about this experience of Essence. The ego is the sense of being a me and all the ideas, beliefs, and other conditioning entailed in the sense of existing as an individual. The ego is called the false self because the ego isn’t who we really are, although it seems like it is who we are. The egoic mind, which is a reflection of the ego and its conditioning, is the chatterbox mind, which produces a nearly constant flow of commentary about life based on our conditioning. We experience it as the voice in the head, as Eckhart Tolle calls it. For simplicity, I sometimes refer to the egoic mind as the mind. However, the egoic mind is distinct from the functional mind, which is the aspect of the mind that we use to read, calculate, analyze, design, follow instructions, and so forth. We need the functional mind, but we don’t actually need the egoic mind to function. The egoic mind is the aspect of the mind that talks to us, while the functional mind is a tool we pick up and use when we need it. In my writings about the ego, I have somewhat positioned it as the enemy, as a device to help people detach from it. When people are identified with the ego, they are, in a sense, in love with the egoic mind, and I’m hoping to help them fall out of love with it, because the ego and the thoughts and feelings it produces are the source of human suffering. Of course, even the ego belongs to the Oneness, and the ego serves exactly the function the Oneness intended. The ego isn’t actually an entity. Rather, it is the sense of being a separate individual, which is innate to us. We feel like individuals, although we are actually manifestations, or expressions, of One Being. This is the Oneness that mystics throughout time have realized as being behind all life and which the term non-dual, which means not two, refers to. While encased in a human body, we have lost awareness of our true nature, and we are meant to rediscover the truth. That discovery is what the spiritual path is all about and what spiritual practices are meant to reveal. The sense of being a separate individual is accomplished through the mind. We are programmed to think of ourselves as separate and as having distinct characteristics and labels: “I am a man,” “I am smart,” “I am a mother,” “I am twenty years old.” Anything that comes after “I am,” defines us, and we take those definitions as who we are. And yet when you examine those assumptions, you see that they are just ideas. There is no you behind the thoughts about you. This you that you think you are is made up of thoughts! What a revelation that is! Then who are you? That is the perennial question, which ultimately results in the discovery that we are not a thing but more of a being, an experience of existing. If we strip away all labels and ideas, we are left with just I am, just existence. We are that which is existing right here and now and aware of that existence. Spiritual teachers often call the true self Awareness because the experience of the true self is that it is aware. Beyond that, who or what we really are can’t be defined. It has qualities that can be felt, such as peace, acceptance, love, compassion, gratitude, kindness, patience, wisdom, and strength, although those words don’t come close to defining the mystery of our true nature. Who we really are is indescribable because it is beyond anything the mind can grasp. But to speak about who we really are, we have to give it a name. It has been given many names: the Source, Spirit, Oneness, Beingness, Consciousness, God, Awareness, the Divine, the Absolute, Presence, Stillness, Emptiness, the Now, Essence, the Self, the higher self, the essential self, and the true self, to name a few. I usually refer to it as Essence, the Oneness, the Self, or Awareness. Those words mean basically the same thing. I generally use the word Essence to refer to the aspect of the Oneness that expresses itself and lives through each of us. Words and definitions are not important. You know Essence when you experience it, just as you know the ego when you experience it. Essence and the ego feel very different and are very distinct. Awakening is another term that may need some definition. It refers to the shift from identification with the ego, or false self, to a recognition of yourself as the spiritual being that you are. This shift happens whenever we are simply in the moment without all of our thoughts. So awakeness is possible in any moment. Awakening, however, generally implies a more permanent shift to living from a place of non-identification with the ego and alignment with our true nature. Now let us begin… Whatever you are doing, enjoy it! You have another option, of course, which is to not enjoy it. Notice what keeps you from enjoying whatever you are doing. It’s your thoughts, isn’t it? Even if you are experiencing pain, for instance, or something unpleasant, like going to the dentist, if you don’t listen to any negative thoughts, fears, complaints, and desires related to that, you won’t suffer. You will just have the experience. Your thoughts about whatever you are doing interfere with enjoying it not only because they are often negative, judgmental, or resistant to the experience, but also because thoughts—even positive ones—remove you from an experience to some degree. Some thoughts don’t interfere much with being present and enjoying what you are doing; they just float in and out of your mind, without you paying much attention to them. Other thoughts, however, grab you, and you lose touch with what you are doing and the experience you are having. When that happens, it feels like you are going through the motions or doing something just to get it done. You can go through life this way if you want, but when you are not fully in contact with what you are doing, you miss out on the potential joy and pleasure in an experience. Any experience can be interesting, since you have never had it before. And any experience can be enjoyed, because when you immerse yourself in it, you lose the false self (the sense of I or me) and discover the true self, which is always enjoying life. Essence is always in-joy. And from Essence’s standpoint, every moment is an opportunity to serve life and love, which is another source of joy. What if you approached each moment as an opportunity to experience, serve, or love? The secret to enjoying what you are doing is to get lost in it, to get involved in it. That means getting all your senses involved in it or, more accurately, noticing how all your senses are involved in it. Noticing sensory experience will take you out of your egoic mind (your functional mind is still available) and into the experience you are having. When you are present to the experience you are having, you are in the moment, and that is when you experience Presence, or Essence. The experience of Essence is highly pleasurable, so no matter what you are doing, if you are present to it, it will be enjoyable. ~Gina Lake~

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    May the earth bless me
    So I may always be supported
    May the waters bless me
    So I may always be cleansed
    May the winds bless me
    For there powers of inspiration
    May the fire bless me
    So I will always have a warm heart
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    Nanna/Suen/Sin (god)

    Mesopotamian moon god. He was called Nanna in Sumerian, and Su'en or Sin in Akkadian. The earliest writings of both are roughly contemporary, and occur interchangeably. An additional name, which is only attested in literary texts, is Dilimbabbar. The true etymologies of both Nanna and Su'en remain unclear (Krebernik 1993-98b: 360-64).

    Functions:
    The moon god was the tutelary deity of the city of Ur. His reach and importance, however, was far greater than just a city god, the moon god is clearly one of the most important deities in the wider pantheon of Mesopotamia. In the Early Dynastic god lists, such as Fara SF 1, the moon god appears immediately after the four leading gods An, Enlil, Inana and Enki (Klein 2001: 290, and this important, albeit slightly junior position, is confirmed in the text Nanna-Suen's Journey to Nippur (ETCSL 1.5.1: 18), when Nanna brings the "first fruit offerings" to Enlil, the head of the early Mesopotamian pantheon (Black et al. 2004: 147).

    The primary symbol of the moon god was as a bull, the result of the horizontal crescent of the waxing moon appearing similar to the horns of that animal. This symbolism led to a consideration of the moon god as a cowherd, which is celebrated most clearly in the composition The Herds of Nanna (ETCSL 4.13.06), the longest section of which enumerates the cattle in Nanna's herd.

    An association with fertility may come from the moon god's connection to cattle, and also, perhaps, from the clear link to the menstrual cycle, roughly similar to the timing of the moon's transformations. The connection with fertility is demonstrated in the Old Babylonian (early second-millennium) birth incantations (Krebernik 1993-98b: 367; Veldhuis 1991). The magical-medical text A Cow of Sin relates the story of the moon god's beautiful and pregnant cow, Geme-Sin. The birthing-pains of Geme-Sin are eased by Sin, and the incantation ends with a 'supplication: "may this woman give birth as easily as Geme-Sin" suggesting this text's role in human child-birth (Veldhuis 1991: 1).

    Other literature makes much of the moon as an astronomical feature. The deity is referred to in terms characteristic of the celestial body, e.g., radiant, shining, and much is made of the moon's path and cycle, which were also keenly observed for omens of the future, for example in the first-millennium series šumma Sin ina tāmartišu, "If the moon at its appearance" (Hunger and Pingree 1999: 21 ff.).

    The Akkadian literature evokes some of the other functions of the moon god. A prayer to Su'en details his role in divination (Foster 2005: 758-9). No doubt this divinatory role was also connected to the moon god's ability to illuminate darkness (Foster 2005: 760-1). Both the moon god and the sun god are praised together in a further text in which they are associated with issuing laws and verdicts, the determination of destinies, and the announcements of omens (Foster 2005: 762). This judicial role was already obvious in the text of the Early Dynastic 'Stele of the Vultures', where oaths are taken in the presence of Su'en, and in his epithet "diviner of fates", which is used across the Near East (Krebernik 1993-98b: 367).
    Divine Genealogy and Syncretisms

    In the Sumerian myth Enlil and Ninlil (ETCSL 1.2.1), the moon god is described as the first-born son of Enlil and Ninlil, and the moon god's three brothers are listed: Nergal-Meslamtaea, Ninazu (both underworld deities) and Enbililu (who was responsible for irrigation). There has been some suggestion that this position as the 'first born son of Enlil' might reflect the importance of Ur during the Ur III period. There are also occasional references to a paternal/fillial relationship between An and the moon god (Klein 2001: 295-7), but such are probably general references to An in his role as father of all the gods (Krebernik 1993-98b: 364-5).

    The moon god's wife is the goddess Ningal (Akk. Nikkal) and their children are Inana and Utu (Edzard 1965: 102). The god list AN = Anum also names Ningublaga as the son of the moon god, and Amarra-azu and Amarra-he'ea as his daughters. Another child of the moon god known from Old Babylonian sources is Numušda (Hall 1985: 742). Nanna's vizier was Alammuš. In the first millenium Nuska, a vizier of Enlil, was thought of as a son of Su'en (specifically the Su'en of Harran) – a relationship which is possibly a result of contact/conflation with Aramaic religious beliefs (Krebernik 1993-98b: 365-8).
    Cult Places

    From the earliest periods, Nanna/Su'en was the patron deity of the city of Ur. The name of his main sanctuary in Ur was é-kiš-nu-gál, the name also used for the moon god's sanctuaries in Babylon and Nippur (George 1993: 114). From the Akkadian period until the middle of the Old Babylonian period, the daughter of the reigning king was appointed to be the high-priestess of the moon god at Ur (Krebernik 1993-98b: 367-9). The most famous of these is Enheduanna, who is the purported author of several Sumerian literary works (e.g. the Temple Hymns, ETCSL 4.80.1 and Inana B, ETCSL 4.07.2). However, Enheduanna's authorship has been seriously questioned (Civil 1980; Black 2002; Rubio 2009; Lion 2011). Other Mesopotamian cult places for the moon god include Ga'eš, a place in the neighbourhood of Ur, and at Urum, modern Tell `Uqair located east of Babylon, where the moon god was honoured as Dilimbabbar. Beyond the alluvial plains of Mesopotamia, a cult centre of Nanna/Su'en is attested at Harran, south-east of modern Urfa, from the Old Babylonian period onwards, where the temple name was é-húl-húl "House of Rejoicing" (Krebernik 1993-98b: 368). At Harran a long inscription was found on a stele, which commemorates Adda-guppi, the mother of Nabonidus, and which celebrates her reverence of the moon god. Another stele inscription from Harran describes Nabonidus' accession to the throne, which is here described as being at the will of Su'en, and that he rebuilt the é-húl-húl temple (Gadd 1958).
    Time Periods Attested

    The earliest attestation of this name dates back to the very beginning of written documentations. In personal names the moon god is attested from the Late Uruk period until the very end of the cuneiform tradition. Not only is he frequently attested in personal names, a testimony to personal piety, he is also frequently invoked in royal names from the earlier to the late periods, for example: Naram-Sin (Old Akkadian); Amar-Su'en, Šu-Sin, Ibbi-Sin (all Ur III) Sin-iddinam (Old Babylonian), Sennacherib (Akkadian: Sin-ahhe-eruba – from the Neo Assyrian period) (Cohen 1996: 9; Krebernik 1993-98b: 360; Hall 1985: 56-91).

    Not surprisingly it is from the Third Dynasty of Ur that come the greatest number of attestations and clearest indications of worship. Many dedicatory inscriptions of canals, buildings and objects record the worship and patronage of Su'en, most during Ur-Namma's reign. The perhaps most obvious of these is the temple tower (ziggurat TT ) at Ur, built under Ur-Namma. The year names continue to record events related to the moon god, most commonly the installation of the high-priestesses of the moon god at Ur, and for Nanna-Karzida at Gaeš (Hall 1985: 130-2), while offerings are very commonly attested (Hall 1985). The royal hymns, particularly those to Šulgi often include subscripts to Nanna, for example Šulgi D (ETCSL 2.4.2.04; Klein 2001: 285). Among this literature are the 15 hymns to Nanna, which include A Balbale to Suen (ECTSL 4.13.01) and A tigi to Su'en (ECTSL 4.13.09).

    Worship of the moon god continued throughout the Old Babylonian period, as attested in both personal names and royal names as well as numerous building inscriptions, year dates and offerings (Hall 1985; Collon 1992: 20).

    The moon god seems to have fallen out of favour somewhat in the period of 1500-1000 BCE (Foster 2005: 758-62), but experienced a revival during the first millennium, in particular in personal names of the Neo-Assyrian period (Radner and Baker 1998-2011). Su'en often appears second, after the pre-eminent deity Aššur, among the gods invoked to bless the king (SAA 1, 133 line 1). Some scholars have argued that the Neo-Babylonian king Nabonidus promoted the moon god within the pantheon of Babylonia, but more recently it has been suggested that this is an over-interpretation of the evidence available (Kuhrt_1995: 600). Nevertheless, Nabonidus also reconstructed the temple of Sin at Ur and reinstated the position of the high-priestess priestess of the moon god at Ur.
    Iconography

    While the moon god is commonly attested in the literature and texts of Mesopotamia, he is not as commonly reflected in the visual iconography. Anthropomorphic representations are known from the Ur III period royal iconography, but second millennium BCE images are rare, which is surprising given that Nanna/Su'en formed the most popular theophoric element in Old Babylonian names. A painting of the moon god is attested at Mari (Room 132), and these relatively rare figurative images continue down to the Neo-Assyrian period, for example Sennacherib's rock relief at Maltai. By far the most common images of this deity appear on cylinder seals, known from across Mesopotamian history (Collon 1992: 22, 27).

    The moon god is most frequently represented by his symbol, the crescent moon (Sumerian u4-sakar, Akkadian u/ašqāru). This iconography is already known form Early Dynastic seals, and continues throughout Mesopotamian history and across the Ancient Near East. The crescent shape had an impact on other symbols which came to be associated with Nanna/Suen, primarily the moon god's association with the bull (Krebernik 1993-98b: 360). Additionally, Nanna/Su'en is often attested in connection with a boat. Other iconographic symbols include a rather enigmatic tripod, and it is now thought that many of the motifs once thought to be solely associated with the sun god – such as rays, gates and a god-figure rising between mountains, might now also be considered iconographic characteristics of the moon god. Such similarities should not be surprising given that the moon provided the light of the night-time, as the sun did for the day (Krebernik 1993-98b: 374-7).

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    Much more information on ancient Mesopotamian Gods and Goddesses here: http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/amgg/listofdeities/nannasuen/

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    Dragon Rune Definitions – Isedon Goldwing

    Isedon Goldwing envisioned the Dragon Runes in April 2001. The Druatch language that the names for the runes come from is based on memories from others who have the past experiences of dragons as well, by finding the words appropriate to the idea behind the rune, the names were created, through continuing meditation and assigned appropriately.

    Ratanen – Fog Dream. Represents the mists of all that was, is, or will be, and made of raw chaotic energies, Ratanen is the substance of dreams and can be called upon and shaped by those with the knowledge to do so to create or destroy anything. These are the fogs between times, and the underlying force that keeps a time from stagnating and fading away. Phonetic value "k"

    Drakani – Dragon Queen. Rune of Tiamat, goddess whose body creates the sky and the earth and ruler of dragons. By shaping the chaos by knowledge of will, she creates times and those who inhabit the times. Drakani is useful for taping into Ratanen and glimpsing into the chaos for answers, or to request an audience with Tiamat. Phonetic value "d"

    Sha'oren – Flowing Knowledge. Rune of the Akasha, holding all knowledge. Understanding this rune comes over time, but is only pure knowledge and on its own can be dangerous to use without wisdom. Best used in conjunction with Drakani or Shoren to understand the Chaos in the mists. Meditate on this rune with a question in mind to assist access to the Akasha. Phonetic value "s"

    Ihanen – Dream Dancing. Guidance through the chaos and the rune to weave existence from dream material. Rune of creation and calling the first dragons called from the mists. The next nine runes are of the more common dragons that were formed. Phonetic value "i"

    [Note: the following dragon types listed, are not all that exist, but are listed to portray a developmental cycle with base elements as dragons. Most of the ideas associated are basic ideas, meditation on the individual runes is suggested for best understanding]

    Ma'erhen – Free Storm. Rune of the Spirit and Astral Dragons that exist on the higher planes. Phonetic value "f"

    Ra – Water. Rune of Ocean Deep clan of dragons. Healing and deep understanding through curiosity. Phonetic value "w"

    Liwaen – Cold Fire. Rune of Darkness Dragons. Contemplation and protection. Phonetic value "m"

    Li – Fire. Rune of Red Chasm clan of dragons. Passion, fury, and loyalty. Phonetic value "h"

    Li'aan – Great Fire. Rune of Light Dragons. Illumination of secrets, and justice. Phonetic value "t"

    Mah – Storm. Rune of Rolling Thunder clan of dragons. Swiftness and social interaction. Phonetic value "r"

    Ninathan – Earth Kin. Rune of Forest Dragons. Growth and living things. Phonetic value "n"

    Thaan – Mountain. Rune of White Mountain clan of dragons. Knowledge forged through the many. Phonetic value "th"

    Waethan – Frozen Stones. Rune of Crystal Dragons. Ideas and thoughts manifesting with guidance. Phonetic value "p"

    Ta'kaya – Cloud Cycle. The year rune. Time created as a byproduct of consciousness is represented in this rune. Ta'kaya represents the cycles in nature, the way things operate from year to year and repeat themselves. Phonetic value "o"

    Shaan – Great Knowledge. Still in times where chaos is very prominent, the "Mage" rune is that of beings just learning to understand the ways of magic, and attempting to shape it to their will. Energies are strong, but often lack precision control. Phonetic value "sh"

    Deigomah – Tainted Storm. The increase in the use of magic in a chaotic environment attracts yet more chaos, twisting and warping the minds of those who come in contact with its energies. Deigomah is necessary for the development of the fresh existence, bringing with it change and creativity. Phonetic value "ng"

    Athihan – Dance of Blades. Filled with newfound knowledge, Deigomah leads the beings in existence to Athinan. Athinan is the rune of wars and conflicts necessary to carve and shape the populace so that balance might finally take hold. Phonetic value "a"

    Kaegos – Purity and Taint. Kaegos is the balance that rises from the ashes of the conflicts in Athinan. Chaos and Order are equal here, and the existence can thrive. Phonetic value "b"

    Thaenrathi – Strong Leader/King. The rune of the champion. A product of balance, the champion of Thaenrathi governs justly and the presence of this leader makes room for the time of order to take place. Phonetic value "z"

    Athanen – Dream Forge. The once chaotic mists are deeply forged into the stiffness of law and order. Many thrive in times of peace and justice, but little new is discovered, created, or found. Phonetic value "e"

    Shoren – Flowing Wisdom. The quiet brought by Athanen gives time for many to reflect and ponder on the vast knowledge’s and experiences that have gone before them. Wisdom develops quickly and many are enlightened through these events. Phonetic value "y"

    Nanen – Hearts Dream. Many of the enlightened find others along a similar path, and they pair together with each other as companions during their walk through life. Those dragons joined during Nanen often find their way back to each other over many incarnations time and again. Phonetic value "l"

    Ionali – Powerful Heart Fire. Those that still retain a spark of the chaos within themselves may yet experience passion tempered by wisdom. The passion of Ionali often comes to those that did not pair during Nanen, and grant the dragon insight to find and experience the purpose in their lives that they were meant for, yielding a fullness of life, and a reason to remain on their current plane of existence. Phonetic value "ei"

    Drakaneal – Dragon Beauty. All who have experienced Nanen or Ionali, share a bond with each other, and many work and live together in unity, each providing as they can to the community. Despite the tiny amounts of chaos still around, the dragons coexisting during Drakaneal achieve much creativity in that which they do. The remaining sparks of chaos are shared and nurtured by all united in the state of bliss and relaxation while they can, for many are beginning to prepare for the coming times of transition. Phonetic value "v"

    Zhukaya – Cycles of Action. Zhukaya, the rune of justice manifests strongly during this time, cleaning up many of the unresolved issues, for good or ill. The results of the lives of all return to them, lessons are dealt, rewards enjoyed, some will carry over to the next incarnation, but much is resolved here. Phonetic value "j"

    Abanen – Sky Dream. The progression to the astral plane, and eventually the next incarnation, or direct manifestation on a separate plane than the current one. A time of nostalgia, many who experienced Nanen will meet again, others will contemplate this life on the astral for a time, until they are ready to incarnate once more. Phonetic value "g"

    Satihan – Hurricanes Dance. The long subdued chaos begins to seep out, and roils forth to consume the order it finds so distasteful, once more making it part of the timeless fogs. The plane is wiped clear, and ready for the next being to shape it to their will. Phonetic value "u"

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    I call to Artemis, fleet-footed bow-woman,
    roamer in the woodland, wild-willed mistress of beasts,
    fierce-hearted protector of young girls. Artemis,
    daughter of thundering Zeus and blessed Leto,
    sister of bright Phoebus, the lovely nymphs attend you.
    On Delos and in Ephesos your name was spoken
    with reverence and devotion; in all the lands
    your temples stood, ever fragrant with sweet incense.
    The creatures of the wood gather around you;
    the graceful deer, the bear and the boar, all are yours.
    Artemis, friend of the hunter and the fisher,
    friend of mothers and midwives and all small nurslings,
    friend of maidens, unfettered and free of spirit,
    far-shooting goddess, goddess of the strong voice
    whose words of the heart are heard, I call to you.

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    Goddess Minerva

    Minerva was the Roman goddess who Romans from the 2nd century BC onwards equated with the Greek goddess Athena. She was the virgin goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, crafts, magic. She is often depicted with her sacred creature, an owl usually named as the "owl of Minerva", which symbolizes her ties to wisdom.

    Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom, medicine, the arts, dyeing, science and trade, but also of war. As Minerva Medica she is the patroness of physicians and medicine. She was considered to be the virgin goddess of warriors, poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, crafts, and the inventor of music. She is the daughter of Jupiter and Metis.

    In the temple on the Capitoline Hill she was worshipped together with Jupiter and Juno, with whom she formed a powerful triad of gods. Another temple of her was located on the Aventine Hill. The church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva is built on one of her temples. Every year from March 19 – 23 the Quinquatria was held, the primary Minerva-festival. This festival was mainly celebrated by artisans but also by students. On June 13 the minor Quinquatrus was observed.

    Minerva is believed to be the inventor of numbers and musical instruments. She is thought to be of Etruscan origin, as the goddess Menrva or Menerva. Later she was equated with the Greek Athena.

    The name "Minerva" may come from the Indo-European root 'men', from which "mental" and "mind" are also derived. However, the non-Indo-European speaking Etruscans had a goddess Menrva, so the name may be of entirely unknown derivation.

    Adapting Greek myths about Athena, Romans said that Minerva was not born in the usual way, but rather sprang fully armed from the brain of her father; this image has captivated Western writers and artists through the ages.

    Ovid called her the "goddess of a thousand works." Minerva was worshipped throughout Italy, though only in Rome did she take on a warlike character. Minerva is usually depicted wearing a coat of mail and a helmet, and carrying a spear.

    In the temple on the Capitoline Hill she was worshipped together with Jupiter and Juno, with whom she formed a powerful triad of gods.

    Another temple of her was located on the Aventine Hill. The church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva is built on one of her temples.

    Every year from March 19 – 23 the Quinquatria was held, the primary Minerva-festival. This festival was mainly celebrated by artisans but also by students.

    On June 13 the minor Quinquatrus was observed.Minerva is believed to be the inventor of numbers and musical instruments.

    She is thought to be of Etruscan origin, as the goddess Menrva or Menerva. Later she was equated with the Greek Athena.

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    January 01 – 09 ~ Dog
    January 10 – 24 ~ Mouse
    January 25 – 31 ~ Lion

    February 01 – 05 ~ Cat
    February 06 – 14 ~ Dove
    February 15 – 21 ~ Turtle
    February 22 – 28 ~ Panther

    March 01 – 12 ~ Monkey
    March 13 – 15 ~ Lion
    March 16 – 23 ~ Mouse
    March 24 – 31 ~ Cat

    April 01 – 03 ~ Dog
    April 04 – 14 ~ Panther
    April 15 – 26 ~ Mouse
    April 27 – 30 ~ Turtle

    May 01 – 13 ~ Monkey
    May 14 – 21 ~ Dove
    May 22 – 31 ~ Lion

    June 01 – 03 ~ Mouse
    June 04 – 14 ~ Turtle
    June 15 – 20 ~ Dog
    June 21 – 24 ~ Monkey
    June 25 – 30 ~ Cat

    July 01 – 09 ~ Mouse
    July 10 – 15 ~ Dog
    July 16 – 26 ~ Dove
    July 27 – 31 ~ Cat

    August 01 – 15 ~ Monkey
    August 16 – 25 ~ Mouse
    August 26 – 31 ~ Turtle

    September 01 – 14 ~ Dove
    September 15 – 27 ~ Cat
    September 28 – 30 ~ Dog

    October 01 – 15 ~ Monkey
    October 16 – 27 ~ Turtle
    October 28 – 31 ~ Panther

    November 01 – 16 ~ Lion
    November 17 – 30 ~ Cat

    December 01 – 16 ~ Dog
    December 17 – 25 ~ Monkey
    December 26 – 31 ~ Dove

    If you are a

    Dog : A very loyal and sweet person. Your loyalty can never be doubted. You are quite honest and sincere when it comes to your attitude towards working. You are a very simple person, indeed. Absolutely hassle free, humble and down-to-earth!! That explains the reason why your friends cling on to you! You have a good taste for clothes. If your wardrobe is not updated with what is trendy, you sure are depressed. Popular and easy-going. You have a little group of dignified friends, all of them being quality-personified. Repost This If It's True For You.!! 4 years of bad luck if you do not share this post.

    If you are a Mouse : Always up to some sort of a mischief! The mischievous gleam in your eyes is what makes you so cute and attractive to everyone. You are an extremely fun-to-be-with kind of person. No wonder people seek for your company and look forward to include you for all get-together's. However, you are sensitive which is a drawback. People need to select their words while talking to you. If someone tries to fiddle around and play with words while dealing with you, it is enough to invite your wrath. God bless the person then!Repost This If It's True For You.!! 3 years of bad luck if you do not share this post.

    If you are a Lion : Quite contradictory to your name, you are a peace loving person. You best try to avoid a situation wherein you are required to fight. An outdoor person, you dislike sitting at one place for a long duration. Popular and easy-going. You are a born leader, and have it in you how to tactfully derive work from people. People love the way you always treat them. You love being loved, and when you receive your share of limelight from someone, you are all theirs!!!!Repost This If It's True For You.!! 5 years of bad luck if you do not share this post.

    If you are a Cat : An extremely lovable, adorable person, sometimes shy, with a passion for quick wit. At times, you prefer quietness. You love exploring various things and going into depth of each thing. Under normal circumstances you're cool but when given a reason to, you are like a volcano waiting to erupt. You're a fashion bird. People look forward to you as an icon associated with fashion. Basically, you mingle along freely but don't like talking much to strangers. People feel very easy in your company. You observe care in choosing your friends.Repost This If It's True For You.!! 2 years of bad luck if you do not share this post.

    If you are a Turtle : You are near to perfect and nice at heart. The examples of your kindness are always circulated in groups of people. You, too, love peace. You wouldn't like to retaliate even to a person who is in the wrong. You are loved due to this. You do not wish to talk behind one's back. People love the way you always treat them. You can give, give and give love, and the best part is that you do not expect it back in return. You are generous enough. Seeing things in a practical light is what remains the best trait of you guys.Repost This If It's True For You.!! 10 years of bad luck if you do not share this post.

    If you are a Dove : You symbolize a very happy-go-lucky approach in life. Whatever the surroundings may be, grim or cheerful, you remain unaffected. In fact, you spread cheer wherever you go. You are the leader of your group of friends and good at consoling people in their times of need. You dislike hypocrisy and tend to shirk away from hypocrites. They can never be in your good books, no matter what. You are very methodical and organized in your work. No amount of mess, hence, can ever encompass you. Beware, it is easy for you to fall in love….Repost This If It's True For You.!! 8 years of bad luck if you do not share this post.

    If you are a Panther : You are mysterious. You are someone who can handle pressure with ease, and can handle any atmosphere without going berserk. You can be mean at times, and love to gossip with your selected group. Very prim and proper. You like all situations and things to be in the way you desire, which, sometimes is not possible. As a result, you may lose out in some relationships. But otherwise, you love to help people out from difficult and tight spots when they really need you.Repost This If It's True For You.!! 12 years of bad luck if you do not share this post.

    If you are a Monkey : Very impatient and hyper!!! You want things to be done as quick as possible. At heart, you are quite simple and love if you are the center of attraction. That way, you people are unique. You would like to keep yourself safe from all the angles. Shall your name be dragged or featured in any sort of a controversy, you then go all panicky. Therefore, you take your precautions from the very beginning. When you foresee anything wrong, your sixth sense is what saves you from falling in traps. Quite a money minded bunch you people are!! Repost This If It's True For You.!! 7 years of bad luck if you do not share this post.

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    Lunabar Moon Phases New Moon falls on Monday, July 08, 2013 at 3:16 AM First Quarter falls on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 11:19 PM Full “Buck” Moon falls on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 2:16 PM Last Quarter falls on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 1:44 PM New Moon falls on Tuesday, August 06, 2013 at 5:51 PM First Quarter falls on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 6:57 AM Full “Sturgeon” Moon falls on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 9:45 PM Last Quarter falls on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 5:35 AM

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    Women of Asatru
    Its Thor's day Hail!!! Almighty Thor God of Thunder, God of might, God of wonder, God of right. Great defender, Giant's foe, Great avenger, Jotun's woe. Hammer's yielder, Weapon's director, Midgard's shielder, Mankind's protector. Friend to one, Comrade to all, Odin's son, Hear my call. By my side, In my heart, Stride for stride, Never apart . On altar's ledge, Sharp seax knife, My blood pledge, For Thor my life ! – Glenn Bergen, Copyright, 2005.

  • Good morning everyone and have a great Thor’s day may your day be filled with cr…
    Good morning everyone and have a great Thor’s day may your day be filled with creativity and inspiration. May the elements bring balance to your body and mind and may the gods watch over and keep you safe. Brightest Blessings Draco )o(/|\
  • Full Buck Moon Date: July 22, 2013 – LEO-AQUARIUS (0° 5' 35")
    July 22:
    18:16…

    Full Buck Moon Date: July 22, 2013 – LEO-AQUARIUS (0° 5' 35")
    July 22:
    18:16 UT
    2:16 PM EDT
    1:16 PM CDT
    12:16 PM MDT
    11:16 AM PDT
    Full Buck Moon (July)
    Bucks begin to grow new antlers at this time. This full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.

    July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month's Moon was the Full Hay Moon.

    Names Given to the Moon by Other Cultures:
    Colonial American: Summer Moon
    Chinese: Hungry Ghost Moon
    American Indian (Cherokee): Ripe Corn Moon
    American Indian (Choctaw): Crane Moon
    American Indian (Dakotah Sioux): Moon of the Middle Summer
    Celtic: Moon of Claiming
    English Medieval: Mead Moon
    Neo Pagan: Rose Moon

  • 11th Moon Day info:

    Symbols: Kundalini.
    Characteristics: Energetically, the mos…

    11th Moon Day info:

    Symbols: Kundalini.
    Characteristics: Energetically, the most powerful Lunar day of the whole month, day of awakening of the sacred mystical energy Kundalini, one of the most powerful energies in the Universe. Kundalini, first responsible for building our bodies, now gets activated to transform them into higher spiritual structures. Only people who are ready, or were born on this day, can get access to this amazing and secret power.

    Recommendations: We have to be very careful today, and finish everything we begin. Caring of people who close to us, making gifts, expressing love is recommended. Day best spent fasting, cleansing.

    Precautions: Carefulness and mindfulness in everything is necessary. Overworking, strain and stress should be avoided. Touching of insects, harming and killing of any living form is strictly prohibited. Try to be gentle with the Nature and her creations.

  • Moon Day 11
    This day gives you an abundance of energy and favours moves and chan…

    Moon Day 11
    This day gives you an abundance of energy and favours moves and changes. It helps to get off the ground a business which was previously derailed. Make sure you put your excess energy into something useful, however, to avoid conflicts and bust-ups
  • Thursday — Thor's day
    Middle English thur(e)sday
    Old English thursdæg
    Old Norse…

    Thursday — Thor's day
    Middle English thur(e)sday
    Old English thursdæg
    Old Norse thorsdagr "Thor's day"
    Old English thunresdæg "thunder's day"
    Latin dies Jovis "day of Jupiter"
    Ancient Greek hemera Dios "day of Zeus".
    Thor is the Norse god of thunder. He is represented as riding a chariot drawn by goats and wielding the hammer Miölnir. He is the defender of the Aesir, destined to kill and be killed by the Midgard Serpent.

    Jupiter (Jove) is the supreme Roman god and patron of the Roman state. He is noted for creating thunder and lightning.

    Zeus is Greek god of the heavens and the supreme Greek god.

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