Pagan Calendar: August 17, 2016

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***  Please Note:  The photos I choose to share on a daily basis in the Pagan Calendar do not necessarily coincide with the day’s themes.

Wednesday: Day of Wisdom
Meditation and focus on learning, study, travel, and communication are best performed on this day. It is associated with magic dealing with communication, divination, education, mystical insight, resourcefulness and self-improvement.

Color of the Day: White
A balance of all colors, effective for spiritual enlightenment, purification, protection, cleansing, clairvoyance, healing, truth seeking; rituals involving lunar energy; may be substituted for any other candle color.

Deities of the Day: Mercury/Hermes, Odin/Woden, Athena
Mercury is the fleet-footed Roman god of commerce, travel, self-expression, speed, and science. He had a sacred festival day called the Mercuralia that was held in Rome on May 15. To the Greeks he was known as Hermes, and his symbols included winged sandals or boots and a winged cap of invisibility. There is a theory that the cap he wore is a symbol for secrets and concealed feelings or thoughts. Mercury/Hermes also carried a bag full of magic, and he held a magical healing rod with two intertwined, winged serpents called the caduceus.

While the Roman god Mercury’s caduceus was a symbol of heralds and commerce, the Greek version (Hermes) became linked with medicine sometime during the 7th century BCE. As Hermes became connected with alchemy, the alchemists were called “the sons of Hermes.” These practitioners of the Hermetic arts were also known as Hermeticists. Both Mercury and Hermes are known as the god with the winged feet.

This is a god of the crossroads, of travel; he is a guardian of commerce and anything requiring skill and dexterity. He is a multifaceted god and one of contradictions. He is also known as a patron deity of thieves for his sneaky, tricky, and cunning attributes. (According to myth, as an infant he stole the god Apollo’s cattle.) On the flip side, he can be both benevolent and helpful to shopkeepers and tradespeople as a god of profit and a guardian of merchants. He is a god of unexpected luck, happy coincidences, and synchronicity.

The name Odin tends to be more Norse in origin, while the name Woden is Anglo-Saxon and Germanic. This hanged god is linked to wisdom and poetry, and his titles are many, including that of the All-Father. In some Norse myths, he is described as wearing a blue or black hooded cloak as he wanders the earth in the winter months, visiting his people. He has two raven companions, Huginn and Muninn, whose names translate to “thought” and “memory.” These ravens circle the earth daily and then return to Odin to whisper to him the news of humankind. In Norse myth, Odin willingly hung on the world tree, Yggdrasil, for nine days, seeking power. He gained several songs of power and 24 runes. Odin carried a spear that never missed its target. Trading one of his eyes for a drink from the well of wisdom, his sacrifice gained him immense knowledge.

Odin is a god of mystery, magic, shamanism, and rune lore. He also eventually became wrapped up in the mythology of Mercury and was called by many names, including Wodan, and Wotan. He is associated with divine intention and the element of air. The horse, raven, wolf, and eagle are all sacred to him. Legend says he may only be approached by those who know of him, but particularly those who call his name.

Athena is a warrior/maiden goddess of wisdom, war, crafts, and poetry. In her war aspect, she is known as Pallas Athena. Some of the more familiar symbols for Athena are the javelin, spear, shield, and plumed helmet. She was usually depicted with an owl perched on her shoulder, symbolizing wisdom. There is some debate over Athena’s origins. Traditional myth says that she sprang full grown and ready to battle from her father Zeus’s head, while another claims that she may have originally been a Mycenaean goddess of home and hearth.

Athena was called “bright eyed” and was a patroness of women’s rights and freedom. She presided over craftsmen, potters, weavers, and spinners. She was also associated with writing, music, wisdom, justice, and peace. In this aspect, her symbols are the owl and the olive tree. The birthday of Athena was celebrated on March 23.

Goddess Focus of the Day: Festival of Diana (Rome)/Diana

Themes: Fertility; Children; Providence; Abundance; Harvest

Symbols: Moon; Water; Forest items; Sun

About Diana: This Roman goddess embodies the moon’s fertility and watery aspects, along with the sun’s protective and nurturing power over the forests and its creatures. On this day she was celebrated in Rome, and she will be remembered in our hearts as the huntress who helps us capture the spiritual “food” we need.

Source: ‘365 Goddess: A daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess’, by Patricia Telesco
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Herbals of the Day: Almond, Bergamot, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Lily of the Valley, Sweetpea

Wednesday’s Spell: Anoint an orange 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 the day’s speedy energies, I work this charm,
Increase my communication skills and bring no one harm.
Herbals of the fleet-footed God, lend your energies to mine,
Bless me with creativity and cunning for all time.

On this Date: Odin’s Ordeal (Day 1)
The first day of Odin’s ordeal on the world tree Yggdrasil, leading to the discovery of the runes. According to the Edda, Odin hung on the tree for nine days and nights. This is commemorated from August 17 to August 25, the final day being the festival of the Discovery of the Runes, when Odin fell “screaming” from the tree, having gained the knowledge.

Source: ‘The Pagan Book of Days: A Guide to the Festivals, Traditions, and Sacred Days of the Year’, by Nigel Pennick
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Tarot Card Associations of the Day: the Magician (for skill, confidence, and communication), Wheel of Fortune (for good luck and chance events), Eight of Pentacles (for craftsmanship, skilled work, and pride in your accomplishments).

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