Pagan Calendar: August 30, 2016

O1Tuesday: Day of Honor
Tuesday is a time to focus on masculine vibrations for invocations relating to hunting, competition, or sporting prowess. This day is also good for goal setting, motivation, and courage. It is associated with magic dealing with athletics, competitions, conflicts, courage, hunting, legality, logic, physical strength, politics, vitality and war.

Color of the Day: Scarlet
Health, passion, love, fertility, strength, courage, willpower; increases magnetism in rituals.

Deities of the Day: Ares (Greek)/Mars (Roman), Tiw/Tyr (Norse), Lilith (Sumerian)
Mars was originally a god of vegetation, but as time went on he became more closely linked to Ares, the Greek god of war. Mars was one of the major deities of the Roman pantheon. He was a patron god of soldiers and was often portrayed as wearing a cape, suit of armor, and a plumed helmet. Mars’ symbols include a shield and a spear. It is believed that the month of March got its name from Mars, partially due to the often violent swings in weather– not unlike his temperament.

Tyr, or Tiw, is the Norse god who lends his name to Tuesday. He was best known for the binding of the Fenris, a big, bad, and ravenous wolf. Tyr managed to bind Fenris but lost his sword hand in the process. Tyr is known for his courage in defense of his clan. He was the deity of warriors, and his devotees were said to have marked Tyr’s rune (Tiwaz– which looks like an arrow that points skyward) onto their swords for protection and to ensure that they would win their battles. Tyr is also a god of justice and law. Another symbol for Tyr is the sword. This Norse god brings a fair resolution to any conflict, as he is a god of courage, strength, wisdom, meditation, and of course battling skills.

Lilith is the divine lady owl and the original independent female. She is often portrayed as a dark-winged, beguiling sorceress. The most familiar image of Lilith comes from a terra-cotta relief from Sumer, dating back to approximately 2000 BCE. She is shown as an attractive winged woman with clawed feet and is allegedly the first wife of Adam who had refused to be submissive to him. She believed in equality amongst and within the sexes. Not ego-driven male-dominion over women. In any case, it is for such reasons, she has been maligned and erroneously mislabeled as “evil.” In more modern times, she is popularly imagined as a beautiful vampire and the ultimate femme-fatale.

Amongst modern practitioners, Lilith is a patroness of Witches and a goddess of sexuality, wisdom, female equality, power, and independence. While Lilith is not traditionally linked to Tuesday, there is no solid reason as to why she should not be. After all, Lilith’s feisty and fiery qualities are perfect for today. This is the ideal day for a large dose of “in-your-face” female empowerment! These aggressive and strong characteristics are perfect companions for the day’s energies.

Goddess Focus of the Day: Summer Holiday (United Kingdom)/Bon Dammes

Themes: Rest; Pleasure; Fairies; Playfulness; Youthfulness

Symbols: Any fairy plants (Foxglove, Primrose, Oak, Thorn, Ash)

About the Bon Dammes: The Bon Dammes are devic goddesses in Brittany that appear much like fairies and often act with as much impishness. Having a kindly nature, the Bon Dammes inspire playful, youthful outlooks to take with us into early fall with childlike wonder in our hearts.

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: Black Pepper, Ginger, Pine

Tuesday’s Spell: Anoint a red 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…

This day brings drives for passion and success,
May my spells now quickly manifest.
Herbs of the warrior, lend your energies to mine,
Bring positive change and grant me courage with this rhyme.

On this Date: Alexandrian New Year/Charisteria
The first day of the month of Thoth, the New Year’s Day of the fixed Greco-Egyptian calendar of Alexandria. It is the old Roman festival of thanksgiving, the Charisteria.

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: Five of Wands (for the ability to handle life’s annoyances, battles, and conflicts), Six of Wands (for victory and triumph), and Strength (for inner strength and self-control).

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