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JULY, TIME FOR FIREWORKS, PEACE, & HONORING THE DEAD

July 1st 2008 16:38
Did you know that July 4th has been celebrated for centuries? While this country has been celebrating it's independence on this date for the past 232 years, people in Rome have celebrated July 4th as The Day of Pax, the goddess of peace, and Concordia the goddess of harmony and agreement and goodwill in the home.

The month of July is full of lesser known religious and pagan festivals, and celebrations. Here are a few that you may not have been aware of.

July 7-8: In Rome, the oldest of women's festivals. The Nonae Caprotinae, dedicated to Juno the Great Mother.


July 10th: The day of Hel or Holde, The Anglo-Saxon/Norse Goddess and Cerridwen the Celtic Goddess.

July 14th: The Festival of Lanterns in Japan called O-Ban which is dedicated to the spirits of the ancestors. (footnote: you may have seen this celebration televised, as the Japanese will make paper boats and light small candles in them...sending them out to sea...the candle burns down and ignites the boats in memory of the spirit of the ancestor) Also houses are cleaned and opened, lanterns hung everywhere so that the spirits can find their way to their families homes.

July 15th: Chung Yuan, or Festival of the Dead in China.

July 17th: Birthday of Isis in Egypt.

July 18th: Birthday of Nephthys in Egypt.

July 19th: The Egyptian New Year. The Opet Festival or marriage of Isis and Osiris in Egypt. Also a celebration of Venus and Adonis in Rome.

July 23rd: In Rome, the Neptunalia to honor Neptune, God of the seas and earthquakes.

July 27th: Procession of the Witches in Belgium.

With the Pagan honorary days out of the way, here are some facts you may want to know about July as well.


The Romans initally named July Quintilis, but after some discourse decided to name it Julius after their emperor, Julius Caesar. The Greek Olympics were held for a week in July. The olympiad was in honor of Zeus and included atheletics, drama, music and other games, etc., and the precursor for our modern day Olympics.

The Egyptian New Year fell in July which commemorated the marriage of Isis and Osiris. Their sexual union was said to bring good luck to all people. About the same time in Rome, Venus and Adonis were celebrated.

The Incas also had a ceremony called Chahua-huarquiz, which basically meant "plowing month." While the northern hemisphere was beginning it's harvests with the reaping of their crops, the Southern Hemisphere was just beginning to break ground for planting.

Finally, here are some Correspondences to help you plan your rituals and moon work.

Spirits: Faeries of Harvested crops and hobgoblins, (small, and ugly, but friendly brownie type creatures)
Herbs: Honeysuckle, agrimony, lemon balm, hyssop
Colors: Silver, Blue-gray
Flowers: Lotus, water lily, jasmine
Scents: Orris, frankincense
Stones: Pearl, moonstone, white agate
Trees: Oak, acacia, ash
Animals: Crab, turtle, dolphin, whale
Birds: Starling, ibis, swallow
Deities: Khepera, Athene, Juno, Hel, Holda, Cerridwen, Nepththys, Venus
Power Flow: Relaxed energy, preparing, succeeding, Dream-work and divination, meditation on goals and plans, partcularly spiritual ones.

There you have a plethora of lesser known pagan and practical facts about the upcoming month of July. So while you may enjoy the 4th of July fireworks at the park this weekend, don't forget to honor some of the pagan deities and find a place in your life for some of these little known rituals and festivities.

Until we merry meet next time,
White Willow/COLOR]

D.J. Conway, Moon Magick
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