October 8 2018 Pagan Style
Tonight is the New Moon. This is when the first waxing light appears on the face of the moon. When the moon is "waxing" it appears to be growing, the period from the dark to full moon phases. Its magnetic energy assists with bringing things to out. This is the best time to work with constructive magic, or magic that builds things/brings things to us. The waxing crescent is the best time for magic on yourself (or on the subject) pertaining to new beginnings, such as starting a new project or making plans for the future. If you're looking to conjure energies into your life such as a more positive attitude, more patience, more understanding in your relationship, this is the perfect timing for such goals. When you want to cast spells for self-improvement, such as if you want to improve your psychic abilities, to absorb the information in a new class, or bring out your inner beauty, this is the time to do it. Artists or anyone artistic/creative will find this the best time to cast spells or perform meditations that will bring inspiration and passion into your work. (Source: Exemplore.com)
Ancient and modern Hellenes celebrate the Noumenia today. The Noumenia is the first day of the visible New Moon and is held in honour of the household Gods. The Noumenia is also considered the second day in a three day household celebration held each lunar month – Hekate’s Deipnon is on the last day before the first slice of visible moon and is the last day in a lunar month, then the Noumenia which marks the first day in a lunar month, followed by the Agathos Daimon (Good Spirit) on the second day of the Lunar month. Offerings such as incense or honey cakes are made to your household Gods at your family altar.
In Canada, today is Thanksgiving Monday, a day to take stock of one’s blessings over the year and to give thanks to the Gods for the blessings received. About this time of year, the Haudenosaunee culture held seven-day Thanksgiving celebrations, and the early explorers here also held them, but it wasn’t until the 19th century that it reached its current form as a day of (Christian) prayer and Thanksgiving. Around our table, each person expresses one thing they are thankful for and why.
Heathens everywhere today celebrate the Day of Erik the Red. He was a Follower of the God Thor, the founder of Greenland, and the father of Leif, discoverer of Vinland. Heathens make offerings in memory of this great Viking, and remember and aid their friends, as the great God Thor would do. Erik remained loyal to Thor even when his wife left the Gods and refused to sleep with her Heathen husband. Pause in memory of Erik today; drink a toast to his honour.
Today is Minerva’s Day in some pagan paths. Spend part of the day intellectualizing or read a book which stretches your intellectual bounds.
Some pagan traditions celebrate the Feast of the Triple Goddess (Goddess of the Moon and the Seasons) today, marking the transformation of the Mother into the Crone.
From October 8 – 10, the Sawara Festival is held in Sawara, China, Japan. The Grand Festival of Sawara is "Little Edo"'s (Sawara's nickname from the old days) most celebrated event, consisting of the summer "Yasaka-jinja Gionsai" festival and the autumn "Suwa-jinja Aki Matsuri" festival. It is enjoyed as a traditional celebration holding over 300 years of rich history. In summer and autumn, a total of 24 floats parade, making the festival known as one of Kanto region's three most well-known dashi (floats) festivals. Furthermore, the festival's chant "Sawara-bayashi", known as one of the three major festival chants of Japan, as well as Sawara's traditional townscape recognized as Nationally-selected Preservation Districts for Groups of Historic Buildings, can be enjoyed. The parade is said to have effects of scaring off disease and sickness.
Also held on October 8th is the Warai Festival, at the Niu-Jinja Shrine, Wakayama, Japan. Various traditional dances and a bizarre laughing "warai" festival ensue as the participants laugh in time to the jangle of small bells and commands from a leader. Niu Shrine in the Hidaka district of Wakayama hosts the Warai, or laughing, festival every year. The festival itself is considered a Prefectural Cultural Heritage asset and can be traced back several centuries. The festival is based on the legend of goddess Niutsuhime-No-Kimoto. According to it, the goddess overslept and arrived late to a gathering of gods. All of them made fun of her; she grieved and locked herself in the Niu shrine. The villagers, wanting to cheer her up gathered outside the shrine and began laughing all together. It is said that their laughter restored the joy of the goddess and the villagers.
In Hinduism, today is Amavasya or New Moon Day, when the first sliver of light of the new moon is sighted. It is a significant day as many rituals are performed only on Amavasya, and the full name of this special day may vary by the day of the week or the month it falls in. Amavasya days are appropriate to perform Shraddha rituals to appease ancestors. Amavasya is also an appropriate day to perform Kalasarpa Dosha puja (special prayers and offerings).
In the US today is Columbus Day, although in some states it is called Native Americans’ Day or Indigenous’ Peoples Day, and in Hawaii Discoverer’s Day. In Venezuela, it is called Día de la Resistencia Indígena (Day of Indigenous Resistance). In other parts of South America it is called Día de la Raza. Originally commemorating the “discovery” of the Americas by Christopher Columbus, today it is a day of commemoration of the struggles of indigenous peoples during the European colonization.
On this day in 1662, The General Court of Hampton (Massachusetts) considered the case of Eunice Cole, who was tried and convicted of witchcraft in 1656 and sentenced to 12-15 years in prison. She petitioned for release at the time of her conviction due to her poor health and that of her husband, who needed her to care for him. Her request was denied, and in 1659, William Cole, her husband, sent a petition of his own to the court. If he asked for her liberty, it was not recorded. However, within a year she was back before the courts for “unseemly speeches.” She was imprisoned in Boston prison. Her husband died and she again petitioned for release. In 1662, she was released but did not leave the colony. By 1671 she was back in prison, discharged and back again. She was released and provided with a hut to live in and a means of support, but was again back in court in 1673, this time for witchcraft. She was acquitted and left to live out her life in the hovel by the river, completely ostracized.
In 1692, Thomas Brattle wrote a letter to Governor Sir William Phips criticizing the Salem Witch Trials, saying that spectral evidence was no longer viable. His letter was obviously influential. Governor Phips ordered that spectral evidence no longer be admitted in witchcraft trials.
Paschal Beverly Randolph was born this day in 1825. He was a medical doctor, occultist and writer, notable for being the first to introduce the principles of sex magic to North America as well as the first Rosicrucian Order to the United States. He wrote under his own name and anonymously, as well as under pseudonyms (Comte de St. Leon and Griffin Lee).
Aiden Breac was born this day in 1897. He was a prominent teacher of PectiWita, a Scottish Solitary tradition passed on by Breac, who personally taught students in his home. The tradition is attuned to solar and lunar changes, with a balance between the God and the Goddess. Meditation and divination play an important role in the tradition and it teaches several variations on solitary magic.
On this day in 2008, Matani Shakya, 3, daughter of a Nepalese watch repairer became a “living goddess” or Kumari after being approved by the country’s new atheist government. Matani was wrapped in a red and gold silk costume with red flowers in her hair, her eyelashes blackened with mascara. The little girl received approval from the priests and President Ram Baran Yadav in a centuries-old tradition with deep ties to Nepal’s monarchy. A panel of judges conducted the search by reading the horoscopes of 2-4 year old girl candidates who belong to the goldsmith caste, and examined each one for physical imperfections. The living goddess must have perfect hair, eyes, teeth and skin, with no scars, and should not be afraid of the dark. Matani was the only one to pass the final test. She was sent to live in a palatial temple in Katmandu to live until puberty, when she will lose her divine status. She is worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists.
The Draconid Meteor Shower peaks tonight, and the New Moon allows for great viewing. The Draconids owe their name to the constellation Draco the Dragon, and are created when the Earth passes through the dust debris left by comet 21 P/ Giacobini-Zinner. The comet takes about 6.6 years to make a single revolution around the Sun. Viewers in Northern America, Europe and Asia are the best situated to enjoy the Draconids. Those closer to the Equator in the Southern Hemisphere can also sometimes see a few meteors from the Draconids. For information on the best time in your area to enjoy the shower, go to [timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/draconid.html
Image: Matani Shakya, living incarnation of the Goddess Kumari. Found on [neparodi.blogspot.com