September 11 2018 Pagan Style
On this day some neopagans celebrate the Egyptian day of Queens, in honour of Hatshepsut, Nefertiti and Cleopatra, whom some regard as Goddesses. It is not, however, a Kemetic festival.
In Hinduism, today is Chandra Darshan. Chandra Darshan is the first day of moon sighting after no moon day. In Hinduism, the new moon day is known as Amavasya and the first sighting of the moon after new moon day has religious significance. People observe a day long fast and break it after sighting the new moon on Chandra Darshan day.
Today, Varaha Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Lord Vishnu. Varaha was the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu during Satya Yuga. Special prayers and offerings are organized in Lord Vishnu temples.
Also today is Gowri Habba. Gowri Habba is a Hindu festival dedicated to the Goddess Gowri, an incarnation of Parvati. It is a significant festival in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Goddess Gowri, a very fair complexioned incarnation of Parvati, is worshipped and women observe Swarna Gowri Vratha (special fasting, prayers and offerings) to seek the blessings of Gowri for a happy married life. It is believed that on this day, Gowri comes home like any other married woman comes to her parents' house. The next day Lord Ganesha, her son, comes as if to take her back to Mount Kailasha. The same festival is known as Hartalika Teej in Maharashtra and the other North Indian states.
Hartalika Teej Vrat is observed during Shukla Paksha Tritiya of the month of Bhadrapada. On this day, makeshift statues of Lord Shiva and Parvati are made with sand and worshipped for marital bliss and progeny. Hartalika Teej is known by this name due to the legend associated with it. Hartalika is combination of "Harat" and "Aalika" which means "abduction" and "female friend" respectively. According to the legend of Hartalika Teej, the friend of the Goddess Parvati took her to the thick forest so that her father couldn't marry her to Lord Vishnu against her wishes. The morning is considered a good time to perform Hartalika Puja (prayers and offerings). Teej Puja should be done after taking an early bath and getting dressed up in fine clothes. Sand-made Lord Shiva and Parvati should be worshipped and the story of Hartalika should be told during the Puja.
Today is also Samaveda Upakarma. On Samaveda Upakarma, Brahmins ritually change their Upanayana thread along with Shrauta rituals. Upakarma is a Vedic ritual still practiced by Hindus of the Brahmin caste. Upakarma is known as Avani Avittam in Tamil Nadu.
Today is the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance in Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, UK. The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, performed at the Barthelmy Fair in August 1226, is one of the few (pagan) ritual rural customs to survive the passage of time. Today the Horn Dance, which takes place annually on Wakes Monday, offers a fascinating day out attracting visitors from all over the world. After collecting the horns from the church at eight o'clock in the morning, the Horn Dancers comprising six Deer-men, a Fool, Hobby Horse, Bowman and Maid Marian, perform their dance to music provided by a melodian player at locations throughout the village and its surrounding farms and pubs. The Horns are returned to the church in the evening.
On this day in 363, the Emperor Flavius Jovianus issued an Imperial edict ordering the death penalty for all Gentiles that worshipped their ancestral gods or practiced divination.
On this day in 1589, Appela Huebmeyer and Barbara Huebmeyer were burned at the stake as witches in Waldsee, Germany. Anna Schnelling was burned at the stake in 1589, and in 1646, Adrienne d’Heur was burned.
In 1676, in Sweden, the accusers of those tried for witchcraft confessed their perjury (alas, too late for many of the accused). Many of the accusers were executed and some were whipped instead.
On this day in 2000, a landlord in Anonova, Hungary, suffered severe burned after he tried to set a female tenant on fire because he believed she was a witch. Police charged him with attempted murder.
In 2002, Wiccans in Waxahachie, Texas won a victory when public school superintendent Bobby Parker ruled that Rebecca Moreno, a ninth grader, could wear her pentacle necklace in full view of her classmates. He also agreed to erase the girl’s prior suspensions and recommended the school board review its dress code to ensure that it doesn’t restrict religious expression or free speech.
Silver RavenWolf, born Jenine E. Trayer this day in 1956, is an American New Age, Magic and Witchcraft author and lecturer who focuses on Wicca. RavenWolf was a member of the Serpent Stone Family, and received her Third Degree Initiation as a member of that coven. She is the leader of the Black Forest Circle and Seminary, an organization containing several covens spanning the United States and Canada.
Image: The Horn Dance outside the Bagot Arms on 11 September 2006. © Optimist on the run, 2006. CC BY-SA 3.0