Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Ante Diem VI Kalendas August

Modern Date : July 27th

Ante Diem VI Kalendas August
Sixth Day to the Kalends of August

This is one of the dies comitiales when committees of citizens could vote on political or criminal matters.

July was named in honor of Julius Caesar, and was formerly called Quinctilis, or the fifth month (after March).

Mars enters Taurus
An important planetary transition comes now as Mars moves from Aries, the sign he rules, and enters Taurus for a extremely long stay of almost seven months, until next February. One way to appreciate the rarity of this timing is to remember that Mars has an orbit of two years, and so will spend an average of two months in each sign. Mars is said to be "in detriment" in the Venus-ruled sign of Taurus, so seven months there is like an entire football season without beer, TV or blonde jokes.

Seven Sleepers
According to myth, seven Christian youths of Ephesus hid in a cave to avoid the Decian persecution (250), were walled up by the emperor, fell asleep and woke up nearly 200 years later whereupon they testified to the resurrection of the dead and fell back asleep. Whenever they turn over, bad luck follows. I’ve never seen any details about how to celebrate this holiday but the title is suggestive. Sleep all day?


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