Monday, August 15, 2005

Ante Diem XVII Kalendas September

Modern Date : August 16th

Ante Diem XVII Kalendas September
Seventeenth Day to the Kalends of September

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

On this day Venus is happy to escape from Virgo and moves into Libra, one of the signs of her rulership.

August was originally called Sextilis, or the sixth month (after March). It was renamed in honor of Augustus Caesar, the most revered of the Roman emperors.

Tailltiu's Day honors a Celtic goddess of competition. Games of skill and endurance similar to the Greek Olympics were once held annually in Ireland in early to mid-August. This festival which coincides with Lughnasadh was used as a sexual right of passage for young men and women in pagan Ireland. Tailltiu was the Tutulary Goddess of the Telltown region of Ulster. It is also suggested that she may have been worshipped as the Earth Mother as well as Danu and Matrona. "Tailltiu was the royal Lady of the Fir Bolg. After the defeat of her people by the Tuatha De Dannan, she was obliged by them to clear a vast forest for the purpose of planting grain. She died of exhaustion in the attempt. The legend states that she was buried beneath a great mound named for her, at the spot where the first feast of Lughnasadh was held in Ireland, the hill of Taillte"

The God of Light Lugh Himself, instituted the great fair of Tailltenn (now called Teltown) in honour of his foster mother Tailltiu (pronounced Telsha). The lore relates how Tailltiu's heart broke under the strain of clearing the plain that carries her name. Lugh then ordained that the fair, with feasting and games should be held there annually for all time as a memorial to Her. Tailltiu was in fact a Goddess of the Land who founded the kingship of Ireland under the Fir Bolgs, in the time before the coming of either the Tuatha de Danaan or the Gael. It is said that the Fir Bolgs landed in Ireland at Lughnasadh, hence this festival seems to have a great deal of association with the older races of that land. The site of Tailltenn was also an ancient sacred burial place for the men of Ulster, which is traditionally the stronghold of the Fir Bolg warriors. The Fir Bolg peoples were closely associated with agriculture. Lughnasadh was an important land festival within the communities of the 'common folk'. Throughout Gaelic lands Lughnasadh is to this day known as "the festival of first fruits". It does in a very real way honor Thallium, who as a Goddess of the Land (and sovereignty), is the "Earth Mother"--believe Tailltiu may be a watered downversion of Thallium as society became more patriarchal.

Feast of the Minstrels
In many central European countries, the Feast of the Minstrels, celebrated with poetry, music and dance competitions since ancient times. This festival is the prototype of song contests like the one in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg.

Il Palio
In Sienna, the blessing of Il Palio, a banner bearing the image of the Madonna del Voto, inaugurates a day of activities which includes a procession and a horse race in the city streets. A similar race takes place on July 2 for the Palio of the Madonna di Provenzano.

St Roch/Festival for Dogs
A travelling pilgrim he contracted the plague and was succored by his dog who brought him food in the forest. Thus the dog is his symbol. During the Middle Ages he was invoked against the plague, and also by all those suffering from skin diseases. In Calabria, people offer up ex-votos of panpepat, spicy bread shaped like parts of the body that need healing. In Tarija, Bolivia, dogs are invited to join in the festivities at the San Roque fiesta.

St Roch, on the website, Saints Preserved, offers the concept that he might be the original figure for the Fool in the Tarot deck.


Blogger Ross Nantz said...

Wow! A reason to bake again! Thank you. Some spicey foot bread!

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