Happy New Year!

Today, January 1, Roman polytheists honor Janus, the deity who presides over doorways (januae) and archways (jani), and, by extension, all beginnings and endings. As the gate-keeper of Olympus, he permits the prayers of mortals to enter and to be received by the gods, for which reason he is invoked at the beginning and end…

Hail to the Unconquered Sun!

Today, December 25, marks the Roman festival of the dies natalis  (anniversary) of the dedication of the temple of Sol Invictus, the Unconquered Sun, in Rome in 274 CE by the Emperor Aurelian. Sol Invictus was regarded as a special patron of Roman soldiers and guardian of the Emperor. Featured image: “Sun God” Detail of the…

Gandharan Buddha

This is one of the earliest depictions of the Buddha in human form. Gandharan artists were familiar with Greek and Roman art from military expeditions, diplomacy, and trade. This Buddha’s unique halo is reminiscent of depictions of the god Helios in Greek and Sol in Roman art. The drape of the tunic echoes Hellenistic and Roman…

Saturnalia 2020

Saturnalia is an ancient Roman religious festival honoring the agricultural god Saturn. The first Saturnalia was held in 497 BCE for the dedication of the Temple of Saturn in Rome, and annual festival commemorating the dies natalis (anniversary) of this event was held on December 17. The celebration proved so popular that it was extended to three…

Roman handwriting font

Originally posted on Greek Myth Comix Shop:
I usually make my own fonts for my comix, and I made LJRomanHand specifically to give a Roman theme to projects and comix that needed it. It is based on examples of Roman ink handwriting on papyrus and wood over several centuries, however the letters have purposely been…

The Apotheosis of Antinous

Today, October 31, modern worshipers of Antinous celebrate his triumph over death! Ave, Ave Antinoe Liberator!Homo Deus, Victor, Pacis Imperator! Featured image: remix by honorthegods. Elements:Background: Bright Center Star Cluster, image by NASA via unslpash (X). Statue: Antinous as Osiris Copy of a statue (circa 131–138 CE) in the Albani Collection of Museo Gregoriano Egiziano; this copy is…

Commemoration of the Descent of Antinous to the Underworld

Today, October 29, modern worshipers of Antinous commemorate the descent of Antinous to the Underworld. The death and apotheosis of Antinous are linked to the voyage of Osiris upon  the Solar Barge as it sails through the Amduat during the 12 hours of the night.  Featured image: Terracotta oil lamp in the shape of a…

Commemoration of the Death of Antinous

Today, 28 August, modern worshipers of Antinous commemorate his death on the Nile in 130 C.E. in Upper Egypt, near modern al-Minyā, along the north bank of the river. Featured Image: Egyptian Sunset by Glenn Merrett, via Flickr (X). Image license: Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Ways to Empower your Samhain Amid the Pandemic

Originally posted on Naturalistic Paganism:
Oh no!  Covid-19 has put group rituals on hold, and what about the kids?  There are plenty of good options to have a very sacred Samhain (and celebrate the rare Samhain Blue Moon!), while keeping yourself – and others- safe.  Here are some of them, for both Rituals and Trick-or-Treating.…

Hallotober!

Originally posted on Aspasía S. Bissas:
Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com It’s the most wonderful time of the year– and to give it some of the appreciation it deserves, I snagged this tag from A Geek Girl’s Guide. Feel free to post it yourself (please share your link) or leave your answers in…

IO SATURNALIA! Print-Your-Own Greetings Cards

Originally posted on Greek Myth Comix Shop:
Pass on your proper Saturnalia greetings with these festive cards! Featuring an original GMC design of happy Saturnalia revellers against the entry for December from the ‘Chronography of 354’ by Philocalus, these line-drawing cards are ready to print, fold, colour and send! Perfect for expressing your own colour…

Hymn to Zeus by Cleanthes

“Hymn to Zeus,” by Cleanthes (circa 330 BCE – 230 BCE) Translated by Stephen Hanselman                               💫  ✨  💫  ✨  💫  ✨  💫 Most honored of immortals, many-named one, ever omnipotent, Zeus, prime mover of nature, steering all things by your…