Best of gods, spirit blessed and crowned with fire

Featured Image: by vhspositive While searching for an inspiring artifact for my post about the dies natalis of Sol Invictus yesterday, I came across several far-right uses of “Sol Invictus”, including art of the current American president as the god with rays streaming from his head, and a would-be American politician who legally changed his name for recognition…

Festival of Sol Invictus

Clay oil lamp depicting Sol, 2nd century AD, Staatliche Antikensammlungen, Munich. Photo by Carole Raddato, 2013 via Flickr. com (X) License: Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) Felix dies natalis Solis Invicti! 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…

Happy Solstice!

Happy Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere! Happy Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere! Image: Mosaic from Roman Ucetia, Modern Uzès, France © Denis Gilksman/ INRAP, 2017. Image source: INRAP (X) Archaeologist: Philippe Cayn.   License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 More about this archaeological site: https://www.inrap.fr/en/discovery-antique-uzes-12596

Winter Solstice 2018 will be unique

The moon will be full both Friday and Saturday nights, the Ursid meteor shower should be visible in the mid-Northern Hemisphere, and a conjunction of Mercury and Jupiter will occur just before sunrise Friday. Read More ->

Vanilla Extract Discovered at 3,000- to 4,000-year-old Canaanite Tomb

Vanilla extract has been found in offering jugs from a tomb near the palace of the Canaanite city-state of Tel Megiddo, in modern-day northern Israel. Read More ->  Featured Image: Tel Megiddo, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo by Liorca, 2016 via Wikimedia Commons (X) License: Featured Image: C BY-SA 4.0

Io, Saturnalia!

Today is the first day of the Saturnalia, a Roman festival honoring the agricultural god Saturn. The first Saturnalia was held in 497 BCE for the dedication of the Temple of Saturn in Rome. An annual festival commemorating the dies natalis (anniversary) of this event was held on December 17. The celebration proved so popular that it…

Anonymous asked: Why are there so many different names for Hellenismos?

Because ancient people didn’t have a name for their religion, and though there are a few voluntary organizations, such as Hellenion and Elaion, the modern worship of the Greek gods acknowledges no central authority, and people are free to call their practices whatever they prefer. Some people feel “Hellenismos” implies only ethnic Hellenes (Greeks) are allowed to…