Roman prayer is a full body, all-encompassing experience.  It is more than simply the words we speak and the intent we hold in our hearts.  Our entire being pronounces the prayer: our hands, our gestures, our actions, our posture, even our dress.  Therefore, prayer to the Roman was a very mindful state of being.

via Mea Pietas: How to Pray the Roman Way.

Michael over at Mea Pietas has been putting out some great introductory material for traditional cultus.  I highly encourage you to check out his blog.  It’s great to see another Roman voice out there!

Ludi Mercuriales 2015

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If Mercury’s number is four, his day of the week being the fourth for over a thousand years now and tradition saying that He was born on a fourth day, then it makes sense that the first four days of April should be a great time to honour the Swift One. It is, after all, the fourth month of the year and it includes April Fools, which is a fitting date for a Trickster. So a couple of years ago, I started marking these four days as the Ludi Mercuriales or the Games of Mercury.

This year’s preparations started on the end of March. I cleaned his domestic shrine, made four small wreaths, printed wanted posters as part of a prank and glued them on different streets late at night, so as to give people a laugh on the morning of April 1st. When I woke up, as is usual…

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A Perfect April Day

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The Kalends isn’t over, but we’re taking a moment to rest in our day.  For me that means I get to do what seems to be becoming a job, but is still basically a hobby (This is my justification for it today, since I have always tried to not “work” on the Kalends, Nones, and Ides).

Yesterday over at my blog on Witches & Pagans’ PaganSquare, I wrote about my plans to observe the Kalends with my 3-year-old daughter for the first time.  The day is only half-way over, but I’ve been so moved by how the day has unfolded that I couldn’t wait to post.

My daughter had breakfast, and I had coffee with a few peanuts.  I fast for the Kalends, Nones, and Ides from sunset the night before, but my health issues require I don’t do a full fast these days.  I don’t feel that 3 is old…

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Camilla Now Blogging at PaganSquare

My interest is in the religion, the philosophy, and the Gods of the Rome. I’m also interested in applying this to who I am in this day and age. I hope to show the larger Pagan and Polytheist communities that Ancient Rome actually has many gifts to give us in the realm of religion if we are willing to remove our preconceived (and regularly incorrect) notions of what Rome was.

I’ve set out to build a different approach to Roman Polytheism and community, fostering an environment where new students feel comfortable not only asking questions but speaking openly of their experiences as they are learning. I never want to hear of anyone else say that it took them years to share their path with others because they were afraid of being attacked by a co-religionist.

via Introduction to Do ut Des – PaganSquare – PaganSquare – Join the conversation!.

Feralia and the Unclaimed Dead

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ancient-21569_640Historically the month of February for a Roman had an overarching theme of purification and setting things right with the Lares (our Ancestors and Heroes) and the Manes (our Dead)1. Interestingly, this habit of feeding the Dead did not stop with Roman Polytheists at the time, but it was also a custom of early Christians. This custom has continued to be carried out into modern times, and we see its Christian heir in the varying traditions held in All Saints’ and All Souls Day. In fact, some scholars point to All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day being a modern survival of February’s Parentalia.

The Parentalia was a 9-day festival that was mainly celebrated in private, attending to your family’s unique Lares and Manes. It begins on the 13th of February. In my home, we also spend the 9-days of Parentalia sacrificing to the Lares and Manes with…

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Honouring the Dead

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Parentalia started yesterday and, after the usual morning offerings to my Lares, Penates and Jupiter on the Ides, I also went to a local graveyard and attended the needs of some otherworldly family members. I cleaned the stone slab and flower pot, preparing it for fresh greenery in the weekend, when the almost daily torrential rains are expected to stop and a warm sun to shine. I then poured fresh water over the grave, water I asked Anubis to bless a few days ago during this year’s Cynocephalia, and finally made an offering of wheat and wine, which flowed all over the stone slab and dripped along the edges.

In the next few days, I’ll be repeating the gesture, adding flowers, honey and possibly some music, but I also want to honour my family members who are buried elsewhere, in places that I cannot visit before the 22nd of…

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New Year season

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Some cultores celebrate the start of the new year on March 1st, adhering to practices based on the oldest Roman calendar and which has its most significant trace in the period of purification in February. Others regulate their religious life employing the Julian calendar, which is several days behind its Gregorian version commonly used in modern western societies. In this, there is no uniformity among cultores; personally, however, I never felt the need for anything but today’s civil calendar. I can understand why Hellenic or Kemetic polytheists keep other forms of reckoning time, as both traditions are based on cultures that did it in ways that were (very) different from today’s common system. But as a cultor, I feel right at home with the Gregorian calendar, because it is practically identical to the one used in ancient Rome since the final decades before the Common Era. The only major change…

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Actualities: major works of 2014

Here is a list of the major publications dealing with the Roman religion from 2014. I have a copy of Daughters of Hecate that I’m slowly working through for review. – C.

Szabó Csaba

Here is an incomplete list with the most important books published on Roman religion in this year. It is interesting to notice, that even in the case of an exclusive, small discipline such as the study of Roman religion so much works are published in one year (more than 30-40 titles – not counting the hundreds of articles of course).

The work of those people, who are dealing with the current historiography and evolution of the discipline is really hard nowadays: they need to follow hundreds of persons, journals and bibliographical lists to have an idea at least about the tendencies in this age of “publish and perish”.

Hope, that a similar list we can publish next year too.

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Reblog: E Nos Lases Iuvate: Si vis pacem…

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Preparation in time of peace, when it seems that everything runs smoothly and nothing seems to trouble us, means to achieve those tools – through study, practice of otium, care of the spirit, martial arts, the agricultural/gardening activities, walk in the way of meditation, spiritual exercises – necessary to deal with adversity. It is obvious that it is not an easy and simple path. It takes a lot of effort because the precondition for achieving the Pax Deorum is first resolve your own “inner war.” We must first be prepared to dominate our inner chaos, our agitation if we are to achieve spiritual peace. Inner peace is a precondition for peace outside. Unpreparedness introduces us into a state of war in which we will be surely defeated.

via E Nos Lases Iuvate: Si vis pacem….

I loved this entire article and wanted to share it.  I don’t feel that…

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