I have to applaud Michael on his recent post on the subject of covering the head in Roman-based cultus. It is likely one of the best explanations I have read. Along with that, it includes primary sources for references. Highly recommended!
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.
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!
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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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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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.
Historically 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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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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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.
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.
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.
I loved this entire article and wanted to share it. I don’t feel that…
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