Protection Magic Kit

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RAVEN PROTECTION KIT

I purchased my “Defensive Magick Kit” from the Chrystal Dragonfly Shoppe on-line. Since I am a beginner to defensive magick, I preferred a pre-made kit assembled by those who know. Like the tool kits obtained from the hardware store, the magick kit will become more personal with use.

The act of choosing is a deliberate one. Why do I prefer this kit to that one? What is about this particular one that drew me to it? The kit I chose is called “The Raven with Pentacle.” (It is a small walnut box with carvings of a raven and several pentacles.) Since I do not use pentacles in my practice, I could easily identify the purpose of this particular box.

Items included:
Box Made of Walnut: This wood is good for focusing on the “here and now,” since it blocks stray emotional energy.

Raven Statue: I have a relationship with the Celtic Goddess, The Morrigan. Since the raven is her special bird, which is why I choose this kit since it featured this bird.

Since I prefer working with stones, I wanted a kit that focused on them. I have used the following crystals in my magic, and often carried them around in my pockets. They are included in the kit.
Black Toumaline: This stone clears out harmful spirits and offers protection.
Kyanite: This stone not only calms things, it also repels negative energies.
Picture jasper: This stone alleviates fear, and rids a place of negative energies.

Selenite bowl: Selenite creates a safe and quiet space. The stone itself and the round shape of the bowl reminds me of the Moon, who shines the light into the shadows.

Hematite Heart: Hematite absorbs any bad energies. In heart form, it grounds my body and emotions.

The kit included a pouch of herbs (patchouli, bay leaves, basil) mixed with black tourmaline for general protection. I have no idea of how to use this, but will consult the instructions that were included..

I have added items to make the kit more personal and useful to me.
The Hand of Hamsa: This traditional charm protects me from the evil eye. I have carried one with me for several years.

Quebec Fairystone (Concretion): Found in Canadian rivers, this stone is carried by local people for protection. (My family being one of them.) I found one in a local rock shop.

Hedgehog Crystal Cluster: Shaped like a spikey hedgehog, the quartz crystal acts as a protection. The Greek philosopher Archilochus observed, “The fox knows many things – the hedgehog one big one.” This animal demonstrates self-protection effectively. I bought one impulse on-line from the Crystal Dragonfly Shoppe since they looked cute.

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“God’s Grand Game: Divine Sovereignty and the Cosmic Playground.” Steven Colborne.

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Book Review: “God’s Grand Game: Divine Sovereignty and the Cosmic Playground.” Steven Colborne. London: Tealight Books. 2019. 251 pages.

“God’s Grand Game” is Steven Colborne’s personal gnosis of a Monotheistic God. (Note 1) He defines his God as “a spiritual being, which I like to call God, is animating all the processes that lead to my experience of my body and the world in which I exist.” (pg.19). His gnosis is “everything you do is what God is doing through you.” (Author’s emphasis, pg. xi). The title is derived from “the Universe… can be seen as a cosmic playground, in the way in which God sovereignty unfolds all activity in existence might be fittingly described as ‘God’s Grand Game.’” (Author’s emphasis, pg. xii).

Mr. Colborne discusses his spiritual journey from being an Atheist as a teenager to receiving his personal gnosis of his God years later. When his mother became ill, she introduced him to New Age spirituality. After her death, he ended up in a cult-like group led by Ratu Bagus, who taught “shaking meditation.” After leaving that group, he entered psychotherapy, which became a spiritual experience for him. After a series of mental breakdowns and being institutionalized, he heard promptings from a Monotheistic God. During his cycles of illness and recovery, Mr. Colborne studied philosophy and theology, completing a post-graduate course at the University of London.

Through the Way of Reasoned Inquiry (Note 2), the author uses spiritual philosophy to delve into the Divine and its wisdom. First, he presents the nature of this God and his logic for this nature. He defines his God as “omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, living, and real,” among other attributes. (pg. 24). From this definition stems his thesis of God as the Sovereign Being who makes free will impossible, hence people become players on his playground. The lack of free will is a relief for Mr. Colborne since it eliminates sin. He writes, “The problem is that if we are not really in control, then how do we make decisions about right action? The answer is in the dimension of ultimate reality is that God will take care of this… We must struggle to do what we believe is right…. God is the guiding force in our decisions and that nothing will ever happen outside of His sovereign will.” (pg. 150).

For each chapter, he sets up a philosophical dilemma such as “the myth of the Fall,” “hearing voices or hearing God,” and “creation and evolution.” After presenting the dilemma, he provides a proof of how to solve it. The value of this book for me is how Mr. Colborne resolves his personal gnosis with existing lore. He defines this God and presents standard arguments against his definition and thesis. The author then resolves it.

What Mr. Colborne attempts to do is provide answers to several problems that plague monotheistic belief. He says that since everything is an expression of God’s will, that God is the source of good and evil. (God does experience his own agony and hell.) He has good reasons for people to suffer since it is a part of his grand game. People need to trust in God’s wisdom and still strive do the right action in their lives.

Since Monotheism is totally embedded in Western culture, it is difficult for people like the author to question their assumptions about religion and the Divine. The basic structure of modern Western culture from time as an upward pointing arrow to there being only one universal divinity is built from Monotheistic theology. Therefore concepts such as “God is all-powerful” and “God’s Grand Plan” are assumed to be universal and factual. To define a Monotheistic God as something other than the “One True God” is unthinkable. Thinking that other Gods have agency is rejected for reasons of sin and illogic.

Therefore as a Polytheist (Note 3), I have noted the assumptions of Monotheistic thinkers which are on display in this book. Like many Monotheists, Mr. Colborne assumes that there is “one true God.” He explains in the section on Polytheism, “In order to embrace polytheism, we would have to deny many of the attributes which are definitional of God…including His omnipotence and omnipresence.” (pg. 203). This definition of God comes from Monotheistic theology, which denies the existence of any other Gods, and declares Them to be false and fictitious. (I would replace “we” with “I,” since we Polytheists have no such experiences with any of our Gods.)

Another assumption that Mr. Colborne makes is that Polytheism is generally proto-monotheism. Religion, according to Western intellectual tradition, evolves from animism to Polytheism to finally to the pinnacle of civilization – Monotheism. (This subtly dismisses the achievements of the Romans, Greeks, and others.) In that context, Polytheism as worshipped by the ancient Romans (Note 4) and others consists of only false and fictional Gods. These ideas about Polytheism are derived from how myths are usually taught. Polytheist myths are only stories, while Monotheist myths are theology and fact.

Mr. Colborne writes “I feel unable to reconcile what appears to be order and harmony in creation… with the idea that multiple extremely powerful gods coexist. There would be chaos in such a worldview, surely one of the multiple deities would come to dominate and eradicate the others.” (pg. 204).

This statement reflects the worldview of Monotheism, which hostile to Polytheism. John Milton in his “Paradise Lost” details the war of the Monotheistic God on the Polytheist Gods. (Note 5) Meanwhile, the official polices of Christian and Islamic bodies were to kill or force conversion of Polytheists. Then destroy all vestiges of Polytheism from blowing up shrines to cutting down trees to repurposing shrines as churches or holy sites for Monotheists. Furthermore, they deliberately corrupted or co-opted Polytheistic beliefs as well. Their goal was to destroy any worship of other God(s).

Most Polytheist theology focuses on the balance between order and chaos. Both are needed to maintain the Universe. Cosmic warfare is not an aspect of Polytheism, since the world is not a vast spiritual battlefield. Gods coexist together except Yahweh of the Hebrews, who prefers to be the only God.

Notes:
Note 1. There are multiple Monotheistic Gods. For example: Yahweh of the Hebrews; God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit of Christianity; and Allah of Islam. Mr. Colborne’s gnosis is rooted in Christianity’s God. Unlike that religion’s God, his is a genderless monad. I refer to his God as “God,” and use the pronoun “he.”

Note 2. Dale Cannon, “Six Ways of Being Religious.” According to Cannon, there are various ways to do religion. They are the Way of the Sacred Rite, Right Action, Devotion, Shamanic Mediation, Mystical Quest, and Reasoned Inquiry. Mr. Colborne, also, includes in his book Right Action and Devotion.

Note 3. Polytheism is the belief in many Gods. The different traditions approach this in their unique ways. Romans focus on the Pax Deorum, the Peace of the Gods.

Note 4. As a Roman Polytheist, I can say that this is untrue. “Fasti” by Ovid is representative of Roman Polytheism as it was practiced by ancient Romans.

Note 5. Milton lists various Gods from the Old Testament, as well as Greek and Roman myths, as “fallen angels” in Hell. His understanding of these Gods is based solely on Monotheistic (Protestant) theology.

Gods of the Month: April

April for Romans is the time of opening buds. Flowers appear, trees come into leaf, and new crops are coming up. At this time, most of the festivals centered on honoring the fertility of the land and protecting the crops. Of the various festivals that I follow are:

VENUS VERTICORDIA and FORTUNA VIRILIS
On April 1, the Veneralia is held. During this festival, women would go where the men are. While they would pray to Venus Verticordia (Venus, the Changer of Hearts) and Fortuna Virilis (Fortune the Bold) for support in their love lives. Later the festival included everyone, married and single, male and female asking these two Goddesses for help in matters of the heart. Gods of the Month: VENUS VERTICORDIA and FORTUNA VIRILUS

CERES and TELLUS
From the 12th to the 19th, the Cerialia is held to honor Ceres, Goddess of Agriculture and Gain. The festival is to thank Ceres for the earth’s fertility. Many of the ceremonies of the Cerialia are held in private with the participants wearing white. An Ancient Roman tradition was to set loose foxes with burning torches tied to their tails. (It was believed to drive out diseases of the land.) For Ceres, I usually walk the nearby field three times and offer milk, a traditional offering.

During the Cerialia, the Fordicidia is held on April 15. In Ancient Rome, pregnant cows were sacrificed to Tellus, the Goddess of Productive Power of the Earth, for the fertility of the cattle and fields. The ashes of the unborn calves were burnt and use in the Parilia later in the month. Modern Romans will burn meat and mix it with soil as an offering to Tellus. Gods of the Month: Ceres and Tellus

PALES
On April 21, the Parilia is held. Similar to the Celtic Beltane Festival, the Parilia focuses on the purification of sheep and shepherds. Bonfires are lit and sheep are driven through them. Grain and milk are offered to Pales of Shepherds and Sheep. For this festival, I pray for healthy livestock and put a stuffed sheep between two candles.

Pales is a mystery as to what They are – male or female, plural or singular. This/these ancient Roman God/s are from the time before the Romans were shepherds, which adds to the confusion of who Pales is/are. I prefer to regard Pales as the entirety of all the concepts about Them.  God of the Month: Pales

ROBIGUS (ROBIGO)
To save crops from wheat rust, the Romans sacrificed dogs to Robigus, the God of Wheat Rust during the Robigalia on April 25. Traditionally, red animals were offered at the boundary of Roman territory to ensure protection of the crops from mildew and blight. Today, people offer red wine requesting that Robigus leave the crops alone. God of the Month: ROBIGUS (ROBIGO) of wheat rust

FLORA
The Floralia, honoring Flora, the Goddess of Flowering Plants, is held from April 27 to May 1. (Fauna, the Goddess of Wildlife, is her Sister.) Coming after the Robigalia, the Floralia affirms the safety of the growing plants from harm. During this time, people adorn themselves and their homes with flowers. They also wear colorful clothing to reflect the emerging flowers. Traditionally, goats and rabbits were set loose in the crowds, while priests threw lupines, bean flowers and vetch about. This was to ensure fertility of everyone and everything. Flora, Goddess of Flowering Plants

OTHER GODS
April 5: The Anniversary of the Temple for Fortuna Publica (Fortune of the State) Fortuna, Goddess of Rome

April 13: The Anniversary of the Temple for Jupiter Victor (Jupiter Victorious) God of the Month: Jupiter

Gods of Babylon of the Month: March/April

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The beginning of the Babylonian year starts at the Spring Equinox. During Nisannu (Mar/Apr) of the Babylonian Calendar), the new moon after the equinox, the Akitu, the New Year Festival is held for twelve days. It starts with purifications and then the Enuma Elish (the Babylonian Creation Epic) is read. This myth begins with the original creation of the world by Tiamat, the God of Chaos, and Apsu, the God of Waters. Later Enlil, a God from the succeeding generation becomes the “Father of the Gods.” Eventually, He cedes his powers to Anu, from yet a newer generation of Gods, who seeks to overthrow the original Gods. After Apsu is killed, Tiamat wages war on the newer Gods. In desperation, Enlil goes to Marduk, the principal deity of Babylon, for help. On the condition that He is made the Ruler of the Gods, Marduk agrees. After killing Tiamat, Marduk remakes the world from her body.

During the Akitu, Marduk disappears. While his and Nabu’s temples are being cleansed, the people search for Him. At this time, they carry the statues of the other Gods to Marduk’s temple. Meanwhile, Nabu, the Scribe of the Gods and Marduk’s Minister, searches for and then frees Marduk from the Underworld. Then in his temple, the priests re-enthroned Marduk as the Ruler of the Gods. Afterwards, they do divination for the coming year. The festival ends with celebrations and the return of the Gods to their shrines.

Meanwhile to begin the growing season, the King would enact a sacred marriage with the temple priestess of Ishtar (Inanna). Their mating is to reaffirm the marriage of Ishtar, the Goddess of Fertility, with her husband, Tammuz (Dumuzi). These marriage rites ensure that the King is accepted as one of the Gods, and blessed by Ishtar, who also blesses the crops.

For Sumerians, the month is called Barazagar (Mar/Apr), the month of first offerings. The Akiti-Sekinku, the festival of harvesting barley, which starts at the full moon. For them, the month’s name – The Goddess of Barley Ashnan is honored as the “good bread of the whole world.”
Note: The Babylonians had a lunar calendar, and added months beyond the 12-month year. They kept their year keyed to the equinoxes. Between 1750 – 1500 BCE, they standardized their calendar – the Standard Mesopotamian Calendar to unify their empire.

Babylonian New Year’s Festival

God of the Month: Marduk of Babylon

God of the Month: Nabu, Babylonian Patron of Writing

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God of the Month: Inanna (Ishtar)

Soul Retrieval and Polytheists

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As a Roman Polytheist, I discovered the durability of my multiple souls (Note 1) when I had my traumatic brain injury. When one soul becomes damaged as what did happen to me, it grows back. A soul will regenerate slowly. In my case, it took three years. My major concern during this time was to prevent anything else from coming in. Therefore, I made offerings to my Juno (female Genius) to watch over me. Also, I wore a bulla (a Roman talisman) to ensure my safety from the “evil eye.”

After my accident, several Core Shamans offered to help me. They wanted to do a shamanic retrieval to bring back my “lost” soul. Although they were well-meaning friends, I had to refuse.

The concept and protocol for Soul Retrieval by Core Shamans was developed by Sandra Ingerman. (Note 2) (Note 3) After suffering a stroke in the 1980s, Michael Harner, who started the Foundation of Shamanic Studies, had Ingerman replace him. It is from Ingerman’s writings that the modern beliefs about soul retrieval took shape.

Ingerman’s background is that of a mental health professional. She bases her theories on the writings of Carl Jung. There is the Higher Self of Humanity/God, the Conscious Self, and the Unconscious Self. Ingerman explains, “When we talk about soul we are really talking about light. In returning the soul parts and lost vitality to the client we are really returning light.” (The “light” is the Higher Self.)

For Ingerman, soul loss can come from daily life. She writes, “A reflection of how much soul loss people are dealing with is evident when so many governments and businesses are valuing money over life.” In her book on Soul Retrieval, Ingerman notes, “Although soul loss is a survival mechanism the problem from a shamanic point of view is that the soul part that left usually does not come back on its own. The soul might be lost, or stolen by another person or doesn’t know the trauma has passed and it is safe to return.”

Ingerman expands on her concepts of soul loss. “The basic premise is whenever we experience trauma, a part of our vital essence separates from us in order to survive the experience by escaping the full impact of the pain….It is important to understand that soul loss is a good thing that happens to us. It is how we survive pain.”

Ingerman’s focus in her ideas of soul loss is to repair the psyche or emotional aspects of a person. Although a shaman, she accepts the Monotheistic tenet of a single soul. Going further, Ingerman assumes that the soul is very fragile.

For a Polytheist like myself, a traditional Shaman is best for soul repair. One of the many souls usually needs to be healed instead of being retrieved. During the first five years of my TBI, I went to a therapist to deal with trauma. It served me well.

Notes:

Note 1. The Romans have the genius, renamed by Christians as the Guardian Angel. Meanwhile, the animus, which is the dynamic force of personality, can exist outside of the body. One soul dies with the body, while another one survives to form its own body. When a person dies, one soul will merge with the ancestral soul, and another soul will go to the underworld. The physical (body) soul that lives on after death is called a revenant.

Note 2. According to Ingerman: “The definition of “soul” is “essence”. Essence can’t be harmed or hurt. When we perform a Soul Retrieval on behalf of another we return to them pure essence that brings the client to a state of healing and wholeness.”

Note 3. Ingerman’s protocols for Soul Retrievals include:
• You want to learn how to help someone who lost a piece of his or her soul as a baby or a toddler and now have a habitual life pattern that runs the life of this person. People often notice that a recurring traumatic theme occurs in life that results from soul loss at an early age. An example of this would be a repetitive pattern of someone who always finds himself/herself being betrayed in relationships. …help a client break old patterns and create a new positive present and future different from the traumas of the past.
• Helping a client fully integrate their soul parts so that the Soul Retrieval creates long term healing instead of short term effects that fizzle out over a short period of time is crucial.
• ….share what was seen in a Soul Retrieval journey for a client in a way that inspires clients to move on with their healing process instead of re-traumatizing them and taking them back into traumas of their past. This is key as I found that so many clients were re-traumatized by shamanic practitioners’ lack of education in how to tell healing stories.
• People today don’t need more bad news. People today need to hear stories of hope and inspiration about the gifts, talents, and strengths that are now available to them after a Soul Retrieval which will improve the quality of their life.
• Frankly this takes simple common sense on behalf of the practitioner to understand the impact of his or her words on another….phrase your healing stories so that you bless each client with planting seeds of love, hope, and inspiration. Words can be used to bless or curse someone.

Works Cited:
Gaia Staff, “What is Soul Retrieval?” 30 March 2017. Web. https://www.gaia.com/article/what-is-soul-retrieval
—-, “The Power of Shamanism to Heal Emotional and Physical Illness.” Web. http://www.sandraingerman.com/sandrasarticles/abstractonshamanism.html
—-, “Soul Retrieval.” Web. http://www.sandraingerman.com/sandrasarticles/soulretrieval.html

Works Used:
Sandra Ingerman, “Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self.”
Sandra Ingerman’s Website: http://www.sandraingerman.com/

Dealing with Fairies (i.e. the Fair Folk)

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My friend Diane sees sparkles in her room in the evening and early morning. Pieces of her jewelry keep disappearing and then showing up weeks later elsewhere in the house. She asked me for advice.

Before focusing on any magical cause, I would first eliminate the mundane. I would have Diane be examined for any medical problems. Sparkles can be a sign of eye floaters, which is serious. Once she was cleared by the doctors, I would then attend to uncovering the magical problem.

First, I would conduct a series of interviews with Diane about herself and the incidents. I have observed that psychic events happen frequently around sensitive people. These individuals are usually psychically and emotionally sensitive. Psychologically vulnerable people tend to have more magical problems than the regular population.

I have a list of standard questions for people having magical difficulties. First, I would ask Diane about her ideas about the occult. Does she or her friends dabble or practice in the occult? Does she watch shows about the supernatural? Does she know anyone who could be a magician? I want to know what types of magic either her or her friends may do. The answers could offer clues to if she or someone has triggered a cascade of events.

In “Monsters,” John Michael Greer offers suggestions for questions including those to detect a hoax. Greer stresses adding whether the person had read about the phenomena. He says that the mind can bring forth entities. Furthermore, Greer includes inquiries about the person experiencing any other phenomena. This is to establish how sensitive the person is or how other events may have influenced this event.

Next I would have Diane flesh out the incidents of the sparkles and missing jewelry. Did she have any physical reaction to the sparkles such as tingling or prickling? Other than jewelry has anything else been taken? Are the sparkles seen elsewhere in the house? Are there other times the sparkles happen? What does she feel about the sparkles? Do they give her the creeps? Do the sparkles happen when other people are there? What is she doing at the time? A part of this line of questioning is to root out hoaxes.

From the description that Diane gives, I strongly suspect that it is some sort of fairy. The times of sighting at dusk and in the morning are liminal ones, when the boundaries between worlds are porous. According to the lore, fairies will come into homes. The items being stolen are shiny, sparkly jewelry, which some fairies are attracted to. The jewelry being returned suggests a non-malevolent entity, at least towards Diane.

Before I conclude that it is fairies, I do several mundane tests first. The entities could also be thought forms or an intelligent ghosts. Ghost and fairy lore have many things in common. Ghosts generally do not appear as sparkles but they do take things.

First I would have Diane put the jewelry in a sock drawer. If it disappears from there, than it is something other than a fairy. Then I would conduct other tests.

In Diane’s case, the jewelry did not disappear, I tested for fairies by putting nails around one set of jewelry and nothing around another set. I noted what gets taken, since iron repels fairies. If the entities behave like what is described in traditional fairy lore, then I would conclude fairy activity.

While conducting these tests, I would consult the Runes to see if there is an on-going psychic attack. Since the answer they give is no, then it is not be a malevolent fairy. (Most fairies tend to be neutral in many events.) Then I narrow down what sort of fairy it could be. Among fairies, goblins and imps steal things as well as pixies.

After consulting the lore, I am left with either an imp or a pixy. Both are common pests but imps have an edge to them because they like being unpleasant. Pixies are naughty but not malevolent. I use a pendulum to divine which one. After the pendulum indicated pixies, I consulted the lore on stopping them.

Diane can stop the thefts by wearing her jacket inside out. It will break the spell. If she wants no pixies in her home, then Diane needs to ring the house with iron or steel nails. If she doesn’t mind them, then Diane requests that they return her jewelry. After that, she puts out shiny objects for them to take instead of her jewelry. (Some people believe that fairies offer blessings to those who help them.)

Works Used:
Bruce, Robert, “The Practical Psychic Self-Defense Handbook.” Charlottesville (VA): Hampton Roads Publishing. 2011.
Carlin, Emily, “Defense Against the Dark.” Pompton Plains (NJ): New Page Books. 2011.
Daimler Morgan, “Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fairfolk.” Winchester (UK): Moon Books. 2017.
—-, “Pagan Portals: Fairy Witchcraft.” Winchester (UK): Moon Books. 2004.
Greer, John Michael, “Monsters (Revised ed.).” Woodbury (MN): Llewellyn Publications. 2011.

Roman Gods of the Month: March

The month of March is named for Mars, the Roman God of War. Besides war, Mars also protected the land and crops. Spring brought both preparations for planting and for war. The Feriae Marti (the Festival of Mars), lasts for nearly the entire month and is similar to the Carnival Season and Mardi Gras.

Traditionally, the New Year for Romans began in March, the first month of the original calendar. After the reforms of Numa Pompilis and Julius Caesar, it was still celebrated as a second New Year’s Day. The spring equinox was still the beginning of the planting and war seasons. The Roman Calendar

Juno Lucina
On March 1, the Matronalia is held in honor of mothers. Husbands and daughters give presents to mothers. Juno Lucina, the aspect of Juno who governs over women and childbirth, receives prayers for safe childbirth and fertility. God of the Month: Juno Lucina

Anna Perenna
On March 15th (Ides), Traditional New Year is celebrated. Anna Perenna, the Goddess of the Returning Year, oversees the celebrations. People would picnic and drink cups of wine in her honor, and offer prayers for a prosperous year. God of the Month: Anna Perenna

Liber Pater and Libera Mater
On March 17, the Liberalia is held. Wearing ivy wreaths, several old women offer cakes made from oil and honey (libia) to Liber Pater. Then a large phallus is taken around to encourage the plants to grow and for a good harvest. Liber Pater and Libera are the Gods of the Male and Female Seeds, respectively. Gods of the Month: Liber Pater and Libera

Minerva
From March 19 to 24, the Quinquatrus is held to honor Minerva, the Goddess of the Arts and War. Since the first day is sacred to Her, no blood is shed on that day. The Quinquatrus is celebrated by artisans and students. Traditional Roman festivities included martial arts contests. God of the Month: Minerva

Mars
Starting the 1st of the March and on the 9th, and 24th, the Salii (Leaping Priests of Mars) danced through the streets of Rome singing hymns, and later held feasts in honor of Mars. Horse races were held, sacrifices made, and trumpets purified. Mamurius Venturius, the Old Man of March, was driven out of Rome taking disease and sickness with Him. Gods of the Month: Mars and Gods of the Month: Mars