Archive for January 30, 2012


Bridget’s Song

So, here is a little video I put together earlier today in honor of Imbolc, but a few days away and of course, the Goddess Brighid; one of my most favorite and beloved Goddesses.

The song in this video is set to “Bridget’s Song” by Celia and can be purchased at Celia Online.

“nature Goddess” by katmary

“Pax’s theme is peace.  Her symbols are white items, corn (corn is the name for whatever cereal grain is in common use. The Roman cereal crops were wheat and barley, and they also used millet), cornucopias and olive branches.  Pax is the Roman Goddess of peace; She urges us to keep harmony among one another as a sacred commodity throughout the year. On coins, Pax appears youthful and often bears an olive branch to extend the hand of truce or a cornucopia, indicating that there is an abundance of peace for those who truly seek it.

Remember Pax by wearing or carrying something white today and offering to make amends with someone with whom you’ve had an argument.

Alternatively, make a funnel from a piece of white paper (like a cornucopia). Leave this somewhere predominant. Each time you have an angry or discordant thought, toss a coin into the funnel. At the end of the day donate these coins (plus a few dollars) to a charity that promotes peace.

Roman custom dictated that the images of all leaders were to be placed at Pax’s feet on this day, the Festival of Pax, as if to invoke her amicable energy in their interactions. This isn’t a bad idea for modern leaders, either! Take any pictures you have of world leaders (check newspapers and magazines). If you can’t find pictures, write their names on white paper instead. Put these in a pile before a white candle. As you light the candle, say something like this:

‘Pax, let peace fill their hearts
Let all hatred depart
Peace be between me and thee
and all those I meet.'”

(Patricia Telesco, “365 Goddess: a daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess”.)

There is no better known Goddess of peace than Pax (peace) a Roman Goddess who was the personification and spirit of tranquility and peace;  She corresponds to the Greek Goddess, Eirene.   She was the daughter of Jupiterthe King of the godsand Iustitia, the Goddess of Justice.  She is depicted as a rather youthful looking woman–sometimes seated and sometimes standing– wearing white robes and a crown of laurel; She holds a cornucopia, and an olive branch or staff Her hand.   She bestows contentment and joy…and is invoked during barters  and negotiations.
It was under the rule of Augustus that  She was finally recognized as a Goddess proper, and a minor sanctuary, the Templum Pacis, was built for Her, and the Roman emperors, including Augustus and Vespasian, used her image on their coins to honor her and to maintain peace in the empire.  A festival in her honor was celebrated on January 3rd.
Although not a very recognized Goddess in ancient days, Pax is as synonymous with peace now as She was back in the days of the Roman empire.  We should invoke Her to pray for peace and to keep our nation from wars.  And, be sure to ask for Her help in self-understanding and self-acceptance.  In many church services the kiss of peace is given and thus, in spirit only, the Goddess is invoked. [1]
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