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Operation Circle Care – Yuletide gifts for Pagan Troops

Know of any Pagans serving in the US Military in Afghanistan & elsewhere overseas? Please send their full name, rank, branch of military service, country and war where serving, postal address, and email address for the Pagan Soldier, and also include your own name and contact info, plus your relationship with the Soldier before before November 20th. Circle Sanctuary keeps contact information confidential. Contributions of items and funds are also welcomed for this program.

You can help this effort by sending them donations of new and gently used items as well as funds to cover air mail postage.

DONATE ITEMS: contact the Operation Circle Care project coordinator: occ@circlesanctuary.org.

 

 

ITEMS NEEDED:

Pagan Spiritual Medallions –

  • Pentacles
  • Ankhs
  • Awen symbols
  • Thor’s Hammers
  • Sun symbols
  • Moon symbols
  • Goddess and/or God symbols
  • Green Man/Woman symbols
  • Wheel of the Year symbols

Other items –

  • Pagan Music, Meditation: CDs & DVDs
  • Gift cards from store that ship overseas, for example Barnes and Noble, Amazon
  • Gift cards can be used for online holiday shopping (So deployed soldiers can send gifts home to their children from overseas)
  • ATT phone cards
  • Crystals
  • Small God and Goddess statues
  • Pagan Books (No nudity)
  • Incense
  • Oils
  • Herbs
  • Small Wands
  • Small travel chalices
  • Altar cloths

DONATE FUNDS: Donate to this project on-line by credit card by clicking here or you can send check or money order payable to Circle – Operation Circle Care, Circle, PO Box 9, Barneveld, WI 53507 USA.

Wiccan/Pagan Soldiers may make their own requests for inclusion in our gifting program. Email: circle@circlesanctuary.org with cc to: occ@circlesanctuary.org

NETWORK: Please help get the word out to others about this project.

THANKS to everyone involved in this project!

Current Supporters for the 2012 Yule Package Drive

Organizations, festivals, & businesses making contributions of items and/or funds

  • Dogwood Local Council, Covenant of the Goddess (Georgia)
  • Everglade Moon Local Council of Covenant of the Godess (Florida)
  • Garden State Pagan Alliance (New Jersey)
  • The Crystal Fox (Maryland)
  • Wizard’s Emporium (Indiana)
  • Pagan Educational Network (Indiana)
  • Louisville, KY CUUPS
  • Joliet, IL CUUPS
  • Witches Hat Society of Northwest Indiana

Past Operation Circle Care Supporters
Organizations, festivals, & businesses making contributions of items and/or funds

  • Church of the Eternal Circle (New York)
  • That Witchy Place (http://www.thatwitchyplace.com/)
  • Llewellyn Publications (Minnesota, worldwide)
  • Order of the Pentacle (worldwide)
  • Greater Augusta Pagan Community (Georgia)
  • Pagan Peddler (Virginia)
  • Celebrating Earth Spirituality Festival (Pennsylvania)
  • Sassafras Grove ADF, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Luna Rising, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Charter Oak Grove, Ware, MA

Operation Circle Care Staff

Coordinators: David & Jeanet Ewing
Advisor: Selena Fox

Operation Circle Care is a charity sponsored by Circle Sanctuary, a 501(c)(3) non-profit religious organization.

Contact: occ@circlesanctuary.org.

More details: https://www.circlesanctuary.org/index.php/military-ministries/operation-circle-care.html

Goddess Fortuna Redux

Art by Mario Duguay

“Fortuna Redux’s themes are travel, good fortune, success and fate. Her symbols are chamomile and oak.  This aspect of Fortuna specifically watches over all travellers, especially now that the weather might make for unsafe conditions. Whenever you travel, She goes with you to make a happier, luckier journey filled with success. She can also give you predictions about what to expect during your travels.

If you’ve been thinking about planning a trip, today is the perfect time to start. Fortuna Redux will make sure you get good connections, directions, hotels, or whatever you need so your journey will go off without a hitch.

No matter where you have to go today, you can take this Goddess’s blessing with you simply by carrying some chamomile tea bags or placing an oak leaf in your shoe. This invokes Her protection on your car, the bus, train, or any other mode of transportation to help you avoid mishaps and traffic jams en route!  Better still, if the day gets hectic, you can drink the tea for improved luck!

To see what the future holds in terms of travel, try sprinkling some loose chamomile over a damp surface (ideally your car’s hood). Look to see that patterns emerge. If the flowers form an octagon, for example (the shape of a stop sign), this might be a message to stop your plans temporarily. If they form a wheel, the pattern could be interpreted as an omen to travel by car or bus.”

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

“Tout se placera” by Mario Duguay

Research for today’s Goddess turned up this very informative piece by Thalia Took.  She writes: “Fortuna Redux, one of the many aspects of the Roman Goddess of Luck, Fortuna, was in charge of bringing people home safely, primarily from wars—redux means ‘coming back’ or ‘returning’. She may be one of the later aspects of Fortuna, as the earliest mention of Her is of an altar dedicated by the Senate in 19 BCE for the safe return of the Emperor Augustus. This altar was located near the porta Capena, a gate in the old Servian wall not far from the grove of the Camenae, and at this altar rites were performed by the priests and Vestal Virgins during the Augustalia, games celebrated in honor of Augustus on his birthday on October 12th. Though usually it is only temples that are known to have a dedication date, this altar was considered special enough that its dedication date of the 15th of December was recorded.

She had a temple in Rome in the Campus Martius, a swampy area down by the Tiber dedicated to Mars that had once been used for the assembly of soldiers. The temple to Fortuna Redux there was built by the Emperor Domitian sometime around 93 CE after he had safely returned home from a war in Germany.

Fortuna Redux may have started as a Goddess who primarily made sure the Emperor got home alive, but it seems it was not long before She was invoked to bring others home safely, especially soldiers, as one might expect. Several altars dedicated to Her have been found in Brittania, the frontier of the Empire, especially in the area up by Hadrian’s Wall, the very northern limit of Rome’s power. They commonly come from military bath-houses, and She is sometimes mentioned along with Fortuna Salutaris (‘Health-bringing Fortune’) and Fortuna Balnearis (‘Fortuna of the Bath-House’). At the Roman fort of Cilurnum on Hadrian’s Wall (the modern Chesters, Northumbria, England), Fortuna Redux shared an altar with Aesculapius, the God of Health (the Greek Asklepios); and Her company on these altars imply that She was considered a Goddess who had healing powers, or who at least had the power to preserve health and wholeness, so that Her worshippers would be able to come home.

“Fortuna” by Tadeusz Kuntze

A related aspect of the Goddess of Chance, Fortuna Restitutrix, was also concerned with the health and saftey of soldiers. Her title means ‘She Who Restores’, which can also be translated like Redux as ‘She Who Brings Back’, and She was evidentally worshipped by the military. An altar to Fortuna Restitutrix has been found in the Castra Praetoria, the barracks of the Praetorian guard in Rome, built in the first century CE, about the time Fortuna Redux seems to have come about. Her altar was in a room in the northern part of the barracks set with a black and white mosaic floor.

Also called: Fortuna Reduci, ‘Fortune Returns’; She is depicted on coins with a wheel, sometimes the emblem of Nemesis, Greek Goddess of retribution, law and justice.” [1]

 

 

 

Sources:

Took, Thalia. The Obscure Goddess Online Directory, “Fortuna Redux“.

 

Suggested Links:

Revel, Anita. Reconnect with Your Inner Goddess, “Fortuna“.

Sacred-texts.com, “II. THE ROMAN GODDESS FORTUNA“.

Serenity. Order of the White Moon, “Fortuna“.

Tafarella, Santi. Prometheus Unbound, “The Goddess Fortuna: Thinking about Darwinian Contingency Metaphorically“.

Took, Thalia. The Obscure Goddess Online Directory, “Fortuna“.

Venefica, Avia. What’s-Your-Sign.com, “Goddess Symbols of Fortuna“.

Wikipedia, “Fortuna“.

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