Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Festival of Minerva

Festival of Minerva
March 23

Color of the day: Red
Incense of the day: Bayberry

On this day, ancient Romans celebrated the Festival of Minerva. To honor her, musicians and poets paraded to her shrines and performed their greatest works. Minerva rules wisdom, poetry, warcraft, medicine, and commerce. Born from the head of her father, this virgin goddess bows to neither god nor man. Even now, she appears in statues and seals of universities. Celebrate her festival by going to a civic event, practicing martial arts, performing poetry, or learning a self-sufficient skill. Decorate with images of owls, shields, and spears. Her colors are white and Tyrian purple. Invoke her with these words:
Minerva of the quick wit
And steel-strong spine,
I call on you!
The flash of your eyes
Is the sun on a sword’s blade
Teach me to cut to the heart
Of all things
And to listen for wisdom
In the silence of an owl’s flight

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