The Metaphysical Plane being so vast, this is a site to discuss different modalities considered Paranormal or New Age. Please join in, suggest topics, and add to the community if you'd like. I hope you can take away something positive from this site and feel more spiritually grounded. Wishing you all the happiness in the world- Mimi
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
HOW THE MONTHS GOT THEIR NAMES
This is a very interesting exercise in that many of us forgot that grade school Latin class when we learned the names of the months, or when we studied History, English, and Mythology in school, the stories of Roman Gods were told. In Art, Literature and civilization, we go by the Roman Julian Calendar- (collectively speaking used as a world wide standard). We can start getting comfortable with dialog about Metaphysics by talking about something as mundane as the names of months. No one can argue that beliefs in Pagan Gods/Goddesses are wicked or negatively label the subject, when they themselves use these words in the Western World everyday. Below is a brief list to help trigger memory- haha. We can accurately convert Roman dates after 58 BC relative to the start of the Julian calendar, precursor to the Gregorian calendar we use today. Enjoy- Mimi JANUARY Named for the Roman God Janus, he was considered protector of gates and doorways. Janus is depicted with two faces, one looking into the past, the other facing the future. Janus is the God of new beginnings.
FEBRUARY From the Latin word februa, meaning "to cleanse." The Roman Februalia was a month of purification and atonement. MARCH Named for the Roman God of war, Mars. This was the time of year to resume military campaigns that had been interrupted by winter. APRIL From the Latin word aperio, "to open (bud)," because plants begin to grow in this month. MAY Named for the Roman Goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants. Also from the Latin word maiores, "elders," who were celebrated during this month. JUNE Named for the Roman Goddess Juno, patroness of marriage and the well-being of women. Also from the Latin word juvenis, "young people." JULY Named to honor Julius Caesar (100 B.C.– 44 B.C.). In 46 B.C., Julius Caesar made one of his greatest contributions to history: With the help of Sosigenes, he developed the Julian calendar, the precursor to the Gregorian calendar we use today. AUGUST Named to honor the first Roman emperor (and grandnephew of Julius Caesar), Augustus Caesar (63 B.C.– A.D. 14). SEPTEMBER From the Latin word septem, "seven," because this had been the seventh month of the early Roman calendar. OCTOBER From the Latin word octo, "eight," because this had been the eighth month of the early Roman calendar. NOVEMBER From the Latin word novem, "nine," because this had been the ninth month of the early Roman calendar. DECEMBER From the Latin word decem, "ten," because this had been the tenth month of the early Roman calendar.