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Days of the Month for January


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January 1 : The Day of the Emotional Organiser
(For more information on this date see Mystical WWW Christmas Special).
‘New Year’s Day’ : the end and the beginning of the solar year.

Ancient Rome : day dedicated to celebration the ‘God Janus’, and ‘Goddess Fortuna’.

‘The Three Fates’ : Sacred day of remembrance.

Germany : the ‘Goddess Bertha’.

Japan : ‘Seven Deities of Luck’.

This date is traditionally associated with the Ash Tree (See Mystical WWW Trees for more information).

Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney, Scotland : Traditional ‘Ba' Game’ activities.

‘Rauhnaechte’ : The ninth of the ‘Wild Nights’, see December 24 for further information.

The tradition known as ‘First Footing’ was popular in many parts of the UK and Europe encouraging protection and prosperity for the home. Once midnight had struck on New Year’s Eve, the ‘First Footer’ who had to be dark haired entered the house carrying a shovel full of coal. It is believed that this tradition originates from Scotland. A fair haired man or woman were believed to encourage the opposite fortunes.

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January 2 : The Day of Self-Requirement
Ancient Egyptians : The ‘Advent of Isis’.

Ancient Sumeria : celebrations dedicated to ‘Inanna, Queen of heaven and earth’.

Ancient and modern astrologers believed this to be a day of great significance. This is the day when the planet earth is at it’s closest point to the sun. It has become known as the ‘Perihelion of the Earth’.

‘Rauhnaechte’ : The tenth of the ‘Wild Nights’, see December 24 for further information.

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January 3 : The Day of Total Involvement
Native American : Pueblo Shamanic ‘Deer Dances for the Deer Mothers’.

Ancient Greece : a day of festivity calledLenaia’ dedicated to the God Dionysus.

‘Rauhnaechte’ : The eleventh of the ‘Wild Nights’, see December 24 for further information.

J.R.R. Tolkien, Professor of Literature at Oxford University, and writer, born this day 1892.

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January 4 : The Day of the Formulators
‘Sacrifice to the Seven Stars’ : Offerings of water and white rice are made in Korea, to ensure protection and prosperity.

‘Rauhnaechte ‘: The twelfth of the ‘Wild Nights’, see December 24 for further information.

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January 5 : The Day of Recovery
Ancient Egyptian : a day dedicated to the remembrance of the River Nile. On this day only it was believed that the river held positive powers.

‘Wassail Eve’ : UK, the end of the Christmas season (For more information on Wassailing see Mystical WWW Trees, Apple).

‘Twelfth Night’ : the end of the Christmas season.

‘Old Christmas Eve’.

‘Rauhnaechte’ : The last of the ‘Wild Nights’, see December 24 for further information.

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January 6 : The Day of Substantiation
‘Epiphany’ : ‘Old Christmas Day’, Christian celebration (See Mystical WWW Christmas Special)

Christmas, Eastern Orthodox church celebrations (It has been suggested that this was a time of Celtic celebration).

Haxley, Lincolnshire, England : Traditional ‘Haxey Hood Game’.

Celtic festival : dedicated to ‘Maid’, ‘Mother’, ‘Crone’, collectively known as the ‘Three-Fold Goddesses’.

Celtic feast day of ‘Mullien’: Saint protective over the area of the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, England. Directly connected with guardianship of Mullion, on the west coast. Believed to originate from Brittany.

Richard II born this day in 1400.

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January 7 : The Day of Unusual Interests
Ancient Egyptian : dedicated to the ‘Goddess Sekhmet’, ‘guardian of the dead’, one of the ‘Seven Kine Deities’.

‘St. Distaff’s Day’ : rurally and traditionally known as a day dedicating to spinning wool after the holiday in England.

Celtic feast day of ‘Brannoc’ : Believed to be from Brittany, and according to legend came to Cornwall across the seas in a stone coffin (or a ship laden with such ballast). Alleged to have seen a vision, of white piglets feeding on a white sow, which later led him to work to build a church (where he is also believed to be buried) at Braunton, Devon, England.

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January 8 : The Day of the Big Bang
Druid : ‘New Year’.

Norse : dedicated to the ‘Goddess Freya’.

Ancient Rome : ‘Justicia’s Day’, annual festival.

Ancient Greece : ‘Babo’s Day’, also known as ‘Midwife’s Day’.

Elvis Presley, the ’King of Rock and Roll’, and ‘Elvis the Pelvis’ born on this day in 1935.

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January 9 : The Day of Ambition
‘Plough Sunday’ (first Sunday after Epiphany) : Traditional rural UK, blessing of the farmer’s plough in church, with prayers for a good harvest. Mumming plays accompany celebrations (See Mystical WWW Arts, Dance & Morris, Drama & Mumming Plays).

Celtic feast day of ‘Fillan’: Eighth century Scottish priest of Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland, and later, near Tyndrum by River Dochart, Scotland. A monastery was built where a pool beside the ruins was according to tradition believed to be able to cure madness. Light is said to have come from Fillan’s arm, a light so bright that he could read or write after sunset. Robert the Bruce of Scotland is said to have carried the arm into battle at Bannockburn. Nephew of Comgan (13 October).

Richard Nixon, American President, born this day in 1913.

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January 10 : The Day of the Hard Look
‘Ramadan’ : The first day of the Islamic festival.

‘Plough Monday’ (first Monday after Epiphany) : Traditional rural UK celebrations, particularly for farmers, when originally the plough would have been taken into church on this day for blessing. At one time this was also a holiday.

Native American : Iroquois, ‘Festival of Dreams’ (New Year).

Norse : dedicated to ‘Freya, Mother Goddess’.

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January 11 : The Day of Evaluation
Evening : Burghead, Moray, Scotland: Traditional ‘Burning the Clavie’.

Ancient Rome : ‘Carmentalia’, (5 days running concurrently dedicated to the Goddess of Childbirth, Carmenta).

Thomas Hardy, poet and novelist died 1928.

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January 12 : The Day of the Wild Call
‘Old New Year's Day’

‘St. Distaff’s Day’

Cwm Gwaun, Pembroke, Wales : Traditional celebrations for ‘New Year’.

Norse and ancient Britain : day dedicated to the ‘Goddess Frigg’.

Llandysul, Cardigan, Wales : Church Festival and traditional ‘Pwnc Chanting’.

‘Makara-Sankranti’ : Hindu sacred rituals celebrate the solstice of the new crescent moon.

Ancient Rome : ‘Comptalia’, festival of household gods.

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January 13 : The Day of Upward Mobility
Norse : ‘Miyvintersblot’. Midwinter offering to ‘Tiu’ (See Mystical WWW Days of the Week).

Druid : Day commemorates the ‘Feast of Brewing’.

James Joyce, writer, died on this day in 1941.

Celtic feast day of ‘Kentergern’, meaning ‘Capital Lord’, also known as ‘Mungo’ meaning ‘Dear one’, believed to have founded Glasgow in Scotland. Believed to have worked miracles. The son of Thaneukes or Enoch (who is known for wishing to have a child without knowing a man, but was severely punished by her father, Loth. She was raped, and when pregnant placed in a cart which was rolled of Traprain Law, or cliff, near Edinburgh. She survived so her father cast her adrift in a boat on the Firth of Forth. It is said that the fish took her safely to the Isle of May, and this is where Kentigern was born). Serf (1 July) was said to have had a vision of their arrival having heard a Gloria sung by a choir of angels. Related to Beuno (21 April). Associated with Asaph (1 May).

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January 14 : The Day of the Integrator
Pongal festival : day dedicated to ‘Surya’, the ‘God of the Sun’, East India.

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January 15 : The Day of Heroic Inevitability
Ancient Rome : ‘Carmentalia’, (last day of 5 day dedication to the Goddess of Childbirth, Carmenta).

Ancient Rome : ‘Feast of the Ass’ : dedicated to the ‘Goddess Vesta’.

Celtic feast day of ‘Ita’, sixth century Irish saint who is believed to have instructed many of the saints of Ireland from her convent in Limerick. Known as ‘the foster mother of all the saints of Ireland’. Prayed that the Son of God would come to her in the form of a baby, and therefore after a vision she is became Christ’s wet nurse (along with Brigid, 1 February). Believed to have counselled Brendan (16 May). Associated with Fachanan (14 August).

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January 16 : The Day of Fulfilment
Buddhist : day of dedication to ‘Betoro Bromo’, the ‘God of Fire’.

Celtic feast day of ‘Fursey’ : Seventh century Irish saint, who spent most of his life in the East Angles, now known as East Anglia at a monastery near Burgh Castle. His visions are of utmost importance. Reported to have received a vision concerning the Gulf War, of a valley where four fires would burn in the early 1990’s, the four representing Cruelty, Discord, Covetousness and Falsehood. (His experiences were recorded by Bede 27 May). Associated with Foillan (30 October).

USA : Prohibition began in 1920.

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January 17 : The Day of the Heavyweight
Carhampton, Somerset, England : Traditional ‘Wassailing the Apple Trees’, Celtic ritual. (See Mystical WWW Trees, Apple).

Ancient Rome : day dedicated to honour the ‘Goddess Felicitas’ (good luck).

Benjamin Franklin, central to the writing of the ‘Declaration of Independence’ born on this day 1706.

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January 18 : The Day of Childlike Fancy
Ancient Greece : ‘Theogamia of Hera’ : annual women’s festival.

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January 19 : The Day of Dreams and Visions
‘Husband’s Day’.

Norse : ‘Festival of Thor’.

James Watt, developed the idea of the steam engine design, born on this day 1736.

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January 20 : The Day of the Freewheeler
‘St. Agnes Day’ : (traditional) qualities associated with fire divination.

Aristotle Onassis, oil magnate and multi-millionaire, born on this day 1906.

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January 21 : The Day of the Front-runner
‘St. Agnes Day’ : secular

Lenin, Russian Leader, died on this day in 1924.

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January 22 : The Day of the Vortex
‘Festival of the Muses’ : Universal pagan festival dedicated to the Three Muses (Inspiration, Art, and Science).

Queen Victoria died on this day in 1901.

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January 23 : The Day of Character
Ancient Egyptian : Dedicated to the ‘Goddess of the Underworld’, ‘Celestial Cow’ and ‘Mother Goddess’ known as the ‘Day of B>Hathor’.

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January 24 : The Day of the Aloof Icon
‘Labour Day’ : traditionally a day of festivals for all those who work upon the sea or underground in Cornwall, England. Also known as ‘Cornish Tinners’ and Seafarer’s Day’.

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January 25 : The Day of Destiny
Scotland generally : ‘Burns Night’.

Norse : ‘Old Disting Feast’ dedicated to ‘Disir’, ‘Guardian Goddess’.

Christian festival dedicated to the ‘Conversion of St. Paul’ : ‘St. Paul’s Day’ : According to rural prophecy if the weather was fine this was an omen of a bountiful harvest. If there was rain or snow then this was an omen for low food stocks, if not famine. Further to this clouds and mist were omens for pestilence, high winds and war.

Virginia Woolf, novelist, born this day in 1882.


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January 26 : The Day of Striking Deeds
Chinese : Traditional ‘New Year’ (lasts two weeks until the full moon).

The Cullinan Diamond found in 1905 by Captain Wells in South Africa.

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January 27 : The Day of Precocity
Ancient Rome : dedicated to ‘Tellus Mater’, the ‘Earth Mother’, at the ‘Paganalia’.

Charles Dodgson, better known as ‘Lewis Carrol’, born on this day in 1832.

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January 28 : The Day of Outstanding Achievements
Pagan ‘Yuletide Festival’ comes to an end.

Henry VIII died on this day in 1547.

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January 29 : The Day of the Compassionate Combatant
Ancient Greece : dedicated to the ‘Eirene, Goddess of Peace’.

‘Parade of the Unicorns’ : Vietnam.

Celtic feast day of ‘Gildas’, sixth century chronicler and researcher of both monastic and Celtic religious life. The exact location of his dwellings is the source of dispute as two sites are identified, but it is known that he spent time at Street, Somerset and by association at Glastonbury Abbey. Associated with Cenydd (1 August), Kea (5 November).

George III, the farmer king, died on this day in 1820.

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January 30 : The Day of Take Charge
Guildford, Surrey, England : Traditional ‘Dicing for Maids' Dole’.

Gandhi assassinated in 1948. The Hindu assassin shot several times at point blank range after having given the traditional religious greeting. As he was dying Gandhi gave the sign of forgiveness to the assassin.

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January 31 : The Day of Poetic Song
Ancient Greece : ‘Hecate’s Night’.

Celtic feast day dedicated to ‘Maedoc of Ferns’, a sixth century Irishman who established Drumlane and Rossinver monasteries, and existed only on barley bread/water reciting 500 psalms each day. Educated at the same manner as David (March 1) in Pembrokeshire)

Franz Schubert, composer, born this day in 1797.