This month: November

November owes its name to the number nine (novem), since it would be the ninth month of the old Roman calendar. The Calends, sacred to Juno, are on the first day of the month, the Nones on the 5th and the Ides, sacred to Jupiter, are on the 13th. The 2nd, 6th and 14th days are considered unlucky. As usual, I dedicate the first Wednesday of the month to Mercury, the 19th day to Minerva and the 21st to Ingui.

November 3: Dies Juliani
On 3 November 361, Flavius Claudius Julianus, mostly known as Julian the Apostate, became the sole Augustus and emperor. He was the last polytheist ruler of the Roman Empire and a heroic reference to modern polytheists. Following the tradition of hero cults, I picked the anniversary of His political ascension as a day of celebration in His honour. Offerings are given to His genius, in the manner of the celestial deities, and prayers are offered for the growth and vitality of modern polytheisms.

November 13: Epulum Jovis
An epulum is a banquet or feast and there were two dedicated to Jupiter in ancient Rome. One took place on the Ides of September and another occurred two months later, on the Ides of November. Since the former was also the traditional date for the anniversary of the god’s temple on the Capitol, which was also dedicated to Juno and Minerva, I’ve dubbed September 13th as Capitolinalia. As far as I know, it’s not a traditional name, though I find it suitable. For November 13th, I kept the original reference to a feast or epulum and use it for an annual celebration specifically dedicated to Jupiter. A traditional ceremony, physical activity, libations, some decorations and dinner party are all appropriate things to do on this date in honour of the Lord of Thunder.


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