Νουμηνία, I day.
From today’s sunset: beginning of the new month of Anthesterion, sacred to Dionysos.
Happy Noumenia to you all, best wishes!!!
Noumenia is a day sacred to all the Gods- in particular to Apollo Noumenios, Zeus, Helios, Hecate, Artemis Noumenia, Hera, Hermes, and to all the Household Gods.
Sacrifices, purifications, libations, banquets and singing of hymns are some among the distinctive features of the first day of the lunar month.
Banquet of Noumeniastai;
– Principal Celebrations of the Month:
2 Anthesterion: sacrifice to Dionysos (Erchia)
3 Anthesterion: meeting of the Thiasotai of Bendis (Salamis)
11 Anthesterion: Anthesteria- Pithoigia
12 Anthesterion: Anthesteria- Khoes
13 Anthesterion: Anthesteria- Khytroi
20- 26 Anthesterion: En Agrais Mysteria- Lesser Mysteries
23 Anthesterion: Diasia
(Hekate- RMO Museum, Leiden)
The dogs would have a witchsona before me. They have Children of the Corn eyes that make me give them my food. Whores.
Clawing my way out of my fallow period spiritually.
And digging into some research and finding all sorts of awesome ideas and thoughts and artifacts. Just goes to show, there’s always more to learn!
Now to see if I can’t find pictures of these thrones that were dedicated to Hekate in Asia Minor! 🙂 Tomorrow. Otherwise this rabbit hole may last all night long.
Have a blessed Deipnon!
Obit of the Day: Facing the Gestapo
Karin Wharton and her mother, Maria Lowenstein, took part in one of the greatest acts of civil disobedience in the history of Nazi Germany. One that few heard of then and fewer know of now: The Rosenstrasse Protest.
Mrs. Lowenstein married Dr. Max Lowenstein in Berlin, several years after her first husband, an architect for Tsar Nicholas II committed suicide. The Hermitage-trained artist and her new husband had a son, Henry, in 1925 making up a small combined family of four.
The problem began with Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. Dr. Lowenstein was Jewish, and although his wife was German her choice of spouse resulted in a loss of citizenship and harassment. For ten years the family survived in Berlin as the Nazis made it policy not to execute Jewish spouses.*
Then on February 27, 1943 Joseph Goebbels and Hitler had had enough. The minister of propaganda, under the Fuhrer’s orders, rounded up the last of Berlin’s Jews. Approximately 10,000 Jews still lived in Berlin, nearly 8,000 classified as irreplaceable workers. Those 8,000 were sent immediately to death camps.
The other 2,000 or so were Jewish men married to German women. They could not be sent with the laborers without causing an uproar, so they were brought to a Jewish center located at Rosenstrasse 2-4. The plan was to convince the women that the men were to be sent to labor camps when the plan was, in fact, to murder them all.
What the Nazis did not expect was that the women of Berlin would not go quietly. Beginning with simple questions from one or two wives about their husbands, an organic protest grew. Over the next six days an estimated 6000 German women, including Mrs. Lowenstein and her daughter Karin, came to Rosenstrasse shouting “Give us our husbands back!”
At one point the Gestapo, concerned about the unrest, set up machine guns, pointed them at the women and warned them that if they did not disperse they would be shot. The protest only grew louder, the women changing their shouts to, “Murderers! Murderers!” The Gestapo never fired a shot.
On March 6, Goebbels recognized the public relations disaster of killing German woman on the streets of Berlin ordered that all the men be released. They would all survive the war. In fact, 98% of the Jewish men who lived through World War II in Germany were married to German women.
When the war ended, Ms. Steinberg found a job with Otto Grotewohl, leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Germany. The SPD was one of two rival Communist-aligned political parties in the country, the other being the Communist Party of German (KPD), led by Wilhelm Pieck. Ms. Steinberg was present at a meeting between Grotewohl and Pieck where they discussed the merger of the two parties – as ordered by Josef Stalin – into the Socialist Unity Party as well as the plans of Communists to undermine their Western allies. She was able to smuggle the information to the Americans in the U.S.-occupied zone of Berlin.
Not long after while driving in Mr. Grotewohl’s limousine, the Soviet Army surrounded the car, and Ms. Steinberg. Instead of taking her into custody, the soldiers bragged about their catch ordering the limo to drive around Berlin. At one stop, the driver drove off into the U.S. zone saving his and Ms. Steinberg’s lives.
The U.S. government agreed to move Ms. Steinberg’s family to America in order to protect them. Ms. Steinberg, who met and married a journalist named James Wharton, and her stepbrother Henry would end up living across the street from each other in Denver. The two would work together at the Bonfils Theater, later the Lowenstein Theater, for years.
Karin Wharton passed away on January 18, 2014 at the age of 98.
(Image of the Lowenstein-Steinberg family, taken in early 1939, with Henry, age 14; Karin, age 24; Max, age 54; and Maria, age 45. It is part of the Lowenstein Family Holocaust Papers collection at the University of Denver.)
* Fourteen-year-old Henry was sent to London as part of the Kindertransport in the early spring of 1939.
Τριακάς- From today’s sunset: Hecate’s Deipna- The end of the month, the Old and New- it is always sacred to the Goddess.
“the thirtieth we celebrate in Hades because of Hecate” – ie , the thirtieth day of the month (if present, otherwise the 29th, which is, in any case, called ‘thirtieth’) is honored Hecate as it is the last day of the month and at the same time, we also honor the dead (in fact, in its calendar, Pletho dedicated the twenty-ninth day to Pluto). “The image of Hecate is erected and consecrated at the crossroads, and rites in honor of the dead have been made on the thirtieth day.”
The last day of the month must be also devoted to meditation and to the reconsideration of the work done during the month, as well as to the preparation for the new month to come. In any case, no one should undertake an important work during this last day. It is highly recommended to fast for the whole day (for example, this was the habit of Proklos).
(Hekate, In the Roman collection of the Dutch National Museum)
My generation got a cheap college education when we were young, and we’re getting good retirement benefits now that we’re old. Pretty nice. But now we’re turning around and telling today’s twentysomethings that they should pay through the nose for college, keep paying taxes for our retirements, and oh by the way, when it comes time for you to retire your benefits are going to have to be cut. So sorry.
And THEN you’re telling them that they’re the most spoiled, entitled, self-absorbed generation in history. It’s stupid and gross.