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"Why is the 29th day of the month sacred to the Goddess Hecate?"
Our ancestors associated the different faces of the Goddess with the moon's phases. For instance, the maiden is associated with the new moon, the mother is the full moon and the crone is the dark moon.
So, how is it that certain Goddesses were honored on certain days of the month, and not on the exact date of her associated moon phase? The Roman Festival of Diana, for instance, is August 13. Diana is also celebrated the 6th of the month. The 29th day of every month is said to be sacred to Hecate.
This is makes more sense when you consider in ancient times, we did not use the standard calendar of today. Today we use a system that was created by Julius Caesar--a modern invention, really.
But in ancient times, the days were marked by the moon. In the “moonth” system it takes approximately 29.5 days for the moon to complete one cycle. If worshipers celebrated the festival on the 13th of the moonth, this means they would celebrate on or around the time of the full moon. The sixth day is the time of the waxing crescent moon. The 29th day is the time of the dark moon.
So, when you come across Goddess Festival dates, consider the Goddess-moon connection and you will begin to deepen your understanding of the ancient customs and traditions associated with the celebration itself.
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