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Consualia

As you have sown, so shall you reap.
— Marcus Tullius Cicero


According to Dan Furst’s Hermes World Calendar, in the Zoroastrian calendar of ancient Persia, the day before the Sun exits Leo and enters Virgo is considered the climactic moment of Solar radiance and power, and is celebrated as the first day of the New Year.

In ancient Rome, this day would have been the Consualia, the summer feast of the Roman grainary God Consus. He is the God of good counsel, secret deliberation, stored (conserved) harvests of the grain and also is an underworld deity.

On this day, the Pontifex Maximus and the Vestal Virgins would oversee the opening of His altar in the Circus Maximus, and then sacrifice the first fruits to Him upon it.

The altar of Consus was buried underground, since he ruled the subterranean world where grain was stored. It was uncovered twice a year, once in August for the harvest, and again near the Winter Solstice.

Working animals such as horses and oxen were given a holiday on this day, and garlands were hung around their necks. They were then paraded and raced in the Circus Maximus in His honor.

Today would be an auspicious time to clear out your pantry. Most of us are extremely privileged to live in prosperity that makes fresh foods readily available. Our survival does not depend on our careful storage of provisions for many months at a time.

Give thanks for this today, by sharing extra with those not so fortunate. You might want to also clear away expired, unnecessary, and unhealthful foods.

Today is also day five of Odin’s ordeal on the World Tree Yggdrasil, to win the runes.

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  • August 21, 2008, 12:04 pm Copper Asetemhat Stewart

    Oh thanks for this–I shall have to learn more about Consus, who has some interesting resonances with Osiris and must be a friend of Fortuna…

  • August 21, 2008, 4:28 pm Beth Owl's Daughter

    Copper – great to see you here! Yes, and tomorrow, there is an Isis connection so stay tuned! 🙂

  • August 21, 2008, 5:11 pm Hecate RavenMoon

    Blessings,

    Thank you for sharing this. It was really interesting. I, too, will have to do some research on Consus.

    I will definitely be reading your article on Isis. I have a familiar by that name.

    Have a great week.

  • August 21, 2008, 5:33 pm Beth Owl's Daughter

    Oh, dear, I hope you won’t be disappointed! I’m afraid I only briefly mention Isis tomorrow, but of course She is BOUND to show up here a lot, as She is quite dear to me! 🙂
    – Beth