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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Deity of the Week - Faunus

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
While more associated with the fertile fields of Spring Faunus should be talked about at this time of the year. Because he was the God that was believed to bring fertility to the crops and as Innus to the livestock.

Believed to be originally a king of the Latins, Faunus was also consulted as a god of prophecy in a sacred grove. Later he was called, by the Christian writer Justin Martyr, Lupercus. Which puts his worship on the 15th of February at the Lupercalia. Interestingly this is the date that some Pagans celebrate Imbolc, due to it being astrologically midway between the solstice and the equinox.

The Lupercalia was a pre-Roman pastoral festival dedicated to averting evil spirits and reconsecrating the city, releasing health and fertility. This fits also with the theme of Imbolc as a time to pray for the waking of the Maiden (Earth) and to shake off the constraints of Winter.

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