In Egypt, January 7th is set aside to honor the ancient goddess Sekhmet, who is often depicted with the head of a lion and connected to the spirits of the dead. In this article, you will learn which birth date was set aside to celebrate the Midwinter’s offerings and what happened during the rice harvest of Southern India.
January 7th Birthdays
As for individuals living in England, a celebration called Saint Distaff’s Day took place to mark the continuation of work following the Christmas season. Keep in mind that this is not a true day of worshipping a saint, but instead, a playful way of acknowledging a woman’s return to household chores. Those born on this day tend to exhibit a highly spiritual nature.
January 11th Birthdays
January 11th marks the first day of Carmentalia, a Roman festival that locals once celebrated to honor the goddess Carmenta. It was this goddess who watched over childbirth. Surrounded by her priestesses, who were called ‘nymphs of prophecy,’ the fortunes of children were cast at the very moment of their entry into the world. During ancient Roman days, January 11th signified sacredness to Juturna , a divinity associated with prophetic waters. An individual born on this day usually transforms into a highly creative soul as an adult.
January 13th Birthdays
In Old England, January 13th served as the day that locals turned out to celebrate the Norse rite of Midvintersblot (also known as Midwinter’s offering). They called it Tiugunde Day. This date also held significance in Druid Ireland, as people gathered to enjoy the Feast of the Brewing. In Urnasch, Switzerland, this mid-January date marked the continuation of a pre-Julian New Year’s Eve celebration where villagers used clanging bells to keep evil spirits away. A January 13th baby is usually destined to lead a practical and hard-working life that often involves making decisions for the good of society.
January 14th Birthdays
In celebration of the rice harvest, inhabitants of Southern India gathered to enjoy the Pongel festival, which took place over the course of three days. The purpose of this festival was to pay homage to the spirits that helped bring a rainy season. They would also honor Surya, who was known as the source of infinite knowledge. During Old Europe days, January 14th was referred to as Saint Hilary’s Day, who was known as the patron of backward children. Cleverness and independence are two traits that are often associated with individuals born on January 14th.
In the next installment of ‘January Birthdays: Astrological Myths,’ you will encounter how locals chose to pay homage to the veiled goddess of the hearth, Vesta, as well as learn celebratory practices of the Roman Catholics and ancient Druids.