Today’s Goddess: Securita
Themes: Protection; Ghosts; Grounding
Symbols: Amulets and Protective Sigils
About Securita: As the name implies, Securita is a protective Goddess who watches over not only individuals in need but also entire empires. In the true spirit of security, she also actively promotes stability and firm foundations in our lives.
To Do Today: In ancient Rome, lemures were considered to be the ghosts of family members who like to pester the living, if given the chance. So, in all due prudence, the Romans took time once a year to put ghosts back where they belong and invoke Securita’s protection by tossing beans behind them 9 times. We can use this symbolism today in banishing any ghosts that linger in our figurative closets. Just name a handful of beans after your “ghost”, toss them behind you in an open area, and walk away. This appeases the spirits and leaves the troubles behind you in the past, where they belong.
Today is an excellent day to make Securita amulets for protection against mischievous spirits. Take any one or all of the following and bind them in a white cloth with red wool: sandalwood, sage, violet, or peach pit. As you tie the wool, say,
“Securita’s power lies inside.
Where this amulet sits, no ghosts may abide.”
Put the token wherever you need it. Eating leek soup keeps away spirits, too.
Goddess Of The Day: HERA
Themes: Love; Romance; Forgiveness; Humor
Symbols: Oak; Myrrh; Poppy
About Hera: Hera rules the earth, its people, and the hearts of those people. Using passion and creativity, Hera nudges star-crossed lovers together, chaperones trysts, and helps struggling marriages with a case of spring twitterpation!
Legend tells us that Hera refused to return to Zeus’s bed because of a quarrel. Zeus, however, had a plan. He humorously dressed up a wooden figure to look like a bride and declared he was going to marry. When Hera tore off the dummy’s clothes and discovered the ruse, she was so amused and impressed by Zeus’s ingenuity that she forgave him.
To Do Today: Ancient Greeks honored Hera and Zeus’s reconciliation today, often in the company of old oak trees. Small pieces of fallen wood are collected to symbolize the divinities, then burned on the ritual fire to keep love warm. To mirror this custom, find a fallen branch and burn a small part of it as an offering to Hera. Keep the rest to use as a goddess image year-round, burning a few slivers whenever love needs encouragement.
Present someone you love or admire with a poppy today to symbolically bestow Hera’s blessings on your relationship. If you have a loved one away from home, burn some myrrh incense in front of their picture so Hera can watch over them and keep that connection strong.
By Patricia Telesco ~ From “365 Goddess” (FMP) and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast