“…Slaves were treated as equals, allowed to wear their masters’ clothing, and be waited on at meal time in remembrance of an earlier golden age thought to have been ushered in by the god. In the Saturnalia, Lucian has the god’s priest declare that “During My week the serious is barred; no business allowed. Drinking, noise and games and dice, appointing of kings and feasting of slaves, singing naked, clapping of frenzied hands, an occasional ducking of corked faces in icy water—such are the functions over which I preside.”
The Saturnalia was the most popular holiday of the Roman year. Catullus (XIV) describes it as “the best of days,” and Seneca complains that the “whole mob has let itself go in pleasures”…The original day now was given over to the Opalia, honoring Ops, who personified abundance and the fruits of the earth, and was the consort of Saturn…”
Saturn was married? To an abundance goddess? Hey, happy Saturnalia, Solstice & Venus Retro! Its a harvest festival – celebrate what you accomplished this year & lavishly honor those who helped you reap the Awesome.
The next Daily Mystic is coming out tomorrow and it’s totally all about Retro-Venus Techniques for Awesome, Managing the Martian Mayhem (Mars opposite Uranus) Without Going Nuts & timing all the retrogrades of 2014…