Tag Archives: Venus

Novena prayer to Mercury

While doing my annual Festivus shopping this year,* I noticed that Galina Krasskova’s novena book In Praise of Hermes had hit the shelves, so naturally I swallowed it up greedily. I was delighted to find myself among the people in … Continue reading

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In honorem Veneris Cloacinae

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere on this blog, there’s many a pagan—not necessarily Gaulish in orientation—who worships Nemetona for the perfectly understandable purpose of sanctifying a ‘sacred space’; similarly, I suspect that Cloacina has many worshippers who would not necessarily admit … Continue reading

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Behold Ritona

Here is the image I prepared as a modern interpretation of the ancient goddess Ritona, who is known from Augusta Treverorum (Trier) and other places in Gaul. This image brings together many of the elements historically attested from Ritona’s iconography, … Continue reading

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In search of Ritona

I want to say a few words about the goddess Ritona, who has been on my mind a lot in the past few months. By some measures, she must rank as one of the most major ‘minor’ deities from northeastern … Continue reading

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Mercury and androgyny

There are many borderline, fluid, and flexible situations where Mercury feels cozy and right at home, and it shouldn’t surprise us that this can extend to a certain amount of gender fluidity as well. At first glimpse, however, Mercury himself … Continue reading

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Pont-Sainte-Maxence

I’d be remiss if I didn’t make mention of a major recent find in Gaulish archæology: a roadside sanctuary at Point-Sainte-Maxence, unique for its size (the building was 70 m long, and nearly 10 m high!) and also the high-quality … Continue reading

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