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Adding to the Minoan Sacred Calendar: The Serpent Days

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This is a busy and festive time of year for the Tribe. Over the past month or so we've observed Therasia's Labor, which led up to Winter Solstice and was quickly followed by the Blessing of the Waters.

Because the Blessing of the Waters takes place on the first Full Moon following Winter Solstice, the number of days between the two events varies from year to year. The lunar cycle slithers around the steady points in the solar calendar, the two intertwining in a dance that stretches out into a longer cycle: eight solar years equal 99 full lunations.

In a sense, these days are echoes of Therasia's Labor, the time leading up to the solstice. But the days leading away from it are not so much the afterpains of birth as the shifting of the year as it turns on its hinge.

The earliest New Year among the Minoans was most likely the Autumn Equinox, and we observe it as such in the Tribe sacred calendar. But there's a sense in which the Winter Solstice is also a New Year celebration.

In that sense, we might think of the days between the Winter Solstice and the Blessing of the Waters on the first Full Moon after Solstice as intercalary days, days that belong neither to the year that has just ended nor to the one that's about to start.

A time out of time, slithering its way between the years, shifting in size from one year to the next, but always magical and special.

What do we call this time between the end and the beginning?

The Serpent Days, of course.

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Laura Perry is a priestess and creator who works magic with words, paint, ink, music, textiles, and herbs. She's the founder and Temple Mom of Ariadne's Tribe, an inclusive Minoan spiritual tradition. When she's not busy drawing and writing, you can find her in the garden or giving living history demonstrations at local historic sites.

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