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Happy Eponalia, my friends! It just so happens that today, 18 December is the day when the Celtic Pagans used to celebrate Epona, the horse goddess. Traditionally, this means a day of total rest from all labour (especially for horses!).

I'm obviously not sticking to that 100% since I'm on here blogging... but to be fair, I'm only doing it because I enjoy it so it doesn't feel like work.

As it happens, I had already planned a fast for Tuesday and Wednesday this week. I also intended for Wednesday to be a day of rest... before I found out about about Epona'a day of rest, thanks to Caitlín Matthew's wonderful blog post. Maybe that was my Celtic blood speaking to me. My maternal grandfather's family immigrated to Sweden from Belgium in the 1600's.

I will honour all my ancestors on this blog, by the way - not just my Norse and Sámi ancestors. We are all one family, as far as I am concerned, and I recognise all the Pagan Gods because the Divine speaks to us in ways that make cultural sense to us.

I wonder if my horse-loving friends know they have their own day of celebration? I'll have to let them know!

'XV Kalendas Ianuarius Eponae'
Fifteen days [before] the beginning of January - Epona's Day
(a stone inscription from northern Italy)

Earthlight glistens
on the ivy leaf

Sunlight falls
on the holly bough

The red fire stirs
in the kindling

We count three days
to the longest night

Three more till the glimmer
of a longer day

Then seven to the eve
of New Year Calends

These days we count
from the feast of Epona

First festival
of the year's turning.


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