Beliefs: That the Gods of Ancient Rome Exist Today

In recent weeks a discussion began with the leading members among those who share in Romanitas as cultores Deorum. This discussion concerned what beliefs we hold in common.  The intent was initially to provide a general statement for the Cultores Deorum Romanorum (CDR) website that would distinguish us as a fellowship of worshipers, as a community and a communion.  We have since expanded our discussion at the Yahoo Groups, Religio Romana Cultorum Deorum (RRCD)  for individual Romani to voice th … [Read more...]

Chimera: Misunderstanding Myth

Sunday I came upon an article concerning the discovery last December of the archaeological remains of a house in Nazareth.  The discovery was received with much enthusiasm by the Mary of Nazareth Association.  "The discovery is significant. Up till then, there was no scientific evidence affirming the existence of a village of Nazareth of the epoch of Christ." are assuming, first, that one building proves … [Read more...]

Sacella: The Little Shrines

Late in the year, when Marco was only four, his family moved into a new house on the east side of Cleveland. The earth was cold and hard as he knelt down and sat upon his ankles. As his mother instructed, he placed the palm of  his right hand flat on the cold earth and called upon the Goddess who dwelt there as he dug in the soil with the knife he held clumsily in his left hand. It was difficult not least because he wasn’t use to working with his left hand. But only in this way would Mother Ea … [Read more...]

Ides of March

Ides Martias in anno 2764 AUCSalvete viatores omnesWhat a good date, a fortuitous date, to begin my first post. Today, the Ides of March, celebrates the festival of Anna Perenna to mark a new year. In ancient times the people of Rome would leave the City on this day to enter the Campus Martius by the banks of the River Tiber. They would spend the day camped outdoors enjoying wine and love-making. Their prayers to Jupiter were for as many new years as cups of wine they’d drink.Why is the N … [Read more...]