One of the perks of writing the About Pagan/Wiccan page is that people tend to share with me things that I might not have known about otherwise -- and this is an example of one of those cases. I got an email from a reader who says, "I practice a Roman version of Paganism, and thought you might be interested in this. Today is the festival of Sementivae
, which is a planting festival that honors Ceres and Tellus. Ceres, of course, is the Roman grain goddess, and Tellus is the earth itself."
This festival was held in two parts -- the first part was held from January 24 to January 26, honoring Tellus, and was a season of sowing the fields. The second part, which began a week later on February 2, honored Ceres as the goddess of agriculture.
So, although it may be chilly and snowy right now, try to keep in mind that eventually, the planting season will begin, and things will warm up again. And a huge thanks to the reader who sent this in, for educating me on something new!