January 15, 2021 at 4:19 am #40696
Titus Cicereius SenecaDenarii: 𐆖 4.80PlebeiusNova Britannia
Salvete, amici Romani mei!
I’m want to dedicate myself ad Cultum Deorum, and I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to orthopraxy. With this in mind, I want to dedicate myself on a Kalends. I know anni Romani started on the Kalends of March so there’s a part of me that wants to do it then. On the other hand, I know the dedication does not need to take place on any particular date or time. I was curious about your opinions on the idea of beginning one’s practice of Cultus Deorum on the Kalends of March in comparison to just starting out of the blue.
In my mind, the idea of starting on the Kalends (which is a domain of Ianus) of the first day of the Roman calendar (which would be a domain of Ianus, being a new beginning) would add to appealing Deos since it would also mark a beginning and choice. I think the alignment of all of these appeals ad Ianum would serve as a way to get a foot in the door, so to speak, into opening up the possibilities with working with other Dei. Dicare velim, if I can get in good cum Iano, I think Dei alii would be easier to appeal.
What’s your opinion? Scribite me. Scire velim!
~Titus Cicereius Seneca
Discipulus Educatione & Liguæ Hispanicæ; & Civis Rei Publicæ RomaniJanuary 15, 2021 at 4:04 pm #40697
Gaius Florius LupusDenarii: 𐆖 236.85PatriciusNo Province
Salve Cicerei Seneca!
It is true that in the time of Numa Pompilius the Roman year began on the Kalends of March, since January and February didn’t exist yet and the Roman year had only ten months with December (decem = 10) being the last month. However in classical times the year started on the Kalends of January, which was when the new magistrates took office. So I guess the Kalends of January would have been the best time to start something new in your life, but the Kalends of March are also of symbolic importance.
To find out the will of the gods you would have to watch out for signs from the gods.
Traditionally a Roman boy entered the Religio Romana at his lustratio, at the ninth day of his birth, when he received his praenomen. This is similar to the Christian baptism (sacramentum baptismatis). Since you have already received your praenomen, perhaps the Liberalia (March 17) would be a good opportunity to dedicate yourself to the Religio. This was traditionally the day when a Roman boy put on the toga virilis and became a citizen (similar to the Christian sacramentum confirmationis).
Since there are no fixed rules, it is ultimately up to you. These are just some suggestions.
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