Agon for Juno – Entry 6

From Ovid’s Fasti, Book VII

Kalends of July

The Kalends of every month are given to her,
Juno of the Heavens, and the entire month
preceding the fifth, too, is filled with festivals
that daily recall the name of the queen
of the gods of Rome, steadfast in marriage.
On the Nones of the month now called
after the Divine Caesar comes the feast
of the serving-women with the wild figs,
the day of Juno Caprotina, and on the Kalends
of March comes Juno Lucina’s festival, Matronalia,
welcomed by mothers giving birth after marriage
in the month named after her nine months earlier.
Juno Sospita, she who saves, is given a feast
on the Kalends of February, for protection
and fertility, from whence she is said by some
to be called Juno Februalis as well, and if that name
is true, then who might Februus be other than Jupiter
in a name not commonly known to men any longer;
for this reason, they say on the Lupercalia:
Ianus and Quirinus,
Mars and Venus,
Vesta and Roma,
Juno Sospita,
Faunus, Silvanus, Romulus,
Februus and Lupercus.
She is hailed as Juno Regina on the Kalends
of the seventh month, and as Juno Capitolina
on its Ides. The girls in the first bloom
of womanhood celebrate Juno Sororia
on the Kalends of the eighth month,
and six days before the Ides the Temple
of Juno Moneta was founded, recalling
the Kalends of the fourth month when the goddess
of the hill is usually celebrated, who warned
with her sacred geese of the attack of the Gauls
on the very walls of Rome itself on the Nones
of the sixth month. And on the Nones
of the eighth month, the temple of Juno Curitis
was founded, the spear-carrying goddess
worshipped in all the curiae of Rome itself–
thirty divisions, not unlike the perfection of the days
of each month of the year, and thus
the reason why the Kalends of each month
are called sacred for Juno of the Romans.


(by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus)

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Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at

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