On August 21st there is a eclipse that happens to cut across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. I wrote about it here (http://wp.me/p6Haqi-bW). But there is something interesting that also happens on this date that has to do with Saturn and pagan holidays. The gestival Consualia was in honor of Consus. Consus was the god of “secret” deliberations and during this festival they uncovered a secret hidden altar to this god Consus. During the first festival, the men carried off the Sabine women and raped them. Ironically you could use the Latin word “rapture” and say that the Sabine women were raptured.
In my opinion the August 21st ecplise looks to be symbolically a seperating or dividing of the United States. I wrote about all of this in the above article. And ironically I have seen some “Christians” even point to this date to be “raptured”. Can you see the irony here? I suggest you read my article above and read historically what this festival actually represents. They just both happen to fall on the same day this year.
Now I don’t think that this festival (symbolically for this particular year) is in the sense of harvesting something that’s already grown. It’s not like how we think of a normal harvest. I believe its more along the lines of something being planted and the initial part of starting something to grow. Now with that said, it could also be representing a harvest as in the seperation of the wheat and tares as mentioned in Scripture. And as far as Scripture goes, Jesus says to never do anything in secret and Consus, well he’s the god of secret deliberations. So you get my point. Maybe Saturn is planting its seeds for the big December harvest?
Tracy Twyman wrote some interesting research on this festival and its connection to Saturn’s summer harvest. “The first Opiconsivia took place right after the August 21 planting festival for Saturn, called “Consualia,” which was named after the god’s alternate title of “Consus.” I noted mentally that August 21 had been the date of the solar eclipse the previous year, and wondered what role that had played in the symbolism of Rosenberg’s Mithras cult. They probably had a very special orgy in the mithraeum that day, I thought.
The name “Ops” means “plenty” and consivia, as I stated before, means “to sow.” Mythology experts claim that she was first associated with planting and harvesting. This connected her to the earth in the minds of the ancients, and everything that was thought to be under it. This is how she became a symbol of the underworld and mineral wealth also, they say, just like Saturn, whose name is connected to satur (“full, rich”) and saturitas (“abundance, satiety”). Thus, Saturn and Ops have a lot in common with the king and queen of Hell, Pluto (the Roman Hades) and Proserpina (the Roman Persephone). Interestingly, a minor character in the Roman Catholic canon is St. Satur, who I think is quite possibly an iconotropic cover for Saturn, and whose feast day is on March 26.
After learning about Opiconsivia, I understood that I was right about the goddess who had given birth to each new king of the gods in each aeon, and protected him from the wrath of his father. Is he always the ‘sun god,’ I wondered, or is that just the language we use for the concept now, because the Sun is the king of the gods now?
I still don’t know the answer. But meditating upon the meaning of the lyrics to “Dear Prudence” once again, I realized that it’s a song about Metis emerging from the body of Zeus for the first time in at least an aeon, possibly two, at the dawning of a new one. It’s about the old world order being subsumed by the birth of the next. I believe that’s what I witnessed taking place, both in the rituals at Bucklersbury, and in the sky’s firmament.
I also thought again about the words in the Sator Square. “Sator,” as I stated before, is Saturn, “the sewer,” “the begetter,” “the father.” “Arepo,” it occurs to me now, might well stand for “Harpo,” another name for Eros, a.k.a. Cupid, the child of Aphrodite. “Tenet, we know, means “to hold.” “Rotas,” like I said, means “wheels,” and has always been combined with “Opera” (“work”) when interpreting the formula. So it is commonly rendered “Saturn and Arepo hold and work the wheels,” although my “Eros” interpretation for “Arepo” could render it “the Sewer of Love works the wheels,” or some combination of the various conjugations of those words.
But “opera” could also refer specifically to Saturn’s partner, Ops, “the planter,” and some kind of “work” that she did with him involving these wheels.” I think there may be some connection with what William Blake referred to as the “Starry Wheels, Which revolve heavily in the mighty Void above the Furnaces” in his poem Jerusalem. This poem was obviously very important to Rosenberg when composing the rituals, for reasons that I will explain shortly. It was quoted repeatedly at the end of the New Court ritual, and I recall being inspired by the voice of Chronos in my head to mention “Starry Wheels” in regards to the carriage ride in the New Court ceremonies. I figure the “wheels” are the invisible controls that move the celestial bodies above us.” (http://tracytwyman.com/rebirth-of-metis-the-meaning-of-dear-prudence/)
“CONSUALIA [was] a festival, with games, celebrated by the Romans…in honour of Consus, the god of secret deliberations, or…of Neptunus Equestris. Plutarch…say[s] that Neptunus Equestris and Consus were only different names for one and the same deity. It was solemnized every year in the circus, by the symbolical ceremony of uncovering an altar dedicated to the god, which was buried in the earth. For Romulus, who was considered as the founder of the festival, was said to have discovered an altar in the earth on that spot. The solemnity took place on the 21st of August with horse and chariot races, and libations were poured into the flames which consumed the sacrifices. During these festive games, horses and mules were not allowed to do any work, and were adorned with garlands of flowers. It was at their first celebration that, according to the ancient legend, the Sabine maidens were carried off. Virgil, in speaking of the rape of the Sabines, describes it as having occurred during the celebration of the Circensian games, which can only be accounted for by supposing that the great Circensian games, in subsequent times, superseded the ancient Consualia…” SOURCE:A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities
“Livy describes the abduction of the Sabine women as follows: And now the Roman state was become so powerful, that it was a match for any of the neighboring nations in war, but, from the paucity of women, its greatness could only last for one age of man; for they had no hope of issue at home, nor had they any intermarriages with their neighbors. Therefore, by the advice of the Fathers, Romulus sent ambassadors to the neighboring states to solicit an alliance and the privilege of intermarriage for his new subjects…No where did the embassy obtain a favorable hearing…The Roman youth resented this conduct bitterly, and the matter unquestionably began to point towards violence. Romulus, in order that he might afford a favorable time and place for this, dissembling his resentment, purposely prepares games in honor of Neptunus Equestris; he calls them Consualia. He then orders the spectacle to be proclaimed among their neighbors; and they prepare for the celebration with all the magnificence they were then acquainted with, or were capable of doing, that they might render the matter famous, and an object of expectation. Great numbers assembled, from a desire also of seeing the new city; especially their nearest neighbors, the Cæninenses, Crustumini, and Antemnates. Moreover the whole multitude of the Sabines came, with their wives and children. Having been hospitably invited to the different houses, when they had seen the situation, and fortifications, and the city crowded with houses, they became astonished that the Roman power had increased so rapidly. When the time of the spectacle came on, and while their minds and eyes were intent upon it, according to concert a tumult began, and upon a signal given the Roman youth ran different ways to carry off the virgins by force. A great number were carried off at hap-hazard, according as they fell into their hands.
Persons from the common people, who had been charged with the task, conveyed to their houses some women of surpassing beauty, destined for the leading senators. They say that one, far distinguished beyond the others for stature and beauty, was carried off by the party of one Thalassius, and whilst many inquired to whom they were carrying her, they cried out every now and then, in order that no one might molest her, that she was being taken to Thalassius; that from this circumstance this term became a nuptial one. The festival being disturbed by this alarm, the parents of the young women retire in grief, appealing to the compact of violated hospitality, and invoking the god, to whose festival and games they had come, deceived by the pretense of religion and good faith. Neither had the ravished virgins better hopes of their condition, or less indignation. But Romulus in person went about and declared, “That what was done was owing to the pride of their fathers, who had refused to grant the privilege of marriage to their neighbors; but notwithstanding, they should be joined in lawful wedlock, participate in all their possessions and civil privileges, and, than which nothing can be dearer to the human heart, in their common children. He begged them only to assuage the fierceness of their anger, and cheerfully surrender their affections to those to whom fortune had consigned their persons.” [He added,] “That from injuries love and friendship often arise; and that they should find them kinder husbands on this account, because each of them, besides the performance of his conjugal duty, would endeavor to the utmost of his power to make up for the want of their parents and native country.” To this the caresses of the husbands were added, excusing what they had done on the plea of passion and love, arguments that work most successfully on women’s hearts.” SOURCE:THE HISTORY OF ROME by TITUS LIVIUS
“August 21 was a special day in the times of Ancient Rome. It was a day of celebration and games. This day was called Consualia and it was a day to celebrate Consus, the Roman God of grains. He was the protector of grains and anything that the grain was stored in. This day was celebrated every year in Ancient Rome.
On this day, horses and mules were “given the day off,” as these were the sacred animals of Consus. The horses and mules were dressed up in garland and flowers. There were also games held in celebration on this day. There were horse races and chariot races held in the Circus Maximus.
Consus’ shrine was underground and usually kept covered throughout the year. However, on August 21, the shrine was uncovered for the celebration. The shrine was also uncovered on July 7 for celebration as well. The shrine was filled with new grains every time that it was uncovered.
Another part of this celebration was that Roman men would go out and kidnap the Sabine women and force them to marry them. The Sabines were a tribe of people who lived near Rome. Although the women were taken by force, they said that the Roman men treated them better than the Sabine men.” – Joseph Novack
“Consus became a god associated with secret conferences, as his name was also interpreted allegorically in relation to consilium (“council, assembly”). Servius says that Consus is the god of councils. This fact stems from the role played by Consus in the abduction of the Sabine women, which took place on the occasion of the Consualia aestiva and was considered to have been advised by the god himself.” (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consus)
“The Latins (Romans) associated Consus’ name with consilium (“councils, synagogues, assemblies; place where councils assemble”). This word should not be confused with “counsel” (“advice”). It in fact expresses the idea of “sitting together” (consentes), “being together” (con-sum) or perhaps “called together, conclaimed” (con-calare). The connection of Consus with these secret councils is attested by Servius (En. 8:636): Consus autem deus est consiliorum (“Consus is however the god of councils”).
As such, it seems that Consus was a member of the council of the Di Consentes (“Council of the Gods”) formed by six gods and six goddesses which assembled in order to assist Jupiter in making great decisions such as destroying Troy or Atlantis with a Flood, etc.. This tradition is due to the Etruscans, but is also widely attested in Greece as well, for instance, in Homer.” (http://goddesses-and-gods.blogspot.com/2008/06/god-consus.html?m=1)