January 1-Gregorian New Yearís Day-Although not a Pagan holiday, the custom of New Yearís resolutions does have Magical value. Remain positive. State what you will do (not what you wonít do) before your altar.
January 2-Birthday of Inanna, Sumerian Queen of Heaven and Earth. Bake moon cakes in Her honor. (Moon cares are usually crescent shaped cookies. You can use any cookie recipe you choose.) Share them with friends. Leave one in a tree to signify an offering to the Queen of the Heaven. Place one in a hole in the Earth in remembrance of Her Underworld journey to secure the secrets of life and death. Eat some yourself to take in Her wisdom within you.
January 3-Pueblo Deer Dances (Womenís Fertility Ceremony). If fertility is not your aim, honor the deer today. A primary sacred animal of Artemis, they would appreciate an offering of dried corn left in a field or at the edge of a wood today.
January 4-Day of Isis and Hathor. Offer milk at your altar today. Isis is perhaps the original model for the Madonna and Child. Hathor nourishes all people with Her overflowing milk. If dairy is a part of your diet, celebrate with a dairy product.
January 5-The Day of the Fates. Weave, knit or crochet something small for your altar.
January 6-Day of Freya. Wear amber, pamper your cat if you have one, look for hawk feathers. Offer sandalwood to Her on your altar.
January 7-Sekhmetís Day. For those who choose to imbibe, brew and/or drink beer in Her honor. If you choose not to honor Her with alcohol, She also appreciates pomegranate juice or any other red juice. Meditate on the heat of the Sun today. Place a picture or statue of a lion on your altar.
January 8-Greek Midwiveís Day. Send a card to any midwives or dulas you may know. Invoke Artemis, Goddess of midwives and a midwife Herself. Ask Her to midwife to things into your life.
January 9-Day of Antu. A Goddess of Akkad (a city in Babylon). Her mythology was later subsumed into that of Ishtar. Honor Her with a gift of incense when the evening star becomes visible in the night sky.
January 10-Day Dedicated to Rhea-Cretan Goddess of the Earth (later in Greek mythology, Mother of Demeter and Hera)-Mountain Mother of all things, the double-axe was one of Her symbols. Wear a labyris today in Her honor.
January 11-Feast of Carmenta, Birth Goddess-Roman midwife Goddess who foretold the future of newborn babes. Practice your favorite form of divination today.
January 12-Festival of Sarasvati, Wisdom Goddess-Goddess of intellectual endeavors and inventor of all arts and sciences, particular Matron deity of musicians. Sing a song of praise in Her honor today or attend a concert. Explore an aspect of the Goddess religion about which you know little today.
January 13-Midvintersblot-Norse Midwinter festival. Go ice-skating. If there is snow where you live, build a snow Goddess, name Her and anoint Her with water. If it is not cold where you are, mediate on the lessons of winter.
January 14-Blessings of the Vine-In agricultures the vine (or apple trees, depending on where one was) were wassailed (or blessed with fluid of some sort) in the depths of winter. This assured a good harvest later that year. Make a wassail yourself (hot apple cider is the most common) and enjoy. Slosh some at the base of a fruit tree if you can.
January 15-Day Dedicated to Vesta. Kindle a fire today-outside, in your fireplace, or light a candle on your altar. Meditate on the importance of family, however you conceive of that. Make plans to strengthen your kinship ties, whether it is with your birth family or your chosen family. The fires of Vesta burn at the heart of family, the home, and our community.
January 16-Day of the Queen of the Universe. If you have one in your town, go to a planetarium to appreciate Her vastness. Read creation myths from a variety of ancient cultures to catch a glimpse of Her.
January 17-Day of Peace Goddess. Work for peace today in whatever way you see fit. Invoke Goddesses of Peace and ask Their aid in settling war and strife around the world.
January 18-Surya, Hindu feast of the Sun Goddess. Wear yellow, orange, and/or red today. Eat hot foods, baked foods or food from India.
January 19-Day Dedicated to the Goddess of the Waters-Usually thought of as Sarasvati again, but can honor any Goddess associated with water. Honor Her by taking a long hot bath or shower. Offer pure water on your altar.
January 20-Day of Baba Yaga-A Russian Crone Goddess later reduced to the status of Witch, She was a Goddess of the Cycle itself. Meditate on your own ability to take life as well as birth and nurture it.
January 21-Feast of Cybele-Phrygian Great Goddess-one of Cybeleís primary symbols is the bee. She is the queen Bee, the matriarchal mother. Use honey in your drinks or food or offer a honeycomb on your altar.
January 22-Day Dedicated to Mawu-Mother Goddess of Sahomey, Africa, She created humanity from bits of clay. Create something yourself from clay today and breathe life into it.
January 23-Festival of Pax, Goddess of Peace. Pick something you do on a daily basis and dedicated it to peace. Make food for peace, drive for peace or, my favorite, pee for peace.
January 24-Hungarian Candle Blessing of Happy Women. Bless and light a candle for your own happiness today.
January 25-Day Dedicated to Lilith. Work for womenís rights and/or social justice today. This is a day on which to refuse to take anything ìlying downî. Ask Lilith to help you and all women achieve independence.
January 26-Day Dedicated to Cerridwen and Copper Woman-Both are deities of inspiration, creativity and shamanistic journeying. One tends the cauldron, one the fire. Ask either or both to guide your dreaming tonight.
January 27-Our Lady of the Sword-Usually called ìThe Lady of the Lakeî. Like Her, you can guard the way of Goddess women by passing on a bit of your knowledge to another today. Keep Her ways from ever again fading into the mist.
January 28-Up-Kelly-Aa, Scottish Fire Festival-In honor of Sun Goddesses and in preparation for the coming of the cross quarter, Bridget. Offer fire on your altar and meditate on the coming turning toward the next season and what that means for you.
January 29-Vietnamese Parade of Unicorns. Find pictures or statues of unicorns and place them on your altar today.
January 30-Feast of Our Lady of Happy Endings in Mexico. Do anything that makes you happy and envision the possibility of a happy ending to whatever conflicts exist in your life.
January 31-Hecate's Feast/Triple Goddess Rite. Leave food for the dead at a crossroads. Light one candle each for the Maiden (white), Mother (red), and Crone (black); burn Frankincense and Myrrh (for success and the cycle itself); invoke Hecate for inner guidance); meditate on finding each aspect of Goddess within yourself and bringing Her to the fore in your life.
compiled by DeAnna Alba