Kalends September: Jupiter Thunderer and Juno Queen of the Gods

Jupiter and Juno touching cheeks

Jupiter & Juno on Mount Ida, James Barry 1790

Kalends September

Many Kalends are dedicated to specific deities, and September starts with Jupiter and Juno. Jupiter is honored throughout the month of September, with games in his honor as well as a ritual feast on the Ides. At some point this ritual feast was celebrated not only for Jupiter but for the Capitoline Triad, Jupiter, Juno, Minerva. Juno is often celebrated at the beginning of months. Even as we celebrate her in her role as Jupiter’s spouse and queen of the gods, we also see Latona (Leto) coming up later in the month. The marital life of the rulers of the gods was certainly not depicted as placid or uncomplicated. So if not even the home life of the gods is perfect, what hope do we mortals have? Perhaps the lesson is that marriage is messy, making a family and home is messy, and yet we persevere.

On this day, raise a toast in remembrance of the happy couple. This moment of marital bliss won’t last, but it will return.

Kalends Rites from Around the Web

Kalends Ritual (Nova Roma)

Kalends Rite for Jauns (Religio et Pietas)

A Kalends Tradition Renewed (Mea Pietas)

Rites of the Ides and Kalends (Roman Religion Workbook)

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