As I mentioned earlier, this year will hopefully see a more fully flushed calendar of holy days in the Otherfaith. My main focus on the moment are the births of various spirits, since that is a love of mine. I am also factoring in larger mythic events and trying to place them in the calendar.
Currently, I’m taking this month by month. These will still be very bare-bones and I expect we’ll need to adjust – tossing some days, adding new ones, moving where they fall, that sort of thing – but I want to start getting this information down. Not all of it is inspired or divinely influenced. For a few of these dates I used a random number generator and asked myself what that date might mean or what spirits it might be tied to. I plan to do this for the other months. A few of the new holy days I added were also chosen because of their possible assocation with spirits. So the project is a blend of chance and stumbling and spirit meddling.
I have marked seven new holy days for January, adding onto the New Year that is already considered holy. Only one of these new holy days deals directly with a god. The rest are for spirits. The celebrations I’ve added are:
- January 1
- January 2 (random generator number)
- January 5 (random generator number)
- January 13 (random generator number)
- January 15
- January 24 (random generator number)
- January 31
January 1 marks the birth of Dawn. I don’t currently know much about this spirit. She may be a child of the Laetha and Dierne both, or perhaps just one of those divinities. She is tied to the actual dawn of day, and she can be described as rosy and soft. I suspect she is unconcerned with typical human worries and needs, but since I know so little of her I cannot say that definitively. Her sister Dusk is born later in January.
January 2 marks the birth of Abel Blake & Joseph Jezebel. These two seem to be more mythic emanations, much looser and transparent than other spirits. This may be due to my own work with them in various forms, as well as with their siblings Aeron and Kallan. The two may have a larger mythic role than I am aware of or can myself acknowledge, but we will see as time goes on. Abel and Joseph are twins, born to different parents at the same time, and their birth taking place after Reunion may have some significance. (Abel Blake does go on to become one of the Aletheia Androids.)
January 5 is tied to the birth of Aeron Blake & Kallan, Abel and Joseph’s younger so-called brothers. I am unsure if these two are twins like their elders, though it is very possible they are not. If they do not share the same birth date, I believe that Aeron is more fitting for the January birth. These two spirits essentially represent the younger selves of Abel and Joseph. Aeron Blake also becomes an Aletheia Android, specifically Aletheia #060.
January 13 celebrates the communique of Comity between Dawn and Dusk. Comity, in the Otherfaith, is a non-sexual semi-romantic relationship between two or more spirits. Communique means ‘formal announcement’, so the holy day could also be called the ‘announcement of Comity’. Comity is considered on the same level of marriages in the Otherfaith calendar (such as the Marriage of Othani). Comity relationships are extremely beneficial to the spirits involved and intended to help humans see more variety in sacred relationships. This day could also be called Comity of Dawn & Dusk.
January 15 marks the birth of Centry Rio. Centries are a group of protective spirits in the Otherfaith that normally present as centaurs. Rio is considered the second-in-command, after his lover Dallas. Rio, being a spirit tied to the Laetha, is more fiery than his Clarene-born lover. My impression when attempting to find his birth date was that he was born ‘in the middle of the cold month’, which I interpreted as the middle of January.
January 24 commemorates the conflict between Ava Laetha & Aeron Blake. the Laethic shard has a difficult relationship with the line of androids based on the original Laetha, and this both comes to a head and is exacerbated in her conflict with Aeron in his form as Aletheia #060. Aeron confronts Ava over her misuse of the androids (mostly to enact violence upon others without breaking any divine laws herself), but Ava is unswayed as she views the non-divine Aletheias as toys. This conflict illustrates, through different points, the clash between the divine and their own creations, free will, consent and dissent, and the monstrosity of the gods and spirits. How exactly would be appropriate to acknowledge this holy day is, at the moment, beyond me.
January 31, closing out the month, marks the birth of Dusk. Her sister Dawn is born at the dawn of the new year, while Dusk is born at the ‘falling’ of the first month. She is associated with obviously dusky colors, especially blues and purples. As with her sister, I don’t currently know very much about this spirit and can’t provide information about her.
I encourage others to offer their ideas of what spirits they feel may be appropriate for this month, whether in births, deaths, marriages, etc. as well as ideas for what we could do to celebrate some of these days. I will be exploring possibilities for that in later posts this month.
To finish out, this is the current list of holy days in January:
- January 1 – New Year and Birth of Dawn
- January 2 – Birth of Abel Blake & Joseph Jezebel
- January 5 – Birth of Aeron Blake & Kallan
- January 13 – Communique of Comity or Comity of Dawn & Dusk
- January 15 – Birth of Centry Rio
- January 24 – Commemoration of Conflict or Conflict of Ava Laetha & Aeron Blake
- January 31 – Birth of Dusk
Not related to holy days – I forgot to link to something important on Monday. Jack (of Sidekick Ex Machina) has posted a call for submissions for “A Saturday Morning Devotional”. If this is something that interests you or related to work you do, please submit!
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