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Noumenia, Feast Day: How it is Celebrated

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Written by: Morningbird & MS Team

Noumenia is the first day of a lunar month, and a sabbath or feast day in ancient Greek, still celebrated by modern Hellenic Polytheists on the day of the new moon.

Noumenia celebrates Selene, Hestia, Apollon Noumenios, and the household gods and begins when the first sliver of moon appears in the sky.

When Does it Occur?

It is the second of a trio of sacred days marking the boundary between the lunar months. The moonless last night of the preceding lunar month the night before it is sacred to Hecate and that night is Hecate’s Deipnon. The day after the New Moon is Agathos Daimon.

Modern traditions vary. Some groups honor Artemis together with Her brother and in many traditions, Artemis has usurped Selene. Some Hellenic Pagans offer libations to a different Olympian God at each Noumenia celebration.

Many folks take this time to clean their homes thoroughly, or at least their altars, and set intentions for the coming month.

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About Morningbird (Witchipedia's Founder)

I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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