Our Lady of Celestial Fire

Festival for Juno Sospita

February 1

(Roman) Ancient: Kal. Feb.
Juno was a Goddess of new beginnings. The kalends (first day) of each month (originally identified with the first sighting of the new moon) were sacred to Her, and January was under Her protection. This festival is in honor of Juno Sospita (Savior), who has connections with the Phrygian Great Mother. She is depicted wearing a goat skin, the head and horns drawn over Her head; She carries a shield and spear (like Minerva) and wears shoes with turned-up toes. Sometimes a snake stands in front of Her (like Minerva). Virgins offer Her barley cakes to ensure their fertility.