Goddess Matronalia  

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"JUNO", THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN AND HEAVENLY LIGHT, ESPECIALLY THAT OF THE NEW MOON. SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF "SATURN", THE WIFE OF "JUPITER" AND THE MOTHER OF "MARS" AND ONE OF THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT ROMAN DEITIES. SHE WAS THE GODDESS OF LIGHT, BIRTH, WOMEN, AND MARRIAGE. IN ITALY, AS QUEEN OF WOMANKIND, SHE WAS THE REPRESENTATIVE OF WOMAN IN GENERAL. SHE PROTECTED WOMEN, CHILDREN, AND THE FAMILY.

AS THE IDEAL WOMEN, SHE BECAME THE SYMBOL OF THE PERFECT ROMAN WIFE AND MOTHER. AS A PARTNER AS WELL AS AN EQUAL, "JUNO" IS SUPPORTIVE, ENTERPRISING, CHALLENGING, AND CONFRONTING WHILE HELPING TO SHAPE POTENTIALITY INTO REALITY.

"MATRONALIA" WAS THE MOST FAMOUS FEAST OF THIS GODDESS. IT IS A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN AND POWER AS WELL AS A CELEBRATION OF VIRTUOUS MARRIAGE, MARKED BY GIFTS FROM HUSBAND TO WIFE, FROM LOVERS TO YOUNG WOMEN, AND FEASTS GIVEN BY THE WIVES FOR THEIR FEMALE SLAVES. IT WAS CELEBRATED BY THE ROMAN MATRONS AND VIRGINS ON THE MARCH 1ST. AT THIS FESTIVAL THE GODDESS WAS REPRESENTED VEILED, WITH A FLOWER IN HER RIGHT HAND, AND AN INFANT IN SWADDLING CLOTHES IN HER LEFT. IN THE TIME OF THE REPUBLIC, THE PUBLIC FESTIVAL WAS FOR ONLY ONE DAY, BUT IN PRIVATE HOUSES, THE CELEBRATION CONTINUED FOR SEVEN DAYS. PRAYERS WERE OFFERED TO THE GODDESS FOR A FRUITFUL MARRIAGE, AND HUSBANDS GIVE GIFTS TO THEIR WIVES WHILE TEMPLE FIRES WERE LIT WELCOMING THE NEW GROWTH TO THE EARTH.

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