Aurora
Aurora
AuroraIcon.JPG Aurora Rhododactyllos, much praised by the poets. Also called Eos, she's the sister of the archaic Titan Hyperion/Sol/Phoebus, the goddess of the dawn who casts dew on the grass and announces the arrival of her brother Apollo. She bestows favor upon sailors, giving them omens for the day's sailing, and she is worshipped under the name Matutina by women who are about to give birth. She and her sister/alter ego Selene are the only goddesses to have not just consorted with but actually married mortal men, Tithonus and Endymion, who were granted immortal life. She has thus been regarded as a goddess of good fortune, and on many colonies has been conflated with the goddess Tyche/Fortuna herself. aurora.jpg

Common History

In Colonial mythology, Aurora renews herself every morning and flies across the sky, announcing the arrival of the sun. Her parentage is unknown, but poets name Aurora as the mother of the Winds. Aurora appears most often in sexual poetry with one of her lovers, Tithonus, who as a mortal would age and die. Wanting to be with her lover for all eternity, Aurora asked Zeus to grant immortality to Tithonus. Zeus granted her wish, but she failed to ask for eternal youth to accompany his immortality, and he became forever old.

Sometimes refered to as Eos, she was a goddess of dawn, bringer of the early light when came from the ocean's stream at the far east to overcome the night. She was often described as being hope and rejuvenation to all living mortal beings as they woke up in the morning, filled with energy and ready to resume their work and journey and life in general. She is said to have been bringing light to heavens and Kobol and was also used to describe all the charms of dawn, for the movement of the stars, and orientation or navigation, it is said that her home island was Aeaea, the dancing grounds of Eos.

Related Colony

  • Picon: While Picon is largely known for it's devotion to Poseidon, it was also home to the largest concentration of Aurora followers, although there seems to have been no particular reason for this other than simple settlement patterns. Temples specifically devoted to her (Matuta) are rare though, and she is usually worshiped in shrines that form part of larger temple complexs to other, more prominant Lords and Ladies.

Common Rituals

The festival to Aurora was called the Matralia, the festival of the matrons, and celebrated on the 11th of June in her temples. As the goddess of growth, childbirth, motherhood and the raising of children the goddess was honored by the matrons of the colonies and all mothers were honored on this day by their spouces and children. During the Matronalia women prayed to the goddess Aurora for the safety and blessing of their children and nephews and nieces. The honoured role of decorating the statue of Aurora was usually only given to a newly married woman, and such was the status of the role that many couples timed their marriages to give them a better chance of selection. Offerings were made to Aurora in the form of testuacia (toasted sacred cakes) that had been cooked in special earthenware containers called 'testu'. The rituals conducted during Matralia included the re-enactment of myths relating to the goddess Aurora. The feast of Matralia celebrated the coming dawn of the longest day in the year (summer solstice 21st June), thus the Matralia was essentially the feast to celebrate the dawn of the second half of the year.

Cults and Sects

Matrons of Matuta - It is perhaps not surprising that the Goddess of Childbirth had a following amongst those medically trained to assist at births. Long before the First Cylon war a group of them on Virgon together to found their own temple much more akin to those of Asclepius', only instead of catering to the sick in their dormatories, they were a sanctuary for those about to give birth. The movement grew and spread to other colonies, much to the chargrin of some hospitals, but the Matrons persisted and grew. Their temples are a place of safety, comfort, and wellbring in the first few months of an infants life, with most offering care for up to the first three months after birth. Some however, particularly on Caprica, branched out and start offering daycare services for pre-school children as well.

New Dawn - While most sects devoted to Aurora focus on the positive aspects, every now and again one appears that takes an extreme view on the concept of new dawnings and rebirth. The most recent started on Aerlion about ten years before the Second Cylon War, and was based around the hugely charismatic Priestess Magdalena Ostlander. Her following quickly grew from a small side temple in a complex dedicated to Hera, into a large community that built it's own complex out in the hills. All migth have been fine if they'd stuck to their ceremonies, but Magdalena claimed to be an Oracle and called for the Colonies to be reborn in a blaze of fire, like the Suns each morning. In their secluded outpost her followers started to stockpile weapons and explosives, while others went out to scout targets, and recruit like minded souls. Their first target was a Temple of Zeus about forty miles outside of the planetary capital, Gaoth, which they attacked with fire bombs and homemade incenduaries. The second the Hera complex where Magdalena had started. It proved to be a poor choice of targets though, for the police managed to track the cult back to their hillside fortress and after attempts at negotiation for a surrender failed, stormed the facility and killed most of the members. As for Magdalena herself? Well, it depends who you ask. Official records have her identifed as a charred corpse who'd self-immolated rather than face capture, but local legend says she escaped, and for years any house, barn, or wild fire within 200 miles was blamed on her, or her restless soul.

Hymn

Hear me, O Goddess! Whose emerging ray
Leads on the broad refulgence of the day;
Blushing Aurora, whose celestial light
Beams on the world with reddening splendours bright:
Angel of Titan, whom with constant round,
Thy orient beams recall from night profound:
Labour of every kind to lead is thine,
Of mortal life the minister divine.
Mankind in thee eternally delight,
And none presumes to shun thy beauteous sight.
Soon as thy splendours break the bands of rest,
And eyes unclose with pleasing sleep oppressed;
Men, reptiles, birds, and beasts, with general voice,
And all the nations of the deep, rejoice;
For all the culture of our life is thine.
Come, blessed power! and to these rites incline:
Thy holy light increase, and unconfined;
Diffuse its radiance on thy mystic's mind.

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