|Color of the day: Orange
Incense of the day: Sage
Today is the Feast of the Charites. These old Greek goddesses of beneficence were known to the Romans as the Gratiae, or "Graces." They are Aglaea, whose name means "splendor," Euphrosyne, or "joy," and Thalia, or "mirth." The Charites bestow charm, beauty, and creativity on their worshippers. In this regard they serve a similar purpose to the nine Muses. Generosity and festive activities please these goddesses. Get some friends together and dress up. Arrange each other's hair. Dance and sing, or perform some sacred theatre. Visit an art gallery or walk through a street fair. Alternatively, do something nice for the less fortunate. Bundle up old clothes you never wear anymore to recycle for the less fortunate, or hold a food drive and donate the results to a local charity. (Yes, the term comes from the name of these goddess, "Charites.") You could also donate your money or time. Give of yourself, and you shall receive "grace" from the Charites in return. Be kind and giving, and your creativity will overflow!