This week we are examining February 11th in Ovid's Fasti, a date which would have equated to February 9th in the older calendar of the Republic. If we continue to examine our lunar correspondence for this day, the Sun would fall in Aquarius, and the Moon would be in Cancer.
" Among the Hamadryads in the train of the archeress Diana one of the sacred band was Callisto. Laying her hand on the bow of the goddess, "Thou bow," quoth she, " which thus I touch, bear witness to my virginity." Cynthia approved the vow, and said, "Keep but thy plighted troth and thou shalt be the foremost of my company." Her troth she would have kept if she had not been fair. With mortals she was on her guard; it was with Jove she sinned. Of wild beasts in the forest Phoebe had chased full many a score, and home she was returning at noon or after noon. No sooner had she reached the grove- the grove where the thick holm-oaks cast a gloom and in the midst a deep fountain of cool water rose- than the goddess spake: "Here in the wood," quoth she, "let's bath, thou maid of Arcady." At the false name of maid the other blushed. The goddess spoke to the nymphs as well, and they put off their robes. Callisto was ashamed and bashfully delayed. But when she doffed her tunic, too plainly, self-convicted, her big belly betrayed the weight she bore. To whom the goddess spake: "Daughter of Lycaon forsworn, forsake the company of maids and defile not the pure waters." Ten times the horned moon had filled her orb afresh, when she who had been thought a maid was proved a mother. "
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