The Temple also thanks Lori and James Tucci, Appia Volumnia Laura and Gaius Tuccius Andreas of Nova Roma, for the donation of a set of replicas of scarab and bottle in the shape of a fish, inspired by originals from very, very ancient Egypt. The original was from the 18th Dynasty, around 1390 to 1336 BCE. The fish is the Nile tilapia: the female of this species was symbolic of rebirth and regeneration because of the way that she hatched and sheltered her young within her mouth. When the live baby fish issued from her mouth, it was seen as a sign of returning life from beyond.
Here is the new mother candle, lit to celebrate day of the Celtic Goddess Brigid on February 2nd, which we may consider to have a correspondence in the Roman Religions to the day of Roman Goddess Juno Sospita Mater Regina; the protective, mother-Goddess aspect of Juno honored on the 1st day of February as savior, mother and queen of fertility. The candle will continue to be burned every Sunday, as the days grow longer, as long as the candle lasts It’s a very big candle ! !