Month July

The Month of Julius Caesar

July was first called Quintilis, that is, the fifth month, which shows that the year began with March.

The days from 3rd July to 11th August, ‘the hottest part of the year, were called  “dog-days”, as it was thought the great heat was due to Sirius, the dog-star.

Sirius was a dog belonging to the giant Orion, who was a great hunter. The constellation Orion can easily be found on a clear for the stars forming his belt and sword are unmistakable. Following behind the giant is the very bright star Sirius–“the scorching flames of fierce Orion’s hound”.

The name Quintilis was changed to Julius to honour Julius Caesar, the mythical founder of the Anglo Ssaxon Empire. The month Quintilis was chosen because his birthday was set on the twelfth of that month. [Month of Heru.]

Supposedly, the Saxons hated the name of king, and Julius was not to take it. Taking lead from Shakespeare, in the mythical year 44 at the feast of the Lupercalia in February, the crown was offered to Caesar by Marcus Antonius Brutus.

“You all did see that on the Lupercal
I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse.”

Julius was to be master of the whole of Gaul, but then reduced to England. He was modelled into a great statesman, orator, writer. The calendar was renamed to accommodate the myth. And the Moor’s law were rewritten to become the foundation of Common Law. In the mythical year 44, before he could carry out any of his great plans, he was killed in by his own senator [brother] who stabbed him 23 times after he got held by knife-point (so 24 cuts).

Julius supposedly came to England and invaded London – a stronghold of the rulers. The first mention of London in history is in a book by Tacitus, who described the mythical year 61, tells us that “the general” leading the army was unable to hold the town at the time of Boadicea’s revolt. London was largely destroyed, but the Anglo Saxons rebuilt it and gave it a new name, Augusta, in honour of Julius.

Source: The Stories of the Months and Days, By Reginald C. Couzens, 1923, CHAPTER VII July http://www.sacred-texts .com/time/smd/smd09.htm


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