Saint Lucias Feast Day is December 13th.
Saint Lucia was a Italian Virgin saint born in Syracuse, Sicily, during the third century. She came from nobility, her father being Roman, and her mother, was Greek. It was a time in history that the Romans held the reins of power.
She was known to bring food to the Christians that hid in the catacombs. She wore a crown of candles to light her way in the dark as she walked through the caves.
She was promised, in an arranged marriage, to a pagan, whom she refused. Her decision brought her before Roman law, where she suffered a series of various tortures—even having her eyes gouged out, that later miraculously healed. Thus she is prayed to for healing eye conditions. The sword eventually killed her.
Saint Lucia’s name means the “Light Bringer.” She is also known as St. Lucy. Like many other Medieval Saints, her life blended over into other ancient Goddess traditions before the coming of Christianity. She was worshiped in the Nordic Countries, who celebrated her feast day on the darkest day, Winter Solstice. Her feast day was changed in 1582, with the making of the Gregorian calendar.
St. Lucia’s Day in Sweden is celebrated by the Eldest daughter in the family, chosen as the “Lussi Bride.” She is dressed in a white gown with a red sash. A crown of evergreen and lit candles are placed on her head. She bakes sweet bread and serves it with coffee in the morning to the family. This Swedish tradition is rooted in the Nordic Sun Goddess Sunna’s, who rides her chariot across the sky, dragging the sun behind her. She is associated with wolves, who, from time to time, take a bite out of the sun, causing an eclipse.
Denmark’s Lucia was known as “Spindle Lucia,” associated with the older Goddess Sillaholle. On St Lucia’s feast day, all spinning and weaving would stop for the rest of the Yuletide season and not resume until Distaff day, the day after the Epiphany.
Austria’s Lucia name meant “Second Sight,” She was prayed to give the gift of seeing. A talisman of Lucia’s eyes is called “Los Ojitos de Santa” in Mexico. And are given to children to protect them from the evil eye. The Mediterranean fisherman would paint bright eyes on their ships to have sight during questionable navigation. Winter wheat is planted during Lucia’s feast day in Hungary and Croatia.
Juno Lucina, the Goddess of Rome, may have been the ancient roots of St Lucia in Italy. Juno was known as the Goddess of childbirth and marriage. Thus Saints and Goddess all weave together, passing down ancient traditions from our ancestors so they will not be forgotten.
From my up and coming New Book.