May 9 - First day of Lemuria, a Roman festival of the dead; this festival was probably borrowed from the Etruscans and is one possible ancestor of our modren Halloween. (Etruscan civilization - highest civilization in Italy before the rise of Rome)
Souls of the Dead who sometimes returned to the world to reunite themselves with their bodies. Plato spoke of them in Paedra. The Etruscans and the Romans thought that lemurs attached themselves to the living in order to torment them. Less frightening than the larvae (lemures) but less honorable than the manes.
*Larvae (1) The Romans believed them to be the ghosts of criminals or men who had died tragically. They had the appearance of horrible specters or skeletons.
(2) In the Middle Ages the Larvae became the terrifying spirits who brought great sadness and epileptic diseases to man.
(3) The Larvae were really elemental spirits used by black magicians to obsess their enemies. For Paracelsus and some Cabalists, the Larvae were the children of Adam's solitude, born in filth and squalor during the night. They entered men's blood or into some living tissue. They could be extracted by using a sharp instrument and by fumigation with perfumes with a base of henbane, mandragora and poppy.
* Manes (Shades) to the Romans, they were the deified souls of their ancestors, or di manes. In the month of February holidays were celebrated in their honor (the Parentalis and the Fetlia). They were offered sacrifices to appease them.
(2) In the wide sense, the world sometimes designates the gods of the Underworld (chthonian gods) as opposed to the gods of the Sky (uranian gods) called the de superi.
The Etruscans and Romans tried to appease them by conducting strange ceremonies known as the Lemuria, held every May. The father of the family would offer black beans to the demons. Because they appeared in the form of specters or animals, some occultists compared them, incorrectly, to vampires.
May 9, 2011 is a sacred date. This day will correspond to the day when the visible and material world is in harmony with the spiritual world. This will be the night when the spirits of Nature come into contact with those with a pure heart and who have prepared for their arrival. During this spiritual contact, spirits will flood the lives of these people with "magical" energy, thus enabling luck and good fortune if the people’s conduct is unselfishly motivated.
In the ancient tradition which dates from the dawn of time, the magical night is an exceptional night. It is a cosmic night when the visible and material world is in harmony with the spiritual world. In other words, an ideal night for communicating with the spiritual forces which surround us. These supernatural forces are able to help people who request them to. This ancient practice-several thousand years old-symbolises the confidence and wisdom of that our ancestors had in the supernatural and cosmic forces bringing happiness on earth. Of course, for the spiritual forces to be able to work, the person requesting their help needs to be doing so only for good.
On that night, you will be able to approach the night’s invisible and beneficial forces and request their help. It has been so for millennia, and still today, the beneficial forces can help you.