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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ops - Goddess of Opulance

Origin: Italy (Sabine)
Consort: Saturn
Element: Earth
Festival days: August 25 (Opiconsivia) and December 19 (Opalia)

Ops is the goddess of abundance and assistance. Her name means "wealth" and derives from the same source as opulance. Ops is associated with peace, plenty, and an abundant harvest.

She was regarded as the wife of Saturnus, and was honored and celebrated with Saturn during the Saturnalia. She was the protectress of every thing connected with agriculture. Her abode was in the earth, and hence those who invoked her, or made vows to her, used to touch the ground. And as she was believed to give to human beings both their place of abode and their food, newly-born children were recommended to her care. Ops was also invoked to extinguish harmful, dangerous fires.

Her worship was intimately connected with that of her husband Saturnus, for she had both temples and festivals in common with him; she had, however, also a separate sanctuary on the Capitol, and in the vicus jugarius, not far from the temple of Saturnus, she had an altar in common with Ceres.

Found in: Encyclopedia of Spirits

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