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The Celtic Tree Calendar is a calendar with thirteen lunar divisions. Most contemporary Pagans use fixed dates for each “month”, rather than following the waxing and waninglunar cycle. If this was done, eventually the calendar would fall out of sync with the Gregorian year, because some calendar years have 12 full moons and others have 13. The modern tree calendar is based on a concept that letters in the ancient Celtic Ogham alphabet corresponded to a tree.
Although you don’t have to follow a Celtic path to celebrate the Celtic tree calendar months, you’ll find that each of the themes in the Celtic tree months ties strongly to Celtic culture and mythology.
For the rest of the information on this topic go to: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/moonphasemagic/ss/Celtic-Tree-Months.htm
By Patti Wigington at About.com
July: The Buck Moon
Buck deer start growing velvety hair-covered antlers in July. Frequent thunderstorms in the New England area also resulted in the name Thunder Moon. Some tribes also used Hay Moon.
The Full Buck Moon – July July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.
July: Thunder Moon, Hay Moon
FOr a list of many different traditions of full Moon names: http://home.hiwaay.net/~krcool/Astro/moon/moonnames.htm
Southern Hemisphere (exact opposite of Northern for names)
July: Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Ice Moon
The first Full Moon is on July 1, 2015 and goes by various names depending on what tradition you look up. There will be another post with some of the names for this full Moon in it.
The second full Moon is on July 31, 2015 and is known as a Blue Moon. Whenever there are two full Moons in the same month, the second is always called the Blue Moon. This usually happens once a year.
This is why the ancient Celtics, Native Americans, Mayans, ancient Egyptians and other older culture yearly calendar had thirteen months. The first and last day of the month was on a full Moon. These months were approximately twenty-nine days long. There was not anything like leap year because it was not needed. Many Pagan traditions still honor the thirteen-month year when celebrating Esbats and Sabbats. I personally follow a thirteen-month calendar for Esbats as I have incorporated many Celtic traditions in my Craft and spirituality.
This Full Moon is Guru Purnima, a festival traditionally celebrated in India. The word guru is derived from two Sanskrit words, Gu means “ignorance,” Ru means “the remover of ignorance”; thus the one who removes our ignorance is a guru. On this day, followers pay their regards to their guru or spiritual guide, who many believe is a necessary part of their lives. The festival is common to all traditions in Hinduism because it is dedicated to respect for their religious teachers and leaders. Hindus also celebrate it in honor of the great sage Vyasa, who is seen as one of the greatest gurus in ancient Hindu traditions, and floral offerings and symbolic gifts are given away in his name. Vyasa was not only believed to have been born on this day, but also to have started writing Brahma Sutras, a major religious text at this time. Recitations of these sutras, dedicated to him, are organized on this day.
This would be a good day to write a letter to someone who has helped you on your spiritual path, whether or not you call them a guru. If they are no longer alive, write the letter and burn it while thinking about them.
Copyright MAgenta Griffith Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook 2015
You can use this two ways, one as a prayer or two as a spell to empower a black stone. I say it in my prayers every morning and also carry a stone with me anytime I know I will be in a situation that maybe stressful and/or people I will be encountering might have negative feelings or thoughts about me and/or speak nastily to or about me. In other words I carry it almost daily as I never know who or what I might encounter outside my home.
For a spell you will need:
Pocket size Black Stone (Black will draw negativity to itself before it can reach you. Cleanse the stone at least once a week using same spell you use to cleanse it the first time.)
To perform the spell:
First cleanse stone (see – How to Cleanse Objects Using the Elements)
Either in a sacred space or circle say the spell over the stone three times while either holding it in your power hand or touching it with your wand. At the end of the thrid time seal the spell with the words “So mote it be” or whatever words you use to seal your spells.
(For prayer start with the words “Today I ask for help with…”) (For spell start with the words “I empower this stone stone with…”)
Patience, Understanding and Tolerance for better;
Acceptance of people. places. situations, attitudes, how people speak to and about me;
that I might live in better Harmony within myself, home, family, work and world.
Copyright 2009 Lady Beltane
I think this is one of the more beautifully worded dedication to The Craft spells I have ever read. Even though it says it is for s Solitary Witch it could be used in a coven setting also.
Merry meet brothers and sisters. Since I no longer classify myself as pure Wiccan and as my pagan spiritual path encompasses other traditions as well, I feel it is time I step away from only posting things based upon Wiccan tradition. The reason for this is so I and my site can introduce other types of pagan spirituality both from modern and ancient times to those who take lessons from me will have a broader range of what pagans and witches can believe in. Also for anyone interested in learning more about different pagan spiritual paths.
A pagan spiritual path is also referred to as ‘ The Old Ways” The definition of Pagan is:
- (in historical contexts) a person who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim; a heathen.
- an irreligious or hedonistic person.
- an uncivilized or unenlightened person.
- relating to the worship or worshipers of any religion that is neither Christian, Jewish, nor Muslim.
- irreligious or hedonistic.
- (of a person) uncivilized or unenlightened.
This came from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pagan If you want to know the origins or other information on the word just click on the link. You may find other definitions for the word pagan in different dictionaries, but this is the definition that I have been taught.
If there is an area of interest that I don’t post on and you would like me to please let me know and I will see what I can do. I won’t be posting daily horoscopes, runes, tarot cards or the other types of daily posts as seen on Witches of The Craft as Lady of the Abyss and her staff do a fantastic job covering those areas.