July, the Seventh Month of the Year of our Goddess, 2016

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“What if our religion was each other
If our practice was our life
If prayer, our words.
What if the temple was the earth
If forests were our church
If holy water – the rivers, lakes, and oceans.
What if meditation was our relationships
If the Teacher was life
If wisdom was self-knowledge
If love was the center of our being.”

–  Ganga White, for the Rainforest Benefit, New York City, April 1998

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JULY – THE BLESSING MOON

July is the seventh month of the year. Its astrological sign is Cancer, the crab (June 12 – July 13), a cardinal water sign ruled by the Moon. July is the month of the ripening. In orchards, fields, and gardens, nature moves toward the miracle of the harvest. In July harvest, the Goddess fulfills her promise and oversees maturing crops. The Summer Solstice has passed, but nature pulses with life. Hummingbirds flash among the bee balm, and mint varieties spread like wildfire. Water is an important magical element in July. Birds refresh themselves in birdbaths. Thunder rumbles on hot afternoon, bringing a promise of rain. Dragonflies skim the surface of ponds, and vacationers head to the shores. Salt water and seashells are good ways to include the element of water in any rituals now. Independence Day, July 4th, is the major holiday of high summer. Not only can we celebrate our nation’s independence, we can also thanks for July’s abundance, which will sustain us during the coming months. We are blessed with richness in July, perhaps the reason the old ones referred to July’s Full Moon as the Blessing Moon. Magic during this Moon may include all forms of prosperity charms. When you cast a spell now, you will feel the vitality of the Earth.

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The Blessing Moon

July’s full moon is known as the Blessing Moon, although it’s also called the Meadow Moon. July was originally called Quintilus, but was later renamed in honor of Julius Caesar. Falling in the heat of the middle of summer, this moon phase takes place when we’re all feeling a bit lazy and sluggish – after all, going outside can seem like a chore as the heat index climbs. Physically, we’re often a bit slower than usual in July, which is why this is a good time of the year to focus on meditation and dream work.

This is indeed a season of blessings – if you’ve got a garden growing, July is when you’re starting to see fat tomatoes form on the vine, plump peppers, watermelons, and the beginnings of squash for later harvesting. Your flowers are blooming, and corn stalks are on their way to being tall and bountiful. If you have herbs growing, now is the perfect season to start thinking about harvesting and drying them for later magical use.

Correspondences

Colors: Green, silver, blue-gray
Gemstones: Moonstone, white agate, opals or pearls
Trees: Ash and oak
Gods: Juno, Venus, Cerridwen, Athena, Nephthys, Lugh
Herbs: Mugwort, hyssop, lemon balm
Element: Water

Blessing Moon Magic

This is a great time to do divination and dreamwork. For a bit of moon magic divination, consider doing some full moon water scrying.

If you’ve ever thought about creating a dream journal, this month is a good time to start one. Dreams can be prophetic, in that they may tell us of things yet to come, or they can be therapeutic, a way of our subconscious acknowledging problems that have to be resolved. Write down your dreams so you can try to interpret their messages later, and see how they’ll apply to your life in the coming months.

Find a way to incorporate the watery energy of the Blessing Moon into your spell crafting and ritual. Enjoy the relaxing feeling of July’s full moon and use it in your personal meditation. If you garden, get outside and do some weeding. Turn it into a meditative exercise, pulling weeds as a way of getting rid of the emotional and spiritual clutter that may be stifling your happiness.

—-Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
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The Pagan Book of Days for the Month of July

July is named after Julius Caesar, who organized the previously chaotic Roman calendar with the help of Alexandrian sage to form the Julian calendar. This new calendar was instituted in the year 46 B.C.E., known as the year of confusion after the chaos caused by changing from one calendar to another in the West for the next 1600 years. It was current in Britain until 1752, although it was replaced in Catholic countries by the Gregorian calendar in 1582. Some customary days are still kept in the “Old Style,” that is the Julian calendar; rather than the current “New Style” Gregorian one. When the newer calendar was set up. Julius’s name remained on the seventh month in commemoration of his work.

As with the modern English name, the Irish name of this month is based on Julius, Iuil. The Anglo-Saxon name for July is Aeftera Litha, “after Litha,” acknowledging its position after the Summer Solstice. An alternative Anglo-Saxon name for the month of July is Maedmonat, “meadow month,” because the meadows are at their greatest point of growth in this month. July’s Frankish name is related to hewimanoth, “hay month,” a name that is continue in modern Asatru as Haymoon. These moon names describe the traditional labor of the month, hay cutting. The Full Moon this month is the Buck Moon in the American backwoods tradition.

The Celtic tree-calendar month of the oak, Duir, ends on 7 July. The following day sees the beginning of the month of Tinne, the holly tree. This is a month of balance, whose sacred color is dark gray-green. A complementary meaning of Tinne is fire, appropriate for July, the fieriest monthof the year. In the Goddess calendar, the month of Rosea ends on 10 July. It is followed on 11 July by Kerea.
The birthstone of July is the ruby, whose adage goes:

The glowing Ruby shall adorn
Those who in warm July are born.
Then will be exempt and free
From love’s doubt and anxiety.

Weather lore for July says that rain in the third hour of a July afternoon is the heaviest in the year. July 15th is St. Swithin’s Day, a weather marker. A country weather rhyme for July is:

A shower of rain in July, when the corn begins to fill,
Is worth a plough of oxen, and all belongs theretill.
In this month is Swithin’s Day,
On which, if that rain, men say,
Full forty days after it will
For more or less some rain distil,
Till Swithin’s Day is past and gone
There may be hops, or they may be none.

–The Pagan Book of Days, A Guide to the Festivals, Traditions, and Sacred Days of the Year
Nigel Pennick

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Correspondences for the Month of July

NATURE SPIRITS: faeries of the crops, hobgoblins

DEITIES: Khepera, Athene, Juno, Hel, Holda, Cerridwen, Venus

BIRDS: starling, ibis, swallow

ANIMALS: Crab, turtle, dolphin and whale

TREES: Oak, acacia, ash

STONES: pearl, moonstone, white agate

SCENTS: orris and frankincense

COLORS: Blue, gray and silver

HERBS: honeysuckle, agrimony, lemon balm, hyssop

POWER/ADVICE: July is strong in relaxed energy. A time to prepare do dream scaping, divination, meditation, and goals in the spiritual realm.

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Symbols for the Month of July

The Goddesses of July

Ishtar, Apt, Apet, Athena, Demeter, Persephone, Sothis, Rosea, Spider Woman

July’s Sign of the Zodiac

Cancer (the Crab): June 21 – July 20
Leo (the Lion): July 21 – August 20

July’s Celtic Tree Astrology

Duir – Oak (June 19 – July 7)
Tinne – Holly (July 8 – August 4)

July’s Runic Half Months

Feoh (June 29 – July 3)
Ur (July 14 – 28)
Thorn (July 29 – August 12)

July’s Birthstones

Ruby and Carnelian

July’s Birth Flowers

Jasmine, honeysuckle, travelers’ joy, crane’s bill, meadowsweet

Influencial Powers of July

Energy of the Sun and Earth; grounding and abundance

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 Pagan Calendar for July 2016

4: Independence Day
7: Celtic Tree Month of Oak ends
8: Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins
13: Birthday of Dr. John Dee in 1527
19: Full moon — Blessing Moon at 6:59 pm
19: Rebecca Nurse is hanged in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692
31: Birthday of author JK Rowling

July 7th:  The Oak moon falls during a time when the trees are beginning to reach their full blooming stages. The mighty Oak is strong, powerful, and typically towering over all of its neighbors. The Oak King rules over the summer months, and this tree was sacred to the Druids. The Celts called this month Duir, which some scholars believe to mean “door”, the root word of “Druid”. The Oak is connected with spells for protection and strength, fertility, money and success, and good fortune.

July 8th:  Although the Oak ruled in the previous month, its counterpart, the Holly, takes over in July. This evergreen plant reminds us all year long about the immortality of nature. The Holly moon was called Tinne, pronounced chihnn-uh, by the Celts, who knew the potent Holly was a symbol of masculine energy and firmness. The ancients used the wood of the Holly in the construction of weapons, but also in protective magic.

July 19th:  July’s full moon is known as the Blessing Moon, although it’s also called the Meadow Moon. July was originally called Quintilus, but was later renamed in honor of Julius Caesar. This is indeed a season of blessings – if you’ve got a garden growing, July is when you’re starting to see fat tomatoes form on the vine, plump peppers, watermelons, and the beginnings of squash for later harvesting. Your flowers are blooming, and corn stalks are on their way to being tall and bountiful. If you have herbs growing, now is the perfect season to start thinking about harvesting and drying them for later magical use.

July 19th:  Rebecca Nurse was one of a number of people who were executed in Salem, Massachusetts, for the crime of witchcraft. The charges against Rebecca came as a surprise to her neighbors – in addition to being an elderly woman who was highly respected, she was also known for being a devout churchgoer.

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Witchy Ways to Celebrate July

Decorate your home and altar with fragrant lavender and honeysuckle; light beeswax candles to honor the honey bees.

Eat seasonal food outside. Have a picnic, leaving some food behind as an offering to the earth.

Do something new with your magic. Work with different elements and spell ingredients, or cook a new recipe with love.

Spell for the prosperity of other countries. Send healing and blessings out to the world.

Spend time outside barefoot on the earth. Make a magic map of where you live and what’s around you. If you have children, include them.

July Folklore

“St. Swithin’s day, if thou dost rain, for forty days it shall remain.”

“St. Swithin’s day, if thou be fair, for forty days, twill rain nae mair!”

“If the first of July it be rainy weather, twill rain more or less for four weeks together.”

—-Hedgewitch Book of Days
Mandy Mitchell

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We are Witches
We walk the path of the Old Gods
From this moment forth
We will not walk alone
Together, we will worship
Together, we will practice our Craft
Together, we will learn and grow
We vow to work, from this day forward
In perfect love and perfect trust
According to the free will of all
And for the good of all
Creating only beauty
Singing in harmony
Our song upon the Earth
Love is the law and love is the bond
In the name of the Goddess and the God
So do we vow, and so mote it be.
Source:
Circle, Coven, & Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice
Deborah Blake

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Lighten Up – Top Ten Cheesy Pick-Up Lines For Pagans

Top Ten Cheesy Pick-Up Lines For Pagans

10. Hey babe, what’s your sign? What’s it’s ascendant? What is your planet alignment in Venus during Cancer’s revolving around the Fourth House?

9. Read any good Llewellyn Books lately?

8. Would you like to come over to my place and widdershens?

7. Haven’t I seen you someplace before in another life?

6. Yes, I’m handfasted, but that’s not “technically” marriage.

5. So, do you draw down the moon here often?

4. What’s a nymph Goddess like you doing in a place like this?

3. You have the prettiest third eye I’ve ever seen.

2. You’re feet must be tired because you’ve been Spiral Dancing in my mind “all” night long.

And the Number One Cheesy Pick-Up Line for Pagans to Use at Gatherings is:

1. Is that a May Pole in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Your Daily Feng Shui Tip for June 27

Whether or not today is your birthday, I’m acting as if it is and celebrating you! So here’s a gift that keeps on giving with all my good wishes and love! Buy five helium-filled balloons, one of each of the following colors: red, yellow, white, pink and purple — never use blue, green or black balloons! Tie a tail on each balloon with nine or eighteen inches of red ribbon, string or thread. Use a new black felt-tip marker to write on each balloon one treasured wish that completely describes your heart’s desires. You can have five different wishes or write the same wish on all five balloons. Then take the balloons to an open space and release the ‘wish’ balloons one at a time. Visualize them turning into small golden orbs that are heading into the mouth and belly of the Sky Dragon. In gratitude for filling his tummy, he will then make your wishes come true sometime within the next year. Blow up your birthday and make a wish! This time you can count on it coming true!

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for June 27 is 31: Mutual Attraction

31: Mutual Attraction

 

Hexagram 31

General Meaning: The attraction of yin and yang is the powerful and fundamental force. The image of this hexagram is that of the attraction between a man and a woman in the courtship stage. In response to the magnetic attraction between them, the masculine principle (the creative, outgoing) seizes the initiative and submits to the feminine (the receptive, sensitive). When the assertive is able to defer to the receptive, and when the receptive accepts responsibility and exercises quiet leadership, an exciting and profitable union is the result. This brings good fortune, for all success depends upon the magnetic effect of mutual attraction.

Consistency is important in matters of mutual attraction, for this is what separates courtship from seduction.

If you are by nature an instigator, it is good to take the initiative. But you need to remain sensitive, and highly principled, and avoid the temptation to be manipulative. Let the power of mutual attraction pull you along. If you are the receptive one, keep your mind innocent and free of pride, so that you may remain open to good advice or helpful assistance. When your influence arises from innocence, an even more powerful magnetic force is at work for you.

Remaining open to the forces of attraction brings good fortune. Closing yourself to them heralds the dying of the soul. Learn to yield to the natural tugs and pulls of the heart.

Today’s Runes for June 27 is Inguz

Today’s Runes

Spirit Runes are most commonly used for questions about mysticism, spirituality, and religion. Inguz is the rune of completion and fertility. The presence of this rune suggests that tasks which have been initiated will come to fruition. This rune is associated with Ing and Frey, it is this connection that explains its connotations of both fertility and sexuality. The variant of this rune shown here is reminiscent of the twin strands of life, and of the challenge and rewards of bringing together things complimentary

Your Daily Tarot Card for Wednesday, June 27

Judgment

This Tarot Deck: Visconti-Sforza

 

General Meaning:    What has traditionally been known as the Judgement card, sometimes entitled Resurrection, represents the great reunion that the ancients believed would happen once in every age. This was the time when souls are harvested and taken Home to their place of origin, outside the solar system. Then the World is seeded with a batch of new souls and the process starts over.
From a modern point of view, this great reunion — which includes every personality that you have ever been and every soul that you have done deep work with — reunites to consciously complete the process. In a way, we symbolically celebrate this returning to center every year on our birthday.
In personal terms, the Judgment cards points to freedom from inner conflicts, and so clear a channel, that the buried talents and gifts of past incarnations can come through an individual in this lifetime. This card counsels you to trust the process of opening yourself, because what emerges is of consistently high quality. You can effortlessly manifest as a multi-dimensional being, and assist in evoking that response from others.

Daily General Horoscopes for June 27th

We seek balance with others now rather than conflict, yet recent experiences may have already upset the applecart. Although we’re at a pivotal point as graceful Venus turns direct today, we need more time to see the practical results that may come from our new perspective. Thankfully, the objective Libra Moon brings awareness to relationships; we can learn the most now by acknowledging that people around us are reflections of our own identities.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Don’t work harder today than is necessary or you could overdo it and exhaust yourself. The gentle Libra Moon means that grace counts more now than brute force, so let your senses be your guide. Flow with the emotional tides, instead of struggling against them. Creativity, rather than productivity, is the business of the day.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

The socially astute Libra Moon’s presence in your 6th House of Employment indicates that practicing diplomacy at work is essential now. Unfortunately, you don’t have a lot of patience with anyone who seems impractical today. Ultimately, you must be as flexible as possible, for there are many approaches to accomplishing the same task. Getting along with others might be more important than meeting any quota or deadline.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

You’re juggling a number of contradictory desires today and may find it difficult to settle on any particular one. Although you’re more capable than most when it comes to managing conflicting emotions, your interactions with others can still be confusing if you try to hide your feelings. There is no reason to keep secrets now; everyone will appreciate your honest approach.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

You may prefer to stay home, especially with the Libra Moon activating your inner-directed 4th House today. But if you cannot justify taking the day off, try to make your environment feel a bit cozier. Wear comfortable clothes, pack your favorite lunch and add some personal touches around your workplace. Increasing the security factor wherever you are now allows you to take risks and move toward your goals with greater success.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You have many stories to tell today and are eager to hear what others have to say, too. The Libra Moon is visiting your 3rd House of Communication, increasing the joy you feel when reading an email from a loved one, talking on the phone with a chatty friend or taking a short walk with a new acquaintance. However, the key to your current happiness is sharing the spotlight. Think of your life as a team sport in which everyone wins together now or no one wins at all.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Purchase something that makes you feel attractive now that the lovely Libra Moon is traveling through your 2nd House of Self-Worth. Or spend a little money to improve your image, because showing your best side enables you to feel good too. These actions may seem like superficial indulgences, but when you see yourself in a more flattering light, you’re likely to be more confident on every level.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

The social Libra Moon reflects her gracious light on your relationships today, increasing your sensitivity to those you love. The good news is how simple it is for you to put people at ease because you take the time to understand their concerns. But be careful of becoming so sympathetic to everyone else’s emotions that you lose sight of your own needs. Just make sure that you balance your compassion for others with love for yourself.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Issues of trust may be over-dramatized today, especially if you believe that someone is trying to withhold information from you. There are those who have complete faith in you and are willing to share their deepest secrets. But others might talk about you behind your back and there isn’t much you can do about it. Be sure to consider the source of what you learn now and spend your time with those who deserve your confidence.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You are usually happy to listen to your friends when they want to share their dreams with you, but too many people may want your attention now, making it difficult to get all of your work done. You could hear lots of ideas and promises today that aren’t grounded in reality. Remember, it’s not your job to shatter anyone’s illusions; instead, you can help others focus on the practical elements worth pursuing. In fact, you can set a good example by finishing your chores first.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

It’s challenging to lead a group of people today because others may not work hard enough to live up to your tough standards. Nevertheless, everyone seems overly sensitive and might require more attention than you are willing to give. Being as diplomatic as possible enables you to navigate your way through these tricky conditions. Thankfully, you can earn positive recognition for your patience if you get it right.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You could be in your visionary mode because you have more ideas about the future now than information about the present moment. This is a great time to connect with other big thinkers and to share thoughts about how to create a better world. Your current goals may not be very practical, but they empower you to dream of the magical possibilities that inspire you and everyone else.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Being too concerned about what someone else is thinking can prevent you from saying what’s on your mind today. But don’t be afraid to shake up a cautious companion with the truth about your feelings. Your remarks won’t end a conversation, but might actually be an honest entry point for a deeper and more productive discussion. The first step is always the hardest, but you can’t go wrong if you speak from your heart.