“We men of Earth have here the stuff
Of Paradise – we have enough!
We need no other stones to build
The Temple of the Unfulfilled –
No other ivory for the doors –
No other marble for the floors –
No other cedar for the beam
And dome of man’s immortal dream.
Here on the paths of every-day –
Here on the common human way
Is all the stuff the gods would take
To build a Heaven, to mold and make
New Edens. Ours is the stuff sublime
To build Eternity in time!”
– Edwin Markham, Earth is Enough
JULY ~ THE BLESSING MOON
Oh July……Sweet month of sun and flowers, the “Wednesday hump” of summer. In July, life is easy. The power of the Sun God is at its peak and all is growing and flourishing, bursting from the earth as a gift of Beltane’s fertility and heading inevitably toward the Mabon harvests as the Wheel makes its inexorable turns. In July, the flowers smell sweetest and the trees are the greenest as burgeoning life fuels our creativity and gifts us with long rapturous days, wild for the taking.
July is a wonderful time to care for your local faery folk. Create a small shrine for them in your yard or garden. Leave out a saucer with a bit of honey and butter—they will appreciate it and may bless you with wisdom ad joy. Keep some rue in your pocket to avoid being led astray by the faeries in one of their wilder moments!
You might also craft a protective Summer herbal amulet. gather either three or nine of the following herbs before sunrise: chamomile, clover, comfrey, ivy, lavender, mugwort, nettle plantain, rose, rue, St. John’s wort, sweet woodruff, thyme, wort, vervain and yarrow. Dry the herbs in a cool, dark place for a few days, then crumble and use to fill a small pouch. Carry, wear, or keep your Summer amulet nearby for blessings and protection.
July’s astrological signs is Cancer, the crab (June 22 – July 22), a cardinal water sign ruled by the Moon. In July, we celebrate Independence Day, July 4, it is the major holiday of high summer. Not only can we celebrate our nation’s independence, we can also give 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.
—Excerpt from Llewellyn’s 2018 Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac
Article Entitled “July” by Susan Pesznecker
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.
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
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.
Festival: None this month
Moon name: Buck Moon, because the buck deer start growing velvety hair-covered antlers this month. Other names include Summer Moon, Hay Moon, and Thunder Moon.
Astrological signs: Cancer, June 21– July 20; Leo, July 21– August 20.
Birthstones: Ruby and carnelian.
Nature spirits: Earth-based Fae and goblins.
Animals: Deer, mice, and all sea creatures.
Birds: Buzzards and birds of prey.
Flowers: Jasmine, honeysuckle, travelers’ joy, crane’s bill, meadowsweet.
Herbs: Lavender, feverfew, mint, and marjoram.
Scents: Honeysuckle, rose, and jasmine.
Colors: Deep violet and green.
Powers: Energy of the sun and earth; grounding and abundance.
Other: Start of the crop circle season and the school holidays. St. Swithin’s Day.
—Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Symbols for the Month of July
July’s Festivals: None
July’s Sign of the Zodiac
Cancer (June 21– July 20)
Leo (July 21– August 20)
July’s Celtic Tree Astrology
Duir (Oak) (June 10 – July 7)
Tinne (Holly) (JJuly 8 – August 4)
July’s Runic Half Months
Feoh (June 29 – July 3)
Ur (July 14 – July 28)
Thorn (July 29 – August 12)
Ruby and Carnelian
July’s Birth Flower
Jasmine, honeysuckle, travelers’ joy, crane’s bill, meadowsweet
“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.”
Folklore Courtesy – Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Calendar of Events for July
- 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: Rebecca Nurse is hanged in Salem, Massachusetts in 169227: Full moon–Blessing Moon at 4:21 pm. This is a time to work on divination, dreamwork and meditation. Count your blessings this month, and think about what you can do to bring more of them into your life.
- 31: Birthday of author JK Rowling
With the advent of July, we slip inexorably into deep Summer. Although the heavens tell us the nights are slowly lengthening and the days growing shorter, those same days still feel long and hot. It’s a time of summery, simmering energies–days of sun and picnics, nights of stars, fireflies, and drinks sipped next to an outdoor fire pit. Summer is prime time to create and bloom as we feel the seasonal fire move through us And it’s especially sweet since we know that summer’s cooling days will soon arrive.
Deep Summer Candle Dipping
A wonderful way to capture summer’s heat is with the making of hand-dipped candles. You’ll need hard candle wax, red, orange, or yellow crayon bits (for inexpensive fire tints); candle wicking; chopsticks and a tall, empty can–the taller the can, the longer the candle. For extra oomph, include a few drops of lemon balm, lavender, juniper, or rosemary essential oil–each are associated with the Sun and the fire element. Metallic glitter can also be stirred into the melted wax for a special effect. Work on a sunny day and, if possible on a Sunday, during a waxing or Full Moon, and during midday to later afternoon.
Put the wax in the can and set the can in a kettle of simmering water–this creates a double boiler. Melt the wax slowly, and watch it carefully and continuously; hot wax can ignite if it gets too hot. Once it’s melted, cut a length of wicking–enough to dip into the wax can while leaving a free end of four to five inches. Dip the wicking into the hot wax, lift it out again, and pull the freshly waxed wick straight with your fingers. Let the infant candle cool and solidify briefly. Then repeat the dipping as you say,
The summer heat fills me, moves through me,
Into the hand that holds the wick
That dips into wax, and lifts again,
Brilliant with color and vibrant strength.
Dip and lift, dip and lift:
repetition capturing fire and strength,
Layer upon layer, summer’s heat settles into the wax
And promises light in the months to come.
As you continue dipping, be aware of the energy moving between you, the summer sun, the hot wax, and the growing candle. Repeat the dipping until the candle is as thick as you’d like, then tie a loop in the free end and thread the chopstick through the hoop. Suspend the chopstick between two tall objects, allowing the new candle to hang free and cool. And now, make more!
Tie your cooled fire candles with a golden ribbon for safe storage. You can use them for summer ritual or to light the perfect evening summer supper. Even better tuck them away for the winter solstice in December, the long and coldest night of the year. Bring your fire-born candles out on that long night and make them a focus of your ritual. Carve them with runes or symbols if you wish to. Light the candles at the moment of solstice, repeating,
In these handmade candle lights,
I call forth the summer fire.
Warm us safely through this night,
Kindling flame that shall inspire.
Allow your candles to burn down completely, or extinguish them with wet fingertips or a snuffer. treasure these embodiments of summer energy!
—Llewellyn’s Witches’ Calendar 2018
Candle Colors & Their Correspondences
Color Correspondences in candle magick must always be taken into consideration when creating and casting magic spells. Colors, symbols, and scents are important parts of every magic spell, as they stimulate the senses and set the overall ambiance. Proper use of these key elements contributes to the effectiveness of every spell and magickal ritual.
White: A balance of all colors, effective for spiritual enlightenment, purification, protection, cleansing, clairvoyance, healing, truth seeking; rituals involving lunar energy; may be substituted for any other candle color.
Yellow: Activity, creativity, drawing, pulling, compelling, and unity. Yellow brings the power of concentration and imagination to a successful ritual: used in rituals when you wish to gain another’s confidence or persuade someone or in rituals that require solar energy.
Gold: Fosters understanding and attracts the power of cosmic forces; beneficial in rituals intended to bring about fast money or riches.
Pink: Promotes romance and friendship; standard color for rituals intended to bring affection; a color of femininity, honor, service; brings friendly, lively conversation to a dinner table.
Orange: Charges and recharges intellect; combine with any other candle to stimulate their actions; for rituals stipulating Mercury.
Turquoise: Healing, Prosperity, Peace, and Growth.
Peach: Strength, Protection, Confidence, and Communication.
Rose: Maintaining Health, Patience, Passion, and Peace.
Orchid: Physical Energy, Happiness, Power, and Healing.
Violet: Spirituality, Friendship, Relaxation, and Peace. Self-improvement, Intuition, Success in searches.
Chartreuse: Confidence, Prosperity, Travel, and Growth.
Red: Health, passion, love, fertility, strength, courage, will power; increases magnetism in rituals; draws Aries and Scorpio energy.
Silver: Removes negativity and encourages stability; helps develop psychic abilities; attracts the influence of the Mother Goddess.
Purple: Power, success, idealism, psychic manifestations; ideal for rituals to secure ambitions, independence, financial rewards, or to make contact with the spiritual other world; increase Neptune energy.
Magenta: Combination of red and violet that oscillates on a height frequency; energizes rituals where immediate action and high levels of power or spiritual healing are required.
Brown: Earthly, balanced color; for rituals of material increase; eliminates indecisiveness; improves powers of concentration, study, telepathy; increases financial success; locates objects that have been lost.
Indigo: Color of inertia, stops situations, or people. Indigo is used in rituals that require a deep meditation state or in rituals that demand Saturn energy. Meditation, Spirit Communication, Karma, Spell Workings, Learn the ancient wisdom, Neutralize another’s magick, Ward off slander.
Royal Blue: Promotes laughter and joviality; color of loyalty; use to attract Jupiter energy, or whenever and influence needs to be increased.
Light Blue: Spiritual color; helpful in devotional or inspirational meditations; brings peace and tranquility to the home; radiates Aquarius energy; employ where a situation must be synthesized.
Blue: Primary spiritual color; for rituals to obtain wisdom, harmony, inner light, or peace; confers truth and guidance.
Emerald Green: Important component in Venusian’s rituals; attracts love, social delights and fertility.
Dark Green: Color of ambition, greed and jealousy; counteracts these influences in a ritual.
Green: Promotes prosperity, abundance, and success; stimulates rituals for good luck, money, harmony, rejuvenation.
Gray: Neutral color, useful when pondering complex issues during meditation; in magic, this color often sparks confusion; it also negates or neutralizes a negative influence.
Black: Opens up the deeper levels of the unconscious; use in rituals to induce a deep meditation state, or to banish evil or negativity as in uncrossing rituals; attracts Saturn energy.
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.
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