Calendar of the Moon
Day of the Spindle Tree
Color: Pale yellow
Altar: Upon a pale yellow cloth set a vase of spindle-tree twigs, a single pale yellow candle, a pot of soil, seeds of some medicinal or useful herb, a bowl of water, and a bell.
Offerings: Plant seeds. Do some handcraft.
Daily Meal: Vegan
Invocation to the Green Man of the Spindle Tree
Hail, Green Man of the Summer!
Spindle tree of the craftsman’s pride,
You who have been carved and sectioned
Into spools, wands, and many other things,
You who pride yourself on being useful,
Guide our hands as we turn
Things of nature into things of use.
Show us the beauty in pure function
And in pure service,
In the comfort that comes
Of being a worthy tool
And a well-worked object.
Remind us of the satisfaction
In the creation of some new thing
That will please the hands
Of many generations to come.
We hail you, sacred spindle tree,
Green Man of the Summer,
On this your day of labor.
Song: Fashioned in the Clay by Elmer Beal
(Each comes forward and plants a seed in the pot of soil, saying, “Hail Green Man of the Earth!” Water is poured onto the pot, and then the rest is poured out as a libation. Ring bell and dismiss.)
[Pagan Book of Hours]
Calendar of the Sun
Colors: Red and black
Altar: Upon cloth of red and black place three pennies, a clay head with cowrie eyes, small tricky games, a glass of rum, and Ellegua’s crossroads trident.
Offerings: Chocolate, chicken, and rum.
Daily Meal: Should include chicken and chocolate.
Invocation to Ellegua
Ai! Dancer at the Crossroads,
Maker of many shapes,
Cunning eyes in the bushes,
Your gaze misses nothing.
You are the opener of the Gate,
Without which we cannot speak
To all other orisha.
You are the Great Phallus
Which does not always follow its owner.
Mate and match of Pomba Gira,
Lady of whores and lust
Whose skirts of black lace hide mysteries,
Lord of panic, lord of cunning,
Faithful friend who comes in the pinch,
Little girl with the cowrie eyes,
Old chickenman with the sly smile,
Brewer of trouble split red and black,
You who love to make us break our word
That we might understand its true importance,
Help us to keep the door open
To new possibilities
Lest we fall into complacent sleep.
(The hour should end with a drum circle, and wordless chanting, or chanting of his many names – “Eshu!” “Ellegua!” “Legba!” “Maitre Carre-Four!” “Chickenman!” and so on.)
[Pagan Book of Hours]
Last Quarter Moon
(waning crescent/ 20 degrees)
The Moon is in the zodiac sign Taurus
The time of reaping is at hand. There is a feeling of completion infused into the atmosphere during the Last Quarter Moon. The opportunity opens to recognize how far you’ve come in various parts of your life. This is not a good time for new beginnings, but rather a reflective period suited to evaluating how you have been using your time and what has been accomplished. Issues of authority may arise. This Moon phase supports taking responsibility for actively tying up the loose ends of projects that are already underway.
A Lucky Pig Spell for Good Fortune in Every Way
Pigs are symbols of good fortune and prosperity in many cultures. Piggie banks, with a slot for coins, are a symbol of accumulated wealth. Some have an opening in the bottom to retrieve the money when the pig is full; others are made of pottery and designed to be broken. A new piggy bank should be started with a coin from the old one to ensure consuming prosperity.
Items You Will Need:
A piggy bank; a gold-colored candle; a gold-colored coin that you have been given the day before the spell (for example as change in making a purchase).
When To Cast:
On a Wednesday, as it gets light.
Light the candle and place the piggy bank where the light will shine on it.
Pass the coin around the candle flame seven times deosil (clockwise) saying for each pass: “Increased be luck and prosperity.”
Put the coin in the piggy bank and silently make a wish for whatever good fortune you need in your life.
Blow out the candle.
Each day re-light the candle, past another golden coin (from any source) seven times round the candle, as you do so chanting the words seven times. Put the coin in the piggy bank, repeating the wish silently or making a different one. Again blow out the candle.
Continue these actions and the chant until the candle is burnt through or the pig is full. Then replace the candle or empty the piggy bank (keeping back one coin to start filling the pig again). Spend the rest of the money on a small treat you can share with your family or friends.
Your Magickal Correspondence for Saturday, July 14
Saturday Is Ruled By Saturn
Candle color: Purple or brown
Incenses: Patchouli or mimosa
Crystals: Jet or banded agate
Use Saturdays for spells to do with property, security and long-term financial matters, for closing doors on the past, for psychic protection and for locating lost objects (as well as animals and people).
Where possible, work in woodland, near rocks and stones or on animal or bird reserves.