The Wicca Book of Days for Aug. 22
A Divine Sacrifice
As the Romans’ “imperial” month, August can be symbolically linked with the chief deities of many pantheons, including the Norse Odin. And just as the Horned God is willingly sacrificed at the start of August, so Odin endured the pain of a self-inflicted wound as he hung, impaled on his spear, from the world tree, Yggdrasil, for nine days and nights (traditionally from August 17 to August 25) until the runes appeared to him, whereupon he seized them and released himself. Odin therefore suffered untold agonies to gain, and then pass on to humans, the mystical insights that the runes represent.
The Rosy Cross
It was on this day in 1623 that placards appeared over Paris, France, publicizing the Brethren of the Rosy Cross, a secret society whose aim was the “General Reformation of the Whole Wide World.” The rose symbolizes love think of a loved one or cast a love spell today.