Calendar of the Moon for July 26

Calendar of the Moon

26 Tinne/Hekatombaion

Day of the Hero

Color: Red
Element: Fire
Altar: Upon a red cloth place symbols of historical and real-life heroes, and a chalice of wine.
Offerings: Give aid to someone whom you believe to be a hero.
Daily Meal: Simple travel food, such as bread and cheese.

Invocation to the Hero

Call: Hail to the wandering hero!
Response: Hail Hercules!
Call: Hail to the questing hero!
Response: Hail Theseus!
Call: Hail to the crusading hero!
Response:
Call: Hail to the tormented hero!
Response: Hail Orpheus!
Call: Hail to the warrior hero!
Response: Hail Achilles!
Call: Hail to the hero under sail!
Response: Hail Jason!
Call: Hail to the innocent hero!
Response: Hail Percival!
Call: Hail the romantic hero!
Response: Hail Lancelot!
Call: Hail to the hero pure of heart!
Response: Hail Galahad!
Call: Hail all the heroes of legend!
Response: Hail all the heroes who live today!
Call: May they bless us with courage…
Response: …Even as we bless them with immortality!

(Any who wish should stand forward and cry out the names of other heroes. Then the libation is poured for them, and tales are told of their deeds. The tales are an offering as much as anything else, so do not shirk on this point.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]

Lady Of The Lake

Lady Of The Lake

In the Camelot legends, the Lady of the Lake is a mysterious personage. Foster mother to Lancelot, it was said that she raised him beneath the water, grooming him to become the powerful knight he became. She also gifted Arthur with the magickal sword of Excalibur, at the behest of Merlin, and later took it back when it was thrown into the lake. She was one of the three ladies who lead Arthur to Avalon after his death.

Because she is identified as many different women in various texts, it is argued that “Lady of the Lake” may have been a title instead of a name, used to identify a high priestess. It is further suggested that the lady was a water Goddess or a creature from the fairy realm.

Judging by her actions, we can perceive that the Lady of the Lake’s essence was wise and benevolent and tends to function according to intuition.