About the Month of July

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About the Month of July

Until 44 B.C. this month was called Quintilis; it was renamed in honor of the murdered Julius Caesar, who had been born on the 12th. In 46 B.C.E. the previous Roman calendar dar was reorganized with the help of Alexandrian sages to form the new Julian calendar. After a year of chaos and confusion created by the change, the Julian calendar remained the main calendar in the West for the next 1,600 years, when it was replaced by the Gregorian calendar.

This middle-of-the-Summer month is a time of sudden storms and hay-making and is associated with the hot and sultry try “dog-days,” when the Sirius-Canciula (the Dog-Star) rises with the sun, often associated with the Goddess Demeter.

July is a fun-filled month with church fetes, family gatherings, ings, smoky barbecues, and celebrations that include St. Mary Magdalen, patroness of prostitutes; Saint Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary and the patroness of housewives; and St. Wilgefortis, who supposedly sprouted an immense beard overnight night to rid herself of suitors chosen by her father. Magickally, July is a time of personal growth, learning new ways to be creative, and cultivating friendships.

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A Bit of November Lore

 

A Bit of November Lore

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln, declared the last Thursday of November to be a National Day of Thanksgiving.

 

 

Who first come to this world below,

With drear November’s fog, and snow,

Should prize the Topaz’s amber hue,

Emblem of friends and lovers true.

 

 

Modern Birthstone:  Topaz or Citrine

Zodiac (Scorpio): Beryl

 

 

“The name ‘November’ is believed to derive from ‘novem’ which is the Latin for the number ‘nine’.  In the ancient Roman calendar November was the ninth month after March.  As part of the seasonal calendar November is the time of the ‘Snow Moon’ according to Pagan beliefs and the period described as the ‘Moon of the Falling Leaves’ 


by Black Elk.”

–   Mystical WWW

 

 

T   hanks for time to be together, turkey, talk, and tangy weather.
H  
for harvest stored away, home, and hearth, and holiday.
A  
for autumn’s frosty art, and abundance in the heart.
N  
for neighbors, and November, nice things, new things to remember.
K  
for kitchen, kettles’ croon, kith and kin expected soon.
S  
for sizzles, sights, and sounds, and something special that about.
That spells THANKS for joy in living and a jolly good Thanksgiving.
 


–   Aileen Fisher, All in a Word

 

 

More Months Comments

January, the First Month of the Year of our Goddess, 2019

* happy new year 2019
“Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.”

–  Robert Burns, Auld Lang Syne

JANUARY – THE WOLF MOON

January is the first month of the Gregorian calendar. Its name comes from the two-faced Roman God Janus, ruler of gates and doorways. Its astrological sign Capricorn, the goat (December 21 – January 20), is a cardinal Earth sign ruled by Saturn. Before Julius Caesar hired the astronomer Sosigenes of Alexandria in 46 BCE to reform the calendar, the year began with the Spring Equinox. But the traditional calendar had gotten out of sync with the seasons. The new Julian calendar remained in effect until it too, fell out of sync and was reformed in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII. The Gregorian calendar is today’s common calendar though some religions still use variations of the Julian calendar.

January, as mentioned earlier, is named for Janus (Ianus), the two-faced Roman God of the doorway, which is the transition point between the safe indoors and the outside world, where anything might happen. Before Janus came to the city, he was Dianus, an Italian Oak God whose consort was the woodland Goddess Diana. The Romans weren’t alone in believing that this opening needed to be protected. The mezuzah, which holds verses from Deuteronomy, is affixed to doors of Jewish houses. Medieval cathedrals feature elaborate facades around their doorways and nearly every Pagan is taught to cut a “doorway” into the energy of the circle.

January brings along with it, a time of new beginnings. New Year’s Day brings with it the tradition of making resolutions for the year. Popular customs include opening the front and back door of the home, a symbolic way of letting the new year in and the old year out. Epiphany or Twelfth Night, falls on January 6 and is the final night of the Christmas season. This night is a time to gather family and friends near a crackling fire, enjoying good and sweets and sharing hopes and wishes for the coming year.

January’s Full Moon was known as the Wolf Moon, a time when the hungry pack would search for food. In many regions, snow blankets the ground icicles hang from the eaves, and the night sky is spangled with starlight. Evergreen trees, symbols of eternal life, stand out now in the winter woodland. Blue jays and cardinals brighten the winter landscape.

Traditionally during this month Pagans perform purification magick using seasonal scents such as pine and ginger. The ritual burning of written charms so that their magick may be released is also popular in January.

—Excerpt from Llewellyn’s 2018 Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac
Article Entitled “January” by Barbara Ardinger, PhD

The Cold Moon – The Wolf Moon

In January, the nights are long and dark, and many of us are trying to stay warm under a blanket of snow as the Cold Moon approaches (in some cultures, the Cold Moon is the name given to December’s moon, instead). Some of the native tribes of North America called this time the Wolf Moon, because this was when the wolves were howling, hungry, outside lodges where people stayed warm within. Other groups referred to it as the Snow Moon, for obvious reasons.

This time of year, we’re all feeling a bit slow and “off” as our bodies adjust to chillier temperatures. It’s easy to just lie on the couch watching Netflix and eating comfort food when it’s cold and gloomy outside, and making any kind of magical effort can seem like a real challenge right now.

Correspondences:

  • Colors: Black and white, silver
  • Gemstones: Hematite
  • Trees: Birch, Hazel
  • Gods: Inanna, Freyja
  • Herbs: Thistle, nuts and seeds, marjoram
  • Element: Air

Cold Moon Magic

This is a good time to work on magic related to protection, both physical and spiritual. Use this time to develop your inner self, and advance spiritually, becoming closer to the higher aspects of your deities. Take the time in your busy schedule to meditate and think about what it is you really want out of life, and whether you’re showing people your true self.

January is also a great time to work on full moon magic – after all, the nights are long and dark, and in some areas the moon itself is the only source of light. Put aside your lethargy, and focus some energy on developing your intuition and wisdom.

Finally, for many people, winter is a season of simplification. Set aside everything you don’t need, and try a minimalist approach instead. On a mundane level, try doing a thorough cleaning of your physical space – get rid of the clutter. On a spiritual and emotional level, try to do the same thing – teach your mind to let go of the things that are creating excess baggage for your spirit and soul.


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January’s Correspondences

Festival: None this month.

Moon name: Wolf Moon. Other names include Ice Moon, Old Moon, Snow Moon, and Moon After Yule.

Astrological signs: Capricorn, December 21–January 20; Aquarius, January 21–February 20.

Birthstones: Garnet.

Nature spirits: House spirits and brownies.

Animals: Fox.

Birds: Pheasant.

Trees: Pine.

Flowers: Crocus.

Herbs: Angelica and thyme.

Scents: Pine, juniper, and musk.

Colors: White and violet.

Goddess: Freya.

Powers: Protection, reversing, and undoing; clearing the decks; new ideas and goals.

Other: New Year’s Day, Wassailing, Plough Monday, Twelfth Night, St. Agnes’ Day, Burns Night

—Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell

Symbols for the Month of January

January’s Festivals:   None

 

January’s Sign of the Zodiac
Capricorn (December 21–January 20)
Aquarius(January 21–February 20)

 

January’s Celtic Tree Astrology
Beth (Birch) (December 24 – January 20)
Luis (Rowan) (January 21 – February 17)

 

January’s Runic Half Months
Eoh (December 28 – January 12)
Peorth (January 13 – January 27)
Elhaz (January 28 – February 11)

 

January’s Birthstone
Garnet

 

January’s Birth Flower
Crocus

 

January’s Goddess
Freya

 

January’s Folklore

“Here’s to thee, old apple tree whence thou mayest bud, whence thou mayest blow, whence thou mayest bear apples now.”

“January brings snow, makes our feet and fingers glow!”

“To shorten winter, borrow money due in spring!”

“Pale January lay in its cradle day by day, dead or living hard to say.”

 

Folklore Courtesy – Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell

Calendar of Events for January

  • 1: Birthday of folklorist Sir James Frazier, 1854. Frazier’s work, The Golden Bough, is a must-read for anyone interested in modern Paganism, and the mythologies of the past.
  • 13: Last of Austria’s witchcraft laws repealed in 1787
  • 19: Birthday of Dorothy Clutterbuck, who allegedly initiated Gerald Gardner into the New Forest coven.
  • 20: Celtic Tree Month of Birch ends
  • January 21: Full moon–Cold Moon at 12:17 a.m. This is a good month to work on developing the inner self, connecting with the deities of our paths, and focusing on self-discovery and awareness.
  • 21: Celtic Tree Month of Rowan begins
  • 24: Sementivae, a grain-oriented festival celebrating the sowing of the fields in preparation for springtime’s planting.
  • 25: Birthday of poet Robert Burns, 1759
  • 30: Birthday of Z Budapest, founder of Dianic Wicca
  • 30 – Feb. 2: Roman celebration of Februalia
  • 31: Up Helly Aa celebration, Shetland Islands, Scotland

Patti Wigington, Author
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There lingers an old superstition about bayberry candles, that to burn one in the home on Christmas Eve or on the first day of the year brings good fortune to the home. According to one tradition, each member of a family makes a wish while lighting the candle–if the candle burns all the way down, it comes true. In another lovely traditions, a woman sends a candle to her distant sweetheart with instructions for what day and time to burn the candle. They believe the fragrances somehow drifts together as a symbol of their thoughts of one another.

It seems, however, that the pre-electric homes that produced such a candle already enjoyed good fortune–it takes nearly a pound of bayberries to produce enough wax to create a single candle. Even so, these sumptuous green candles, along with memories of their traditions, linger on, giving off a wonderful smell as they burn. The folklore of the bayberry candles–bringing luck to the home and money to the pocket, as the print on the popular seven-day candle often reads–aligns well with a spell popular with witches of the bi-continental American traditional variety: the Road Opener.

A road opening spell opens up opportunities for the person casting the spell. If the person seeks a new job, the spell increases the possibilities of finding one. If the person wants to make a life change such as returning to school, traveling, or starting a new creative endeavor, the Road Opener invites in that possibility. If performed with the right influences, it can even expand a person’s choices when dating. Often these spells work best as a follow-up to a cleansing spell known as an uncrossing, but if circumstances seem  limited rather than negative, the Road Opener itself works just fine.

Bayberry Candle Road Opener Spell

The best days to perform this spell are January 1, any New Moon, any Full Moon, and anytime the Moon is in Aries.

You will need:

One glass-encased, seven-day bayberry candle

A marker

Four pinches of dirt, gathered from each point of a four-way-stop intersection

Symbols representing desired opportunities such as keys for a new home, a sample pay stub for a new job, etc.

Place the candle on a heatproof plate in a fire-safe zone. Write on the candle glass with the marker what roads you want opened–be clear about your goals without focusing on how those goals might come about.

Light the candle, saying,

Opportunity, come this way!

Set down one pinch of dirt, saying,

Eastern roads are open to me.

Set down the next saying,

Southern roads are open to me.

Set down the next, saying, Western roads are open to me.

Set down the next, saying,

Northern roads are open to me.

You can further adjust the Road Opener to the specific area of life you need opened up by adding symbols and chants related to that purpose.

Allow the candle to burn all the way down.

Diana Rajchel
—Llewellyn’s Witches’ Calendar 2018

Witchy Ways to Celebrate January

Decorate your home and altar with violet and white, and burn pine and musk. Use pine needles as your focus for new beginnings.

Cook with love and try new things to add a spark to the new year.

Honor your place in the world and the joy in your heart by creating a daily practice.

Try a new way of spelling by creating a sigil.

Let go of what’s not working for you; start with a clean slate and move on.

Create a magical calendar for the year and give yourself a focus for each month.

Be understanding of others’ beliefs and promote your own in a sensitive, open way.

Fall in love with the world around you again as you get ready for the first stirrings of spring. The earth is at its barest—warts and all—so celebrate any beauty you find.

Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell

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.

 

–Circle, Coven, & Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice
Deborah Blake

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The Wicca Book of Days for March 15th – Of Ides and Attis

The Wicca Book of Days for March 15th

Of Ides and Attis

Julius Caesar by Paul Helm

The Romans knew March 15 as the “ides of March,” and this date, has since been regarded as unlucky or dangerous because it is the anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 bc. Ides (derived from the Latin verb, iduare, which means “to divide”) occurred in the middle of every month and were once synchronized with the full moon. In Roman times, March 15 was also the start of a festival recalling the story of the doomed love affair between the Phrygian mother goddess Cybele and Attis, a young shepherd. During Canna Intrat (“Entry of the Reed”). The baby Attiss’s abandonment amid needs by the River Gallus was commemorated.

The Chaste Moon

Many Wiccans dedicate the March esbat to the Goddess in her springtime guise as a young maiden of budding beauty, whose imminent sexual awakening and flowering will mirror that of nature. Incorporate symbols of chastity in your rituals, such as tightly furled buds.

OK, Let’s take a break, It’s Leap Year, So What Does It Mean To You?

’Leap Day’ is February 29, which is an extra (intercalary) day added during a Leap Year, making the year 366 days long – and not 365 days, like a common (normal) year. Nearly every 4 years is a Leap Year in our modern Gregorian Calendar.

Ever since Leap Years were first introduced over 2000 years ago with the transition from the Roman Calendar to the Julian Calendar in 45 BCE (Before Common Era), Leap Day has been associated with age-old Leap Day traditions and folklore.

Women propose to their men

According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Bridget struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every 4 years. This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar.

In some places, Leap Day has been known as “Bachelors’ Day” for the same reason. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day. In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman’s proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. During the middle ages there were laws governing this tradition. 

World Record of Leap Day Babies

People born on February 29 are all invited to join The Honor society of Leap Year Day Babies.

According to the Guinness Book of Records, there are world record holders both of a family producing three consecutive generations born on February 29 and of the number of children born on February 29 in the same family.

Bad luck

In Scotland, it used to be considered unlucky for someone to be born on Leap Day, just like Friday 13th is considered an unlucky day by many. In Greece it’s said to be unlucky for couples to marry during a Leap Year, and especially on Leap Day.

St Oswald’s Day

Leap Day is also St Oswald’s Day, named after an archbishop of York who died on February 29, 992. The memorial is celebrated on February 29 during Leap Years and on February 28 during common years.