The Wicca Book of Days for July 25
Saints, Goddesses, and Scallops
In Christian tradition, July 25 is the feast day of Saint James the Great, who was martyred in Jerusalem on this day in AD 44. His remains were later believed to have been enshrined at Santiago de Compostela, Spain, to which so many pilgrims made their way that James came to be represented by a pilgrim’s hat and scallop shell, in turn now a symbol of pilgrimage. In a non-Christian context, the scallop signifies the womb, life-giving water, fertility, and the Goddess, and it is thought that its association with Santiago de Compostela results from an ancient Pagan fertility quest to nearby Cape Finisterre.
July 25 is also the feast day of Saint Christopher, who is said to have transported Christ across a river and is consequently the patron saint of travelers. If you are due to embark on a trip, carry a “Saint Christopher” amulet with you.