Calendar of the Moon for Sunday, July 1

Calendar of the Moon

1 Tinne/Hekatombaion

Day of the Holly Tree

Color: Iron-grey
Element: Earth
Altar: Upon an iron-grey cloth set a vase of holly branches, a single grey candle, a pot of soil, seeds, a bowl of water, and a bell.
Offerings: Plant seeds. Arm yourself mentally for a conflict.
Daily Meal: Vegan

Invocation to the Green Man of the Holly Tree

Hail, Green Man of the Summer!
Holly tree of sharpest leaves
Like spearpoints in the forest,
With berries like drops of drawn blood,
You are the tree of weaponry,
The prick of an iron spear,
A swinging sword, the Green Knight’s club
Which is a whole holly-bush.
Charmed by Holda, whose tests
And trials in the underground world
Show the measure of our honor
And the length of our compassion.
Every warrior must have his rules
And bindings, else he turn rabid
And fall on those he protects,
And lose his vision of the humanity
Of other, lesser souls.
You teach us this lesson,
Tree whose color is beaten iron,
Tree of courage, of hellbent rush,
Flock of starlings that swarm as one
And seek their foe; executioner
Of the Oak King in his time.
We hail you, sacred Holly King,
Green Man of the Summer,
In this your time of greatest valor.

Song: Cold Iron
(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]