Calendar of the Moon
Holly Tree Month
Colors: Iron-grey, red, and dark green.
Altar: Upon cloth of dark grey set many sprigs of holly, real or created, four red candles, a spear and a sword.
Offerings: Honor your inner warrior, including examining the areas where s/he overreacts.
Daily Meal: Red food. Meat of any kind.
Call: Hail the month of the Holly King!
Response: Hail the King of the waning year!
Call: Hail, sharp leaves and sharper eye!
Response: Hail, white flowers that give way to blood-red berries!
Call: Hail the month of the starling’s flock!
Response: For the starlings move together as one!
Call: Like them, we defend what is dear to us!
Response: Like them, we do not let each other stand alone against opposition!
Call: Hail the color of cold iron!
Response: Hail the sword and the spear!
Call: For our sword is Reason….
Response: And our spear is the death of Illusion!
Call: Hail the color of cold iron!
Response: Hail the armor and the shield!
Call: For our armor is Hope….
Response: And our shield is Love.
Call: The Oak King gives way to the Holly King…
Response: For all things have a time of increase, and a time of decrease.
Call: For all things wax and wane.
Response: For all things rise and fall.
Call: This is the moment just beyond the year’s apex!
Response: This is the time of the beginning of the end!
Call: May we take courage with every passing morning!
Response: May courage fill us with every breath!
Spear of truth, find me,
I open myself to you.
Chains of honor, bind me,
Bound, I am free to hold true.
[Pagan Book of Hours]
Calendar of the Sun
Colors: Green and gold
Altar: Upon cloth of green and gold set flowers and herbs in pots, a bowl of rainwater, a large pitcher of manure tea, and several empty baskets.
Offerings: Water and fertilizer, to be added to the garden.
Daily Meal: Vegetarian.
Earth, you begin to give forth your bounty!
Like the maiden blossoming into the mother,
Like the youth growing into the father,
You yield your children up to us
For our sustenance and health,
As we are also your children.
We will not waste your gifts!
We will nurture what you bring forth
With the labor of our hands,
That those gifts shall be sustained
Year after year, and that you shall
Never be exhausted.
We will not be ungrateful, O Earth whose life is ours,
But we will give back as much as we take,
For this is the way of balance.
Call the sun to us
You are one with us
(Two who have been chosen to do the work of the ritual take up the rainwater and the manure tea, and carry them out to the garden, where they are ceremonially poured around the roots of the herbs and vegetables. All others follow with the empty baskets, and harvest some thing from the garden, whether a token or a main part of the next meal. After this, each should do some part of the work of further watering, or fertilizing, or mulching, to give back to the earth as much as is taken away.)
[Pagan Book of Hours]
Friday, July 13th is a fantastic day for…..
Mow to Retard Growth, Dig Post Holes, Jar Jams/Jellies, Paint, Get Married, Advertise to Sell, Ask for Loan
Heal a Broken Heart
Items You Will Need:
String (Yarn or Thread)
Performing the Spell:
Perform step 1 exactly 7 days before the new moon.
Tie the string around the verbena and carry it for 7 days in your right pants pocket.
Remove the string from the verbena. Light 3 candles and bury the verbena and the string beneath a tree during the night of the new moon.
After you have buried these things, blow out the candles one by one and say the following:
First Candle: (his/her name), I give you and my love to you back to nature as I’ve given the verbena.
Second Candle: (his/her name), I am released from my sorrow as the verbena is from the string.
Third Candle: with this last candle, my love for you vanishes and will rest forever like the verbena.
Magickal Correspondence for Friday, July 13th
Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers and Heart
Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron and Vanilla
Sign: Libra and Taurus
Colors: Green, Pink, Aqua
Herbs/Plants: Pink Rose, Ivy, Birch, Heather, Clematis, Sage, Violet and Water Lilly Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palm Rosa, Rose, Yarrow
Friday belongs to Venus, and its energies are warm, sensuous, and fulfilling. Efforts that involve any type of pleasure, comfort, and luxury, as well as the arts, music, or aroma (incense and perfume) works well on this day. As Venus lends its sensuous influences to the energies of this day, use it for any magical work that deals with matters of the heart.
The Wicca Book of Days for July 13
Dee and Murray
July 13 commemorates the births of two Britons who have significance to Wiccans: John Dee (1527 – 1608) and Margaret Murray (1863 – 1963). As well as being Queen Elizabeth I’s astrologer, John Dee counted alchemy and divination among his numerous talents and interests, and is regarded as the founder of Enochian Magick, a mystical means of communicating with angels and spirits. As for Margaret Murray, she was an academic, Egyptologist, and the author of Witch-cult in Western Europer (1921) and The God of the Witches (1933), whose research led her to the conclusion that witchcraft is descended from an ancient Pagan religion.
John Dee was a renowned scryer who used a rock crystal and an obsidian “shew-stone” in which to view the visions that he later interpreted. Prepare your own speculum (anything with a reflective or transparent surface) today.