Calendar for December
1st - Festival of Poseidon, God of the Sea and horses. Day of the Banshees, Irish. Birthday of Anodea Judith, president of Church of All Worlds.
2nd - Festival of Shiva, Hindu. Arianrhod’s festival to celebrate her.
3rd - Feast of Fauna, Roman. Sacred day to the Greek Mother Goddess Rhea, the Roman Cybele and Bona Dea, and the Roman Corn Goddess, Ceres. Birthday of Janetlouise, witch and teacher.
5th - Sinterklaas Day, Dutch. Death of Aleister Crowley, 1947.
6th - Death of Jacob Sprenger, co-author of the Malleus Maleficarum, 1495. Birthday of Dion Fortune, member of the Golden Dawn, 1890.
8th - Bodhi Day, Buddhism. Sacred to Neith, the Egyptian Earth Goddess. Birth of the Japanese Sun Goddess, Amaterasu. Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, European.
9th - Tonantzin, Festival for Mexican Earth Mother and Goddess of Health. Festival for Egill Skallagrimson, Teutonic.
10th - Day of Goddess of Liberty, French.
11th - Day of Bruma, Roman Goddess of Winter.
12th - Day of Coatilque, Aztec.
13th - St Lucy’s Day, Swedish Sun Goddess. Hopi Winter Ceremony.
14th - Festival of Nostradamus, French.
15th - Halcyon Days begin.
16th - Festival of Sapientia, Wisdom Goddess.
17th - Saturnalia begins, Roman.
18th - Eponalia Festival, Celtic-Roman Goddess of Horses, Epona. Hanukkah.
19th - Opalia Festival, dedicated to Ops the Roman Goddess of Plenty. Hindu Solstice, dedicated to Saravasti.
20th - The Mothers Night, Odinist.
21st - Janet and Stewart Farrar begin their first coven together, 1970. Celtic Tree month of Birch begins.
22nd - Sun into Capricorn. Litha or the Summer Solstice, Southern Hemisphere and the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Sacred day to the Egyptian Goddess Isis, the Greek Corn Goddess Demeter, and Sul the ancient Briton Goddess of healing and the Sun.
23rd - Secret of the Unhewn Stone, Celtic Feast of Potential. Saturnalia ends, Roman.
24th - Christmas Eve.
25th - Christmas Day. Festival of Astarte, Mesopotamian. Feast of Frau Holle, German weather Goddess, she blessed the good and punished the bad.
26th - Dr Fiann arraigned for 20 counts of witchcraft and treason, 1590. Boxing Day. A day when servants and tradesman would receive gifts or a Christmas box from their masters and employers. Many a time these ‘gifts’ were fabrics for the servant to make themselves a new outfit for work. Turtle Dance, Native American.
27th - Birthday of Gerina Dunwich, Wiccan author. Deer Dance, Native American.
28th - Bairn’s Day, Celtic Festival of Children. Halcyon Days end.
29th - Birthday of Ra, Egyptian Sun God. Islamic New Year. The Day of the Nymphs, celebrated in ancient Greece.
30th - Kwanzaa, Swahili Festival of First Fruits.
The Following dates have been supplied by the New Zealand’s Witchy Lunar Calendar.
The Mead Moon
This was a time when meadows or meads were mown and honey filled the farmer´s bee hives. Mead is a favourite drink of the ancients and was made from the honey and offered a nutritious, healing and magickal drink for all those who did partake. Also known as the Bee Moon or the Honey Moon.
4th – Full Moon. The Earth is between the Sun and Moon. The Moon, rising at sunset and setting at dawn, is 180-135 degrees behind the Sun. The Full Moon is the time to celebrate the complete flowering and full manifestation of what was visualized at the New Moon. Enjoy your Esbat celebrations.
10th - Last Quarter Moon. Time to clear out anything that hasn´t worked or isn´t needed. Rising at midnight and setting at noon, this Moon is 90-45 degrees behind the Sun. Time to clear out anything that hasn’t worked or isn’t needed.
18th - New Moon. Start new projects and magick.
26th - First Quarter Moon. Rising at Noon and setting at Midnight, the Moon is 90-135 degrees ahead of the Sun. Light and dark are in equal balance. Consolidate and give form to projects. Be creative and deal with any challenges that may arise.
Apogee and Perigee
Apogee (Furthest away from the earth) Tuesday 19th
Perigee (Closest to the Earth) Monday 4th, also the Full Moon.
THE DECEMBER STAR SIGNS
SAGITTARIUS - November 23rd – December 21st
Symbol – The Archer, Element – Fire, Planet – Jupiter, Quality – Mutable, Personal Creed- I see, Positive/Masculine Sign. Aiming an arrow at the stars, Sagittarius links to Chiron the freedom loving and divine healing Centaur.
Some of the Sagittarians - Judith Anodea, Otter Zell, John F Kennedy Jr, Harpo Marx, Tina Turner, William Blake, Mark Twain, Billy Idol, Winston Churchill, Woody Allen, Bette Midler, Gianni Versace, Walt Disney, Sammy Davis Jr, Jim Morrison, Kirk Douglas, Christina Onassis, Dick Van Dyke, Patty Duke, Jane Austen, frank Sinatra, Ludwig van Beethoven, Arthur C Clarke, Betty Grable, Uri Geller, Joseph Stalin, Phil Donahue, Jane Fonda, Samuel L Jackson, Liefer Sutherland, Frank Zappa.
CAPRICORN - December 22nd – January 20th
Symbol – The Goat, Element – Earth, Planet – Saturn, Quality – Cardinal, Personal Creed- I use, Negative/Feminine sign. The Star sign that seems to grow young, rather than old. Always striving for the top.
Some of the Capricorns - Michel de Nostradamus, Dorothy Clutterbuck, Gerina Dunwich, Annie Lennox, Howard Hughes, Elizabeth Arden, Denzel Washington, Mao Tse Tung, Louis Pasteur, Elvis Presley, Marlene Dietrich, Rudyard Kipling, J Edgar Hoover, JRR Tolkien, Mel Gibson, Issac Newton, Jean Dixon, Marilyn Manson, Richard Nixon, Rod Stewart, Joan Baez, Shirley Bassey, Bernadette of Lourdes, Joan of Arc, David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, AA Milne, Cary Grant, Edgar Allen Poe, Charles G Leland.
CELTIC LUNAR TREE
Elder - Ruis - November 25th –December 22nd
The seeker, freedom loving and wild. Catch one if you can, but do not think that they can be tamed. The Elder is a tree of judgement and protection, a sacred tree that protects the Fae and keeps away negative energies and evil spirits. Branches of Elder are hung in doorways and over stable to protect those within.
Mistletoe – Uil-iok - December 23rd
The Mistletoe is an aerial parasitic plant that grows high in the boughs of trees. It does not have roots and is dependent on its host for survival. It is used in charms for protection against witchcraft, bans evil spirits and brings good luck and blessings.
Birch – Beth – December 24th – January 20th
Ambitious, creative and motivational. The ability to always strive towards the light and higher energies. The birch is a tree of the Goddess. Birch symbolises rebirth, protection and purification. Birch is traditionally used as the ‘bristles’ when fashioning brooms and besoms.