Calendar for June
The Salem Witch trails begin in June 1692.
1st - Witchcraft Act of 1563 takes effect in England.
2nd - Day of Cardea, Roman Goddess of Domestic Life. Mother Shipton famous seer and patron saint of women is celebrated today.
4th - Birthday of Socrates, the Greek Philosopher. Born 470/469 BC and died 399BC, Socrates was sentenced to death by drinking a poison mixture containing hemlock.
It is said that he was approx. 71 years old when he died. Roalia, Roman RoseFestival.
5th - Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday is celebrated today in order for the nations to be able to celebrate it together. Her actual birthday is 21st April and she was born 1926.
Shelia na Gigs Day in Ireland.
6th - Alex Sanders born, 1926. Self-proclaimed ‘King of the Witches.’
8th - Lindisfarne Day, Odinist. On this day 793 CE, Viking raiders sacked and pillaged the monastery on the isle of Lindisfarne, making this the ‘official’ start of the Viking Age.
9th - Start of the Vestalia Festival, dedicated to Vesta the Roman Goddess of the Hearth. Festival and day of remembrance for Sigurdhr the Volsung. His courage and nobility won him fame throughout Teutonic history.
10th - Anniversary of the first Witch to be executed in Salem, 1692.
11th - Matralia, Festival of Mothers, dedicated to the Roman Mother Goddess Mater Matuta.
James 1 repeals Elizabeth 1’s 1563 mandate and replaces it with the stricter witchcraft statute of 1604.
12th - Festival of Mut, Egyptian. Mut is a trinity Goddess and sometimes seen with three heads depicting Maat the Maiden Goddess representing truth, Hathor the Mother of the world and the two lands and Nekhbet, who represented the crone.
13th - Birthday of the Muses Festival in Ancient Greece. Gerald Gardner born, 1884. William Butler Yeats, poet and member of the Golden Dawn born, 1865. San Antonio Feast Day, Corn dances and Comanche Dances. Start decorating for the Winter Solstice, Southern hemisphere.
14th - The lesser Quinquatrus of the Roman war deities, Minerva and Mars.
16th - Silver Chalice Day. a day for Wiccan friends and Coven members to get together in a cast circle to rejoice and share a drink of wine or juice from a silver chalice that has been consecrated in the names of the Goddess and the Horned God. Birthday of Starhawk, Wiccan author.
20th - Sacred to Cerridwen, the Celtic Goddess of grain and wisdom. Martydom of Iron Skegge, who rather than give up his Pagan faith was tortured by the Norwegian King Olaf Tryggvason.
21st - Winter Solstice, Southern Hemisphere. Plant garlic on the shortest day. Summer Solstice, Northern Hemisphere. Sun into Cancer zodiac. European Music Day, Greece. Music all over Greece for three days is also celebrated alongside their Summer Solstice on this day.
22nd - Anniversary of the repeal of the last anti-witchcraft law (1736) in England 1951. It is replaced with the Fraudulent Medium Act.
23rd - Start of a festival honouring the Assyro-Babylonioan Fertility Goddess Ishtar. Sacred to the Roman Fertility Goddess Venus.
24th - Janet Farrar born, 1950. Aztec feast of the Sun. Roman Fors Fortuna day, Festival of Lady Luck.
25th - Well dressing Festival, British. Law introduced in Germany to encourage conversion rather than hunting of Heretics and Witches, 1233. The beginning of Matariki, New Zealand.
26th - Sacred to the Corn Mothers, Kachinis and Salavi, and the spruce tree Rain God, Native American.
27th - Day of the Lares, the Roman household deities who tend and look after the home.
Scott Cunningham, Wiccan author and Solitary Witch born, 1956. Death of Julian the Blessed, Roman Pagan Champion. In 360AD the Emperor Julian became the last pagan ruler of the Roman Empire as he sadly died in battle before all his goals could be completed. Known as Julian the Apostate because he had been raised as a Christian but later converted to Paganism, he worked to re-establish the worship of the ancient Gods and Goddesses and restore all forms of Pagan religion.
28th - Birth of Hemera the Greek Goddess of daytime. Stewart Farrar, Alexandrian Witch born, 1916.
29th - Runic New Year. This is the first day of the Runic month, Feoh. Feoh is sacred to the Norse God and Goddess Frey and Freya who are patrons of the Earth.
30th - Aesta’s Day, Native American Corn Goddess.
The Following dates have been supplied by the New Zealand’s Witchy Lunar Calendar.
THE OAK MOON
The moon that is the closest to the Winter Solstice is known as the Oak Moon. The magnificent Oak who sees us through every season, sabbat and cycle of life. Like an ancient being who looks after us, protecting and guiding his children as they move forward on the seasonal wheel be they the fae, elementals, witches, wildlife, familiars and even the ‘odd’ human that should choose to be a part of his world. The Oak is a symbol of endurance and strength that during the winter months one needs to help get them through.
2nd - First Quarter. 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.
10th – Full Moon. The Snow 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.
17th - 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.
24th - New Moon. When there are two New Moons in a month the second Moon is known as the Black Moon.
Apogee and Perigee
Friday 23rd June - Perigee. Perigee is when the Moon is closest to the Earth. Also the New Moon today.
Friday 9th June - Apogee. At Apogee the Moon is futherest from the Earth.
THE JUNE STAR SIGNS
GEMINI - May 22nd – June 22nd
Symbol – The Twins, Element – Air, Planet – Mercury, Quality – Mutable, Personal Creed- I think, Positive/Masculine Sign. Seekers of knowledge, these star signs can communicate with all if they choose to.
CANCER - June 23rd - July 22nd
Symbol – The Crab, Element – Water, Planet – The Moon, Quality – Cardinal, Personal Creed- I feel, Negative/Feminine sign. The home-makers of the Zodiac, Cancerians are known as guardians of the Hearth and Home.
CELTIC LUNAR TREE
Please note that the Celtic Tree calendar was written from the Northern Hemisphere. Hawthorn and Oak pictures from the Ogham Tree Cards.
Hawthorn - Uath - May 13th – June 9th
Hawthorn people tend to blend into any environment and adapt well however not is all that it seems with them. They hate simple routine and become very bored, freedom and independence is a must for these people.
The Hawthorn, once known simply as ‘May’ was a traditional tree honoured throughout the British isles and of course due to the flowering of its striking blossoms and the large hidden thorns it has which make it ideal as a protective tree and one for hedgerows to keep animals within their boundaries. A tree of the Fae and protection it was considered a bad omen to bring it indoors however some believe that Beltane is a fine time to decorate with it around the home, in baskets and as a talisman. Keeping in mind our Beltane is not until October when the hawthorn will be blossoming.
Oak – Duir – June 10th – July 7th
These people born under the Oak sign have an uncanny strength and courage about them, they are very protective and often become champions for those who are unable to speak out for themselves. Oak signs seem to love history and are well suited to teaching.
The Oak is the known as the King, the tree of the God and protector of the forests. It imparts endurance, courage, fertility, protection and strength. The trees noble presence assured ancient people that with the good will of their Gods, leader and warriors that they could prevail against all odds. The Celtic word ‘Duir’ is believed to mean door and possibly the root word of druid.