January named after the double-headed Roman God, Janus. The guardian of the gateway between the Otherworld and the Earth. For those of you who practice January in the Gregorian Calendar as their New Year, this is a time to reflect on the past year, drawing lessons from its events, resolving to make positive changes and setting personal (and reasonable) goals for the new year.
1st- New Years day dedicated to Strenia, the Roman goddess of the New Year. Kwanzaa ends. San-ga-nichi begins, Japanese. Birthday of Sir James Frazer, author of The Golden Bough, 1854.
2nd-Birthday of Inanna, the Summerian Sky and Fertility Queen of Heaven and Earth. Advent of the Egyptian Supreme Goddess, Isis.
3rd-Lenaia Festival, dedicated to Dionysus the Greek God of Wine and Fertility. Death of Edgar Cayce, Psychic 1945. Pueblo Deer Dances, Womans Fertility ceremony. Festival of Pax.
4th-Egyptian day. Aquarian Tabernacle Church registered in Australia 1994 by Lady Tamara Von Forslun.
5th-Koreion Festival, dedicated to the Greek maiden Goddess Kore. Jeane Dixon born 1918. Feast of Befana, Italian.
6th-Twelth night/Epiphany. Koliada, the Russian Goddess of Time honoured. Patricia Crowthers radio show “A Spell of Witchcraft” airs in Britain 1971. St.Joan of Arc born 1412. Feast of Kore, Greek Goddess of fertility and grains.
7th-Sacred to Sekhmet, the Egyptian Goddess of War and Healing. Seven herbs festival, Japan.
8th-Sacred to Freya, the Norse fertility Goddess. Birthday of MacGregor Mathers, one of the Golden Dawn founders 1854. Death of Dion Fortune 1946. Justitia’s day, Roman Goddess of Justice. Druidic New Year.
9th-Festival of Janus. Day of Antu, Akkadian. Jamie Dodge wins lawsuit against the Salvation Army which fired her based on her Wiccan religion, 1989.
10th-Islamic New Year. Feast of Dreams celebrated by the Iroquois.
11th-Festival of Fools, European.
12th-Dedicated to Lares, the Roman Household goddesses. Nez Perce War Dances, Native American.
13th-Final Witchcraft laws repealed in Austria 1787. Druid Feast of Brewing in ancient times. Midvintersblot, Norse Winter Festival.
14th-Official Confession of Error by jurors of Salem Witch Trials 1696. Trifon Zara Zan, Bulgarian Blessing of the Vines. Makar Sankrati, Hindu.
15th-Feast of the Ass, Roman.
16th-Day of the Queen of the Universe, French. Birthday of Dr. Dennis Carpenter, Circle Sanctuary.
17th-Wassailing the Apple Trees by ancient Celtic Britons. St Anthony’s Day, Mexican. Good Luck day, Festival of Felicitas. Roman Goddess of Good Luck.
18th-Surya, Hindi Sun Deities Festival. Woman’s festival of Juno.
19th-Birthday of Dorothy Clutterbuck. Thorrablottar “Husbands Day” once sacred to the Norse Sky and Thunder God Thor, celebrated in Iceland.
20th-San Sebastian’s Day, Mexican. Feast of the Kitchen God, Chinese. Celtic New Year, the first day of Luis (Rowan) in the Celtic Tree Calendar.
21st- Sacred to Yngona, the Danish Goddess of destruction. Sun into Aquarius. Santa Ines’ Day, Mexican.
22nd-Dedicated to Concordia, the Roman Goddess of Harmony.
Sacred to Hathor, the Egyptian Mother Goddess. New Year of the Trees, Palestinian. Buffalo and Comanche dances, Native American.
24th-Chinese New Year. Blessing of the Candle of the Happy Women, celebrated in Hungary.
25th-Burns Night, celebration of Robert Burns, Scots Poet.
26th-Festival of Ekeko, Bolivian God of Abundance.
27th-Sacred to Ishtar, the Assyro-Babylonian Fertility Goddess. Planting Festival (Rome)
28th-Upelly-Aa, Scottish Fire Festival.
29th-Peace Festival, Roman.
30th- Feriae Sementiva, Roman festival of Spring. Birthday of Zsuzsanna E.Budapest, feminist Witch. Nosso senhor Do Bonfim, Mexican Water Purification Festival.
31st-Hecates Feast, Greek/Roman. Festival of Kuan-Yin, Goddess of Mercy and Compassion in China. Festival of Sarasvati, Goddess of Knowledge in Nepal. Dr Fian, believed to be head of North Berwick Witches, found guilty and executed for Witchcraft in Scotland 1591. Candlemas Eve.
The Following dates have been supplied by the New Zealand’s Witchy Lunar Calendar.
Sunday 6th - New Moon. Start new projects and magick.
Monday 14th - 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.
Monday 21st - 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. We have a Blue Moon due to the fact there are two full moons in the calendar month. Lots of extra special magick and witchery.
Monday 28th - 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.
PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE - Sunday 6th.
Partial solar eclipses happen when the Moon comes between the Sun and Earth, but the Moon only partially covers the Sun's disk.
LUNAR ECLIPSE - Monday 21st
A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth and into its shadows or ‘umbra’ being the word. This can only occur when the Moon, Earth and the Sun are aligned exactly or as close as is possible. This means that the Lunar Eclipse can only happen on the night of a Full Moon. And the magickal energies are way beyond what the mind can imagine. Three great beings all together and in alignment. The length of the eclipse will depend on the Moon and its location in relevance to the orbital nodes.
For more information on Eclipses follow this link.
APOGEE AND PERIGEE From timeanddate.com
The Moon's orbit around Earth is not a perfect circle, but elliptical, with one side closer to Earth than the other. As a result, the distance between the Moon and Earth varies throughout the month and the year. On average, the distance is about 382,900 kilometers (238,000 miles). The point on the Moon's orbit closest to Earth is called the Perigee and the point farthest away is the Apogee.
Apogee (Furthest away from the earth) Wednesday 9th
Perigee (Closest to the earth) Tuesday 22nd
THE JANUARY STAR SIGNS
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.
AQUARIUS - January 21st – February 18th. Symbol – Water Bearer, Element – Air, Planet – Uranus, Quality – Fixed, Personal Creed - I know, Positive/Masculine Sign, Individual, independent and inventive. This sign is really out there.
Some of the Aquarians. Jennifer Aniston, Christian Bale, Blake Clark, James Dean, Laura Dern, Thomas Edison, Sherilyn Fenn, Isla Fisher, Bridget Fonda, Clark Gable, Galileo Galilei, Heather Graham, Seth Green, Naomi Grossman, Michael. C Hall, Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Lemmon, Abraham Lincoln, Laura Linney, Kelly Lynch, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Paul Newman, Patton Oswalt, Vanessa Redgrave, Burt Reynolds, Chris Rock, Portia de Rossi, James Spader, Mary Steenburgen, John Travolta.
CELTIC LUNAR ZODIAC
Birch - Beth - December 24 – January 20.
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.
Rowan – Luis – January 21 – February 17.
Creative and a passionate thinker with original and inspiring ideas. Sometimes however you are so ‘out there’ with your ideas others will wonder what you are on about! The berries of the Rowan tree are said to be food of the Gods. The tree is known for its protection especially against Witches and yet it is known as a Witch tree and greatly revered by us. Rowan is used for banishing and binding spells, divination and vision work.