1st-Aprils Fools Day. Veneralia Festival dedicated to Roman Goodess, Venus, Fortuna and Concordia. Corn planting Festival, Iroquoise.
2nd-Battle of Flowers, French.
3rd-Celebration of the return of Persephone, the Greek Goddess of the Underworld and healing from the Underworld.
4th-Start of the Megalesia, sacred to the Roman Mother Cybele.
5-Sacred to Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Compassion in China. Tomb sweeping Day, Chinese Day of Ancestor Remembrance. Lady Luck Day.
6th-Ching-Ming, Chinese All Souls Day. Manannans Day, Celtic.
7th-Fetival of the Blagini in Romania. Church of All Worlds established 1962.
9th-The Hocktide Festival in England, honouring the Saxon women who repelled Danish invaders in AD 1002. Mordrons Day, Celtic. Lumeria Day, Festival honouring the Spirits of dead family members who wander the earth. Vampires Day.
10th- Dedicated to Bau, the Babylonian Sumerian Mother Goddess. Megalesia ends.
11th-Festival of Anahit, the Armenian Moon Goddess. Feast of San Leo, Mexican.
12th-Cerealia begins - Roman. Festival of Water – Buddhist.
13th – Start decorating for Samhain. (Southern Hemisphere) Familiars Day.
15th-Festival of Bast, Egyptian.
14th-Sommarblot, Norse Summer Festival.
16th-The Hiketaria Festival honouring the Greek Sun God, Helios. Celtic Tree Calendar month of Willow, April 15th -May 12th. The Willow is associated with Death, a tree of enchantment.
17th-Chariot Festival, Nepalese.
18th-Thargelia, Greek festival of Purification for Apollo and Artemis.
19th-Cerealia ends - Roman. Balinese Woman’s Celebration.
20th – Yaqui Pageant - Native American. Egg Rolling Day – British.
21st - Palala Festival homouring Pales, the Roman Goddess of the Flocks. Parilia Festival honouring Roma, Goddess of Rome.
22nd-Earth Day. A day to work with Earth elementals and spirits.
23rd-The Vinalia Festival dedicated to Venus the Roman Goddess of the Vineyard, and Jupiter the Supreme God.
24th-Childrens Day, Icelandic.
25th-Anzac Day, Australia and New Zealand. Cuckoo Day – English.
26th-New Years Day, Sierra Leone.
28th-Floralia begins, Roman. Celtic celebration of God, Lludd.
29th-Pagan Tree Day.
30th-Samhain Eve/Halloween, Southern Hemisphere. May Day Eve, Northern Hemisphere. Walpurgis Night, Germany. Taliesin Nights, Merlin’s Night, Celtic celebration of the High Priests of Magick.
THE BLOOD MOON
The Moon and moon cycles are known by various names depending on cultures, religions, village or Coven. These names also coincide with the eight Sabbats of the Witch. The lunar moon closest to Samhain was and still is known as the ‘Blood Moon.’ This moon symbolized the sacrifice and slaughter of the beasts that enabled our ancestors and still to this day to ensure food for the family throughout the long winter months. Many cattle were also slaughtered because it was too hard trying to keep them alive over winter as cattle would need shelter and extra feeding from the crops gathered. A poor crop would result in animals starving to death so to avoid that, they would be culled and thus the family would have food to help them through. This is going back to the times when there were no benefits and government assistance, shops were not frequented and supermarkets were not even a word in the near future. People lived in a village or on a farm and may never venture outside it. If their crops were poor, then they may not survive except with the help of family, the other villagers and farmers to help them through.
Some lands would be covered in snow and if not the grass may not be in large quantities let alone nourishing for the stock. The cattle that were housed were those that were more needed than others, the ones that worked for the family so to speak, the cows for milk, the ones who were reliable in fertility and the prized bull for his services. The other cattle would have been breed solely for food purposes and as housing was limited, then this was the time to begin the slaughters. It was also cooler which helped to keep the meat with many carcasses and joints being buried under the snow and in the case of deer, buried in the earth to keep it from spoiling.
Samhain is also a time for remembering the animals that have given their lives by our hand so that we may eat. Anyone who eats a once living creature and even though they may not have killed the animal themselves are also responsible for its death. We bid the animals a blessings of thanks. This was also the time that farmers of both yesterday and today gathered the remaining fruits, vegetables and herbs that were left in the fields and stored them away for the months ahead of them, along with the previous harvests from summer through to now. Anything left in the fields would soon return to the earth and be taken by the harvest spirits who watched over the crops.
To honour this Moon and her energies you could fill a goblet with red juice such as cranberry or raspberry, give a toast to the moon and the animals, and bless the juice as you pour it onto the earth. And yes, the Blood Moon does usually have a red tinge to it…
This is the Moon to get all your divination tools out of hiding and practise with them. Runes, tarot, crystals, bones or stones, whatever you use. The energies of this moon will be potent with spirit and there will be much wisdom and spirit messages to be got and given, however a word of warning, this is not time to play with Ouija boards, they are not a game nor should they be treated as such. Many Witches and other do use Ouija boards and the option is up to you. However I do express CAUTION (as with everything) these are not toys! Know what you are doing and know what to do before, during and after. If you call someone out who was not a very ‘spiritual or nice being’ while on the earth plane, will you know what to do with them once you have opened a portal for them to come through? They may refuse to go back and be it on your head, you were the one to open the doorway in which for them to cross through. I am probably not the one to talk to regarding these and my views on them because of the damage I have seen, I have all too often heard of young and old, using the Ouija board with no idea of what they are getting into. Mindue Parker Brothers do include directions as to how to use the board just no precautionary tales and what to do in the event of a spirit emergency.
The Following dates have been supplied by the New Zealand’s Witchy Lunar Calendar.
Wednesday 1st - 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.
Wednesday 8th - Full Moon aka the Blood 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.
Wednesday 15th - 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.
Thursday 23rd - New Moon. Start new projects.
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) Tuesday 21st
Perigee (Closest to the earth) Wednesday 8th
The Full Moon in October is usually known as the Hare Moon. Why? One ancient legend says that in the month of Beltane the Hare was seen to be gazing at the full moon. It was believed that the Hare or sometimes said to be Rabbit once lived in the moon and was longingly looking back at this home and that of his family who still lived in the moon. However his moon goes under many names and faces and is also known as the Bright Moon, Dyad Moon, Flower Moon, Leaf Moon, Love Moon and Milk Moon. You will know if a Witch has Hare as their familiar, as the Witch will seem to be darting off in all directions, be very, very nimble and will gaze intently at the full moon closest to Beltane.
THE APRIL STAR SIGNS
ARIES - March 21st – April 20th. Symbol – The Ram, Element – Fire, Planet – Mars, Quality – Cardinal, Personal Creed- I am, Positive/Masculine Sign. Assertive, courageous and ruled by the God of War, Aries will take on who or whatever ever comes his way.
Some of the Aries people. Johann Sebastian Bach, Clyde Barrow, Marlon Brando, Otto von Bismarck, Butch Cassidy, Mariah Carey, Charlie Chaplin, Charlemagne, Bette Davis, Doris Day, Shannen Doherty, Robert Downey Jr, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Vincent van Gogh, Billie Holiday, Thomas Jefferson, Elton John, Keira Knightly, Heath Ledger, Elizabeth Montgomery, Rosie O’Donnell, Gregory Peck, Septimius Severus, Kristen Stewart, Leonardo da Vinci, Emma Watson, Tennessee Williams and Reese Witherspoon.
TAURUS - April 21st - May 21st. Symbol – The Bull, Element – Earth, Planet – Venus, Quality – Fixed, Personal Creed- I have, Negative/Feminine sign. An ancient symbol of strength and fertility within nature, Taureans are known as being loving and gentle.
Some of the Taurean people. Hank Azaria, Glen Campbell, John Cena, Giancarlo Esposito, Ella Fitzgerald, Kevin James, Dwayne Johnson, Casey Kasem, Jet Li, Lee Majors, James McAvoy, Jack Nicholson, Queen Elizabeth II, Roy Orbinson, Iggy Pop, Shirley MacLaine, Willy Nelson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Shirley Temple, Uma Thurman, William Shakespeare, Barbra Streisand, Channing Tatum, Leonardo da Vinci, Renee Zellweger.
CELTIC LUNAR TREE
Alder – Fearn - March 18th - April 14th
Bold and courageous people, very strong willed. They also have a desire to seek new adventures and like to keep moving and stay busy. When the tree of the Alder is cut, the sap runs red and is seen as blood to the Celts and also a reminder of the sacrifice the tree has given so that it may be used for charcoal, house building and keeping one warm over the cold nights and days. The root system of the Alder is nurturing and provides essential nutrients for the soils, more so than other trees. The Alder is a tree of divination and will make you face up to situations that you have been avoiding, it will of course help you do this and not just leave you alone as you work through these situations.
Willow – Saille - April 15th – May 12th
Willow people are ruled by the Moon and the water element and can be highly creative, intuitive, intelligent and are usually very psychic and literally bursting with potential. They have also be known to observe well and sit back to see what unravels before them, said to be more patient than many of the other tree signs.
The Willow is the tree that sits by the water and helps ease us into the Summerland. Tree of enchantment, healing, immortality and its branches are used to bind the brushes of the Witches besom.