Salem Witch trails begin in June 1692.
Celtic Tree Months – Hawthorn-May 13th -June 9th. Oak-June 10th –July 7th.
1st – Witchcraft Act of 1563 takes affect in England.
2nd – Day of Cardea, Roman Goddess of Domestic Life. Mother Shipton aka Ursula Sontheil famous seer and patron saint of women is celebrated today.
4th – Birthday of Socrates. Roalia, Roman Rose Festival.
5th – Corn Dance, New Mexico. Shelia na Gigs Day, Irish.
6th – Alex Sanders born, 1926. Self proclaimed “King of the Witches.” Passed away 30th April, 1988
8th – Lindisfarne Day, Odinist.
9th – Start of the Vestalia Festival, dedicated to Vesta the Roman Goddess of the Hearth. Festival for Sigurdhr Volsung, Teutonic. Celtic Tree month of Hawthorn ends.
10th – Anniversary of the first Witch to be executed in Salem, 1692. Celtic Tree month of Oak begins.
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.
13th – Gerald Brousseau Gardner was born at The Glen, near Liverpool, England on June 13th 1884 and passed from this incarnation on February 12th 1964. Birthday of the Muses Festival in Ancient Greece. Gerald Gardner born, 1884. William Butler Yeats, poet and member of the Golden Dawn born, 1865.
14th – The lesser Quinquatrus of the Roman war deities, Minerva and Mars.
15th – Apache ceremonies, Native American.
16th – Silver Chalice day. Feat of the Goddess of Heliopolis, Egyptian.
17th – Couples Day, Greek. Birthday of Starhawk, born 1951, Wiccan author.
18th – Church of all Worlds chartered with IRS, 1970.
20th – Sacred to Cerridwen, the Celtic Goddess of grain and wisdom. Martydom of Irn Skegge, Norse.
21st – Winter Solstice, Southern Hemisphere. Summer Solstice, Northern Hemisphere. Sun into Cancer Zodiac. European Music Day, Greece. Music all over Greece for three days is also celebrated.
22nd – Anniversary of the repeal of the last anti-witchcraft law (1736) in England 1951.Replaced with the Fraudulent Medium Act.
23rd – Start of a festival honouring the Assyro-Babylonioan Fertility Goddess Ishtar. Scared to the Roman Fertility Goddess Venus.
24th - Janet Farrar born Janet Owen on 24th June 1950, Alexandrian Witch and author. Aztec feast of the Sun. European 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.
26th – Sacred to the Corn Mothers, Kachinis and Salavi, and the spruce tree Rain God, Native American. Richard of Gloucester assumes English throne after accusing the widowed Queen of Edward IV of witchcraft, 1483.
27th – Sacred to Aestas the Roman Goddess of Summer. Scott Cunningham, Wiccan author and Solitary Witch born, 1956. Death of Julian the Blessed, Roman Pagan Champion.
28th – Birth of Hemera the Greek Goddess of the day. Stewart Farrar, Alexandrian Witch born, 1916.
29th –Runic New Year.
30th – Aesta’s Day, Native American Corn Goddess.
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.
‘Moon of Oak, strong and tall, protect us well as the snows do fall. When ice abounds and takes our breath and lands will lay as in death, keep us well and warm of heart until winter leaves and springtime starts.’
If you should happen upon a falling Oak leaf then try to catch it before it lands on the ground. It is considered very fortunate and should be placed somewhere where it shall not be disturbed during the winter months.
During the Oak Full Moon, knock on the trunk of the Oak tree trice and ask for blessings upon yourself and your family of kith and kin, fur and fin. Gives thanks.
Wednesday 2nd - 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 10th - New Moon. Start new projects. A time to plan and prepare especially if it is so cold outdoors and one just wants to curl up in front of the fire or heater. Think about what has been and what you would like to change and do in your future. New job, moving house, new relationship or perhaps a new life is coming into the family be it kith, kin, fur or fin. I like to utilise this time to design and plan future workshops, courses and herbal formulae’s, I tend to be a bit like the bear and try to hibernate once winter comes, and do the work that has been waiting for my attention so as winter calls I take heed. An ideal time to write up notes, fill in your book of shadows, journals and herbal grimoires as we work under the phase of the Oak moon.
Friday 18th - 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.
Friday 25th - 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
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 8th
Perigee (Closest to the earth) Wednesday 23rd
SOLAR ECLIPSE - Thursday 10th
A time to heighten ones energy's in spells and magick, but take care to ground afterwards as this energy is intense and as we know all magick and spells need grounding including ourselves. Feast, celebrate and honour all Sun Deity, greet the rising sun and salute it as it sets.
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.
Some of the Geminis are Tim Allen, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, Peter Dinklage, Clint Eastwood, Colin Farrell, Michael.J.Fox, Morgan Freeman, Judy Garland, Paul Giamatti, Bear Grylls, John.F.Kennedy, Nicole Kidman, Paul McCartney, Ian McKellen, Marilyn Munroe, Liam Neeson, Stevie Nicks, Natalie Portman, Chris Pratt, Queen Victoria, Mark Wahlberg, John Wayne, Walt Whitman.
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.
Some of the Cancerians in history. Edward VIII, Pamela Anderson, Kathy Bates, Robert the Bruce, Julius Caesar, John Dillinger, Eva Green, Tom Hanks, Ernest Hemingway, Edmund Hillary, Helen Keller, Cindy Lauper, Nelson Mandala, Meryl Streep, Princess Diana, Liv Tyler, Natalie Wood.
CELTIC LUNAR TREE
The Celtic Tree calendar is based on thirteen lunar divisions. Each division has a sacred tree assigned to it that were said to have been chosen by ancient Druids. The trees rich in history and folk lore have many magickal energies associated to them. Please note that the Celtic Tree calendar was written from the Northern Hemisphere.
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.