1st – Imbolc Eve (Southern Hemisphere) Lughnassadh, Lammas Eve (Northern Hemisphere) Blodeuwedds Day, Welsh. Iroquios Green Corn Festival, Native American. Birthday of Edward Kelley, 1555.
2nd – Imbolc. (Southern) Lammas (Northern) Birthday of Henry Steel Olcott who co-founded the Theosophical Society with H.P Blavatsky, 1832.
4th – Celtic Tree month of Holly ends.
5th – Celtic Tree month of Hazel begins.
6th – Festival of Thoth, Egyptian. Cherokee Green Dances, Native American.
7th – Adonia ceremony mourning the death of Aphrodite’s lover Adonis in Ancient Greece.
8th – Festival of Venus Eve in Ancient Rome.
9th – Adbods Day, Teutonic. Carl Weschcke buys Llewellyn Publications 1960.
11th – Puck Fair begins, Irish Masculine Fertility Festival. Birthday of Edain McCoy, born 1957, Author and Witch. Laurie Cabot withdraws from the Salem, Massachusetts Mayoral Race, 1987.
12th – Lights of Isis Festival, Egyptian.
13th – Festival of Diana, Roman. Invocations to Hecate and Diana in Ancient Rome. Puck Fair ends. Church of Wicca established in Australia by Lady Tamara von Forslun, 1989.
14th – Rowan of Wycksted’s Birthday.
15th – Birthday of Isis, North African. Festival of Torches sacred to the Roman Goddesses Diana and Vesta. Birthday of Charles G Leland, author of Aradia Gospel of the Witches, 1824.
16th – Festival of the Minstrels, European.
17th – Odin’s ordeal begins. Scott Cunningham’s first initiation into Wicca, 1973. Death of Nicholas Black Elk, member of the Ghost Dance, 1950.
18th – Father Urbain Grandier found guilty of bewitching Nuns in Louden, France, 1634.
19th – Rustic Vinalia, Roman festival of ripening grapes. Festival for Minerva, Goddess of Wisdom and War. John Willard and Reverend George Burroughs put to death in the Salem Witch trials, 1692.
20th – Hopi Flute Ceremony for Spider Woman, Creatrix. The Lancashire Witches executed in England 1612. Birthday Ann Moura, born 1947, author and witch.
21st – Heraclia in Kynosarges, Greek Festival for Hercules. Consualia Harvest Festival dedicated to the Roman God of the Grain, Consus.
22nd – Cerridwen, one of the Witches of Wycksted’s birthday today. Festival of Montu, Egyptian. Order of the Rosy Cross established in Paris, 1623.
23rd – Day of Moira, Greek Goddess of Fate. Festival of Nemesis, the Greek God of Righteous Anger. Volcanalia Festival in honour of the Roman God of Fire, Vulcan.
24th – Festival dedicated to Nut, Egyptian Goddess of Sky. Roman Goddess of Corn, Ceres is honoured.
25th – Odins ordeal ends. Opeconsiva Harvest Festival dedicated to Ops, the Roman Goddess of Plenty.
26th – Ilmatars Day, Finnish Water Goddess/Creatrix.
27th – Procession of Bast, Egyptian. Sacred to Isis, Egyptian Supreme Goddess.
28th – Harvest Festival, Norse. Birthday of Athena.
29th – Pardon of the Sea, for Britain’s Sea Goddess, Abes.
31st – Raymond Buckland born 1934, Author and Witch.
THE BEAR MOON
Depending on the country, tribe, coven or culture there are many names given to the moon during each month and in August we have the Chaste Moon, Hunger Moon and Storm Moon, we also have the Bear Moon, one of our favourites.
When life is stirring and new growth has started we celebrate with the Sabbat of Imbolc and the Bear celebrates with his/her awakening and choosing to venture out further from the den. He/she may have been awake for some weeks but with the full moon above him he is able to follow his path in a more direct weave and plan his new beginnings whatever they may be. The Bear is a symbol of the Goddess and motherhood as the bear protects her cubs as they romp around in the new grass and still snowy lands. The bear returns to the lands as does the Goddess after her rest and hibernation. Perhaps you feel that you have stayed indoors too long or have become a recluse, now is the time to ‘awaken’ yourself and your energies, there is a whole new world outside to explore, a world that has been changed from the magick of winter and now sees new life, rebirth and nature making good on the promise of returning the sun and the thaw to our lands.
Celebrate your awakening with a feast of fresh greens, berries, nuts and honey.
Sunday 1st - 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.
Monday 9th - 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.
Monday 16th - 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 23rd - 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
Monday 30th - Last Quarter Moon
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) Monday 2nd and Monday 30th
Perigee (Closest to the earth) Tuesday 17th
THE AUGUST STAR SIGNS
LEO - July 23rd – August 23rd. Symbol – The Lion, Element – Fire, Planet – The Sun, Quality – Fixed, Personal Creed- I will, Positive/Masculine Sign.
The Lion, King of the Beasts, links with royal nobility and ruled by the Sun, the brightest star in the universe.
Some of the Leo’s. Alfred Hitchcock, Alfred Tennyson, Amelia Earhart, Andy Warhol, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Benito Mussolini, Bill Clinton, Carl Jung, Davey Crockett, Edain McCoy, Emily Bronte, Fidel Castro, George Bernard Shaw, Henry Ford, Hulk Hogan, Jacqueline Kennedy, Jennifer Lopez, Lucille Ball, Madonna the singer, Mae West, Mata Hari, Mick Jagger, Napolean Bonaparte, Neil Armstrong, Nerys M, Nicole W, Pam T, Peter O’Toole, Queen Mother, Raymond Buckland, Robert De Niro, Rowan of Wycksted, Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Yves St Laurent.
VIRGO - August 24th – September 22nd. Symbol – The Virgin, Element – Earth, Planet – Mercury, Quality – Mutable, Personal Creed - I analyze, Negative/Feminine Sign
Virgoans are the craftsmen of the Zodiac, forever trying to better our planet with their earthy natures.
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.
Holly – Tinne – July 8th – August 4th
Holly people overcome obstacles easily, therefore are ones to take on challenges easily. They are ambitious, competitive and confident in nearly everything they do and can make great leaders and although some may think of them as arrogant because of this, Holly people can be very generous and kind.
Holly is the ruler of Winter and the King of the darker half of the seasonal wheel. While around us many other trees lie dormant the Holly is bright and rich with his greenery and red berries. Due to their prickly leaves they are an ideal herb for protection and are said to guard against lightning strikes and used in defence magick and spells. Bring Holly branches into the home over winter to honour this season and add a touch of greenery and protection to the home and all who reside there.
HAZEL – Coll – August 5th – September 1st
Hazel tree people are usually clever, highly analytical and intelligent as they seem to know a lot about things and are able to retain accurate information on ancient wisdoms and history which they enjoy passing on to others. This makes them good speakers and teachers, however they have been known to be rather blunt at times and sometimes get accused of being ‘know-it-alls’ when in fact they may indeed know it all.
The Hazel tree is considered to be one of great wisdom and throughout the ancients has been utilised for its magick and divination purposes. To the Celts, the Hazel sits at the heart of the Otherworld where nine hazel trees sit over the well of wisdom and drop their hazelnuts into the water that are said to bubble with inspiration and knowledge. The nuts are considered to be potent amulets of wisdom, courage, protection, prophetic dreams and visions.