Pagan Calendar: June 20, 2016

June_MeadMoon

Full Moon in Sagittarius @ 6:02 am CDT

Ciro Zodiac - Cancer

Sun enters Cancer @ 5:34 pm CDT

Litha_Midsummer

Monday: Day of the Moon
As the name suggests Monday is the Moon day. In the French word, lundi, we can see the link to lunar cycles. This is a day to harness the Moon’s energy and focus on issues related to women’s health, fertility, and the domestic scene. It is associated with magic dealing with cooking, dreams, family, the home, intuition, medicine, spiritual growth and the ocean.

Color of the Day: Ivory
A balance of all colors, effective for spiritual enlightenment, purification, protection, cleansing, clairvoyance, healing, truth seeking; rituals involving lunar energy; may be substituted for any other candle color.

Deities of the Day: Typically, when folks talk about deities associated with the Moon, the Goddess in her three aspects of Maiden, Mother, and Crone comes to mind. The Triple Moon Goddess is a basic principle of Wiccan belief. Understanding and working with this trinity of goddesses is often a starting point for those new to the Craft.

These three different aspects of the Goddess correspond to the various lunar phases: the Maiden for the New to Waxing Moon, the Mother for the Full Moon phase, and the Crone for the Waning to the Dark of the Moon. One of the better-known trinity of goddesses is the classic Greek trio of Artemis the Maiden, Selene the Mother, and Hecate the Crone.

However, there are a few male gods of the Moon also. Why not? What’s wrong with a little equal time for the God? Let’s not forget that the balance of male-female energies, or partnership of the God and Goddess, is an important part of our belief system.

The Norse have a god (Mani) who is linked to the Moon. Mani is described as the personification of the physical moon, and he is Sunna’s brother. He is also referred to as the “shining god.” Mani’s lunar magic holds a softer, shadowy likeness to his sister Sunna’s bright solar power, for the moonlight illuminates, yet it conceals. In Norse myth, Mani guides the course of the Moon and determines its waxing and waning. He is also a chariot-riding deity, and is followed through the sky by his two children: his son, Hjuki, and his daughter, Bil.

The perhaps most well-known moon god, though, is probably the Egyptian god Thoth— the ibis-headed god who wore both a crescent and lunar disk on his head. Thoth was believed to have regulated the seasons and to have helped keep the lunar phases on track and in order. He was regarded as a magus, the greatest of all magicians.

Thoth was a fair and benevolent god of wisdom, astronomy, and practical skills. He also presided over education and books. He was a patron deity of the scribes, and his protection included written medical and mathematical knowledge. In summary, Thoth is literally a powerhouse of magical power and wisdom. If you call upon him on a Monday evening– see what it is that he has to teach you.

Goddess Meditation of the Day: Maeve
If I went with a mean man
our union would be wrong,
because I’m so generous and giving.
If I went with a timid man
our union would be wrong
because I thrive on trouble.
If I went with a jealous man
that would be wrong too,
because I never had one lover
without another in his shadow.

~Maeve, speaking in the Tain bo Cuailnge

Perhaps the most exciting, audacious, bodacious goddess figure in Irish tradition is Maeve, queen of the western realm of Connaught. Full of fire and passion and competitive spirit, Maeve launches a cattle-raid inspiring the greatest Irish epic, just because her equality with her husband is challenged.

Maeve teaches women that she who denies that she is competitive, shadowed constantly by her desire to win, will often be cruel and secretively mean. Yet, women whom compete heartily and openly, powered by their desire, often inspire others and enjoy life to its fullest.

Source: “The Goddess Companion: Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit” by Patricia Monaghan
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Herbals of the Day: Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood

Monday’s Spell: Anoint a white candle with one of the above-mentioned essential oils. Cast your circle in your usual manner, then return to your altar and light your spell candle and say…

May today’s mysterious energies harken unto me,
My spells will bring the Lady’s power and prophecy.
Herbs of the silvery moon, lend your energies to mine,
Bring positive change and happiness for all time.

On this Date: Iron Skegge
The eve of the summer solstice, marks the martyrdom of Iron Skegge, tortured on the orders of the Norwegian king, Olaf Tryggvason. He died rather than give up his Pagan faith.

Source: ‘The Pagan Book of Days: A Guide to the Festivals, Traditions, and Sacred Days of the Year’, by Nigel Pennick
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Tarot Card Associations of the Day: The tarot cards traditionally associated with the moon’s day are the Major Arcana cards of the Moon which speaks of illusion and the development of psychic powers. It is also associated with the Crone. This is the card to work with and meditate on when you feel or sense that there are hidden forces at work, or whenever you may not be seeing things as they really are.

The High Priestess, which is linked to intuition, dreams, and magical powers. This card speaks of wisdom, mystery, feminine power, and magic. It is traditionally linked to the Maiden. This is the card to work with when you want to increase and call on your inner natural magical powers. The High Priestess is strong, tough, wise, and unyielding. She is a woman of power.

Adding either of these cards to any moon magic spell will help you to have something to focus on, and are ancient and powerful.

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