Pagan Calendar: July 2 – 4, 2016

DSaturday: Day of Reckoning
Saturn, the Roman god of the harvest, rules this day of the Jewish Sabbath. The French word for Saturday, sumedi, also suggests a link to Saturn. Saturday is seen as the day of reckoning – a time to summon energy for wisdom, legal matters, knowledge, and karma. It is associated with magic dealing with banishing, change, death, motivation, reincarnation, understanding and wills.

Color of the Day: Black
Opens up the deeper levels of the unconscious; use in rituals to induce a deep meditation state, or to banish evil or negativity as in uncrossing rituals.

Deities of the Day: Hecate (Greek), Saturn (Roman)
Hecate was the daughter of Perses and one of the original Titans. Even after Zeus had defeated the Titans, he kept Hecate in power to assist the mortals. Zeus honored Hecate greatly by granting her a share of power over the earth, sky, and sea.

Mortals who were favored by Hecate received great blessings, as she could increase the size of their herds or help fishermen who prayed to her haul in huge catches of fish. Originally considered a generous and compassionate ancient fertility goddess, in later myths, Hecate became associated with darker and more frightening magic. She developed into the patron of sorcerers and became linked with the underworld, dark mysteries, crossroads, and graveyards. Hecate became known as the Queen of the Witches and the guardian of the crossroads.

Hecate was frequently pictured as a triple-faced deity. There are a few variations on her name as well– Hecate Trivia or Hekate. She is often part of another trio of Greco-Roman goddesses: Persephone the Maiden, Demeter the Mother, and Hecate as the Crone.

Hecate was thought to be all-seeing and wise. When Demeter searched everywhere for her daughter Persephone, who had been kidnapped by Hades into the underworld to be his bride, it was Hecate who finally told Demeter where she was.

Today, Hecate is a powerful and protective deity for Witches. Whenever you feel the need to defend yourself, your property, or your family, Hecate is the one to call upon. Associations for Hecate include three-way crossroads, black dogs, snakes, owls, ravens and crows, bats, and toads– a symbol of conception.

Her festivals include August 13 and November 16, called “The Night of Hecate” in Greece, which began at sundown. There is also a Hecate’s day in Rome, celebrated on December 31.

Also known as the ancient Roman god “Father Time”, Saturn was called the ruler of the Golden Age and the Father of the Gods. Saturn was considered the “great lesson giver,” as he required people to learn their lessons through karma. Saturn was also a god of agriculture and fertility, and he was married to a fertility goddess named Ops.

There is a Roman festival named after him called the Saturnalia, which began on December 17 and ran until December 23. Saturnalia was similar in nature to the New Orleans, Louisiana version of Mardi Gras. This 7 day midwinter festival was a time of gift-giving, feasts, and partying. Traditional gifts on Saturnalia were candles, clay figurines of the gods, and silver. Decorations included wreaths and fresh garlands hung above doorways. With an “eat, drink, and make merry” type of attitude in place, the wine flowed freely, and the slaves were given the holiday off. Schools closed, and the military was given leave.

The god Saturn was described as a man with a half-bared chest, holding a sickle and a few ears of corn. This image of Saturn eventually evolved into our “Father Time,” a popular image at New Year’s Eve. The sickle became the scythe, and the hourglass symbolized the passing of time and Saturn’s control over it. Saturn is not a frightening god– he is a teacher, a spiritual influence that grants tranquility and calmness in your later years. Saturn is the guardian of time.

Goddess Focus of the Day: Seminole Green Corn Dance (Southeastern US)/Corn Mother

Themes: Abundance; Children; Energy’ Fertility; Harvest; Health; Grounding; Providence; Strength

Symbols: Corn; Corn Sheafs

About Corn Mother: Literally the spirit of the corn in Native American traditions, Corn Mother brings with her the bounty of earth, its healing capabilities, its nurturing nature, and its providence. This is the season when Corn Mother really shines, bountiful with the harvest. She is happy to share of this bounty and give all those who seek her an appreciation of self, a healthy dose of practicality, and a measure of good common sense.

Source: ‘365 Goddess: A daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess‘, by Patricia Telesco

Herbals of the Day: Cypress, Myrrh, Patchouli

Saturday’s Spell: Anoint a black 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…

By the day’s energy, I banish troubles away,
This spill will bring security for many a day.
Herbs of Saturn, add your strong energies to mine,
I am protected, safe, and secure for all time.

On this Date: Nothing noted

Source: ‘The Pagan Book of Days: A Guide to the Festivals, Traditions, and Sacred Days of the Year’, by Nigel Pennick

Tarot Card Associations of the Day: Temperance (for help in finding or restoring balance), Two of Swords (for balance and restored peace), Knight of Swords (for dealing with conflict or arguments with others, overcoming obstacles, breaking negativity, and attempts in dealing with others fairly).

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D4Sunday: The Day of the Sun
The day of the Sun, honoring the God in general Pagan terminology is also the Christian sabbath, or “day of the Lord”. This makes Sunday a traditional day of rest, reflection, and worship. It is believed that babies born on this day are destined to be lucky. In general, Sunday is a day to inspire joy, peace, and happiness and to focus on growth, healing, and male health issues. It is associated with magic dealing with authority, divine power, friendships, healing, learning, reason and world leaders.

Color of the Day: Yellow
Activity, creativity, drawing, pulling, compelling, and unity. Yellow brings the power of concentration and imagination to a successful ritual: used in rituals when you wish to gain another’s confidence or persuade someone or in rituals that require solar energy.

Deities of the Day: Brighid, Helios, Sunna
The Celtic goddess of the hearth and flame, Brighid is a triple goddess of light, inspiration, and healing. She is often associated with smithcraft, well-being, and poetry. There are many variations on the name Brighid, including Breed, Brigid, Brigit, and Brigantia. This goddess was also known as the “Bright One” or the “Bright Arrow.” Often depicted as a woman with long, braided, red-gold hair, this beloved goddess of the Celts once had a sacred fire that was tended in Kildare, Ireland. In medieval times, abbey nuns tended the perpetual flame. In ancient times, it was Brighid’s priestesses. Recently, Brighid’s flame was relit. This goddess of Erin (Ireland) will always bring illumination to those whom seek her out.

Brighid keeps the home fires burning. She is the guardian of the hearth and the goddess of flame, light, and the Sun. If you have a fireplace in your home, she is the deity to guard it. If you don’t have a fireplace, a good alternative would be your kitchen stove.

Helios was the Greek god of the Sun. He was thought of as the physical representation of the Sun. He was portayed as sometimes wearing a golden helmet or having a golden halo. He was often characterized in art as a handsome man draped in a white, sparkling tunic and cloak. Helios drove his blazing sun-chariot across the sky from east to west, every day. The golden chariot was pulled by his four white horses, named Pyrois, Eos, Aethon, and Phiegon.

Sunna drives her horse-drawn chariot across the daytime sky. According to Norse mythology, the horses’ names are Allsvinn and Arvak, which mean “very fast” and “early rising.” Sunna is the divine representation of the Sun, and she was much loved by the Norse people as a giver of life. Sunna is chased across the daytime sky by the wolf Skoll. From time to time, Skoll catches up to her and takes a bite out of the Sun, which appears to us here on earth as a solar eclipse. Sunna is characterized in modern art as a beautiful woman with golden hair. Traditionally, she was simply viewed as the Sun in the sky.

Goddess Focus of the Day: Festival of Cerridwin (Wales)

Themes: Fertility; Creativity; Harvvest; Inspiration; Knowledge; Luck

Symbols: Cauldron; Pig; Grain

About Cerridwin: The Welsh mother goddess, Cerridwin also embodies all lunar attributes and the energy of the harvest, specifically grains. In Celtic mythology, Cerridwin owned a cauldron of inexhaustible elixir that endowed creativity and knowledge. At the halfway point of the year, her inspiration comes along as motivation to “keep on keepin’ on.” Her symbol is a pig, an animal that often represents good fortune and riches, including spiritual enrichment.

Source: ‘365 Goddess: A daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess’, by Patricia Telesco

Herbals of the Day: Bergamot, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Orange, Rosemary, Saffron

Sunday’s Spell: Anoint a yellow 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…

By today’s bright glow of magic and success,
May my spells now rapidly manifest.
Herbs of the golden sun, lend your energies to mine,
Bring positive change and happiness for all time.

On this Date: Dog Days begin/Loki’s Brand
The dog days, ruled by the Dog Star, Sirius, called Loki’s Brand in the Northern Tradition, begin today. Traditionally, the hottest part of the year.

Source: ‘The Pagan Book of Days: A Guide to the Festivals, Traditions, and Sacred Days of the Year’, by Nigel Pennick

Tarot Card Associations of the Day: The Chariot (for strength and determination), the Sun (for help on focusing on high ideals and encouragement to be strong while pursuing your ambitions), Ace of Wands (for help in obtaining career goals and personal ambitions).

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E* New Moon in Cancer @ 6:01 am CDT: The Dark Moon (or New Moon) is when the Moon is completely dark. This is when the Sun, Moon, and Earth line up in that order and on the same line. That is, the Moon is between the Earth and the Sun, so it appears completely dark to us, as if it disappeared.

As the Moon moves in conjunction with the Sun, rising in the morning and crosses the sky, unseen, during daylight. This means there is no Moon in the sky during the night. Thus, this is the darkest night of the month. In the countryside on a starless night, you cannot see your hand before your face. It is complete and absolute darkness, like being in a void of perception.

But, within this perceptual isolation, is mystery and wonder. This is the time when the spirit can realize the possibility of unrealized potential. On this day, the Moon moves in conjunction with the Sun, rising in the morning and crosses the sky, unseen, during daylight. Many Witches use the Dark Moon as a rest period for regeneration and meditation.

Candle Color: Black

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: Lavender
Spirituality, friendship, relaxation, and peace. Self-improvement, intuition, success in searches.

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 Focus of the Day: Independence Day (US)/Thmei

Themes: Freedom; Justice; Honor; Divination; Balance; Equality; Foresight; Morality

Symbols: Scales or balanced items; Ostrich feathers

About Thmei: This Egyptian goddess of law and mother of virtue watches over human conduct, looking for right action, wise decisions, ethical dealings, and just outcomes. On a broader scale, she also tends to matters of universal law, that we might learn its patterns, internalize its ideals, and then use this awareness throughout the year.

In some instances, Thmei is considered a prophetic goddess to call on in determining the outcome of any course of action, especially legal ones. Egyptian art depicts Thmei bearing a single ostrich feather, the symbol of truth with self and others.

*** Notation by Lisa: There is a great deal of similarity between Telesco’s information on Thmei, and that of the Egyptian goddess Ma’at.

Source: ‘365 Goddess: A daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess’, by Patricia Telesco
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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: Nothing noted

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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Oh, and Happy Birthday to the USA…

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