May

1st: Beltane, one of the four major sabbats celebrated each year by Witches and other Pagans, is observed on this day. The traditional herbs associated with this sabbat include: almond, angelica, ash tree, bluebells, cinquefoil, daisy, frankincense, hawthorn, ivy, lilac, marigold, meadowsweet, primrose, roses, satyrion root, woodruff, and yellow cowslips. The Pueblo and Zuni Indians of the American southwest celebrate the annual Green Corn Dances on this day. According to legend, the Corn Maidens return to earth at this time to bless and make fruitful the land after the barrenness of the winter season.

3rd: Rowan Tree Day. It is traditional for many Witches and Pagans on this day to gather rowan twigs and leaves for magickal spells and amulets. Decorate your altar and home with sprigs of rowan to court the blessings and protection of the Goddess and Her horned consort. Fires made of rowan wood are believed on this day to possess the power to summon spirits.

4 th: The hawthorn (a tree sacred to the "good goddess" Bona Dea and linked to Witches and fairy-folk) is honored on this day. An annual 4-day Iroquois corn-planting ceremony begins on this day and pays homage to the sky goddess Awenhai.

12th: The Celtic tree month of Willow (Saille) ends.

13th: The Celtic tree month of Hawthorn (Huath) begins.

19th: In olden times, the Celtic goddess Brigid was honored on this day by the festival of the Sacred Spring. It was traditional for sacred wells and springs to be decorated with flowers and greenery.

23rd: A sacred rose festival known as the Rosalia was celebrated each year on this day in ancient Rome. It honored the flower-goddess Flora.

24th: For prosperity and to ensure a good harvest, every year on this day the ancient Celts would pay homage to the three goddesses known as the Mothers.

25th: On this day of the year, the Iroquois Indians give thanks for the strawberry harvest.

29th: Oak Apple Day. In England, it is customary to wear oak leaves for the first half of the day. In ancient Rome, the Ambarvalia festival was held each year on this day to honor Ceres and the Dea Dia, as well as to receive divine blessings for the growing crops.

June

1st: In Celtic cultures, the Festival of the Oak Nymph was celebrated annually on this day to pay homage to the benevolent nature spirits who dwelled within all oak trees.

9th: The Celtic tree month of Hawthorn (Huath) ends.

10th: The Celtic tree month of Oak (Duir) begins.

15th: The ancient Romans observed the Vestalia, an annual women's festival celebrating the first fruits of the early harvest season, on this day.

20th: On this day in the year 1889, the first Arbor Day in Australia was celebrated in Adelaide.

21st: The Summer Solstice, one of the four minor (or lesser) sabbats observed by Witches and other Pagans, occurs approximately on this date each year. The traditional herbs associated with this sabbat include: chamomile, cinquefoil, elder, fennel, hemp, larkspur, lavender, male fern, mugwort, pine, roses, Saint John's wort, wild thyme, wisteria, and verbena.

23rd: Saint John's Eve (also known as Midsummer's Eve in many old calendars) is the traditional time for many Witches to gather herbs for amatory spells and philters (love potions). This is also said to be the prime time to harvest Saint John's wort for use in treating individuals suffering from depression and madness of the mind.

24th: Saint John's Day (also known as Midsummer's Day in many old calendars). This is said to be the best day of the year on which to gather vervain for use in love potions. In keeping with an old Pagan tradition, use a gold coin or a stag's horn to dig the plant up. Legend holds that the magickal energies of herbs are at their peak on this day. In the Middle Ages, Saint John's wort is traditionally burned on this day to repel evil spirits and sorcery.

29th: In the English region of East Anglia, those who continue to follow the ancient ways believe that this is the prime day of the year to harvest herbs for healing use. In the English village of Appleton, a centuries-old Pagan tree-worship ritual known as "Bawming the Thorn" takes place each year on this day. Celebrants hang flowers and garlands from the boughs of an ancient hawthorn tree.

July

3rd: On this day the Cherokee Indians (and other Native American tribes) begin celebrating their annual Green Corn Dance festival to honor the maize goddess Selu and to give thanks for the maize harvest.

7th: Consus, the Roman god of harvests, was commemorated on this day by an annual festival known as the Consualia. The Celtic tree month of Oak (Duir) ends.

8th: Juno Caprotina, the goddess of the fig tree, was venerated on this day by the annual Caprotina festival. Feasts beneath fig trees were held in her honor. The Celtic tree month of Holly (Tinne) begins.

11th: Theano, wife of Pythagoras and the "patroness of vegetarianism," is honored on this day.

12th: On this day the Iroquois Nations begin celebrating their annual Green Bean festival to give thanks for the bean harvest.

14th: On this day in the year 1988, the first appearance of crop circles on Silbury Hill in England was recorded.

15th: Rowana, the goddess of the rowan tree, was honored on this day by the Norse. The magickal powers of rowan trees are believed by some to be the greatest on this day, which is the reason many Witches and Pagan folk traditionally make protective amulets from rowan wood at this time.

Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

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