Review – 2 Beautiful Calendars for the New Year

January, 2019

We have two calendars to review for the New Year: The Day of the Dead 2019 calendar and A Magickal Year 2019 calendar, featuring beautiful artwork by visual artist Lilla Bolecz ( Both are 16-Month calendars going from September 2018 through to December 2019.

Day of the Dead 2019 Calendar

Day of the Dead 2019 calendar is a glossy calendar featuring Mexican Day of the Dead sugar skulls in various designs and colors. The colors are vivid and alive and patterns are varied enough throughout the calendar that no months look alike. I can get picky with sugar skulls and it often takes me a while to find one that doesn’t annoy me in some fashion, but just about all the sugar skulls in this calendar pass the grade. The color palettes are always well controlled and there are hardly any clashing colors combinations among them. The calendar is definitely a lively addition to any corner that lacks color.

The artwork is by illustrator Denys Martynenko ( and an example of sugar skulls of his design are at: . These skulls are not the same as featured in the 2019 calendar but they give a very good example of what they are like.

Each month provides the date of the full moon, as well as the solstices, Western secular holidays (AUS/UK/USA/CA) as well as Christian, Jewish, and Islamic festivals. Obviously Cinco De Mayo and Dia De Los Moertos are also covered.

Day of the Dead 2019: 16-Month Calendar – September 2018 through December 2019 on Amazon

A Magickal Year 2019 Calendar

The second calendar on review is A Magickal Year 2019 calendar, featuring beautiful artwork by visual artist Lilla Bolecz ( The pictures are line and crayon drawings with a more matte finish. They are simultaneously simple, very rich, and chock full of symbolism. An example of the artwork used is at:

While the colors are
subdued, often reserved to one color along with black, the
combination of the crayons weight and the thin etchings and line
drawings create a pattern-like texture of images that is easy to rest
one’s eyes on at a distracted moment. As you soak up the larger
image, your eyes start to pick out the details of pears, bees,
berries, and scythes and your mind ties them together with the
associations between them, enriching the picture. The symbolism does
a great job with evoking the change of energy in the month. Each
month also features a caption for that gives a description tying
together the events of the month and the illustration that goes with

It also provides the
date of the full moon for each month, as well as the solstices,
Western secular and religious holidays (AUS/UK/USA/CA) as well as
Christian, Jewish, and Islamic festivals.

My favorite feature of this calendar is the variety of traditions that the holidays marked in the calendar are drawn from. Pan-Traditional, Wiccan/Pagan, and even Gaelic sacred days are to expected in a magickal calendar, but I was impressed with the addition of Vodou and Romany. The Germanic days are a nice touch too. This means from Vasilica to Fete Ghede, I have something new to look forward to learning about each month.

A Magickal Year 2019: 16-Month Calendar – September 2018 through December 2019 on Amazon

Review: 2019 Lunar & Seasonal Diary (Northern Hemisphere) by Stacey DeMarco

December, 2018


2019 Lunar & Seasonal Diary (Northern Hemisphere) by Stacey DeMarco

Rockpool Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-925682-13-7

List Price: $21.95 USD / £16.99 GBP

The 2019 Lunar and Seasonal Diary is a beautiful, spiral-bound calendar, richly illustrated with pleasing sepia color pages. As one would expect, it tracks the waxing and waning of the moon and the lunar eclipses of the coming year. It also provides the astrological house of each new and full moon and features the eight annual festivals of the wheel of the year.

I reviewed the Northern Hemisphere edition of the Seasonal Diary. Both Stacey DeMarco and Rockpool Publishing are based in Australia, which is why special care is made to tie the festivals to the seasons themselves instead of calendar dates. After all, our calendars follow the reality of the Earth and her seasons, not the other way around.

Especially well fitted to the new pagan, the diary has a well written introduction the hows and whys of spellcraft and the basics of working with crystals. The moon phases are introduced, as well as the elements, directions and the wheel of the year – not enough to complicate things, but enough guidance to use the daily and monthly prompts that follow. Each month features a specific deity, as well as an appropriate ritual or spell, drawing inspiration from traditions as varied as Slavic, Celtic, Hindu, Norse, Egyptian, Greek, and Shinto. I think the selection is broad enough to be interesting for almost any pagan.

I found the Lunar & Seasonal Diary a beautiful resource to keep me connected to the monthly rhythms of the earth. Each month begins with a page questioning “What am I devoted to?” – asking us to simultaneously reflect on what we have been wrapped up in the month just past as well as what we would aspire towards in the month ahead. Prompts are given for important dates and goals to focus on and manifest in the month ahead.

This monthly return to focus seems a positively recharging reset to our frame of reference, especially during those stressful times when we’re just happy to it through one calendar page to the next. It reminds us to recall what we are working for in the first place, reminding us that the daily grind is a process and not an end in itself. This monthly taking-stock can allow you to stay open to the living world around you, to stay fast with what is truly important to you, or to shift your focus and goals each month, working on different aspects of your life just as the energy of the earth changes through different phases around you.

With the space for taking notes, prompts for both reflective and aspirational record keeping, I think this is a great notebook for any pagan who sees the value of the occasional ritual to keep one in tune with the seasons, and it especially shines for those new to the pagan path.

2019 Lunar & Seasonal Diary: Northern Hemisphere on Amazon

Wreathing the Wheel

December, 2018

As an eclectic witch, one of the most transformative practices that I’ve adopted is the practice of setting intention. At its root, intention is a really basic method of manifestation: make a plan, then execute the plan. But as I’ve explored the idea of intention over time, I’ve come to see a beautiful effect that results from the ongoing process of self-examination. It’s not just the external result of manifesting my dreams, but a reminder to check in with myself and make sure I’m on the right path. After all, if I can’t answer the question, “What’s my intention in doing this?” for any given action I am taking… then why am I even doing it?

It is in the spirit of setting intentions, and thoroughly understanding those intentions, that I started bullet journaling. While I keep a separate grimoire (and have kept other books of shadows), my bullet journal is the place where my magical life intersects with my daily life, and I put some of the spiritual concepts that I’m working with into practice. In this monthly column, I’ll be exploring various methods for working craft into bullet journaling to help track astrological transits, green ally work, Tarot journaling, celebrating the Wheel of the Year, working with associations, artistic exploration, and more.


Monthly Spread for December



I like to illuminate my monthly spreads with images of plants that are associated with the nearest major sabbat, and the season in general. I gravitate towards plants and natural objects that are native to my own area, as a way to bring the outside in. So for December, the plants that I chose to draw in my journal were pine, ivy, and holly. I like to use the information in Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences as a jumping-off point to get started with these associations, but it’s good to remember that associations aren’t set in stone, and can easily be changed to accommodate your own hemisphere and biome.

The next thing that I do when building my monthly spread is add the phases of the moon and the full moon’s name. I also record each month’s Tarot card, which I drew in my whole-year reading at the beginning of the year, so that I can reflect on the role that this card plays in my life and how it fits in with other themes and experiences that I’ve encountered during the year. In keeping with the occult tradition of associating moon values with the left side of the body and sun values with the right side, I track the astrological transits of the sun and moon through the month, with the moon transits in the lower-left corner of each day, and the sun in the lower-right corner. This December, the winter solstice falls on the day before the full moon; at the same time, the sun enters Capricorn, and the moon enters Cancer. The darkest night of 2018 will be filled up with the light of the full moon.

I’m calling this column “Wreathing the Wheel” in an effort to remind myself that this project is about more than just to-do lists and chores. Instead, it’s an opportunity for me to acquaint myself intimately with the cycles of nature, immerse myself in intentional thinking, record and study associations, and deepen my divination practices. This is a bit like the process of making a wreath: you find a solid base, and then weave together plant allies, ribbons, and baubles until you’ve got something that looks alright. While I realize that not everyone is as artistically inclined as I am, I would encourage any journaler to embrace the creative side of bullet journaling, not to impress anyone, but as a way to celebrate the passing of time, allow awareness to manifest as creation, and decorate the days that we’re given.


About the Author:

Sarah McMenomy is an artist and witch. Her craft incorporates herbalism, spellwork, trance, divination, auras, and more. Her work can be found at

Review of The Queen of the Moon Oracle Deck Created by Stacey Demarco

December, 2018

Review of The Queen of the Moon Oracle Deck

Created by Stacey Demarco



The Queen of the Moon Oracle is an Oracle deck created by Stacey Demarco, an author and animal activist known as The Modern Witch and the creator of Natureluster, a group which educates people about and connects people to the powers of nature. The Oracle comes in a nice sturdy 4” x 5½” cardboard box with color images on the front and a bit of information about the Oracle on the back. Inside the box are the 44 6” x 9” cards of the deck and the companion guidebook. This hauntingly beautiful Oracle and guidebook were published by Rockpool Publishing, PO Box 252, Summer Hill NSW 2130.

The companion guidebook is the same size as the cards (so everything fits neatly into the beautiful box) and contains 108 pages printed on white paper with an easy-to-read black font, bound in a sturdy glossy softcover with a beautiful card image of the Queen of the Moon on the front cover and a continuation of the starry skies behind the Queen on the back. The companion book begins with a preface written by Demarco, an introduction that offers brief information about the Moon and its phases and a description of some of the correspondences we associate with lunar energy. Next are instructions for using the Oracle including spreads and a simple dedication, and a description of the setup of the deck itself.

There are three categories of cards in the Queen of the Moon Oracle: 28 cards representing a full cycle from the Dark Moon and back to it; 12 cards, called Seasonal Lunar cards, based on the Lakota terms passed down through Native American generations; and 4 other lunar-related cards including 2 astronomical cards. The cards begin with Dark Moon (card 1) and New Moon (card 2), then move on through 6 Waxing Crescent cards, a First Quarter card, 6 Waxing Gibbous cards, a Full Moon card, 6 Waning Gibbous cards, a Last Quarter card, and 6 Waning Crescent cards. The Seasonal Lunar cards follow, offering descriptions of the energies of the Wolf Moon, the Snow Moon, the Flower Moon, and the Harvest Moon to name a few, followed by the Queen of the Moon, the Lunar God, the Blue Moon and the Super Moon. Each card section offers a color image of the card, a keyword, a description of the keyword meaning, an affirmation, a discussion of the individual card meaning and/or the theme of the Moon phase that encourages and supports a useful interpretation, and a suggested companion crystal or metal.

The images on the cards and in the guidebook are created by Kinga Britschgi, a Hungarian-born artist, digital artist, published author, and language teacher who lives in the US with her family. The cards themselves are 3½” x 5”; each card is printed on sturdy cardstock in vibrant glossy color on both the front and the back. The face of each card contains a number at the top, the name of the moon phase, and the keyword also found in the guidebook, along with the sumptuous images. The card art is gorgeous, with jewel-toned colors and images filled with powerful symbolism that instantly attracts me into each card and draws me to learn more about its energies. The art on the back of the cards shows the phases of the moon in a circle on a beautiful blue background. Because of the combination of the glossy finish that allows the cards to slide easily and the sturdy cardstock, even though they are a tiny bit wide for my hands these cards absolutely invite interaction. Shuffling the deck was easy and once the deck was spread before me, the images resonated deeply and powerfully.

The Queen of the Moon Oracle is a useful tool for tapping into the energies of the moon and the lunar cycle and determining how to integrate them into our lives and our goals. Shuffling the cards and drawing a card or a few cards each day, or throwing one of the spreads suggested in the guidebook, would create a spread that offers emotional, spiritual, and energetic messages that would be useful to any seeker. But there is another purpose for this beautiful Oracle: learning about the cycles of the moon and how they affect us. The deck contains a full lunar cycle of 28 days with suggested energies available on each day. Going through the first 28 cards of the Oracle in order and meditating daily on the corresponding card would bring a hugely useful understanding of our planet’s satellite, and would offer suggested focuses for the day, week, and lunar month going forward.

If you are drawn to the Moon, its meanings, its changing appearance in the sky, and the symbolism and effects on our lives that have been passed down through the generations from our ancestors, you will enjoy the Queen of the Moon Oracle.

Queen of the Moon Oracle: Guidance through Lunar and Seasonal Energies (Rockpool Oracle Cards) on Amazon


About the Author:

Raushanna is a lifetime resident of New Jersey. As well as a professional Tarot Reader and Teacher, she is a practicing Wiccan (Third Degree, Sacred Mists Coven), a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, a certified Vedic Thai-Yoga Massage Bodyworker, a 500-hr RYT Yoga Teacher specializing in chair assisted Yoga for movement disorders, and a Middle Eastern dance performer, choreographer and teacher.  Raushanna bought her first Tarot deck in 2005, and was instantly captivated by the images on the cards and the vast, deep and textured messages to be gleaned from their symbols. She loves reading about, writing about, and talking about the Tarot, and anything occult, mystical, or spiritual, as well as anything connected to the human subtle body. She has published a book, “The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding,” and is currently working on a book about the Tarot, pathworking and the Tree of Life. Raushanna documents her experiences and her daily card throws in her blog,, which has been in existence since 2009. She and her husband, her son and step son, and her numerous friends and large extended family can often be found on the beaches, bike paths and hiking trails of the Cape May, NJ area.

The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding on Amazon

Review of Void of Course Moon Calendar App on the Galaxy S9+

August, 2018

Void of Course Moon Calendar

Installed May 29,2018

I have both a Kindle Fire and a Samsung Galaxy S9+. This review is for the one that is on the Galaxy S9+. I honestly looked for one in the Amazon Kindle Appstore. They don’t have one. They have all kinds of tarot, astrology and meditation apps, but nothing on the moon void of course. I will keep everyone up to date on when they get one. (I don’t know anything about doing an app, so I won’t be the one creating it. LOL)

Here is the Link to It in the Google Play App Store:

The author, Geoff Cooper, has done a good job of setting this up. He calls himself a computer geek for most of his life. He does have skills in many different computer program languages and is now using Java for the Android apps.

It seems to be accurate in the timing. I have only found two times when the timing was off by about 4 minutes. I did compare this app to two different sites and the current copy of the Llewellyn’s 2018 Moon Sign Datebook. I don’t just use sites on-line or hard copies of items. I want to compare the apps to everything that I can get my hands on.

I like this app, because it gives many dates all at once, but not the full year. I also like that the times automatically are set to your location on your phone. So that is nice, also, because you don’t have to consider that it may be for a different time zone. Most hard copy datebooks are set up for Eastern time and you must do the math to figure out your time.

If you tap on the date you are looking at, it opens another window that gives you detailed information about the moon’s status, the degrees in the sign that the moon is currently in, what aspect of that sign, the current phase, percentage of illumination, moon rise and set, declination, distance from earth, and the true node. So, you get good information. This information can be accessed on any date that is on the list, even dates that have already passed.

I am a scientist at heart and being that I was born in Missouri (the Show Me State) I need hard evidence before I will take anything as fact. That makes doing reviews fun for me. I am searching for as many references as I can find as soon as I download the app I am going to review.

Here are the two links that I used to compare the app against:

Judith Auora Ryan – Astrologer, Clairvoyant, & Feng Shui Master

2018 Printable Void-Of-Course Moon Monthly Calendars


About the Author:

Dawn Borries loves reading and was thrilled to become a Reviewer for PaganPages.Org. Dawn, also, has been doing Tarot and Numerology readings for the past 25 years. Dawn does readings on her Facebook page.  If you are interested in a reading you can reach her at: Readings by Dawn on Facebook at

Astro Report for August 2014

August, 2014

Wheel of Year info

Lughnasadh (Lammas/Loaf-mass)

Friday, August 1, 2014 – 6:11 am EDT (sunrise)


Names: Lammas, Lughnasadh, Festival of Lugh, August Eve (July 31st), Loafmas, Festival of Bread, 1st Harvest, Bread Harvest, Festival of First Fruits, Gwyl Galan Awst (Welsh)

Date: Aug 1st (sometimes celebrated on the eve at sunset – July 31st)

Astro Correspondence: 15 degrees Leo
Color: tans, oranges, yellows and reds

Food: grains, cakes, breads, fresh fruits, mushrooms, lamb, berry pies, wine, ale, beer

Common Info: Story of Lugh, Handfasting/Handparting, 1st Harvest Fest (grains mostly), Story of John Barleycorn as the Corn King (corn is synonymous with grain),


Lughnasadh is the Sabbat that celebrates Lugh, the God of the Sun. The date is typically the 1st day of August although some folks begin to celebrate at sunset the day before, July 31st or when the Sun enters 15′ degrees Leo, which is ruled by the Sun. It is the first harvest festival. Foods sacred are typically grains of all sorts, vegetables off the bush or fruits off the vine. Breads and barley meads are custom as well. This Sabbat is also known as Lammas or the Mass of the Loaf (Loafmas). Sheaths of grain are usually hung on walls to represent prosperity. John Barleycorn is sacrificed and buried in the fields to promote a healthy growth for the following growing season.

The Tailtu Games are warrior games that honored Lugh’s mother. They are reminiscent of the Olympic Games, but from another time and culture.



Uranus still Retrograde in Aries – 16 degrees

Uranus is that Planet that hates to be confined. It is known as the “break out” Planet for that reason. When retrograde, Uranus can be responsible, more traditional and relaxed. As Uranus goes retrograde in Aries, there is a feeling of enthusiasm and courage to take responsibility. It is not a time to worry about what others think about you. Do your own thing at your own pace and life will be grand. Uranus goes direct Dec 21 in Aries – 12 degrees.



Neptune still Retrograde in Pisces – 6 degrees

Ah, the simple pleasures of seeing more clearly. The continued Retrograde of Neptune raises a few eyebrows. The realization of the clarity of futuristic vision and how we need to continue certain aspects will shine light on any subject as a higher echelon. Neptune usually likes to cloud issues, especially when love is in order, but that fades away during a Retrograde. Neptune goes direct on Nov 16 in Pisces – 4 degrees.



Pluto still Retrograde in Capricorn – 11 degrees

Issues surrounding transformations are still an issue. It’s difficult to make changes when the time isn’t right. The summer is going to be one of sticking to your guns and doing what you know and do best. When the season changes, so will you. Pluto goes direct on Sept 22 in Capricorn – 10 degrees.



Mercury conjuncts the Sun in Leo – 16 degrees

Friday, Aug 8, 2014 – 11:57 am EDT

While Mercury catches up with the Sun, it would seem that they would collide. The energy of “personality” Sun and “communication” Mercury would make one think that talking about yourself would rule the day. Although this may be true to some degree, Mercury in Leo puts a spin on that action. You may find yourself boasting about your family instead of yourself. It’s probably better to be humble in the moment and say a gracious “thank you”, if you find yourself being complimented. It is a good time for boasting about your personal efforts within the family.



Full Moon in Aquarius – 18 degrees

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 – 2:08 pm EDT

A Full Moon in Aquarius brings emotional independence. Where co-dependency used to thrive, it no longer does. It is a time for folks to take a stand and be firm in their beliefs and faiths. It will be difficult to budge opinions, when folks are emotionally set in their ways. People will think for themselves and make appropriate transitions for the Path they walk.



Native Lore

Native Americans named their Moons when they were Full. The season or time of year would help assign the name of the Full Moon. In August, the Natives of North America, specifically New England states, would call this Full Moon the Green Corn Moon, since the corn was ready to harvest. Or it was called the Grain Moon when the grain was ready for harvesting. Natives surrounding the Great Lakes would name this Full Moon the Sturgeon Moon, when sturgeons were mostly abundant. Occasionally, the Full Moon of August would be called the Full Red Moon, because of the amazing hue it would have while it rose above the horizon in the evening.



Super Moons

There are many questions regarding what a Supermoon is and how it affects folks here on the big blue marble. A Supermoon is loosely defined as a Moon that comes closest to the Earth during a New or Full Moon. The orbit of the Moon around the Earth is elliptical, so there are perigees when the Moon is closest and apogees when it is furthest away. Supermoons occur when the New Moon or Full Moon happens to be in its perigee to the Earth – technically called a perigee-syzygy. The opposite is called a Micromoon or an apogee-syzygy. The term syzygy is used when there is an Earth-Moon-Sun alignment, like during a New Moon or Full Moon event.


During a Supermoon (perigee-syzygy), the gravitational force upon the Earth is greater and has a reputation of causing more havoc and chaos than normal, although it has not been proven. However, it has been noted that the Moon’s gravitational forces are stronger during a syzygy than any other time of the elliptical orbit.



Venus enters Leo

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 – 3:10 am EDT

Testing the waters of independence can be the energy of the moment. Venus enjoys her hedonistic charm, but she requires a partner to share that energy. When in Leo, she gets to spotlight herself and she will show off her talents.



Mercury enters Virgo

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 – 12:31 pm EDT

Mercury finally comes home again in its Rulership Sign of Virgo. Communications should become rather comfortable. Open discussions promote practical conversations. When speaking, make sure you say exactly what you need to say – short and sweet. Offer simple answers that avoid clouding issues. Stay on topic.



Sun enters Virgo – Happy Birthday, Virgo!!

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 – 12:34 am EDT

Logical thinking and sound judgments come easily for you when the Sun enters its ride thru Virgo. Unfortunately, the whim of putting off until tomorrow what you could do today is overwhelming. It will be easy to analyze situations and come up with multiple solutions. It’ll be a better time to make the right choice that best fits your interests. Stress and nervous tensions could be tentative. Remember to take time out for you to reduce stress and tension. Find a quiet place and try to meditate over the past summer and see where you need to go forward into the Fall.



New Moon in Virgo – 2 degrees

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 – 10:11 am EDT

Emotional energy seems displaced and chaotic, but truthfully, it is always where you put it. And you know exactly where that is. The motherly instincts that you adhere to the most seem to be lost in confusion. However, when the clouds clear, you begin to shine in the magnificent glow of your truth. Nobody ever realizes the depths of your being until they watch and learn from you.



No Planets go Retrograde this month.


No Retrograde Planets go Direct.

Ask Your Mama

May, 2011

Are you cyclically confused? In a ceremonial quandary? Completely clueless? Wonder no more.

*Ask Your Mama

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Spirituality and Didn’t Know Who to Ask™


©Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman

A Question of Moon Names

Dear Mama Donna,

I have noticed that when you refer to the new and full moons, you call them by very colorful names, for example the Harvest Moon, the Beaver Moon, etc. What do these names mean? What do they signify? Where do they come from? Could you kindly explain?

Moon Watcher in the perammoon deliniated importsMassachusetts

Dear Moon Watcher,

You are in good company. People everywhere have always watched the moon, tracked its path, plotted its course, and counted its cycle of eternal return. Originally, the moon delineated the parameters of time, dividing the year into moonths.

Each new moon has usually been associated with and named for common seasonal phenomena — attributes of nature, animal traits, or human activities — which somehow relate to that particular lunar period. How the moonths are named says alot about a people, revealing specific details of environment, weather conditions, seasonal occupations, diet, and belief systems.

For example, the twelve moonth names of the Omaha, dwellers of the Great Plains and woodlands of the Missouri River valley in what is now Nebraska, clearly indicate that they were hunters, focused as they are primarily on animals: Moon In Which The Snow Drifts Into The Tents Of The Hoga, Moon In Which The Geese Come Home, Little Frog Moon, Moon In Which Nothing Happens, Moon In Which They Plant, Moon In Which The Buffalo Bulls Hunt The Cows, Moon In Which The Buffalo Bellow, Moon In Which The Elk Bellow, Moon In Which The Deer Paw The Earth, Moon In Which The Deer Rut, Moon In Which The Deer Shed Their Antlers, Moon In Which The Little Black Bears Are Born.

The calendar of their neighbors about five hundred miles to the north, the Ojibway, reflects a completely different lifestyle. Here, along the heavily forested waterways surrounding the western Great Lakes, agriculture was impractical and large prey scarce. The people thrived on the wild fruits and grains that they gathered. Long Moon, Spirit Moon, Moon Of The Suckers, Moon Of The Crust On The Snow, Moon Of The Breaking Of Snowshoes, Moon Of The Flowers And Blooms, Moon Of  Strawberries, Moon Of Raspberries, Moon Of Gathering Wild Rice, Moon Of The Falling Leaves, Moon Of Freezing, Little Moon Of The Spirit.

The Ugric Ostiak, a group living further north still on the vast, empty tundra of northern Siberia has produced moon names which reflect their chilly existence. Trees seem to have been prized for their rarity and the importance of their wood — less for fuel than for shelter for themselves and their horses. The list also suggests that fish and game birds are import food staples. Spawning Month, Pine-Sapwood Month, Birch-Sapwood Month, Salmon-Weir Month, Month Of Hay Harvest, Ducks-And-Geese-Go-Away Month, Naked Tree Month, Pedestrian Month, Month Of Going Home While Ice Still Remains, Month Of Going On Horseback, Great Month, Little Winter-Ridge Month, Windy Month Of Crows.

Compared with these, the English language month names fall flat. We have inherited our months intact from the Roman calendar, reformed and instituted by Julius Caesar in 45 B.C. The names signify very little to us anymore, and are, as far as most of us know, totally devoid of meaningful allusions to the natural world.

Januarius, the New Year month was named for the god, Janus, who looks both backward and forward in time. Februarius was for Februus, god who oversees the cleansing of sins. Martius was for the war god, Mars, perhaps in deference to March’s stormy weather. Aprilis, from the Latin, aperire,  means “to open” or “to bud.” Maius was in honor of Maia, Goddess of Green Growth. Junius, from the Latin, junores, “young people,” might refer to the fertility festivals celebrated around the summer solstice.

Julius was named for Julius Caesar, author of the calendar and Augustus was for Augustus, Caesar’s grandnephew and heir. As if the cup of inspiration had run dry after allocating the eighth name, the remaining months were given numbers, which, having once belonged to a previous and outdated calendar, weren’t even correct. The ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth months, September, October, November and December, actually mean seven, eight nine and ten! Boring.

Of all possible moonth designations, the ones that make the most sense to me living in the Northeast United States are the descriptive names given to the moonths by the Iroquois peoples — the Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk and Tuscarora — the original inhabitants of the heart of New York State from Albany to Buffalo. The seasonal changes that they describe are completely recognizable. What do I know, after all, about Julius Caesar? Let alone when the salmon spawns, the kangaroo whelps, the crocodiles lay, or when the yams are ripe?

The Wolf Moon, The Snow Moon, when the Winter is long;

The Sap Moon, The Pink Moon, when Spring rises up;

The Flower Moon, The Strawberry Moon, when the world is in blossom;     The Buck Moon, The Sturgeon Moon, when Summer is at its strongest;        The Harvest Moon, The Hunter Moon, when Autumn settles in;

The Beaver Moon, The Cold Moon, during the darkest days. Yep!

There are many books that list Native American moon names. Find the original moonth names for your geographic vicinity. Most likely, they will still resonate for your bio-region. If they speak to you, use them. If not, invent your own. Just look up, look around, set your mind on the moon

—————————– and open your heart to the cycle of the seasons. Meaningful names will suggest themselves.

xxMama Donna

Virtual Moonths

We in the United States have, for all intents and purposes, have evolved a contemporary cultural calendar for ourselves; one that we all recognize; one that bespeaks the ways of our society. These, as I see it, are the moonths we really observe:

January — The Month When Grown Men Compete for Dominance by                                               Fighting Over the Inflated Skin of a Pig

February — The Month When We Become Sentimental and Maudlin                                                  About Love and Work Ourselves into a Fit of Depression

March — The Month When We Stand Eggs on End in Order to                                             Remember That We Are Part of This Planet

April — The Month When We Are Coerced into Contributing to                                          the War Chest

May — The Month That Ends in a Three Day Shopping Frenzy in                                                Honor of Our Dead Soldiers

June — The Month When the Children Are Set Free

July — The Month When We Applaud Bombs Bursting in Air

August — The Month When We Suddenly Remember All the                                                             Warnings About The Greenhouse Effect

September — The Month When We Buy New Notebooks and Set Off to                                                 School in the Spirit of Renewed Determination

October — The Month When We Worry About Our Children Eating                                        Candy with Razor Blades or Poison in It

November — The Month When We Stuff Ourselves Silly

December — The Month When We Spend Too Much Money and Drink                                     Too Much Egg Nog and Get Depressed Anyway

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Wiccan Basics

October, 2010

Days of the week and the full moons

Days & Months

Days of the Week and The Full Moons

Monday – represents the moon, Hectate rules, white and violet, cancer sign, spells for healing, psychic development, travel, visions, love, and home, Gather herbs on this morning, ylang ylang oil

Tuesday – Mars, red, Sagittarius sign, spells for fire, energy, physical strengh, channeling spirits, and courage, rose oil

Wednesday – Mercury, yellow and orange, Gemini and Virgo signs, spells on commerce and trade, knowledge, wisdom and divination, sandalwood oil.

Thursday – Jupiter, blue, Aries and Scorpio signs, spell for prosperity, love, socail status, good fortune, tool concecration, business, violet oil

Friday – Venus, Freya rules, green, Taurus and Libra signs, spells for growth, love, fertility, beauty, lust, friendships, pleasuree and meditation, jasmine oil

Saturday – Saturn, brown and black, Capricorn and Aquarius signs, spells for healing injury, binding, grouding, protection, stability and saving money, ylang ylang oil

Sunday – Sun, Apollo rules, yellow and gold, Leo sign, spells for wealth, health, friendship, protection, fortune, harmony, sucess, frankinsence oil


January Moon – Wolf Moon

Feburary Moon – Ice Moon – Imbolc 1st

March Moon – Storm or Worm Moon – Ostara 20 -23rd

April Moon – Growing or Pink Moon

May Moon – Hare or Flower Moon – Beltane 1st

June Moon – Mead or Rose Moon – Litha 20 – 23rd

July Moon – Hay or Buck Moon

August Moon – Corn Moon – Lammas 1st

September Moon – Harvest Moon – Mabon 20 – 23rd

October Moon – Blood or Hunters Moon – Samhain 31st

November Moon – Snow or Beaver Moon – New Year 1st

December Moon – Cold Moon – Yule 20 – 23rd

From Dec 24th (winter soltice) to June 23rd (summer soltice)the Gods rule and the days will get longer and longer. The longest day being June 23rd. From June 24th to Dec 23rd the Goddess rules and the days grow shorter and shorter; the shortest being Dec 23rd.

Blessing until next Month