Pagan & Wiccan Calendar for June 2017
We Pagans love to celebrate! And we follow the Wheel of the Year as it turns. A number of milestones are reached each month, as each is a time of great celebration with friends and family. Along with working on our spiritual development, we give thanks to the Earth, the Gods and Goddesses, and the powerful forces of nature. The following is a list of dates for June 2017.
June 1: Witchcraft Act of 1563 goes into effect. The Scottish Act of 1563, which included all of England, went into effect in 1563, establishing witchcraft as a crime punishable by death. It was defined as "An Act Against Conjurations, Enchantments, and Witchcrafts".
June 7 - 15: Roman Festival of Vestalia. This festival honors Vesta, the Roman goddess who guarded virginity. She was sacred to women, and alongside Juno was considered a protector of marriage.
June 9: Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn ends. The hawthorn tree is often linked with love-making. In ancient Greece, the wood was used for the marriage torch, and girls wore hawthorn crowns at weddings.
June 9: Full moon. Strong Sun Moon at 9:11 am. June is full of long, light-filled days, and the nights are short and warm. This month's magical workings are perfect for maintaining and enhancing things you already have.
June 10: Celtic Tree Month of Oak begins. Dreaming of resting under an oak tree signifies a long life and wealth. Climbing the tree in your dream means a relative will suffer a hardship in the near future. Dreaming of a fallen oak means the loss of love. If you catch a falling oak leaf you shall have no colds all winter. If someone does get sick, warm the house with an oakwood fire to cast away the illness. Carry an acorn against illnesses and pains, for immortality and youthfulness, and to increase fertility and sexual potency.
June 10: The Hanging of Bridget Bishop, the first of twenty victims who were executed in the Salem Witch Trials. Bishop was accused of bewitching five young women, Abigail Williams, Ann Putnam, Jr., Mercy Lewis, Mary Walcott, and Elizabeth Hubbard, on the date of her examination by the authorities, April 19, 1692.
June 13: Birthday of Gerald Gardner, founder of modern Wicca, in 1884. Also known by the craft name Scire, Gardner was an English Wiccan, as well as an author and an amateur anthropologist and archaeologist. He was instrumental in bringing the Contemporary Pagan religion of Wicca to public attention, writing some of its definitive religious texts and founding the tradition of Gardnerian Wicca.
June 17: Birthday of Wiccan author Starhawk. Starhawk (born Miriam Simos on June 17, 1951) is an American writer and activist. Some of her books include The Spiral Dance, Dreaming the Dark, Truth or Dare, The Pagan Book of Living, Walking to Mercury, The Earth Path and others.
June 21: Litha, the summer solstice. Celebrating Litha, also called Midsummer, is the summer solstice Sabbat honoring the longest day of the year. William Shakespeare associated Midsummer with witchcraft in three of his plays. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, and The Tempest. All plays contain references to magic on the night of the summer solstice.
June 21: Yule (Southern Hemisphere), the winter solstice. Yule, is when the world finds its way out of the darkness, and in to the revitalizing light, signifying the the coming of Spring, and warmth. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs higher in the sky, and stays a little longer in the sky each day. Known as Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, the sun's "rebirth" was celebrated with much joy. On this night, the ancients celebrated the rebirth of the Oak King, the Sun King, the Giver of Life that warmed the frozen Earth. From this day forward, the days would become longer. This was extremely important to the ancients, as it meant the returning of the crops. This was a time of salvation. Sacrifices were often made at this time, to ensure a healthy growing season.
June 22: England's last Witchcraft Law is repealed in 1951. It took nearly 400 years for England to come to its senses, and repeal this ignorant fear-fueled Act. As the story goes, after the repeal of the witchcraft laws, Gardner convinced his traditionalist coven to allow him to publish some of the details of their secret beliefs and practices. Witchcraft Today (1951) and the Meaning of Witchcraft (1959). These are transitional books in which Gardner weaves together the various strands of modern Wicca. These books created a sensation and Gardner became what amounted to the first Wiccan media star.
June 27: Birthday of author Scott Cunningham in 1956. Cunningham is the author of several books on Wicca and various other alternative religious subjects. His book, Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, is one of the most successful books on Wicca ever published. He was a friend of notable occultists and Wiccans such as Raymond Buckland, and was a member of the Serpent Stone Family, and received his Third Degree Initiation as a member of that coven. Some of his works include The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews, The Truth About Witchcraft Today, Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, and many others.
If you'd like to learn more about The Wheel of the year, The Wiccan Sabbats, The Summer Solstice, Paganism, and Witchcraft, we invite you to visit our Books section. Here you'll find an impressive array of books on a multitude of subjects. You can also visit these other great sites, The Pagan/Wiccan Calendar , and The Wheel of the Year for more info. We wish you a blessed Litha, and all the best for a great summer. Blessed be.