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Pagan/Wiccan Calendar June 2017

Pagan/Wiccan Calendar June 2017

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.

 

 

How I Became a Witch

How I Became a Witch

I didn't grow up in a religious family. We never went to church, or even discussed religion. The one exception in my young life was when I went to Sunday school a couple of times.  My mom had to work, and Sunday school was cheaper than a babysitter.

I not only went through life without religion, I also had no sense of spirituality. I really didn't feel any lacking due to the absence of spirituality, because I had never known it. I didn't really feel any type of emptiness or need for it.

Then, about six years ago, everything changed. I suddenly felt an emptiness inside. I felt, for the first time, a desire for some sense of spirituality. Not a need for a religion, necessarily, but a need for a connection with what might be called the divine, or oneness with nature, or the universe, or something like that.  It may have been brought about because I was very unhappy with my life, and had nowhere to turn for comfort and guidance.

My family is Scandinavian by heritage, and I've always been interested in Viking history. So I looked into pagan beliefs, and the religion of Asatru in particular, to see if any of those might seem appealing to me. They did a little, but not enough to "convert" me to any particular belief. Wicca seemed the most appealing, but still had too much of a religious aspect to it for my tastes. But, the witchcraft aspect of Wicca did intrigue me, so I explored that further.

After learning more about witchcraft, the more and more I became interested in it. Then, at one particularly low point in my life, I decided to try a spell. Sort of. I didn't really know what I was doing, and tried something very simple. I sat by my window, lit a candle, gazed up at the moon, and asked for help. I was very emotional at this moment, and with tears streaming down my cheeks, I simply asked for the power to change my circumstances, and overcome my troubles. Not asking for all my troubles to magically disappear, but for the strength to overcome my sadness, and find peace. 

And then, something very unexpected happened. I had a spiritual experience! It was unlike anything I had ever felt before. It was a very powerful, life-changing experience. It gave me a sense of peace that I never thought possible. And I've been hooked ever since!

Since that moment, I studied witchcraft more and more.  Spell casting, the phases of the moon, the Sabbats, the God and Goddess, the elements and elemental beings, candle magick, and meditation. I thirstily drank in all the knowledge I could, and felt exhilarated by it all.

Then I set up my first altar! I went to an online witchcraft supplies store, and bought everything I thought I needed. I probably went a little overboard, but I didn't care. I wanted it all! I bought a Grimoire, an altar cloth, a pentacle, a chalice, an athame, a wand, tumbled stones, candle holders, God and Goddess candles, a pendulum, an offering bowl, loads of pillar and chime candles, an herb cupboard, herbs and essential oils, incense, sage, a mortar and pestle, an altar table, a magickal robe, and a pentagram necklace. Like I said, I might have gone a little overboard! But if I was going to have an altar, I wanted it to the best altar I could make, and it was awesome! I love my altar, and I find comfort, strength, and excitement whenever I sit at it.

I then started to become very interested in movies and tv shows that had a positive view of witchcraft. While I knew that Hollywood representations of witches and witchcraft were anything but authentic, I really enjoyed them for their entertainment value. I watched movies like The Craft and Practical Magic, and became obsessed the Charmed! I think I've watched the entire series about five times!

I also love listening to Witchcraft podcasts. Down at the Crossroads with Chris Orapello, The Wigglian Way Pagan with Sparrow & Mojo, Ariel’s Druidic Craft of the Wise and A Witch’s Primer with Ariel Gatoga, Hippie Witch with Joanna DeVoe, Modern Witch with Devin Hunter, and others.

I now have a magical practice that I enjoy, and draw strength from. It has truly been a positive influence on my life. I'm very thankful I took that leap of faith that one night, and unexpectedly gained a sense of spirituality I never believed possible.

So, that’s my story on how I became a witch.  And to all my fellow witches, I salute you!  And I'm honored to be among those of you who are walking the path.

Blessed be.

3 Steps to a Daily Magickal Practice.

3 Steps to a Daily Magickal Practice.

Just like putting off cleaning, or exercising, or any of the things we should do, it’s easy to neglect your magickal practice. Work, family, friends, and responsibilities can make us busy to the point we put off going to our altar, casting spells, replacing our witchcraft supplies, reading, meditating, etc. After a while, we’re so used to not doing it, that that becomes the norm.

A magickal practice takes discipline. Just like eating right, exercising, working, cleaning, and taking care of your responsibilities. All the things in life that you know you should do, but get so busy and overwhelmed, that you just don’t have the time, or the energy, or the will, to do them.

Then comes the guilt and regret that comes from procrastinating, and not taking care of the things in life we know we need to do.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can take the steps necessary today to achieve all of your goals, and feel good about getting things done.

Here are three simple steps you can take to achieve your goal of a daily magical practice, and anything else you desire to achieve.

  1. Start slow. Take just a few minutes to sit at your altar, and just relax. Take deep breaths, focus your mind, and your energy. You don’t have to cast a circle, make a potion, do a spell, etc. You’d be surprised at just how much better you’ll feel from taking a few minutes out of the day to strengthen your spiritual well-being. It’s like exercising. It’s easy to put off exercising because we don’t have time to really put the effort in. But, if you were to just do a few sit-ups, or a quick ten-minute jog, or few minutes of stretching, it won’t overwhelm you, and the benefits of doing a little bit every day, is far greater than exercising for a few hours, once a year.
  2. Make it part of your daily routine. We all have routines we do every day. Like making coffee, showering, brushing our teeth, eating, etc. Just make your practice part of your daily routine, and it won’t feel overwhelming at all. They say if you do something every day for a few weeks, it becomes such a part of your routine, that it feels odd not to do them. Doing the right things every day, will make you want to do them, because you won’t feel right if you don’t.
  3. Stay focused. Plan all of your goals, every day. Even if you can’t finish them. Just do a little bit, and you will eventually finish. And, you will feel so good for doing it.

Benefits of a daily practice are focused energy and the satisfaction that you’ve accomplished your goals. You have the power to do it. All it takes is one simple step in the right direction. Believe you can do it, and you will.

Blessed be. 

Is your familiar plotting to kill you? Know the warning signs.

Is your familiar plotting to kill you?  Know the warning signs.

Have you ever tripped over your cat(s) and yelled, “Are you trying to kill me?!”  Of course you have. They’re notorious for that kind of shady shit.  But were they actually plotting to kill you?  The following is a list of ways to find out if your furry familiar is out to get you.

 

A cat’s weight increases when they’re lying on you

cats can seem to weigh ten times heavier when they’re lying on us.  This is a trick they learned from ancient ninja assassin cats.  They used this ability to trap and smother their victims.  If your cat is trained in the ancient ninja assassin cat martial arts, look out.

 

cat-kill2They snub their dry food and just stare at you.  Cats are carnivorous.  They love the thrill of the hunt, and the savage reward at the end.  Dry food does not provide them with the satisfaction that killing does.  You are full of meat, and they know this.  Your cat no doubt thinks about eating you often.

 

They only run between your legs when you’re carrying things

Coincidence?  No.  They realize that humans carrying heavy objects have a higher probability of dying if they trip.  This is your cat’s way of seizing the opportunity to finish you off once and for all.

 

They always try and get in the bathroom when you’re in there

Cats know that when you’re in the bathroom, you are likely disrobed, and therefore more vulnerable to attack.  Cats refer to bathrooms as “The Kill Room”.

 

They won’t let you rub their bellies

If your cat attacks if your fingers go anywhere near their tummy, there’s a very good reason for it.  Your cat is likely hiding weapons in its belly fur, and does not want you to discover them.

 

They dig in your house plants

They’re not doing this for fun. They are practicing they’re burying skills to hide your body.

 

I’ll have to end the article here.  My cat is looking extremely suspicious, and I must prepare for the emanate attack.  Stay safe, fellow witches.

Imbolc, The Coming of the Light

Imbolc, The Coming of the Light

Whether you call it Imbolc, Candlemas, or Brigid’s Day, February 1st, 2017, marks midwinter in the solar calendar. It’s the time when we prepare to transition from the cold hash darkness of winter, and into the warm inviting light of spring. Depending on your tradition, you may hold a celebration for the Goddess Brigid, the Celtic goddess of fire, fertility, and youth. Or you may celebrate the transition point of the threefold Goddess, from Crone to Maiden, or you may celebrate the cycles of the season. No matter your personal tastes, now is the time to acknowledge mother earth, it’s renewal, healing, and re-birth. And the hope and joys that this time of renewal brings.

It can also be a time of "Spring Cleaning", whether physically or symbolically. It’s the time when we de-clutter things in our life, in order to create room for the goddess to come and plant the seeds of spiritual renewal.

Some recommended Pagan and Wiccan Supplies.

Incense: Cinnamon, Rosemary, Frankincense, and Myrrh

Candle Magick Colors: White, Orange, Red

May this wondrous time bring hope and renewal of spirit to you all.

Blessed Be. )O(

3 Easy Steps for More Successful Spells

3 Easy Steps for More Successful Spells

A simple guide to aid in your ritual and spellwork.

 

1. Deep meditation and trance state.
Achieving a deep trance state is essential for successful spellwork. When you’re in a deep meditative state, your spell has a better chance of reaching your deep mind, or unconscious mind. From there, your unconscious mind will take the necessary steps and actions towards your goal, without even you having to think about it. Once you’re in that place, magick has a chance to do its thing, and manifest your desires.
Find a meditation that works for you and your spell. There are loads of guided meditation podcast and YouTube videos out there, so just try and find the ones that work for you. It may be a bit time-consuming, but it’ll be worth it in the end.


2. Easy spells
Start off with very easy spells. Something you can easily manifest, even without the help of magick. It can be as simple as casting a spell for a new throw pillow. Then, if it doesn’t manifest on its own, just buy a new pillow. The point is to train your mind to think, “When I cast a spell, it comes to pass.” Then, when you do bigger spells, your deep mind will still think, “This will happen.”


3. Daily Practice
Do something every single day to help your spell be successful. Whether it’s something big, like going back to school, or something small, like a 5-minute meditation. The more steps you take toward your goal in the mundane world, the further along you’ll be in the magickal world. Believe in yourself, and be confident that your spell will work.


While it’s important to make strides towards your goals, it’s also important not to dwell over the outcome of your spell. Like when a farmer plants his seeds, he doesn’t stare at them every day anxiously waiting for them to grow. He plants them, then provides the right conditions for them to grow, and just lets them grow. He knows that not every single seed will yield, but if he plants enough, and the conditions are right, he will have a good crop. That’s the way you have to look at your spells. Provide the right environment for your spells to work, and just let them work.


It’s also important to accept that your spell might not manifest in the way that you envisioned. Sometimes the outcome of a spell may be the one you need, and not necessarily the one you’d hoped for. But in most cases, the results are much better than you expected.

We wish you all success in your spellwork, and are here to answer any questions you might have. Just reach out to us on Facebook @ facebook.com/fullmoonwiccansupplies/

If you'd like to incorporate ritual herbs and candles with your spell, explore our Herbal Mixes and Ritual Kits.

Blessed Be.

7 Essential Ritual Tools

7 Essential Ritual Tools

Altar Tools for Spells and Ritual.

Whether you’re a fledgling witchling, or an adept, magickal tools can aid you in focusing and unlocking your natural power. The tools of a witch are very ancient symbols which aid us in unlocking centers of power that are deep within us. Each tool serves as a physical representation of an invisible principle, so that we may train our minds to create the powerful magick we desire.

1. Your Magickal Wand. While they may not shoot lightning like in Harry Potter, they are very powerful tools. The wand is usually attributed to the element of air. It’s a thoughtful, and compelling tool. It’s used to invoke deities or angels, devotions, prayers, invocations, and petitions. Some witches will use different types of wands for different magical workings. How you use your wand is entirely up to you.

2. Your Athame. Arguably the most powerful tool, the Athame can aid in focusing your power, psychic energy and will. It’s typically used to draw magickal circles, charge amulets, and more, by focusing your energy in to the handle, and out the tip of the blade. Some witches use their athame exclusively for ritual and meditation, and will use a second blade, called a boline, for carving chopping, and cutting.

3. Your Chalice. Some see the chalice as a symbol of the womb of the goddess. You can use it in different ways, such as mixing potions, holding salt and water for cleansing or ritual, or (my favorite) drinking ritual wine. You can also use two chalices, one for salt and water, and one for ritual wine.

4. Your Pentacle. The pentacle is an altar tile with a five pointed star. It’s a powerful and ancient symbol used to charge spells, candle rituals, consecrating tools and more.

5. Your Incense burner. Also called a thurible, it’s used for creating smoke and fragrance. In addition to incense, magical herb mixtures for spell work can be burned. You’ll need special incense charcoal for burning herbs and incense. Do not use BBQ charcoal, it is poisonous.

6. Your cauldron. Every witch needs a cauldron Haha! If it isn’t big enough for a bubbling brew, you can still use it for mixing herbs and potions.

7. Your Book of Shadows. You may come to love this tool the most. It’s a record of all your magickal work. Just like in our favorite show, Charmed, you’ll want to consult your Book of Shadows to see if you can use an existing spell to aid you in your magickal work. The book of shadows, or a BOS, or grimiore, is a book filled your spells, incantations, ceremonies, recipes, and anything else you like. This is your main and most treasured book. You might also like to keep a magical diary, to record what you said, what you did, and the results you obtained. Some witches keep a recipe book, for all their potions, herb mixtures, oils, and incense. Some also keep a dream diary to record their time spent in the dream realm.

You’ll of course keep your tools on your altar, or stored away for use on your altar. Many witches prefer to keep symbols of the four elements, earth, air, fire, and water, on their altar. These can be rocks for the element of earth (tumbled stones are pretty and inexpensive). Incense for the element of air. If you’re in a position where burning incense isn’t an option, a nice feather can also be used. A candle for the element of fire. And a filled chalice for the element of water.

You might also like other magickal items on your altar, such as altar cloth (different colored cloths can be used for different rituals, spells and seasons. God and Goddess candles (Typically white for God, and black for Goddess). Altar candles for reading light. A small chest or cupboard to store your herbs and oils. A pendulum for scrying and divination. A candle snuffer, both for ease of extinguishing candles, and to show respect to fire. And lastly, statues of your favorite Gods and Godesses, or fairies and other magickal creatures to grace your magickal work space.

Your tools and altar are a great way to put you in a magickal frame of mind, and to encourage you to adopt a daily magickal practice.

Brightest Blessings.