Celtic Calendar: Holly Month, July 8 – August 4
Although the Oak ruled in the previous month, its counterpart, the Holly, takes over in July. This evergreen plant reminds us all year long about the immortality of nature. The Holly moon was called Tinne, pronounced chihnn-uh, by the Celts, who knew the potent Holly was a symbol of masculine energy and firmness. The ancients used the wood of the Holly in the construction of weapons, but also in protective magic. Holly is said to have powers of protection, luck, and dream magick.
How can holly be used day-to-day?
1. Hang a sprig of Holly in your house to ensure good luck and safety to your family.
2. Wear as a charm, or make Holly Water by soaking leaves overnight in spring water under a full moon — then use the water as a blessing to sprinkle on people or around the house for protection and cleansing.
3. A holly crown grants purification and consecration.
Like the evergreen Holly (or “holy”) tree, you have divine talents at the root and heart of your being. Your whole world can grow “evergreen” from it. Like the berries or the smooth or prickly leaves on a male or female tree, your life will take shape around its essential nature. The thorny leaves and red berries can represent suffering. When the fruits are discovered by patience, what is possibly a test now will prove a credit to you. This is a fresh start, a second chance, or time of renewal and permanence, promising a fortified heart and a happier life. Parties and reunions lie ahead, just as the Holly tree enjoys winter while anticipating the spring.
Lesson of the Holly (from “The Wisdom of Trees”)
“Holly reminds us of the need to calm our emotions, if we are to reach wise decisions about our situation.
The often painful consequences of our actions are brought to the surface for examination, and calm acceptance of our responsibility is required.
We are reminded of the need to view ourselves, as well as others, in the light of compassion and unconditional love.
Like the Hanged Man of the Tarot, holly represents personal sacrifice in order to gain something of greater value.”
How are you celebrating this holly energy in your own life?