Celtic Calendar: Vine Moon Month
September 2 – 30
While we’re leaving Hazel month, and a time of learning, the lunar month of the Vine offers the opportunity to bring your plans to fruition as the winter begins.
The Vine month is a time of great harvest — from the grapes of the Mediterranean to the fruits of the northern regions, the Vine produces fruits we can use to make that most wondrous concoction called wine. The Celts called this month Muin. The Vine is a symbol of both happiness and wrath — passionate emotions, both of them. Do magical workings this month connected to the Autumn Equinox, or Mabon, and celebrate garden magic, joy and exhilaration, wrath and rage, and the darker aspect of the mother goddess. Use the leaves of the Vines to enhance your own ambition and goals during this month. The month of Vine is also a good time to get balanced, as there are equal hours of darkness and light.
Time to Consolidate
Focus on magic that resolves; cast a peace spell to end an argument or use prosperity magic to help you settle bills and pay off existing debts. Magic must be balanced with action now, so use nature’s last burst of energy, visible in the vibrant fall colors, to inspire you to complete projects that you started earlier in the year.
Invest in your health during this month by eating foods packed with vitamin C to stave off colds as the weather declines, and boost your energy levels with herbal drinks.
The vine is the only plant in the Celtic Tree Calendar not native to northern climes, although it’s featured in much Bronze Age art. It was cultivated by migrants from southern Europe. The name vine comes from the word “viere,” meaning “to twist.” This refers to the Druidic concept of spiritual development.
Note: Fruits of the Vine
In the colder north, the vine was substituted with blackberries. Both are used in wine, in money spells and are linked to fairies. Pictures of grapevines were painted onto garden walls in ancient Rome to ensure the fertility of the household. Eating grapes and blackberries is a magical remedy that is said to aid memory and concentration.
Use magic during the month of the Vine Moon to restore peace to troubled relationships and to bring prosperity and fertility into your life.
Use this ancient spell to help you to be fruitful at this time of the year.
1. Place a bunch of grapes in a bowl in your bedroom (or office if it’s a project not a baby you’re delivering!).
2. Next say, “Spirit of Vine, I open myself to your powers.”
3. Take some time to collect your thoughts and then make your wish.
4. Finish the charm by eating a grape and saying, “So let it be.”
How are you celebrating the energy of the Vine this month? I think it’s time to flesh out some plans and ideas I’ve had going in the old ‘noggin. And, also, to drink some wine. Because vine month. Duh.