Celtic Calendar: Holly Month, July 8 – August 4
The Celtic lunar month of Holly is the perfect time to celebrate your achievements and to focus on your future.
As the days shorten after summer solstice and the Moon grows in power, focus on putting bad situations behind you.
The eighth Celtic Moon month ushers in the shortening of days. The power of the Sun is transferred to Earth, highlighting our practical needs and desires. The Celtic fire festival of Lammas begins the harvest on August 1, so the month of the Holly Moon is a time to give thanks for the good things in your life. Focus on your own “harvest” during the month of Holly – on what you wish to achieve and why.
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.
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?