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The Celtic Month of Holly


In the Celtic Tree Calendar, or the Beth-Luis-Nion Calendar, we celebrate the roles of various plants in nature magic and rituals. Although rumored to be utilized for centuries, this lunar-based calendar was first hypothesized in the 19th century and is now used by witches to give form and structure to their magic.

The Holly tree, or Tinne, is celebrated from July 8th to August 4th. One of the hardiest evergreen plants to exist, the Holly tree represents masculine energy, firmness, and perseverance through difficulties. In fact, the Holly's wood is so robust, that in ancient times it was used to craft carriage wheels and spear shafts. To this day it's also used in protective magic.

Here are a few Tinne correspondences:

Element: Fire

Planet: Mars, Saturn

Symbolism: The Sword of Truth, Selflessness

Stone: Bloodstone, Red Carnelian, Ruby

Enhances: Protection, Luck, Courage

Deity: Lugh, Tannus, Thor

Folk Names: Aquifolius, Bat's Wings, Christ's Thorn

Hang a sprig of Holly above your front door after smudging your home with sage or cedar to protect your family from troublesome energies, or soak a sprig in a bowl of fresh water under the light of the full moon and use this water to bless your hearth and home in the morning!

We do hope you're enjoying your summer solstice and having fun celebrating Litha. And have you checked out yesterday's brand new book release?

Happy Casting, Witches.

xo,

The Attic Witch


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