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:
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!
Happy Casting, Witches.
The Attic Witch