Written by Kim Rogers-Gallagher
Birch Moon (Dec 24-Jan20) This slender tree is a bit deceptive. It appears fragile and delicate, yet it is capable of living where “hardier” trees cannot. If you’re born under this sign, you, too, may present a rather tender “front” to others, but your inner strength is unwavering, and you’ll lend support gladly to others who rely on you. Purity of thought and a knack for realistic evaluation is also associated with this tree sign, since the whiteness of the birch stands out so clearly, in such striking contrast to the foliage that also lives in its native environment. Your quiet determination to succeed by following a reputable path is the stuff that hero/ines are born with.
Rowan Moon (Jan 21-Feb 17) Sometimes referred to as “the whispering tree”, the rowan tree’s magic was well known among the Celts. Its berry is shaped like a five-pointed star, first of all, the symbol of magical protection against spells, enchantments, and glamours. You, too, are a magical creature, able to use you intuition and higher understanding to both enchant and protect. Trust your insights, and act upon them – even if you’re seen as “unusual” or “unpredictable” by others. Your ability to envision the future is priceless.
Ash Moon (Feb 18-March 17) The ash tree is famous, although anonymous, since it’s the tree from which the Hanged Man is suspended in tarot decks. The roots of the ash penetrate deeply into the earth, and the tree itself is known for its speed of growth. Its energy, then, also builds quickly, but is dispersed just as fast. Born under this sign, you have a “knowing” of the connection between ourselves, our planet, and our universe. You feel the pain and joy of all other creatures, from trees to animals to those humans less fortunate than yourself. This lends a compassion to your personality that’s incomparable.
Alder Moon (March 18-April 14) The alder is amazingly resistant to water. As a result, it was often used in construction under water, from bridges to foundations to stilts for homes located close to rivers. This resistance makes the alder a powerful force in psychic battles. If you were born under this sign, you have tremendous courage in the face of obstacles and the power to win in disputes. Watch for a tendency to create wars where there are none, and be careful not to dissipate your strength through engaging in meaningless debate.
Willow Moon (April 15-May 12) The willow seeks out water, and is often found near streams or above natural underground wells. Like no other, this tree is associated with the Moon, in all her phases – and so symbolizes the change of our feelings and “moods” as time passes. Born under the sign of the willow, you are an instinctive creature – in fact, you often react primarily from your “gut response” rather than on intellectual information. Watch the rhythm of your moods carefully and pay attention to your dreams. Their symbolism will help you navigate throughout life.
Hawthorn Moon (May 13-June 9) The hawthorn is a small tree that was often used for hedging, and it has a mixed reputation. Known to be both a sign of fertility and death, it was said to contain the knowledge of both reproduction and transformation. Both of these processes take time – and if you were born under the sign of the hawthorn, you have an innate understanding of both the importance of process and the necessity for change. Your challenge is to use that understanding to guide you when undertaking new starts – don’t rush. Wait, and prepare carefully.
Oak Moon (June 10-July 7) The oak tree endures what other cannot. It remains strong through challenges, and is known for being almost immortal, as is often attested to by its long life and ability to survive fire, lightning strikes, and devastation. If you were born under this sign, you have the strength of character and purpose to endure, too – on matter what your challenges. Direct your energies wisely, make your your risks are well-calculated, and you’ll overcome whatever seemingly “impossible” quests are sent to you.
Holly Moon (July 8-Aug 4) Hollywood was used by the ancients in the construction of spearshafts, and as the spiny leaves show, its well prepared for battle. A symbol of firmness and masculine energy, the holly endows those born under its sign with an equally well-prepared nature. you have a strong connection to the earth, amazing physical strength, and the ability to direct your energy in a balanced even flow. this stability gives you a generosity of spirit ad a very matter-of-fact solidness that others will respect, admire, and rely on. Before you engage in any battle, look inside for understanding and respect for your opponents.
Hazel Moon (Aug 5-Sept 1) The hazel produces its nuts in fall, after having spent the year building the inner strength to protect them. The shell of this nut is so hard, in fact, and contains its treasure so well, that is was the inspiration for the phrase “in a nutshell.” Born under the sign of the hazel tree, you also have an inner treasure to offer – the fruits of you knowledge. Your wisdom and ability to communicate ideas make you capable of transforming the thoughts and opinions of others. Be careful how you wield your word-wizardry.
Vine Moon (Sept 2-Sept 29) Vines traditionally carry fruit, the most famous of which is the grape, used to make wine, that magical elixir that’s known for its ability to dissolve the boundaries between us, allow us to mingle more easily, and relax with others. You, the, are a born socializer, with keen abilities to restore balance to unhappy or unfair situations. Your instinct makes you amazingly perceptive with regard to the motives of others, and your charm is irresistible. Trust this instinct, and form relationships that will last. Don’t be afraid to spend some time alone occasionally – sometimes our own company is the best.
Ivy Moon (Sept 30-Oct 27) Ivy travels everywhere – it spreads happily and thrives in many places where no other greenery could survive. Its determination to reach through obstacles toward light and nourishment is well known, too. If you were born under this tree sign, your networking abilities will further both your personal goals and the purposes of your “cause” – whatever that might be. It’s important that you use this talent to reach out, like the ivy, in a productive way. Don’t allow yourself to bind others to you, or to be bound by guilt, worry, or fear of the future.
Reed Moon (Oct 28-Nov 24) The roots of the reed go deeply into the water from which it takes its nourishment. These roots are the strongest part of the reed, in fact – so its true strength is doubly hidden, both beneath the water and the floor of the pond or lake where it grows. If you were born under this sign, you, too, have secret strength, and perhaps secret motivations, as well. Your challenge is to use your “detective abilities” wisely, not to undermine others or find their weaknesses, but to evolve into a deeply perceptive individual whose wisdom can be used to teach others.
Elder Moon (Nov 25-Dec 23) The elder is a very adaptable tree, quite able to regenerate itself in many ways. It can be rooted from a branch and regrows limbs quickly, allowing it to recover from damage of both natural and unnatural assailants with equal ease. Born under the elder sign, the, you, too are able to live and prosper under any conditions. You will live many “lives” during your time here, and will carry those memories into every new venture. Think of yourself as a gypsy and a student, collecting experience and knowledge so that you may eventually become a great teacher.
Time: From New Moon to Full Moon (Approx 14 days)
Goddess Aspect: Maiden.
Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, and Epona.
Magickal Attributes: INVOKING Beginnings, New projects, Ideas, Ispirations, Energy, Vitality, Freedom.
Workings on this day are for: “Constructive” magick, (love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or health.)
Time: Approx 14 days after New Moon (Energy lasts from 3 days before Full Moon to 3 days after actual Full Moon)
Goddess Aspect: Mother.
Associated Goddesses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, and Isis.
Magickal Attributes: FRUITION Manifesting goals, Nurturing, Passion, Healing, Strength, Power.
Workings on this day are for: Protection, Divination, “Extra Power”, Job hunting, healing serious conditions. Also love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams.
Time: From Full Moon to Dark Moon (Approx 14 days)
Goddess Aspect: Crone
Associated Goddesses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Kali, Morrigan.
Magickal Attributes: BANISHING Releasing the Old, Removing Unwanted Negative Energies, Wisdom, Psychic Abilities, Scrying, Reversing things.
Workings on this day are for: Banishing Magick, ridding onelsef of addictions, illness or negativity, physical and psychic cleansings.
Time: From Dark Moon to Waxing Moon (depends)
Goddess Aspect: Madien
Associated Goddesses: Same as WAXING MOON
Magickal Attributes: Same as WAXING MOON
Workings on this day are for: Starting new ventures, new beginnings, love, romance, health, or job hunting
Colors have traditionally been used in spellcasting to boost the power of a spell. This is specially effective for candle magick. The table I am providing below is by no means an exhaustive list – but simply the meanings that I use. I cannot take credit for coming up with this information – I have gathered it from many different websites:
Loss, protection from negative spirits, shielding, repel black magic, break hexes, uncrossing. Use in all kinds of banishment rituals – in healing may be used to banish pain and a state of dis-ease. Can also be used to banish bad habits. Use with caution
Harmony in the home and work place, truth, inspiration, wisdom, immortality, loyalty, serenity, sincerity, kindness, patience, fidelity, honesty, devotion. Blue is also the Element color of Water – use in spells involving emotions, healing and mood.
Earthing energy, concentration, indecision, personal power, communication, balanced color. Use for rituals of materiel increase; eliminates indecisiveness; improves powers of concentration, study, telepathy; increases financial success; locates objects that have been lost.
Prosperity, fertility, harmony, health, healing, luck, money, peace, harmony, greed, envy, ambition, success. Stimulates rituals for good luck, money, harmony, and rejuvenation. Green is the elemental color of earth, and can be used to center, protect and ground. Green is a very strong healing color.
Spiritual color; helpful in devotional or inspirational meditations; brings peace and tranquillity to the home; radiates Aquarius energy; employ where a situation must be synthesized. Health, patience, tranquility, understanding
Magenta is the color of the crown chakra and it connects us with the Divine and our spiritual life. Beauty, creativity and inspiration are key words for spells containing this color. Strengthens intuition, imagination, psychic powers, and increases dream activity. Being that Magenta is a combination of 2 colors – red and violet , it oscilates at a high frequency. It energizes rituals where immediate action and high levels of power or spiritual healing are required.
Intellect, friendship, organization, health, self-control, joy, spiritual comfort. Creativity, ability to speak one’s mind, ambition, career matters and the Law, self-confidence. Orange is a Solar color can be used in spells invoking the God if needed.
Affection, love drawing, spiritual awakening, invoking the feminine aspect, unselfishness, leadership. Promotes romance, friendship; standard color for rituals to draw affections; a color of femininity, honor and service.
Ambition, independence, psychic ability, power, progress, protection, honor, pride, royalty, success, idealism, psychic manifestations. This color works well for rituals to secure ambitions, independence, financial rewards, or to make contact with the spiritual other world.
Good health, passion, true love, fertility, strength, courage, will power, sex, anger, aggression, war, strong feeling, pure energy (creative and physical), enthusiasm, warmth, power, sexuality, physical vigor, lust, danger, career goals, fast action, vibrancy, driving force, survival. Protection from fire. Violence. Increases magnetism in rituals; draws Aries and Scorpio energy. Can be very wild and unpredictible (it’s either one way or the other). Element Of Fire, Intense in meaning (highly charged).
A balance of all colors; Spiritual enlightenment, cleansing, clairvoyance, healing, truth, sincerity, generosity, expansion and growth, respect. Can also be used in rituals involving lunar energy. White can be substituted for any color candle.
Success, creativity, action, development of occult powers, invocation of spirits, inspiration unity. Brings power of concentration and imagination to a ritual. Yellow is ruled by the Element of Air – also may be used in rituals to increase insight, open communication channels and promote wisdom and intelligence.
|Wealth, will, gain, power, vitality, ego, prosperity, leadership, self-confidence, promotion.Color: Yellow, Gold
|Find the favor of the rich or powerful or, dissolve painful or hostile emotions or reactions, make friends, find love, reveal kindness and compassion, make your presence pshychologically invisble, focus your will.|
|Clairvoyance, sleep, emotions, travel, imagination, pshychic awareness.Color: Silver, white, lavender
|Any issue having to do with water, travel over water, swimming, etc. Find lost objects, send emotional messages, speak with the deceased. Visionary work, divination, Prepare any magical item that involves water or liquid, such as holy water or oil. Also situations involving female relatives (mother, grandmother, children)|
|Communications, intellect, business, writting, commerce, information of all kinds, cleverness, counselingColor: Orange, violet, color mixes
|Communications of all kinds, with the living and the dead. Find eloquence in speech, or writting. Study, intellect and metal games of all kinds. Computers, communications, messages, emails etc. Clear misunderstandings and open dialogue. Use to cast spells aimed about bringing quick changes. Be careful not attempt to control and manipulate others during this hour.|
|Love, pleasure, female sexuality, arts, beauty, luxury, social affairs.Color: Green, indigo rose
Element: Earth, Water.
|Love, fast cash, form friendships, find kindness, plan pleasant trips and parties, rid oneself of poison. Work with your hands or mind in any of the arts. Self-educate and work with the educational system. Venus hours are very favorable to anything related to physical perfection and harmony. Venus hours are fine to cast spells for fertility – of plants, animals or humans, also corporate entities|
|Male Sexuality, Strength, Lust, Anger, Destruction, Medical Issues, Surgery, Competition, Conflict, Sports, War, Anger, Aggression, Victory.Color: Red
|Sports, winning, overcome enemies, overthrow enemies, call battle goddesses, resolve quarrels, gain courage, remove submisse behavior from oneself, take action in any given situation.Mars is the MOTIVATOR. It has powerful positive and negative influences, and is a force to be considered with utmost CAUTION. Once involked, its hard to stop and will not rest until it vanquishes all obstacles in its path. When working rituals, make certain that this is the effect you desire because there is no “going back” Once you’ve invoked the energy of Mars.
Martian influence is a PROTECTOR par excellence and the Mars hour is useful for petitions of protection against enemies, the “Evil Eye” and demonic attack or possession.
|Success, Abundance, Money, Growth, Visions, Gambling, Leadership, Politics, Power, Honor, Royalty, Public Acclaim and Fame.Colors: Deep Blue and Royal purple
Element: Air, Fire
|Expand any project, find and work with spirituality and faith. Maintain good health. Long term prosperity, plan ahead for important projects, make new friends, bring honor to your work, draw love, kindness and compassion to yourself.Jupiter’s influence is predominantly joviality, and is favorable to all acts of socialbility dealings with family, opportunity, group enterprise, civic functions. Jupiter’s effect is one of expansion. Jupiter’s effect is one of mainly abundance – it does not activate change – it is the influence under which something already in the works gets enhanced (rich get richer and poor get poorer). Use caution!|
|Gaining the Astral Plane, Real Estate, Banks, Debts, Institutions, Obstacles, Binding, Death, Time, Structures, Discipline, Karmic Debts, Magickal Knowledge, self-discipline, sacred wisdom, longevity.Color: Grey, Blue
Element: Earth, Water.
|Bring good fortune and success to financial matters, buildings, towns and group-oriented structures. Banish negativity, create chaos among evildoers. Overcome quarrel, hatred, or discord. Banish illness, learn or establish new rules and financial goals. Garner rewards for work well done. Situations involving grandparents, fathers, the dominant parent or guardian or those in authority.Good energy for f inding lost items or stolen goods, making someone reveal secrets or hidden knowledge for benevolent purpose, and acheiving quite “impossible” feats designed to bestow honor and dignity. Influence is practical, saving and benefical.