1: Birthday of folklorist Sir James Frazier, 1854. Frazier’s work, The Golden Bough, is a must-read for anyone interested in modern Paganism, and the mythologies of the past.
10: Full moon–Cold Moon at 2:23 pm. This is a good month to work on developing the inner self, connecting with the deities of our paths, and focusing on self-discovery and awareness. There will be an eclipse visible in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa.
13: Last of Austria’s witchcraft laws repealed in 1787
14: Thorrablot, a Norse Heathen celebration honouring Thor
19: Birthday of Dorothy Clutterbuck, who allegedly initiated Gerald Gardner into the New Forest coven.
20: Celtic Tree Month of Birch ends
21: Celtic Tree Month of Rowan begins
24: Sementivae, a grain-oriented festival celebrating the sowing of the fields in preparation for springtime’s planting.
25: Birthday of poet Robert Burns, 1759
30 – Feb. 2: Roman celebration of Februalia
31: Up Helly Aa celebration, Shetland Islands, Scotland
31: Disablot, a Norse Heathen celebration to mark new beginnings, honor land wights, and charm the plow for the upcoming planting season
2: Imbolc, the celebration of the goddess Brighid.
2: Lammas or Lughnasadh (Southern Hemisphere), marking the grain harvest at the end of summer.
9: Full Moon—Quickening Moon at 2:34 a.m. Magical rituals in this cycle often focus on new beginnings and plans for the future.
12: Death of Gerald Gardner, founder of modern Wicca, in 1964.
13–21: Roman Festival of Parentalia, a time of quiet, personal reflection, in which the ancestors were honored.
14: Valentine’s Day
15: Lupercalia, celebrating fertility and the coming of spring.
17: Celtic Tree Month of Rowan ends
18: Celtic Tree Month of Ash begins
21: Birthday of author Patricia Telesco
22: Birthday of author Sybil Leek
1: Matronalia, the Festival of Women, held in honor of Juno Luciana.
6: Birthday of “official witch of Salem” Laurie Cabot in 1933
9: Full moon–Storm Moon at 1:48 pm. Use this month’s moon phase to celebrate balance, rebirth, and renewal; this will appear as a supermoon.
17: St. Patrick’s Day
17: Celtic Tree Month of Ash ends
18: Celtic Tree Month of Alder begins
19: Ostara, the spring equinox.
19: Mabon (Southern Hemisphere), the autumn equinox.
26: Birthday of author and folklorist Joseph Campbell
28: Death of author Scott Cunningham in 1993
7: Full moon–Wind Moon at 10:35 pm. April is a month of pending rebirth, as the earth and soil prepare for new life to sprout. Watch as the natural world around you begins to change; this will appear as a supermoon.
14: Celtic Tree Month of Alder ends
15: Celtic Tree Month of Willow begins
15: Sigrblot/Sumarsdag, a Norse Heathen celebration of the first day of summer in Scandinavian countries
16: Birthday of author Margot Adler
21-22: Lyrids meteor shower
22: Earth Day
23: Wiccan pentacle is officially added to the list of VA-approved emblems for gravestones, 2007
28–May 3: Floralia, honoring the goddess of spring flowers and vegetation.
30: Walpurgisnacht celebrated by German witches
1: Beltane, a feast of fire and fertility
1: Samhain (Southern Hemisphere), the witches’ new year.
1: Roman festival of the fertility goddess Bona Dea
5: Cinco de Mayo
7: Full moon–Flower Moon at 6:45 am. In May, focus on magic related to careers and jobs. If you’ve thought about changing jobs, or even entering a new career field, this is a good time to do it. Expand your horizons this month; this will appear as a supermoon.
10: Mother’s Day
12: Celtic Tree Month of Willow ends
13: Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn begins
1: England’s Witchcraft Act of 1563 goes into effect
5: Full moon–Strong Sun Moon at 3:12 pm. June is full of long, light-filled days, and the nights are short and warm. This month’s magical workings are perfect for maintaining and enhancing things you already have. There will be an eclipse visible in Asia, Africa and Australia.
7–15: Roman Festival of Vestalia, honoring the vestal virgins
9: Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn ends
10: Celtic Tree Month of Oak begins
10: Hanging of Bridget Bishop, first of twenty victims to be executed in the Salem Witch Trials.
13: Birthday of Gerald Gardner, founder of modern Wiccan, in 1884
17: Birthday of Wiccan author Starhawk
20: Litha, the summer solstice
20: Yule (Southern Hemisphere), the winter solstice
21: Father’s Day
21: Solar eclipse visible in Ethiopia, Oman and Tibet.
22: England’s last Witchcraft Law is repealed in 1951
27: Birthday of author Scott Cunningham in 1956
5: Full moon–Blessing Moon at 12:44 am. This is a time to work on divination, dreamwork and meditation. Count your blessings this month, and think about what you can do to bring more of them into your life. There will be an eclipse visible in South America, North America and Africa.
7: Celtic Tree Month of Oak ends
8: Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins
13: Birthday of Dr. John Dee in 1527
19: Rebecca Nurse is hanged in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692
1: Lammas or Lughnasadh, the celebration of the grain harvest
1: Imbolc (Southern Hemisphere), honoring the goddess Brighid
1: Birthday of medium Edward Kelley, 1555
3: Full Moon–Corn Moon at 11:59 am. Now is a time to focus on harvesting that which you have already planted… but don’t forget, it’s important to set some of your harvest aside for the coming winter months.
4: Celtic Tree Month of Holly ends
5: Celtic Tree Month of Hazel begins
13: Roman Festival of Pomona, goddess of apples and orchards
15: Birthday of Charles Leland, folklorist and author, 1824
20: Birthday of author Ann Moura in 1947
23: Roman Festival of Vulcanalia
31: Birthday of author Raymond Buckland
1: Celtic Tree Month of Hazel ends
2: Celtic Tree Month of Vine begins
2: Full Moon–Harvest Moon at 1:23 am. This a season to celebrate hearth and home. Brew up some comfort food, begin storing your harvest for the winter, and settle in for a month of thanksgiving.
10: Birthday of Carl Llewellyn Weschcke
14: Birthday of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, author of Three Books on Occult Philopsopy, in 1486
14: Birthday of author Ellen Dugan
21: International Day of Peace
22: Mabon, the autumn equinox
22: Ostara (Southern Hemisphere), the spring equinox
29: Celtic Tree Month of Vine ends
30: Celtic Tree Month of Ivy begins
1: Full moon–Blood Moon at 5:06 pm. It’s the dark half of the year, and the veil between our world and the spirit world is thin. Focus on divination, communication with departed ancestors, and psychic messages this month.
3: Roman Festival of Bacchus, god of vines, vegetation, and wine
12: Birthday of occultist Aleister Crowley, 1875
18: Birthday of Nicholas Culpeper, noted herbalist, in 1616
20: Birthday of Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary
27: Celtic Tree Month of Ivy ends
28: Celtic Tree Month of Reed begins
31: Full Moon—the second one of the month!—at 10:51 am. Use this to tie in with your Samhain celebrations, and treat it as a magical bonus round
31: Samhain, the witches’ new year
31: Beltane (Southern Hemisphere), a feast of fire and fertility
31: Covenant of the Goddess formed in 1975
31: Winter Nights/Vetrablot, a Norse Heathen celebration of the arrival of winter
1: Mexico’s Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos
2: Birthday of Wiccan author Sirona Knight
11: Veteran’s Day
16-17: Leonids meteor shower
24: Celtic Tree Month of Reed ends
25: Celtic Tree Month of Elder begins
28: Thanksgiving day (United States)
30: Birthday of Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, founder of Church of All Worlds
30: Full moon–Mourning Moon at 4:32 am. Why not use this month to shed your bad habits and toxic relationships, and get a fresh start? Work on developing and strengthening your connection with the Divine as well. There will be an eclipse visible in North and South America, Australia and East Asia.
30: Festival of Hecate Trivia, honoring Hecate, a goddess of magic and sorcery
5: Krampusnacht, celebrating Krampus, a Bavarian figure who is the opposite of Santa Claus
13-14: Geminids meteor shower
14: Solar eclipse visible in Chile and Argentina
17: Beginning of Saturnalia, a Roman celebration honoring the god Saturn.
21: Yule, the winter solstice
21: Litha (Southern Hemisphere), the summer solstice
22: Celtic Tree Month of Elder ends
23: Celtic Tree Month of Birch begins
25: Feast of Frau Holle, Germanic goddess
25: Christmas Day
29: Full moon–Long Nights Moon at 10:30 pm. Now is a good season for spiritual alchemy. It’s time to evaluate your life, and know that you’ll survive the dark times. If you’ve already put the darkness behind you, take your good fortune and share it with others.
31: Festival of Hogmanay