1st-Festival of Poiseidon. Day of the Banshees, Irish. Birthday of Anodea Judith, president of Church of All Worlds.
2nd-Festival of Shiva, Hindu. Full Moon
Arianrhod’s The festival to celebrate her is held on December 2nd
3rd-Feast of Fauna, Roman. Sacred day to the Greek Mother Goddess Rhea, the Roman Cybele and Bona Dea, and the Roman Corn Goddess, Ceres.
5th-Sinterklaas Day, Dutch. Death of Aleister Crowley, 1947.
6th-Death of Jacob Sprenger, co-author of the Malleus Maleficarum aka The Witches Hammer, 1495. Birthday of Dion Fortune, member of the Golden Dawn, 1890.
7th – The ABC of Witchcraft of Doreen Valiente is published, 1973.
8th-Bodhi Day, Buddhism. Sacred to Neith, the Egyptian Earth Goddess. Birth of the Japenese Sun Goddess, Amaterasu. Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, European.
9th-Tonantzin, Festival for Mexican Earth Mother and Goddess of Health. Festival for Egill Skallagrimson, a Viking-age poet, warrior and farmer. Born 910 AD, Borg a Myrum, Borgarnes, Iceland. Birthday of Margaret Hamilton who played the wicked witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz, 1902.
10th-Day of Goddess of Liberty, French. First Gardnerian Coven formed in America, 1963.
11th-Day of Bruma, Roman Goddess of Winter.
12th-Day of Coatilque, Aztec. Appearance of the Virgin of Guadalupe to Juan Diego at the site of a former Aztec temple, 1531.
13th- St Lucy’s Day, Swedish Sun Goddess. Hopi Winter Ceremony.
14th-Festival of Nostradamus, French. A.E Waite’s Tarot Deck is published, with art by Pamela Coleman Smith. This deck later became known as the Rider Waite Deck, 1910.
15th-Halcyon Days begin.
16th-Festival of Sapientia, Wisdom Goddess.
17th-Saturnalia begins, Roman. The Samuel family of Huntington, the benefactors of several poor families, one of which accused them of witchcraft, is hanged, 1592.
18th-Eponalia Festival, Celtic-Roman Goddess of Horses, Epona. Hanukkah.
19th-Opalia Festival, dedicated to Ops the Roman Goddess of Plenty. Hindu Solstice, dedicated to Saravasti.
21st-Janet and Stewart Farrar begin their first coven together, 1970.24th-Celtic Tree month of Birch begins.
22nd-Summer Solstice, Southern Hemisphere. Winter Solstice, Northern Hemisphere. Sacred day to the Egyptian Goddess Isis, the Greek Corn Goddess Demeter, and Sul the ancient Briton Goddess of healing and the Sun. Celtic Tree month of Elder ends.
23rd-Secret of the Unhewn Stone, Celtic Feast of Potential. Saturnalia ends, Roman. Between Celtic Tree Month, Mistletoe.
24th-Christmas Eve. Celtic Tree month of Birch begins.
25th-Christmas Day. Festival of Astarte, Mesopotamian. Feast of Frau Holle, German weather Goddess, she blessed the good and punished the bad.
26th-Dr Fiann arraigned for 20 counts of witchcraft and treason, 1590. Boxing Day. Turtle Dance, Native American.
27th-Birthday of Gerina Dunwich, born 1959, Wiccan author. Deer Dance, Native American.
28th-Bairn’s Day, Celtic Festival of Children. Halcyon Days end. Janet and Stewart Farrar begin their first Coven together, 1970.
29th-Birthday of Ra, Egyptian. Islamic New year. The Day of the Nymphs, celebrated in ancient Greece.
30th-Kwanzaa, Swahili Festival of First Fruits.
5th - LAST QUARTER MOON. Time to clear out anything that hasn´t worked or isn´t needed. Rising at midnight and setting at noon, this Moon is 90-45 degrees behind the Sun. Time to clear out anything that hasn’t worked or isn’t working.
13th - NEW MOON. Start new projects. A time to plan and prepare especially if it is so cold outdoors and one just wants to curl up in front of the fire or heater. Think about what has been and what you would like to change and do in your future. New job, moving house, new relationship or perhaps a new life is coming into the family be it kith, kin, fur or fin. An ideal time to write up notes, fill in your book of shadows, journals and herbal grimoires as we work under the phase of the moon.
20th - FIRST QUARTER MOON. Rising at Noon and setting at Midnight, the Moon is 90-135 degrees ahead of the Sun. Light and dark are in equal balance. Consolidate and give form to projects. Be creative and deal with any challenges that may arise.
27th - FULL MOON. The Earth is between the Sun and Moon. The Moon, rising at sunset and setting at dawn, is 180-135 degrees behind the Sun. The Full Moon is the time to celebrate the complete.
APOGEE AND PERIGEE From timeanddate.com The Moon's orbit around Earth is not a perfect circle, but elliptical, with one side closer to Earth than the other. As a result, the distance between the Moon and Earth varies throughout the month and the year. On average, the distance is about 382,900 kilometers (238,000 miles). The point on the Moon's orbit closest to Earth is called the Perigee and the point farthest away is the Apogee.
Apogee (Furthest away from the Earth) 5th
Perigee (Closest to the Earth) - 17th
THE DECEMBER STAR SIGNS
SAGITTARIUS - November 23rd -December 21st
Symbol – The Archer, Element – Fire, Planet – Jupiter, Quality – Mutable, Personal Creed - I see, Positive/Masculine Sign. Aiming an arrow at the stars, Sagittarius links to Chiron the freedom loving and divine healing Centaur.
Some of the Sagittarians- Judith Anodea, Otter Zell, John F Kennedy Jr, Harpo Marx, Tina Turner, William Blake, Mark Twain, Billy Idol, Winston Churchill, Janetlouise, Woody Allen, Bette Midler, Gianni Versace, Walt Disney, Sammy Davis Jr, Jim Morrison, Kirk Douglas, Christina Onassis, Dick Van Dyke, Patty Duke, Jane Austen, frank Sinatra, Ludwig van Beethoven, Arthur C Clarke, Betty Grable, Uri Geller, Joseph Stalin, Phil Donahue, Jane Fonda, Samuel L Jackson, Kiefer Sutherland, Frank Zappa.
CAPRICORN - December 2nd– January 20th
Symbol – The Goat, Element – Earth, Planet – Saturn, Quality – Cardinal, Personal Creed- I use, Negative/Feminine sign.
The Star sign that seems to grow young, rather than old. Always striving for the top.
Some of the Capricorns. Michel de Nostradamus, Dorothy Clutterbuck, Gerina Dunwich, Annie Lennox, Howard Hughes, Elizabeth Arden, Denzel Washington, Mao Tse Tung, Louis Pasteur, Elvis Presley, Marlene Dietrich, Rudyard Kipling, J Edgar Hoover, JRR Tolkien, Mel Gibson, Issac Newton, Jean Dixon, Marilyn Manson, Richard Nixon, Rod Stewart, Joan Baez, Shirley Bassey, Bernadette of Lourdes, Joan of Arc, David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, AA Milne, Cary Grant, Edgar Allen Poe, Charles G Leland.
CELTIC LUNAR TREE
The Celtic Tree calendar is based on thirteen lunar divisions. Each division has a sacred tree assigned to it that were said to have been chosen by ancient Druids. The trees rich in history and folk lore have many magickal energies associated to them. Please note that the Celtic Tree calendar was written from the Northern Hemisphere.
ELDER - Ruis - November 25th - December 22nd.
The seeker, freedom loving and wild. The Elder is a tree of judgement and protection, a sacred tree that protects the Fae and keeps away negative energies and evil spirits. Branches of Elder are hung in doorways and over stable to protect those within.
MISTLETOE - Uil-iok - December 23rd
Fertility, healing, love, rebirth and wisdom keeper. The Mistletoe is an aerial parasitic plant that grows high in the boughs of trees. It does not have roots and is dependent on its host for survival. It is used in charms for protection against witchcraft, bans evil spirits and brings good luck and blessings.
BIRCH - Beth - December 24th – January 20th
Ambitious, creative and motivational. The ability to always strive towards the light and higher energies. The birch is a tree of the Goddess. Birch symbolises rebirth, protection and purification. Birch is traditionally used as the ‘bristles’ when fashioning brooms and besoms.