The Holly Moon

 

 The “Holly Moon” is the eighth moon of the calendar and falls at the beginning of harvest time when the festival of Lughnasadh or Lammas (also known as or Luna) is celebrated. It’s a celebration of the first fruits of the harvest — the first picking of corn. With the harvesting of the first crops, as the grain is harvested and dies, implicit is the knowledge that it will be reborn — refreshed and renewed.

 

According to Wiccan practice, the Holly Moon is a time of rejuvenation, encirclement, polarity and rebalancing; a time to work polarity magic. Polarity is rebalancing, bringing something back to center when it has gone to far in one direction.  As with all magic, while some is done with oils, herbs and ritual, most is done with the mind and intention.

 

In neo-pagan lore, the August month of Lughnasadh is:

 

The Eighth Moon of the Year

Eighth month of the Celtic Tree calendar, July 8th - August 4th

Eighth consonant of the Ogham alphabet - Tinne (July-August)

Time of the Holly Tree of Sacrifice

 

For more info on this see:

 

http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Holly.htm