CELTIC TREE MONTH TINNE HOLLY
“The Celtic Tree Calendar is a calendar with thirteen lunar divisions. Most contemporary Pagans use fixed dates for each ‘month’, rather than following the waxing and waning lunar cycle. If this was done, eventually the calendar would fall out of sync with the Gregorian year, because some calendar years have 12 full moons and others have 13. The modern tree calendar is based on a concept that each letter in the ancient Celtic alphabet corresponded to a tree.”
July 8th through August 4th marks the Celtic Tree Month of Tinne or Holly. “Although the Oak ruled in the previous month, its counterpart, the Holly, takes over in July. This evergreen plant reminds us all year long about the immortality of nature. The Holly moon was called Tinne, pronounced chihnn-uh, by the Celts, who knew the potent Holly was a symbol of masculine energy and firmness. The ancients used the wood of the Holly in the construction of weapons, but also in protective magic. Hang a sprig of Holly in your house to ensure good luck and safety to your family. Wear as a charm, or make Holly Water by soaking leaves overnight in spring water under a full moon — then use the water as a blessing to sprinkle on people or around the house for protection and cleansing.” — Patti Wigington
“The Holly is best in a fight. He battles and defends himself, defeating enemies, those who wish to destroy him, with his spines. The leaves are soft in summer but in winter, when other greenery is scarce and the evergreen Holly is likely to be attacked by browsing animals, the leaves harden, the spines appear and he is safe. The old name for Holly is Holm, preserved in names such as Holmsdale, Surrey, whose motto is ‘Never wonne, we never shall’. With the coming of Christianity, the Holly became the Holy tree, the tree symbolic of the crown of thorns, so representing the fighting of the soul’s battles that eventually unites this life with the one that follows and, runs parallel.”
“The Holly is male, so symbolizing paternity and fatherhood. With the Ivy and the Mistletoe, the Holly has always been regarded as a potent life symbol, both for his year-long foliage and for his winter fruits. Concealed within the verses of the ‘Song of Amergin’, chanted by a chief Bard as he landed on the shores of Ireland, is the line ‘I am a battle-waging spear’ – the wood of the Holly was used in fashioning spear shafts.”
“What should the qualities of such a shaft be as it is hefted and thrown? The essentials are balance in the hand of the user and directness as it leaves the hand. This quality of directed balance shows that you will be enabled by this card’s guidance to find the strongest argument in your spiritual battle, providing the fight is just and not directed towards aggression and acquistiveness. Also, drawing this card will enable you to find the vigour to fight with balance and unity. Coming after the fertile and central Oak month of the Ogham calendar, this card provides and indication of what lies ahead in the second half of the year. This card can also indicate a lack of direction and balance. Without these attributes, you are not yet equipped to succeed in your present conflicts. You need to know more clearly what you are struggling with and how to combat it correctly in order to win through.”
Today’s message comes from The Celtic Tree Oracle – A System of Divination by Liz and Colin Murray.