"There Be Thirteen Months In The Year ..."
The following correspondences are given as is - they may or may not prove to be an inspiration. See Robert Graves' "The
White Goddess" for more information. Remember that the Celts started their year at Samhain, so the Blood Moon is the month
close to Hallowe'en, the Long Night Moon is close to Yule, etcetera. The letters given refer to the Celtic Ogham alphabet.
Blood Moon / Falling Leaf Moon : Elder Tree Esbat; Colour: Blood red; Bird: Rook, Goose; Letter: R;
Goddess: Triple Morrigan: Ana-Badb-Macha. Timelessness, youth and old age balanced, life in death and death in life; the ending
of the old to renew the coming new start, change and creativity all linked.
Tree Moon / Blood Moon : Yew Tree Esbat; Letter: I; Colour: Dark green; Bird: Eaglet, Rook; Goddess:
Hecate. The ability to be reborn, continuously, everlasting, the reference point for what has been and what is to come.
Long Night Moon : Birch Grove Esbat; Colour: white; Letter: B; Bird: Pheasant; God: Belinus. Expel
all evil thoughts and influences, new star, protection against bad influences, inception.
Ice Moon : (inserted every two or three years). Rowan Tree Esbat; Colour: Grey; Bird: Duck; Goddess:
Morrigan Macha; Letter: L. Protection against enchantment, Rowan is good for metal divining, development of oracular powers.
Snow Moon : Ash Grove Esbat; Letter: N; Colour: Bright Green; Bird: Snipe; God: Gwydion. The link between
above and below, Microcosm and Macrocosm, Yggdrasil. The inner pathway shown to the outer world.
Death Moon : Alder Tree Esbat; Letter: F; Bird: Gull; Colour: Purplish red; God: Bran. Best in disputes
when protecting, oracular as Bran's oracular head, buried under the White Mount in Lugdunum.
Awakening Moon / Rising Sap Moon : Willow Grove Esbat; Colour: Brightness/Night; Bird: Hawk, Thrush;
Goddess: Astarte; Letter: S. Controlled by moon-tidal energies, protection against 'damp' diseases, more active at night than
during the day.
Grass Moon : Hawthorne Esbat / Whitethorn Esbat; Colour: Pink; Bird: Night-crow; Goddess: Hag Hadaig;
Letter: H. Cleansing, protects the inner realms (Sidhe), enforced chastity before the fertile Oak-month.
Planting Moon / Honey Moon : Oak Grove Esbat; Colour: Black; Bird: Wren; God: Cernunnos; Letter: D.
Strengthens all powers; gateway to the inner realms, lasting endurance; receives the fertile symbol of the Mistletoe at Mid
Rose Moon : Holly Tree Esbat; Letter: T; Colour: Dark grey; Bird: Starling; God: Green Knight. Directed
balance, unifying capacity, paternity and rebirth. An indicator of what lies ahead after the fertile Oak-month preceding.
Lightning Moon : Hazel Tree Esbat; Colour: Brown; Bird: Crane, Hen; Goddess: Macha; Letter: C. A capacity
for the use of words, strong in meditation and divining, the inspiration or capacity to produce creative energy, especially
Harvest Moon / Barley Moon : Apple Tree Esbat; Colour: Green; Bird: Titmouse; God: Arthur; Letter:
Q. The beauty of life and youthfulness, the choice of beauty, the link to the hidden worlds, the apple-land, Avalon, lies
within, it's sigil is the Pentagram.
Hunter's Moon / Wort Moon : Blackthorn Esbat / Sloe Esbat; Colour:
Purple; Bird: Mute Swan; Goddess: Black Annis; Letter: SS. Strong and determined vision, forceful control, a possession by
supernatural forces, something that cannot be avoided, the determination to overcome all resistance.