July 8 – August 4: Although the Oak ruled in the previous month, its counterpart, the Holly, takes over in July. This evergreen plant reminds us all year long and is connected to immortality (of nature), unity, courage, and the stability of hearth and home. 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 and chariot wheel and spear shafts, but also in protective magic. The qualities of a spear shaft are balance and directness, as the spear must be hefted to be thrown the holly indicates directed balance and vigor to fight if the cause is just.
Holly – The Ruler
Among the Celtic tree astrology signs the Holly is one of regal status. Noble, and high-minded, those born during the Holly era easily take on positions of leadership and power. If you are a Holly sign you take on challenges easily, and you overcome obstacles with rare skill and tact. When you encounter setbacks, you simply redouble your efforts and remain ever vigilant to obtain your end goals. Very seldom are you defeated. This is why many people look up to you and follow you as their leader. You are competitive and ambitious even in the most casual settings. You can appear to be arrogant but in actuality you’re just very confident in your abilities. Truth be known, you are quite generous, kind and affectionate (once people get to know you). Highly intelligent, you skate through academics where others may struggle. Because many things come to you so easily, you may have a tendency to rest on your laurels. In other words, if not kept active, you may slip into an unhealthy and lazy lifestyle. Holly signs may look to Ash and Elder signs for balance and partnership
OGHAM SYMBOL T – Tinne
D In the pre-Christian British Isles, the Holly was often associated with protection — planting a hedge around your home would keep malevolent spirits out, thanks to the sharp spikes on the leaves. In Celtic myth, the concept of the Holly King and the Oak King symbolizes the changing of the seasons, and the transition of the earth from the growing time to the dying season. When Christianity moved into the Celtic lands, the new religion associated the Holly plant with the story of Jesus. At the time the pokey spikes on the leaves represent the crown of thorns worn by Jesus on the cross, and the bright red berries symbolize his blood.
Mundane Aspects: Hang a sprig of Holly in your house to ensure good luck and safety to your family. There is strength to be found in standing together, and ultimately protection comes from honor and trust. 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 items around the house for protection and cleansing. Challenges will be overcome with unity and concerted effort. Ensure the cause is just. As warriors train and retrain until what they do with spears is instinctive, so you too must train and learn daily.
Magical Aspects: Develop the ability to respond quickly and wisely to your intuition. Learn to overcome and adapt to new situations, and to respond immediately to changes in your spiritual environment. Trust your instinct, but don’t let your heart rule over your head. Cultivate dynamic and instinctive intuition to respond to fast moving situations and accept the reality of here and now. Ensure the ability of slipping in and out of a great variety of behavior styles, to be able to respond to the environment at hand.