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July: Folklore, Moons, Symbols & Correspondences

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)


Reviewed by: Tina Caro

July is the seventh month in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. The ancient Romans called the month Quintilius and it was the 5th month of their calendar until the formation of the Julian calendar. The name was changed to July in honor of Julius Ceasar who was born the 12th day of the month.

Other names for the month include the Anglo-Saxon names Haymonath and Maedmonath. The old Japanese calendar (before 1185) called July (approximately) minazuki The month of No water.

End of Oak Tree Month, beginning of Holly Tree Month, the Celtic Tree Calendar.
First Nations, end of Woodpecker Month, Start of Salmon Month.


In witchcraft, July is a time of vitality, abundance, and connection with the natural world.

As the peak of summer unfolds in the Northern Hemisphere, witches revel in the energy of the sun and the bountiful harvests of the earth. July is associated with the energy of growth and fruition, as crops ripen and the land teems with life.

Witches may engage in rituals and spells focused on abundance, prosperity, and gratitude, harnessing the energy of the sun to empower their intentions.

They may also work with herbs, flowers, and crystals associated with the sun and the element of fire.

Magickal Practices in July

July is a month of abundance, harvest, and gratitude in witchcraft, marked by the festival of Lammas and the first harvest of the year.

It’s a time to give thanks for the blessings of the Earth’s bounty, celebrate the abundance of the harvest, and prepare for the coming autumn.

We often engage in rituals, spells, and meditations that reflect the themes of abundance, harvest, and gratitude, aligning themselves with the natural rhythms of the Earth and the turning of the wheel of the year.

Harvest RitualsWitches often perform rituals to celebrate Lammas, honoring the first harvest of the year and the abundance of the Earth’s bounty. These rituals may include baking bread, making corn dollies, and performing rituals to honor the grain harvest and the cycle of life and death.
Abundance SpellsJuly is a time of abundance and gratitude, making it ideal for performing spells to attract abundance and prosperity into one’s life. Witches may work with herbs, crystals, and candles to manifest abundance in various areas of their lives.
Giving ThanksLammas is a time to give thanks for the blessings of the harvest and the abundance of the Earth. Witches may perform rituals to express gratitude, make offerings to the Earth and the harvest deities, and connect with the energy of the harvest season.

Correspondences and Themes for July

SymbolsCorn, wheat, sickle, sunflower
ColorsGold, yellow, green, brown
Herbs and FlowersSunflower, calendula, chamomile
CrystalsCitrine, peridot, carnelian
ThemesAbundance, harvest, gratitude

Folklore About the Month of July

July is considered an unlucky month for a wedding

If the ant hills are high in July, it means a hard winter is coming.

Some weather divination rhymes from the British Isles

If the first of July by rainy weather
‘Twill rain more or less for four weeks together.

St Swithin’s Day if there is rain,
For forty days it will remain
St Swithin’s Day if it be fair
For forty days it rains no more (St Swithin’s Day is July 15)

Moon magick

The Full Moon in July is called variously; the buck moon or the thunder moon in Eastern North America, the Ripe Cherry Moon in the Great Plains region of North America, the Giant Cactus Moon in the North American Southwest, the Killer Whale Moon in Western Canada the mead moon or the hay moon in Great Britain.

Depending on where it falls in the month, the full moon will be in Aquarius(early) or Pisces (late) and the new moon in Cancer (early) or Leo(late).

Pagan and Heathen Feast Days in July

  • Poplifugia
  • Ludi Apollinares
  • Day of Unn the Wise Person
  • Caprotinia
  • The Day of Bad Omens
  • Lucaria
  • Neptunalia
  • Furinalia
  • Stikklestad Day
  • Nonae Caprotinae Juno
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I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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