In our tradition we divide the year not only by eight solar and agricultural holidays, but also by the Kalends. We celebrate twelve months of the year by the common calendar, plus a special thirteenth month for Samhain. These month cycles are associated with different totemic spirits. Each month is assigned an animal, a bird (or other flying creature), and a tree. August's totems are Swine, Vine, and Hawk.
The totemic associations are as follows:
Swine (Torc/Muc) – hunt, search, nourishment, putting up a fight
Vine (Muin) – prophesy, prediction and omens
Hawk (Seabhac) - visions, guardianship, messenger
Boar is as symbol of the Warrior spirit, leadership, and direction. It
is wild and powerful. The Boar calls you into forest to discover a
secret about yourself. The Boar has a raw power that can be very
destructive, but can be channeled.
There are ritual boar paths in Wales, Cornwall, Ireland and Scotland. These paths exist in the Inner Realms, too.
Boar’s tusks and comb are significant and are frequently mentioned in
lore. Furthermore, combs and mirrors depicted beside boars in Scottish
rock-carvings. This animal’s image was often used as emblem on helmets
and mouthpiece of battle-horns to terrify enemies and on swords and
bronze shields to protect the warrior.
It is a secretly
(inwardly) feminine symbol that is connected with healing as well as
destruction. In Scotland, women would give birth at the Boar Stone, with
their bare feet on the stone to absorb its power. In Celtic terms,
hunting and healing seen as connected.
sow is a symbol of nourishment, as swine are a particularly potent food
source. Indeed, it is said that "everything but the oink" is used as
food. Just as the sow gives life as food, so does she take life away.
Any pig farmer can attest to the practice of sows eating their own
piglets after birth. The sow is therefore symbolic of the Goddess who
is death-in-life and life-in-death.
The sow is
especially associated with Cerridwen, whose name is sometimes translated
as "white sow", making her association with September particularly