Yule, Winter Solstice - Table of Associations and Correspondences
Time of Day
Midnight, Nighttime, Dawn
Time of Life
Old Age, 70's-90's, Crone, Senior, Birth, 0-2 Years
Elemental Forces Earth, Snow, Fire, Tree
Holly, Mistletoe, Colored Lights, Candles, Decorated Tree, Ornaments, Nativity Scenes, Boughs, Wreaths, Bells
Customs Caroling, Feasting, Nativity Plays, Sending Christmas Cards, Santa Claus, Gift Giving, Burning the Yule Log, Decorating a Christmas Tree, Ringing Bells
Fruit Cakes, Nuts, Apples, Squash
Rosemary, Frankincense, Bayberry, Mistletoe, Myrrh
Foods Turkey, Ham, Pies, Cranberries, Potatoes
Plants Fir, Pine, Holly, Mistletoe, Poinsettia, Oak, Pinecones
Minerals garnet, cat’s eye, ruby, diamond, bloodstone
Incense Pine, cedar, bayberry, cinnamon
Candles, Spinning Wheels, Saw, Axe
Bona Dea, Demeter, Ops, Brigid, Ameratasu, Beira (Queen of Winter), Frau Holle, Sarasvati, Lucia
Saturn, Kronos, Sol Invicta, Baby Mithras, Oak King, Jupiter, Baby Jesus Christ, Dagda, Baldur, Dionysus
Nature Spirits Santa Claus, Elves, Father Time, Green Man, Gnomes, Trolls
Rebirth, Nativity, Birth, Generosity, Friendship
Slaughtering Animals, Chopping Firewood, Indoor Crafts
Reindeer Stag, Robin, Turkey
pine green, snow white, heart red, gold
Sacred Circle (Valley Spirit)
North Pole, Green, Earth
Christmas (Christians, Non-Christians, Secular)
Winter Solstice (Wiccan, Druids, Neopagans)
DRUIDISM: Druids and Druidesses formed the professional class in ancient Celtic society. They performed the functions of modern day priests, teachers, ambassadors, astronomers, genealogists, philosophers, musicians, theologians, scientists, poets and judges. Druids led all public rituals, which were normally held within fenced groves of sacred trees. The solstice is the time of the death of the old sun and the birth of the dark-half of the year. It was called:
"Alban Arthuan by the ancient Druids. It is the end of month of the Elder Tree and the start of the month of the Birch. The three days before Yule is a magical time. This is the time of the Serpent Days or transformation...The Elder and Birch stand at the entrance to Annwn or Celtic underworld where all life was formed. Like several other myths they guard the entrance to the underworld. This is the time the Sun God journey's thru the underworld to learn the secrets of death and life. And bring out those souls to be reincarnated." 1
A modern-day Druid, Amergin Aryson, has composed a Druidic ritual for the Winter Solstice. 2
[bullet] INCA RELIGION: The ancient Incas celebrated a festival if Inti Raymi at the time of the Winter Solstice. Since the Inca Empire was mainly south of the equator, the festival was held in June. It celebrates "the Festival of the Sun where the god of the Sun, Wiracocha, is honored." 3 Ceremonies were banned by the Roman Catholic conquistadores in 1572 as part of their forced conversions of the Inca people to Christianity. A local group of Quecia Indians in Cusco, Peru revived the festival in 1944. It is now a major festival which begins in Cusco and proceeds to an ancient amphitheater a few miles away.
[bullet] IRAN: Shabe-Yalda (a.k.a. Shab-e Yaldaa) is celebrated in Iran by followers of many religions. It originated in Zoroastrianism, the state religion which preceded Islam. The name refers to the birthday or rebirth of the sun. People gather at home around a korsee -- a low square table -- all night. They tell stories and read poetry. They eat watermelons, pomegranates and a special dried fruit/nut mix. Bonfires are lit outside. 4
[bullet] ISLAM: During the period 1997 to 1999, the first day of the Islamic lunar month of Ramadan occurred in December. The nominal dates were 1997-DEC-31, 1998-DEC-20 and 1999-DEC-9. In some countries, the actual date for the start of Ramadan depends upon the sighting of the crescent moon, and thus can be delayed by a few days from the nominal date. This is the holiest period in the Islamic year. It honors the lunar month in which the Qura'n was revealed by God to humanity. "It is during this month that Muslims observe the Fast of Ramadan. Lasting for the entire month, Muslims fast during the daylight hours and in the evening eat small meals and visit with friends and family. It is a time of worship and contemplation. A time to strengthen family and community ties." 5
Because Ramadan is part of a lunar-based calendar, it starts about 11 days earlier each year. In the year 2000, the nominal date was NOV-27. Ramadan is thus not associated with the winter solstice as are other religious celebrations. It is just by coincidence that it has occurred during December near the end of the 20th century. It will again be a December observation in the early 2030's
JUDAISM: Jews celebrate an 8 day festival of Hanukkah, (a.k.a. Feast of Lights, Festival of lights, Feast of Dedication, Chanukah, Chanukkah, Hanukah). It recalls the war fought by the Maccabees in the cause of religious freedom. Antiochus, the king of Syria, conquered Judea in the 2nd century BCE. He terminated worship in the Temple and stole the sacred lamp, the menorah, from before the altar. At the time of the solstice, they rededicated the Temple to a Pagan deity. Judah the Maccabee lead a band of rebels, and succeeding in retaking Jerusalem. They restored the temple and lit the menorah. It was exactly three years after the flame had been extinguished -- at the time of the Pagan rite.
Although they had found only sufficient consecrated oil to last for 24 hours, the flames burned steadily for eight days.
"Today's menorahs have nine branches; the ninth branch is for the shamash, or servant light, which is used to light the other eight candles. People eat potato latkes, exchange gifts, and play dreidel games. And as they gaze at the light of the menorah, they give thanks for the miracle in the Temple long ago." 6
Modern-day Jews celebrate Hanukkah by lighting one candle for each of the eight days of the festival. Once a minor festival, it has been growing in importance in recent years, perhaps because of the popularity of Christmas.
[bullet] NATIVE AMERICAN SPIRITUALITY:
[bullet] The Pueblo tribe observe both the summer and winter solstices. Although the specific details of the rituals differ from pueblo to pueblo, "the rites are built around the sun, the coming new year and the rebirth of vegetation in the spring....Winter solstice rites include...prayerstick making, retreats, altars, emesis and prayers for increase." 7
[bullet] The Hopi tribe "is dedicated to giving aid and direction to the sun which is ready to 'return' and give strength to budding life." Their ceremony is called "Soyal." It lasts for 20 days and includes "prayerstick making, purification, rituals and a concluding rabbit hunt, feast and blessing..." 7
[bullet] There are countless stone structures created by Natives in the past to detect the solstices and equinoxes. One was called Calendar One by its modern-day finder. It is in a natural amphitheatre of about 20 acres in size in Vermont. From a stone enclosure in the center of the bowl, one can see a number of vertical rocks and natural features in the horizon which formed the edge of the bowl. At the solstices and equinoxes, the sun rises and sets at notches or peaks in the ridge which surrounded the calendar. 8
"Yule, is when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day. Known as Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, much celebration was to be had as the ancestors awaited the rebirth of the Oak King, the Sun King, the Giver of Life that warmed the frozen Earth and made her to bear forth from seeds protected through the fall and winter in her womb. Bonfires were lit in the fields, and crops and trees were "wassailed" with toasts of spiced cider."
"The Holly King, represents the Death aspect of the God at this time of year; and the Oak King, represents the opposite aspect of Rebirth (these roles are reversed at Midsummer). This can be likened to the Divine Child's birth. The myth of the Holly King/Oak King probably originated from the Druids to whom these two trees were highly sacred. The Oak King (God of the Waxing Year) kills the Holly King (God of the Waning Year) at Yule (the Winter Solstice). The Oak King then reigns supreme until Litha (the Summer Solstice) when the two battle again, this time with the Holly King victorious. Examples of the Holly King's image can be seen in our modern Santa Claus."
"Timeless thoughts of a winter’s stare;
eyes gazing over a landscape bare.
Memories drift on a blustery breeze;
dying light ushers in the freeze.
Reaching out for a grasp on the present;
stillness sets in, alone, and desolate.
Future unknown, outcome uncertain;
brilliance shadowed by a drawn curtain.
Path now set, laid before me known;
closing light now emanating from home.
Enter my homestead, heart filled with glee;
two eyes of the future peering upward at me.
Trusting in him to forge forward until fulfilled;
Basis of strength, values I have instilled.
A wary mind at last permitted to rest;
reflecting on the realization of how I am blessed.
- Michael A. Barron, Winter's Epiphany
Yule, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Saturnalia
1. Thoroughly clean, dust, tidy up, refreshen, improve, and add appropriate seasonal decorations to your home altar. This should normally be clean and tidy, however an extra cleaning before the Winter Solstice equinox celebration is a way to express your reverence, create a visible reminder of your thoughts and devotional practices, and to offer hospitality to the nature spirits, ancestors, and Shining Ones. If you don't have a home altar, read some books and webpages about setting one up in your home or garden, and then establish one this holiday season. Typical Winter Solstice colors are green (pine/fir branches, wrapped presents), red (candles, cloth, bowls, poinsettia flowers, wrapped presents, ornaments, etc.), and white (candles, bowls, wrapped presents, ornaments).
2. Since cutting trees for firewood was an essential task for survival in the winter months, cutting a tree and bringing it indoors and decorating it with ornaments is quite popular in many places. Of course, burn the tree afterwards in your fireplace along with your regular firewood. If you have no fireplace, then bring a living potted evergreen plant indoors for a week or so and decorate it, or make a beautiful wreath out of pine branches. Some people use trees and plants made out of plastic for Christmas decorations, and resuse them for decades. A few view the "Christmas Tree" tradition as a insult to pagan and/or Christian views, ecologically unsound, and a wasteful clutter in landfill dumps. Check to make sure your home heating system is efficient, doors and windows are draft free, and wear warm clothing indoors to conserve non-renewable resources.
3. Working and meditating in the garden is an important facet of my spiritual path. I need to regularly reconnect with the earth and the winter season outdoors. I live in Red Bluff, California, USDA Zone 9, Northern Hemisphere. My late December gardening chores might be quite different from yours, depending upon where you live. We always have a winter vegetable garden: swiss chard, cabbage, onions, radishes, garlic. Tend your garden daily. Weed your vegetable garden. Review your own lists of chores for December and January, and act accordingly.
8. Read about the Winter Solstice, Saturnalia, New Year, and Christmas celebrations around the world. Add notes gathered from books, magazines, and webpages on the subject to your personal journal. See my bibliography and links above. Visit your local public library or college library to obtain access to books, media and magazines on the subject. Study about ancient Indo-European religions. I update my Months webpages on December and January.
9. Add some appropriate Winter Solstice, Saturnalia, Wintertime, New Year or Christmas songs, chants, prayers, reflections, invocations, or poems to your Neo-Pagan Craft Journal, Book of Shadows, blog, website, or Ritual Handbook. Write in your personal journal. Most spiritual seekers keep a notebook, journal or log as part of their experimental, creative, magical and experiential work.
10. Stay at home. Improve your home, backyard, or garden. Eliminate long driving trips. Do you really need to "Go" anywhere? Do you really need to fly by airplane to another country? Explore your backyard, neighborhood, local community, nearby city, county wide area, regional area within 100 miles. Visit a local "sacred site." For us, for example, this could be Mt. Shasta, the headwaters spring of the Sacramento River in Mt. Shasta City, the Sacramento River at Woodson Bridge Park, a long walk in the forest below nearby Mt. Lassen, sitting on the shore of Almanor Lake, sitting in my backyard in the moonlight, or visiting a beautiful church or college or park that is nearby. Watch a DVD on a spiritual subject, sacred place, or inspirational topic. Learn more about your local environment.
11. Read solitary or group rites for the Winter Solstice available in books and webpages (see above). Create your own ritual for the Winter Solstice or Christmas. Practice the ritual. Conduct the ritual at a convenient time for you, or your family and/or friends, as close to the day of the Winter Solstice as possible. Attend a public Winter Solstice ritual of a local NeoPagan group.
12. We enjoy putting up a few colorful electric lights and turning them on for an hour or so every few nights.
"The Oak King, the Lord of the Greenwood and golden twin of the waxing year, rules from Midwinter to Midsummer. At Midwinter, he goes to battle with his twin, the Holly King, for the favor of the Goddess. He slays the Holly King, who goes to rest in Caer Arianrhod until they do battle again at Midsummer. The Oak King and Holly King are mortal enemies at Midsummer and Midwinter, but they are two sides of a whole. Neither could exist without the other. Two themes run throughout the Oak King and Holly King saga. The first, of course, is the two great yearly battles between the two. The second is the sacrificial mating, death, and resurrection of each in his season. At Beltane, the peak of the Oak King's reign, he sacrificially mates with the Great Mother, dies in her embrace, and is resurrected. This is an enactment of the natural fertility theme of the season, and is not uncommon in other mythologies: Osiris, Tammuz, Dionysus, Balder, and Jesus are only a few other gods who die and are resurrected. (The Holly King on the other hand, mates, dies and is resurrected at Lammas.) This aspect of the Oak King and Holly King is not widely discussed, but is an important element in their roles as fertility gods."
- The Oak King
"All paganism is at bottom a worship of nature in some form or other, and in all pagan religions the deepest and most awe-inspiring attribute of nature was its power of re-production. The mystery of birth and becoming was the deepest mystery of nature; it lay at the root of all thoughtful paganism, and appeared in various forms, some of a more innocent, others of a most debasing type. To ancient pagan thinkers, as well as to modern men of science, the key to the hidden secret of the origin and preservation of the universe lay in the mystery of sex. Two energies or agents, one an active and generative, other a feminine, passive, or susceptible one, were everywhere thought to combine for creative purposes; and heaven and earth sun and moon, day and night, were believed to co-operate to the production of being. Upon some such basis as this rested almost all the polytheistic worship of the old civilization; and to it may be traced back, by stage, the separation of divinity into male and female gods; the deification of distinct powers of nature, and the idealization of man's own faculties, desires, and lusts; where every power of his understanding was embodied as an object of adoration, and every impulse of his will became an incarnation of deity."
- A.T. Jones, Ancient Sun Worship and Its Impact on Christianity
Be Blessed This Yule Solstice!
This is a simple question that can be difficult to answer.
Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assurehealth and good fortune for people inhabiting it.
Feng means wind and shuimeans water . In Chinese culture wind and water are associated with good health, thus good feng shui came to mean good fortune, while bad feng shui means bad luck, or misfortune.
Feng shui is based on the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi , or energy.
Explore the History of Feng Shui
The ancient Chinese believed that specific land's energy could either make or break the kingdom, so to speak. The theories ofyin and yang , as well as the five feng shuielements , are some of the basic aspects of a feng shui analysis that come from Taoism.
How To Get Started with Feng Shui
The main tools used in a feng shui analysis are the Compass and the Bagua. The feng shui energy map, or bagua , is an octagonal grid containing the symbols of the I Ching , the ancient oracle on which feng shui is based. Knowing the bagua of your home will help you understand the connection of specific feng shui areas of your home to specific areas of your life.
How To Apply the Bagua of Your Home or OfficeThe feng shui compass , also called Luo-Pan, is used to access deeper information about a site or a building. It consists of bands of concentric rings arranged around Luo meanseverything and Pan means bowl , which can be interpreted as a bowl that contains all the mysteries of the universe.
How To Take the Compass Reading
Feng shui offers a variety of cures to improve your life. From the feng shui use of aquariums to attract prosperity to the feng shui use of crystals and fountains ; from the right feng shui use of colours to the feng shui use of clocks , there are many ways you can improve the energy in your home or office with solid, good feng shui.
It is important to understand that there are several different schools of feng shui , as well as a strong culturally specific symbolic aspect of feng shui that you have to useintelligently .
Once you master the basic level of feng shui, you will start seeing powerful results. You will also understand why feng shui is extensively used in both homes and officesall over the world.
Getting started with feng shuifor your house & home can be easy when you start with the house basics and gradually move on to the more complex feng shui levels.
To help you get started with good feng shui in your home, here are some helpful feng shui house steps for beginners:
Clear Out Your Clutter, get rid of everything you do not love in your house. Clutter clearing is a time-and energy-consuming process that will feel like therapy, but it will help you "lighten up the load," so to speak.
Do not skip this step, as it is an essential one in creating harmonious house feng shui energy.
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Have Good Quality Air and Good Quality Light in your house. These two elements are essential for good feng shui energy (called Chi) in your home. Open the windows often, introduce feng shui air-purifying plants or use an air-purifier. Allow as much natural light as possible into your home, and consider using full-spectrum lights.
3.Define the Bagua, or the feng shui energy map of your house, by using one of the two main feng shui methods - the classical school bagua or the BTB grid. Once you define the bagua, you will know which areas of your home are connected to specific areas of your life. For example, in traditional feng shui, the Southeast feng shui area of your home is connected to the flow of money energy in your life.
Get the Basics of 5 Feng Shui Elements in order to create balance and vibrant energy in all areas of your home. For example, if you are working on attractingmore prosperity, you will introduce the feng shui elements of Wood and Water in the Southeast area of your house. If your need to improve your health, you will place lush wood feng shui element items, such as plants or pieces of wood furniture in the East area.
Find Out Your Feng Shui Birth Elementand create a home to nourish and support your energy. For example, if your own element is Fire, you need to introduce the expressions of Fire feng shui element, such as the Fire element colors (red, orange, purple, magenta, pink, yellow), triangular shapes, etc.
You will also need a strong Wood element in your home, as Wood feeds the Fire in the productive cycle/relationship of five feng shui elements.
Find Out Your Kua Number and Your Lucky Directions so that you can be energized by good energy from your best, or lucky feng shui directions. Adjust the position of your bed, your desk, the seating in your dining area, etc. For example, if your Kua number is 1, it is best to face one of the following directions: Southeast, East, South, and North.
Always Be Mindful of the Feel of Your Home and how its energy influences your well-being. Make a habit of paying close attention to the so-called feng shui "trinity" that is deeply connected to your health - your bedroom, your bathroom and your kitchen. Nothing is static in the world of energy, so be wise and keep your home healthy and happy.
Here is the color correspondence of each of the five feng shui elements:
WOOD: Green, Brown
FIRE: Red, Strong Yellow, Orange, Purple, Pink
EARTH: Light Yellow, Sandy/Earthy, Light Brown
METAL: White, Gray
WATER: Blue, Black
Knowing how to use color to strengthen and balance the energy of your home is a complex feng shui subject, but there are always basics to it. The right placement of feng shui colors is defined by the Bagua, or the feng shui energy map of your space.
To help you understand how to best express the five feng shui elements in your home or office, let's look at the South feng shui bagua area.
The energy of the South feng shui bagua area is connected to your Fame & Reputation energy. A better translation, actually, is the Light, or Fire Within. The energy of the Southfeng shui bagua area is also connected to the image you project to other people, or your identity in the eyes of others, as well as to how well you are able to maintain your own Light - your identity and values.
The feng shui element of South is Fire, and the feng shui colors that express it are red,purple, pink, strong yellow and orange. Obviously, you want to keep your fire energy strong, which means it is best to avoid many blue or black color decor items in the South feng shui bagua area of your space.
Why would you avoid blue and black color scheme in the South bagua area? Because blue and black colors have the energy of the Water feng shui element, and Water puts down the Fire element of the South in the destructive cycle of five feng shui elements.
Here Are Some Easy Feng Shui Color Tips For Your Home:
Color Green is excellent for improving health and balancing family life when used in the East feng shui bagua area of your home.
Color Blue is a very good feng shui choice in the North bagua area to support the energy of your carrer growth or in the East (Health/Family) and Southeast (Wealth/Money) to water and nourish the Wood feng shui element.
Have some strong Yellow in the South feng shui bagua area for happy gatherings and good times.
Pure White in the West feng shui bagua area (Creativity & Children) will bring supportive energy for all your creative endeavors.
Before using specific colors in your home as feng shui cures, be sure to study the light patterns throughout the day in the room. Would the color feel good in the morning? How about at night with artificial lighting?
Be sure the chosen feng shui color has a good relationship with the other "inhabitants" of your home, such as your furniture pieces, decor objects, art, etc. You would like all of them to have a good time, rather than argue and continuously fight for your attention!
FENG SHUI 5 ELEMENTS ART STORE
The five elements theory is one of the main theories in feng shui. You can bring powerful, life-changing results by knowing how to apply the feng shui five elements theory in your home or office space.
The five feng shui elements - Earth, Metal, Water, Wood and Fire - are the main manifestations of Chi, or Universal energy. One of the easiest ways to bring the energy of five elements into any space, be it home or office, is with good quality, vibrant art that carries the energy of specific elements.
For example, if your space needs the Fire feng shui element, you can bring it with art that has strong red, purple, orange or yellow colours, in other words, with art that carries the energy of Fire feng shui element. Choose any style, period or representation that suits your home or office decor the best, no need to limit yourself.
You can also bring the five feng shui elements with specific shapes, and here is how the feng shui elements are expressed in shapes:
When you start applying the feng shui theory of five elements, you might be confused as to the feng shui element representation of a specific piece of furniture or a decor item.
In between color, shape and material, how would you define the feng shui element of a specific object?
Let's take the example of a coffee table - blue color, square shape, made from wood. Bluebeing the color of the water feng shui element, would your table be bringing the water element into your home or would it bring the wood element, as the table is made from wood? And how about the square shape, does it bring the earth feng shui element?
Generally, when you have difficulty defining the feng shui element of a specific decor item,the color of the item will be used as the first criteria. Second comes the shape, and then the material from which the item is made.
Of course, when the element is obvious, such as a metal staircase (metal element) or aplant (wood element), there is no guesswork! In most cases, though, you will see that each decor item brings two or more elements, and in time you will find it easier to sense, or understand, the feng shui element expression of various items in your home.
Once you know how to balance the five elements in your home by using simple decoritems, as well as various feng shui cures, a harmonious home is truly yours to enjoy!
Full Moon (waning/180-135 degrees)
December 6, 2014 — A veil of self-absorption is lifted and suddenly you gain access to an unbiased view of others. This is a rare moment when you can see yourself objectively and become aware of whether or not what you want in your heart is actually beginning to manifest in your life. Traditionally, the Full Moon phase stirs emotion, and this is because when you "see" what is happening, you may become upset if you’re experiencing the "same ol', same ol'" -- rather than the things you would like. If the Full Moon phase is a disappointment, on the next New Moon it's time to take creative action in the direction of your dreams.
Moon 12° Gemini sextiles Uranus [in retrograde] 12° Aries
Moon 13° Gemini opposes Mercury 13° Sagittarius
Moon 14° Gemini opposes Sun 14° Sagittarius
Full Moon 12:30pm UK - 1:30pm Europe - 6pm India
7:30am USA EST - 11:30pm Sydney, Australia
Moon rises approx 5pm in your local time zone
Gemini Full Moon 6th December 2014
Changing Your Mind - Changing Your Life
The Gemini Full Moon will show you "life" from a different perspective that will make everyone change their minds
You won't care about "logic" - all you will want is whatever fires you up - whatever excites you - wherever there is warmth
Moon opposes Mercury | Moon opposes Sun - Full Moon | Moon opposes Venus
Means that it will be a vibrant Full Moon filled with lots of surprises.
Full Moon 14° Gemini - defined by 3 opposing energies that will be inexplicably attracted to each other - like magnets - means even if you think nothing is going to happen - it will be happening - ONE SPECIFIC POSITIVE thing in everyone's lives will get the full attention of this Gemini Full Moon.
Sun, Mercury & Venus in Fire signs opposing a Moon in communicative Air sign of Gemini - backed-up by Uranus in Fire Sign of Aries & Jupiter in Fire Sign of Leo. With the most significant breakthrough coming just prior to the Full Moon - due to the fact that Moon squares Neptune and Sun squares Neptune - which means to have your specific success and to have your breakthrough - you will need to change your attitude to specific facets of your life - and CHANGE YOUR MIND - defined by a newfound clarity of TRUTH - TRUTH of feelings, facts, events and situations - because the Full Moon will fire-you-up inside telling you that it's truly good for you - because it has made you come ALIVE.
It is "lucky" that last month Sun in Scorpio was so "dead", quiet and negative for most - because now - we will become so excited by every single exciting positive Sagittarian energy. That all the negativity will be completely forgotten. It will make you forget the sadness of the fact someone has died - because of the unexpected inheritance they have left for you.
Even so the journey from the New Moon in Sagittarius on 22nd November leading to this Full Moon of 6th December - has been vitally important as you realized what's been fundamentally - so bad for you - because it's been so negative as it created so much stagnation in your life. And I'm not just talking of the past few months - but even years. That's now completely changed due to the fact that Saturn is now headed out of Scorpio and into Sagittarius - even so and before then - the Gemini Full Moon still has many BIG surprises in store for everyone.
There's a facet of Gemini - which I should tell you - if you don't already know - and that's Gemini's like to love everyone - they like to be friends with everyone - and will always swap-sides in arguments - because they'd prefer to avoid confrontation. Equally so - they prefer to LIE than tell the TRUTH - as they don't want to upset anyone.
However, there are moments when even Gemini's tell the truth - and there are specific people that even Gemini's always tell the truth to - and this Gemini Full Moon will be one of them - people will not only tell you truth - but it will create a BOND of trust and friendship between you. That's because the truth will become so clear - that doubts, dithering, deception and lies won't be possible. Therefore, expect to find out the TRUTH - due to the squares to Neptune in Pisces - you will have no doubts anymore - the Full Moon truths will ensure you make all the right decisions for your future.
The Gemini Full Moon will affect - each star sign differently - for those who love changes and for those of you who hate unexpected changes - all you need to know is that the Full Moon will be creating the vitally necessary changes - that need to happen - to ensure you're moved into place in time for Saturn entering Sagittarius on 23rd December 2014.
This is the last Full Moon with "Saturn in Scorpio" - and therefore - certain things that need to be completed by 22nd December - will now be triggered to happen - as EVERYONE is opened - to get the karmic feeling that something needs to be completed - something needs to be tidied - and something needs to be prepared for the "future". It is coincidentally funny that this Full Moon will give everyone the inexplicable feeling to finish all unfinished business by "Christmas 2014". A feeling of just "finish" it - will be strongly felt - and hence even people who've been extremely stubborn - will now become flexible to finish and do what destiny wants them to do.
Be Blessed )O(
The tension between satisfying our most immediate needs and pursuing our future goals is amplified by the restless Gemini Full Moon at 7:26 am EST. The far-reaching Sagittarius Sun illuminates the Moon, testing our authenticity since we might not say what we believe. Our emotions can shift quickly, but our opinions remain more constant. Nevertheless, we crave interpersonal connections and yearn to indulge in the joy of exchanging ideas.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Your ideas are bubbling up to the surface and are demanding expression today as the chatty Gemini Full Moon casts its bright light in your 3rd House of Communication. It’s almost as if your thoughts have a mind of their own and that their intentions are more urgent than anything else. It might seem as if you don’t have a lot of choice in the matter now. Find a way to share what you are thinking with the rest of the world if you want to be at peace with yourself.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
Although you may not feel like dealing with financial concerns today, it’s wise to attend to money matters anyhow with the clever Gemini Full Moon highlighting your 2nd House of Personal Resources. At the very least, make sure your bills are paid before you purchase a luxury item. Keep in mind that not everyone is impressed with things that glitter and sparkle if the sentiments are insincere. The best gifts are the ones that come from the heart and not the wallet.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
You’re on an emotional edge while the Gemini Full Moon rattles your restless sign, especially if you recently made personal commitments that you’re now reconsidering. You can sense the pull of your own desires, but it might be hard to put your inner process into action today. Your vulnerability leaves you slightly uncomfortable, tempting you to run away from a complicated romantic involvement. Nevertheless, your feelings are in a state of flux. Getting out of your head and into your heart puts things into proper perspective.
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
You are adaptable like a colorful chameleon as you absorb the energy of today’s mutable Gemini Full Moon floating in your 12th House of Spiritual Mystery. Your current emotional high tide bounces you around on the waves of change, but others may not notice right away. Instead of holding your dreams inside, reveal a secret to someone close to you. Expressing your feelings might seem scary at first, but can open the door to a tender and meaningful experience.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You secretly long for quality one-on-one time with a significant other now instead of getting lost in the noise of a larger group. Although you might like the idea of shifting the spotlight off of you for a while, it’s challenging to maintain anonymity when the interactive Gemini Full Moon highlights your 11th House of Social Networking. You may need to rearrange your schedule today so you can have a heart-to-heart conversation with your trusted companion without feeling the need to rationalize your desires. The heart wants what it wants.
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You’re being pulled in two directions now, making it tough to choose a single course of action. The Gemini Full Moon brightens your 10th House of Career, reinforcing your recent ambiguity about work. Meanwhile, personal activities or projects at home could distract you from professional responsibilities. Postpone major decisions for a few days until you have the time to think through your plans in a more rational manner. Make whatever necessary adjustments you must today, but don’t settle for less in the long run.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Sudden waves of wanderlust compel you to dream about going somewhere far away as the flighty Gemini Full Moon buzzes your 9th House of Adventure today. However, the Moon is offset by the Sun in your 3rd House of Immediate Environment, giving you good reasons to stay close to home. Don’t worry if you can’t resolve your current travel dilemma immediately. Daydreaming about an incredible journey from the comfort of your couch may be less stressful now than dragging your suitcase around the world.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
You might think that you picked the easier path, only to discover that the Gemini Full Moon’s presence in your 8th House of Deep Sharing has drawn you into a complicated emotional entanglement. Thankfully, you are able to quickly reestablish a healthy perspective; your persuasive communication skills come to your aid today as you extricate yourself as gracefully as possible from any unnecessary drama. Remember, it’s your choice; only you can decide where you want to direct your energy now.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
You Archers are aiming your intentions into the distance as you dream and scheme your way into the future. Naturally, you wish that nothing was standing in your way, but you still may need to stop and consider someone else’s point of view now. Today’s Gemini Full Moon activates your 7th House of Partners, suggesting the presence of an unseen aspect of a relationship that complicates your current plans. Don’t make any big decisions until you share your thoughts with those you love. Although you cherish your independence, the opinions of others matter more than you think.
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You may have so many little chores to do today that you don’t know where to begin. The Gemini Full Moon spotlights your 6th House of Daily Routine, spreading your energy thin and making it difficult to follow through on any single task. Luckily, your imagination helps to co-create your future. Don’t worry if you’re feeling frustrated because of your lack of progress; you will soon regain your focus and continue on your path. In the meantime, keep your dreams alive at all costs.
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Actions usually speak louder than words, but communicating your feelings now is the most direct way to connect with others. Although today’s whimsical Gemini Full Moon lights up your 5th House of Love and Creativity, don’t get distracted by witty phrases and clever comebacks. Hold onto your vision of what you want to say and keep returning to the essential point so that your message is heard loud and clear. Even if you are tempted to move on to something else, persistence is your secret weapon of success.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Although you might try to maintain your control of the outer world, the thoughtful Gemini Full Moon shines in your 4th House of Security, drawing you into the inner recesses of your private emotional world. However, you may find yourself cast in a social spotlight. Figuring out how to be in both places at once is more complicated than you might think. You prefer to hang out with your loved ones but responsibility calls and you must answer. The sooner you meet your obligations today, the quicker you can return to enjoying the company of your friends and family.
Today’s Witches Rune~The Moon
Meanings: The “x” marks represent the four main phases of the moon and so you can expect changes to happen within the next 28 days. This is a particularly feminine stone and often appears in response to questions about women’s issues. The Moon rune is a messenger. It is telling you to be aware that major changes are coming to your life. Consult the runes closest to it to determine whether those changes are negative or positive.
Hagalaz is the hail Rune. It denotes chaos, destruction and disruption on a primal level. You may experience delays in moving toward your goals.
hagalaz : hail
Phonetic equivalent: h
sudden loss, ordeal, destruction, disaster, clearance, testing, karmic lesson, drastic change.
removing unwanted influences, breaking destructive patterns
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:
Ragnarok, Loki, Frost Giants
The idea of the destruction of the old being necessary to the growth of the new, as contained in the Norse myth of Ragnarok, is essential to our understanding of this rune. Interestingly enough, hagalaz lies between kenaz (fire) and isa (ice), reminding us of the Norse creation myth and the creative potential that lies between these two opposites, even though their meeting may seem at first to be destructive. Like the Tower in the Tarot, hagalaz is only a negative rune if we choose to view it in that way, and refuse to learn its lessons. Appearing as it does at the beginning of the second aett, it marks both a beginning and an end, and knocks us out of the safety and complacency of wunjo. It represents what a friend of mine used to refer to as the ‘flying ladle syndrome’ – that whenever things appear to be going too well, you can expect a good, healthy whack in the head from the Fates, just to make sure you’re paying attention.These sorts of ‘wake-up calls’ from the Gods will happen frequently throughout a person’s life, but are often misinterpreted as divine punishment for some imagined wrong when in fact they are merely a way of drawing your attention to a recurrent pattern in your life. Unfortunately, these types of events have a tendency to repeat themselves with greater and greater severity until the lesson is learned and the pattern is broken. For example, someone who needs to break their dependency on a certain type of person will find themselves in relationships with such people over and over again with more and more disastrous results until they recognize the pattern as emanating from themselves and break it willingly.
What has traditionally been known as the World card points to the presiding intelligence, called "Sophia," or Wisdom, which upholds life on this and all worlds. A more precise title for this card might be "the Soul of the World," also applicable as a symbol of personal empowerment and freedom. In most Tarot decks it is a female figure that has become our standard World image. She originates in Hebrew, Gnostic and Alchemical lore, and stands between heaven and earth as the Cosmic Mother of Souls, the Wife of God and our protector from the karmic forces we have set loose upon the Earth in our immaturity and ignorance.
Where the Empress energy secures and fertilizes our terrestrial lives, the goddess of The World invites us into cosmic citizenship -- once we come to realize our soul's potential for it. Just as the Chariot stands for success in achieving a separate Self, and Temperance represents achievement of mental and moral health, the World card announces the awakening of the soul's Immortal Being, accomplished without the necessity of dying.
This card, like the Sun, is reputed to have no negative meaning no matter where or how it appears. If the Hermetic axiom is "Know Thyself", this image represents what becomes known when the true nature of Self is followed to creative freedom and its ultimate realization.
Be Blessed )O(
[Daily Fortunes for Saturn's Day December 6th, 2014 The tension between satisfying our most immediate needs and pursuing our future goals is amplified by the restless Gemini Full Moon at 7:26 am EST. The far-reaching Sagittarius Sun illuminates the Moon, testing our authenticity since we might not say what we believe. Our emotions can shift quickly, but our opinions remain more constant. Nevertheless, we crave interpersonal connections and yearn to indulge in the joy of exchanging ideas. Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19) Your ideas are bubbling up to the surface and are demanding expression today as the chatty Gemini Full Moon casts its bright light in your 3rd House of Communication. It’s almost as if your thoughts have a mind of their own and that their intentions are more urgent than anything else. It might seem as if you don’t have a lot of choice in the matter now. Find a way to share what you are thinking with the rest of the world if you want to be at peace with yourself. Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20) Although you may not feel like dealing with financial concerns today, it’s wise to attend to money matters anyhow with the clever Gemini Full Moon highlighting your 2nd House of Personal Resources. At the very least, make sure your bills are paid before you purchase a luxury item. Keep in mind that not everyone is impressed with things that glitter and sparkle if the sentiments are insincere. The best gifts are the ones that come from the heart and not the wallet. Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20) You’re on an emotional edge while the Gemini Full Moon rattles your restless sign, especially if you recently made personal commitments that you’re now reconsidering. You can sense the pull of your own desires, but it might be hard to put your inner process into action today. Your vulnerability leaves you slightly uncomfortable, tempting you to run away from a complicated romantic involvement. Nevertheless, your feelings are in a state of flux. Getting out of your head and into your heart puts things into proper perspective. Cancer Horoscope (Jun 21 – Jul 22) You are adaptable like a colorful chameleon as you absorb the energy of today’s mutable Gemini Full Moon floating in your 12th House of Spiritual Mystery. Your current emotional high tide bounces you around on the waves of change, but others may not notice right away. Instead of holding your dreams inside, reveal a secret to someone close to you. Expressing your feelings might seem scary at first, but can open the door to a tender and meaningful experience. Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22) You secretly long for quality one-on-one time with a significant other now instead of getting lost in the noise of a larger group. Although you might like the idea of shifting the spotlight off of you for a while, it’s challenging to maintain anonymity when the interactive Gemini Full Moon highlights your 11th House of Social Networking. You may need to rearrange your schedule today so you can have a heart-to-heart conversation with your trusted companion without feeling the need to rationalize your desires. The heart wants what it wants. Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22) You’re being pulled in two directions now, making it tough to choose a single course of action. The Gemini Full Moon brightens your 10th House of Career, reinforcing your recent ambiguity about work. Meanwhile, personal activities or projects at home could distract you from professional responsibilities. Postpone major decisions for a few days until you have the time to think through your plans in a more rational manner. Make whatever necessary adjustments you must today, but don’t settle for less in the long run. Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22) Sudden waves of wanderlust compel you to dream about going somewhere far away as the flighty Gemini Full Moon buzzes your 9th House of Adventure today. However, the Moon is offset by the Sun in your 3rd House of Immediate Environment, giving you good reasons to stay close to home. Don’t worry if you can’t resolve your current travel dilemma immediately. Daydreaming about an incredible journey from the comfort of your couch may be less stressful now than dragging your suitcase around the world. Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21) You might think that you picked the easier path, only to discover that the Gemini Full Moon’s presence in your 8th House of Deep Sharing has drawn you into a complicated emotional entanglement. Thankfully, you are able to quickly reestablish a healthy perspective; your persuasive communication skills come to your aid today as you extricate yourself as gracefully as possible from any unnecessary drama. Remember, it’s your choice; only you can decide where you want to direct your energy now. Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21) You Archers are aiming your intentions into the distance as you dream and scheme your way into the future. Naturally, you wish that nothing was standing in your way, but you still may need to stop and consider someone else’s point of view now. Today’s Gemini Full Moon activates your 7th House of Partners, suggesting the presence of an unseen aspect of a relationship that complicates your current plans. Don’t make any big decisions until you share your thoughts with those you love. Although you cherish your independence, the opinions of others matter more than you think. Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19) You may have so many little chores to do today that you don’t know where to begin. The Gemini Full Moon spotlights your 6th House of Daily Routine, spreading your energy thin and making it difficult to follow through on any single task. Luckily, your imagination helps to co-create your future. Don’t worry if you’re feeling frustrated because of your lack of progress; you will soon regain your focus and continue on your path. In the meantime, keep your dreams alive at all costs. Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18) Actions usually speak louder than words, but communicating your feelings now is the most direct way to connect with others. Although today’s whimsical Gemini Full Moon lights up your 5th House of Love and Creativity, don’t get distracted by witty phrases and clever comebacks. Hold onto your vision of what you want to say and keep returning to the essential point so that your message is heard loud and clear. Even if you are tempted to move on to something else, persistence is your secret weapon of success. Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20) Although you might try to maintain your control of the outer world, the thoughtful Gemini Full Moon shines in your 4th House of Security, drawing you into the inner recesses of your private emotional world. However, you may find yourself cast in a social spotlight. Figuring out how to be in both places at once is more complicated than you might think. You prefer to hang out with your loved ones but responsibility calls and you must answer. The sooner you meet your obligations today, the quicker you can return to enjoying the company of your friends and family. Today’s Witches Rune~The Moon Keywords: Change. Meanings: The “x” marks represent the four main phases of the moon and so you can expect changes to happen within the next 28 days. This is a particularly feminine stone and often appears in response to questions about women’s issues. The Moon rune is a messenger. It is telling you to be aware that major changes are coming to your life. Consult the runes closest to it to determine whether those changes are negative or positive. Viking Rune~Hagalaz Hagalaz is the hail Rune. It denotes chaos, destruction and disruption on a primal level. You may experience delays in moving toward your goals. hagalaz : hail Phonetic equivalent: h DIVINATORY MEANINGS: sudden loss, ordeal, destruction, disaster, clearance, testing, karmic lesson, drastic change. MAGICAL USES: removing unwanted influences, breaking destructive patterns ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES: Ragnarok, Loki, Frost Giants ANALYSIS: The idea of the destruction of the old being necessary to the growth of the new, as contained in the Norse myth of Ragnarok, is essential to our understanding of this rune. Interestingly enough, hagalaz lies between kenaz (fire) and isa (ice), reminding us of the Norse creation myth and the creative potential that lies between these two opposites, even though their meeting may seem at first to be destructive. Like the Tower in the Tarot, hagalaz is only a negative rune if we choose to view it in that way, and refuse to learn its lessons. Appearing as it does at the beginning of the second aett, it marks both a beginning and an end, and knocks us out of the safety and complacency of wunjo. It represents what a friend of mine used to refer to as the ‘flying ladle syndrome’ – that whenever things appear to be going too well, you can expect a good, healthy whack in the head from the Fates, just to make sure you’re paying attention.These sorts of ‘wake-up calls’ from the Gods will happen frequently throughout a person’s life, but are often misinterpreted as divine punishment for some imagined wrong when in fact they are merely a way of drawing your attention to a recurrent pattern in your life. Unfortunately, these types of events have a tendency to repeat themselves with greater and greater severity until the lesson is learned and the pattern is broken. For example, someone who needs to break their dependency on a certain type of person will find themselves in relationships with such people over and over again with more and more disastrous results until they recognize the pattern as emanating from themselves and break it willingly. Tarot~The World What has traditionally been known as the World card points to the presiding intelligence, called "Sophia," or Wisdom, which upholds life on this and all worlds. A more precise title for this card might be "the Soul of the World," also applicable as a symbol of personal empowerment and freedom. In most Tarot decks it is a female figure that has become our standard World image. She originates in Hebrew, Gnostic and Alchemical lore, and stands between heaven and earth as the Cosmic Mother of Souls, the Wife of God and our protector from the karmic forces we have set loose upon the Earth in our immaturity and ignorance. Where the Empress energy secures and fertilizes our terrestrial lives, the goddess of The World invites us into cosmic citizenship -- once we come to realize our soul's potential for it. Just as the Chariot stands for success in achieving a separate Self, and Temperance represents achievement of mental and moral health, the World card announces the awakening of the soul's Immortal Being, accomplished without the necessity of dying. This card, like the Sun, is reputed to have no negative meaning no matter where or how it appears. If the Hermetic axiom is "Know Thyself", this image represents what becomes known when the true nature of Self is followed to creative freedom and its ultimate realization. Be Blessed )O(]
By Donna Morgan on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 9:43pm
Many people will have their opinions on what a Witch is. We were Shamans, Druids, Wise Women & Men, Healers & Heathens, Lovers of Mother Earth. With the birth of Christianity was also very near the death of Witchcraft, Wicca & Paganism alike. Some religions will preach to you that a witch is “evil” and “satanic”, and only perform magic for ill intent or to harm someone, because this is how they were “conditioned” from a young age. As all Wiccans know there is no such thing as Satan the Devil or Evil for that matter, these are things created and believed by Christians.
There are positive people and there are negative people, “it’s the law of attraction” if you behave negatively – then you attract negativity, (and visa versa), it’s physics – that’s what I believe. I categorize people in that way, I don’t care what religion you are – it’s how you behave and treat others, yourself, and this precious earth we ALL live on.
Wicca: A modern Pagan religion with spiritual roots in the earliest expressions of reverence for nature. Some major identifying motifs are: reverence for both the Goddess and God; acceptance of reincarnation and magick; ritual observance of astronomical and agricultural phenomena; and the use of magickal circles for ritual purposes.
Witch: A practitioner of folk magick, particularly that kind relating to herbs, stones, colors, wells, rivers, etc. It is used by some Wiccans to describe themselves. This term has nothing to do with Satanism.
Witchcraft: Witchcraft is a Pagan folk – religion of personal experience. The craft of the witch – magick, especially magick utilizing personal power in conjunction with the energies within stones, herbs, colors, and other natural objects. This belief system also has nothing to do with Satanism.
Pagan/Neo-Pagan/Paganism: General term for followers of Wicca and other magickal, shamanistic, and polytheistic Earth-based religions. Also used to refer to pre-Christian religious and Spiritual belief systems.
Kitchen Witch: (aka – cottage witch & hearth witch)Of the Hearth & Home, mainly dealing with practical sides of the Wiccan / Pagan religion, magick, gemstones, the elements and the earth. A Kitchen Witch is usually recognized as practicing Celtic Wicca: Goes by the elements, the Ancient Ones and nature. They are usually healers or respect them highly. They work with plants, stones, flowers, trees, the elemental people, the gnomes and the fairies. But most of all a Kitchen Witch performs her magick in the Kitchen and has Goddess given talents for food crafting.
Green Witch:Is the practice of nature-based and earth oriented witchcraft, drawing on the folklore, folk religion and folk magic of ancient cultures as they connected to the forest; such as the tree worship of Druids, the kitchen craft of Italian witches or the keeping of sacred groves as presented in Gallic paganism. Green witches usually practice a traditional form of witchcraft in which the earth, trees, herbs, plants and flowers are consulted for their medicinal and magical value. They will grow their own herbs or Wildcraft them, and are very good at making herbal remedies. Belief in deities depends on the individual witch, though many Green witches acknowledge and earth mother or series of nature spirits as their deity. Usually, the spirits of nature, the dead (that of humans and animals) or the Fey have a large part in Green traditions. A form of green witchcraft which is better classified as Green Wicca was popularized by Ann Moura.
Hedge Witch:Hedge craft is a path that is somewhat shamanic in nature, (sometimes referred to as wise man & wise woman) as they are practitioners of an Earth-based spirituality. These are the ones who engage in spirit flight and journey into the Other world. They can, in this capacity, be very powerful midwives and healers. A bird of one kind or another is usually associated with the Hedge Witch, most commonly the raven and the goose. The term “hedge” signified the boundary of the village and represents the boundary that exists between this world and the spiritual realm. (they are said to be Night travelers or walkers on the wind) Their main function is mediator between the spirits and people. They may also work as a herbal healer or midwife. Some claim it to be the continuation of the practices of the cunning folk and wise-women, while others say that it is a modern tradition.
Eclectic Witch An individual approach in which the witch picks and chooses from many different traditions and creates a personalized form of witchcraft that meets their individual needs and abilities. They do not follow a particular religion or tradition, but study and learn from many different systems and use what works best for them.
Neopagan:Modern practices identified by their practitioners as “witchcraft” have arisen in the twentieth century, generally portrayed as revivals of pre-Christian European magic and spirituality. They thus fall within the broad category of Neopaganism. Contemporary witchcraft takes many forms, but often involves the use of divination, magic, and working with the classical elements and unseen forces such as spirits and the forces of nature. The practice of herbal and folk medicine and spiritual healing is also common, as are alternative medical and New Age healing practices.
Satanic Witch: Does not exist. Why? Witches don’t believe in Satan remember? Unlike most of the worlds major religions, Wiccans don’t believe that the body or the earth is evil or sinful. What this may refer to is Black Magic (the dark arts) (demonology) that traditionally uses supernatural powers for evil and selfish purposes, and often performing rituals for putting a curse or hex on someone. Black magic is a corruption or misuse of Witchcraft using it to be self-serving or destructive ends without regard for the cultural morals of the religion. It can be as simple as wishing something bad would happen to another, to a complex ritual. This “dark art” that I have explained is what most of us Wiccan’s get stereotyped or labelled as being. Let’s hope some of these people are smart enough to read about what a Wiccan and Witchcraft really is, and educate themselves a bit!
Candle rituals have been around for centuries. You light the candles, maybe close your eyes while repeating a spell or that which you wish for and visualizing it coming true. It is a combination of the need or desire, and the ability to visualize the outcome.
Candle burning spells and rituals are very easy to do and to have success with if they are done correctly and you truly believe. The different colors of candles each have their own symbolism.
Here is a table of the colors and their meanings.
White: truth, purity
Red: love, health, sex, strength
Green: money, luck, fertility
Black: discord, evil, negativity, confusion
Brown: neutrality, uncertainty, hesitation
Pink: love, morality, honor
Purple: power, business progress, ambition
Orange: attraction, stimulation
Greenish Yellow: jealousy, anger, discord
Gray: neutrality, stalemate, negativity
Light Blue: tranquility, patience, health
Dark Blue: depression, changeability
Candle spells can be very easy or complicated. It all depends on how much time you want to put into a ritual. It can be as simple as lighting a green candle and chanting... money money come to me.
It can also be very long and complicated lasting several days with the repositioning of the candles each day. The choice is always yours.
The first thing you want to do is get the appropriate color candles for your particular desire.
Then you need to anoint the candle with oil. Olive oil will do fine. You need to rub the candle with the oil from the middle outward to the ends. As you are doing this you need to be thinking of your desired goal. Then sit and meditate on your desire after lighting the candles, then read your spell or chant your appropriate mantra.
You don't need some elaborate spell with a bunch of big words or words you don't even know how to pronounce. You can make your own spells or rituals. Think of your desire then make a simple little rhyme that tells about your desire in it. It doesn't even have to rhyme. This is all about will power, the power of positive thinking, and creative visualization. If you can do these things then you will send those vibrations out into the universe and eventually they will materialize.
Goddess Of The Night~Nyx
Nyx, Goddess of the Night
Submitted by: swampy
Into the bosom of the rebus dark and deep,
Laid a wind-born egg, and as the seasons rolled
Forth sprang Love,
the longed for,
with wings of gold.” (Aristophanes)
Nyx is pivotal in the creation myth of the theology of the Orphic-Dionysic Mysteries. The ancients believed that before the universe was created there existed only a void of chaos that was black and silent. From this chaos rose the first deity, Nyx, also called Mother Night. She is said to have been in the form of a great black winged spirit. Nyx then conceived of the wind and laid a silver egg in the darkness. The upper part of the egg was the sky and the lower section was the earth.
Nyx actually came from the earliest times of Greek mythology (These earlier divinities have names that correspond directly to elements of the natural world, like Gaia, Ouranos, Pontos, Nyx, Hemera). By the classical times in Greece, Nyx had less of a cult-following. In this later Greek pantheon Nyx is the personification of the night, and was its goddess. She was revered for Her ocular powers, and Her realm was in a cave in the far West beyond the land of Atlas. She was portrayed as a young woman, dressed in a star-covered gown. On several Greek vases She is shown riding a chariot pulled by four horses. Her attribute is a reversed torch. The Greek Nyx is related to the Egyptian Goddess Nuit, Goddess of the Black Night.
Nyx is associated with the Night; the color black; eggs and birth. Nyx is a good Goddess to call forth when you need to reclaim your awareness of your original essential nature.
Nyx – Goddess of Night
NYX, also known as Nux, Nox or simply Night is a primordial Greek goddess who personifies the essence of night and darkness. She is the ancient goddess of Night-hence the meaning of her name. She is considered to be one of the most powerful divine beings who was born of the giant cosmic being, Chaos. Ancients believed that before the universe was created there existed only a void of “chaos” that was black and silent. From this “chaos” Nyx emerged into existence. She is often depicted as a great black winged spirit or riding in a chariot, trailing stars and bringing the night, accompanied by Her sons Hypnos and Thanatos and even a figure of exceptional power and beauty who was found in the shadows of the world who could only ever be seen in glimpses.
According to myth, Nyx conceived from the wind and laid a silver egg in the darkness-the upper part of the egg being the sky and the lower section was the earth. She could be helpful or harmful to humankind, bringing either sleep or death. Nyx had many children, but some believed she only had two. Most of her children seem to have represented the ‘darker’ aspects of humanity, such as the Three Fates, Nemesis, Sleep, Death, Doom, Misery, Deceit, and Strife. Nyx was known for her prophetic powers and was mostly affiliated with owls and bats. Her planet is obviously the moon and the best time to connect with her is on a Monday, especially around Yule. Nyx is associated with the Night; the color black; eggs and birth. Nyx is of good help to call forth when you need to reclaim awareness of your original essential nature, for protection, cleansing and fertility.
Nyx represents nightmares, mystery, dreams, darkness and night. It is recommended to call upon Nyx after sunset. She can be invoked her for psychic dreams and astral travel and for rituals at midnight or when it is a moonless night. Offerings to this goddess could include libations of water from a natural source such as a river or a lake as well as red wine, honey, or oil.
Her name might sound familiar to you if you have read any of the House of Night books, as Nyx plays a key role as the goddess of vampires in this series that was written by P.C. Cast and her daughter Kristin Cast. Additionally, in 2005 a moon near Pluto was discovered named Nix in honor of the goddess. Some people may also recognize her name because of Nyx Cosmetics, who named the company after this powerful goddess. Nox is also a Fictional character appearing in the Marvel Comics Universe, which is based loosely on Nyx of Greek Mythology.
Some of her correspondences include:
Part of the day: Night
Day of Week: Monday
Color: Black, Silver, Grey or White
Incense: Myrtle, Aloes and Camphor
Symbol: The Moon, 3 Stars and a Crescent Moon
Plants: Night-Blooming Flowers
Fruits: Dragon Fruit
Perfumes: White Poppy, White Rose and Wallflower
Nyx can be called forth for: Cleansing, Protection, awareness of self, and fertility
Her children were believed to be:
Aether- the god of air
Apate- the goddess of deceit
Dolos- the god of trickery
Eleos- the goddess of mercy
Epiphron- the god of prudence
Eris- the goddess of strife
Eros- the god of procreation
Geras- the god of old age
Hemera- the goddess of daylight
Hybris- the goddess of insolence
Hypnos- the god of sleep
Kharon- the ferryman for the dead
Momos- the god of ridicule
Moros- the god of doom
Nemesis- the goddess of retribution
Oizys- the goddess of misery
Philotes- the goddess of friendship
Sophrusyne- the goddess of moderation
Thanatos- the god of non-violent death
The Hesperides- goddesses of the evening
The Moirai- the fates
The Oneiroi- spirits of dreams
The Erintes- the furies
The Keres- goddesses of violent death
A Prayer for the Goddess Nyx
She walks in beauty
Like the night
Upon darkened hills
under starlit skies
Bless the moon
And enchanted magic
in the name of the goddess
and the elements
Casting Instructions for 'Nyx's Protection Spell'
Put all colored candles except for the purple candle in a box formation. Clockwise: Yellow, Red, Blue, then Green. Place the purple candle in the center. Call each element to the circle in Nyx's name as you light the candles in clockwise order and then to the center.
"Oh mighty air, that rushes its force through the trees and plants on a windy night, I call to thee!"
"Oh mighty fire, that warms us and helps provide us with many comforts, I call to thee!"
"Oh mighty water, that overtakes low land with great force and is essential to all life, I call to thee!"
"Oh mighty earth, that we walk upon and must treat as we would our own kin, I call to thee!"
"Oh mighty spirit, that rages through all of us, keeping us strong and healthy, in the name of Night and my goddess Nyx, I call to thee!"
Lift your head toward the sky (Best during a full moon at the height of Nyx's power) and call this prayer to Nyx.
"Oh sweet Mother of Night, I call upon your name to bring me your protection in my troubles."
State what is bothering you and you may offer ideas for Nyx to help you fix it.
"In Nyx's name I call to thee, make my troubles disappear by three! In moon and pentagram and moon again, Please send your wisdom and protection!"
Blow out the candles counter-clockwise. (Spirit [Purple], Earth [Green], Water [Blue], Fire [Red], Air [Yellow])
Thank each element as you dismiss Nyx's prayer circle.
Earth protection spell/circle incense
This is an earth protection ritual calling upon the Goddess Nyx.
Small Green Candle
Cast your Circle, and then Pour Rosemary water into Offering Bowl. Take your athame and put some salt on its tip then mix with the rosemary water. Lift the water with salt in the sky and then chant:
"Rosemary is the earth element of protection, added with salt to add to this protection the Goddess three. I call forth your protection from our home on earth, So Mote it Be"
Light rosemary incense and chant:
" This rosemary incense is my offering to my Great Mother, Nyx, added with the cleansing water. My offering is set."
Light green candle and chant:
"Green is the color of the earth, I call upon your ancient energy to set an earthly shield upon [Name of Place or Person], in this hour on this [Name of Month] night. The Goddess above comes with this prayer, as I will it,So Mote it Be!"
Meditate with the lit green candle for at least five minutes and then bind your ritual with the Goddess three"
"I bind this Ritual in the name of Nyx and Erebus, So Mote it Be!"
Light the candle before you go to sleep each night until it is melted. Then on the night after it is completely melted, bury out side the place you wish to protect, or give to the person to hide under their bed.
4 parts Frankincense
2 parts Myrrh
2 parts Benzoin
For thousands of years, people have used fragrant flowers, plants, and herbs as incense. Using smoke to send prayers out to the gods is one of the oldest known forms of ceremony. From the censers of the Catholic church to the Pagan bonfire rituals incense is a powerful way to let your intent be known. You can make your own quite easily using a blend of herbs, flowers, wood bark, resins and berries. Most of these are items you can grow yourself, find in the woods or purchase inexpensively. Why make your own? You can buy commercially produced incense sticks and cones just about anywhere and they're not that expensive. However, they're made with synthetic ingredients and therefore have little to no magical value. While they're nice to burn and certainly smell lovely, they serve little purpose in a ritual setting.
Nyx is the Goddess of the Night. Her name has both Greek and African origins, in Greek the name means GODDESS OF THE NIGHT, in African the name means GODDESS OF LIGHT. Nyx, also known as Nox, was the first daughter of Chaos, gave birth to Erebus (Darkness), Tartarus (a place deep beneath the underworld), and Gaia (Mother Earth) whom is also known as her sister. She mated with Erebus and bore to him two children, Aether (Upper Air) and Hemera (Day). Then, on her own she gave birth to Apate (Deception), Eris (Discord), Geras (Old Age), The Hesperides (Hespere, Eretheis and Aegle), Hypnos (Sleep), Kera (Fate), Keres (Misery), Moirai (The Fates: Klotho, Lakhesis and Atropos), Momos (Blame), Moros (End),Nemesis (Divine Retribution), Oizys (Pain), Oneiroi (the Tribe of Dreams), Philotes (Affection) and Thanatos (Death).
Nyx has been attributed with the powers over illness, suffering, dreams, misfortunes, quarrels, war, murder, sleep and death. In fact, any inexplicable or frightening thing that befell man is attributed to her. Nyx is also the surpreme ruler of prophetic power.
Nyx by Jessica Galbreth
Nyx lives like her daughter Hermera, beyond the horizons in Tartarus. Twice every day, at dusk and dawn they pass the bronze gates of the other world, to traverse the heavens. Nyx rides in a black chariot drawn by two black steeds, and accompanied by the stars. She is a serious figure clad in long, heavy drapery, on her head a black star spangled veil, she has black wings and carries twin children in her arms. One child was black, who was Death; the other was white, who was Sleep.
Nyx covers many theologies and symbolically represents the Darkness within each of us. She is the eternal lure, the endless possibilities of fathomless resourses. Nyx is the shadow made divine; for if we only have the courage to understand and embrace the darkness, we find that all things are possible, and nothing is out of reach if we only give it form. Nyx has no limits. She also reminds us that it is easy to get caught up in the delusions around our suffering, our misfortunes, and our fears. Nyx calls us to lift the veils of illusions, to awaken our power and dismantle blame so that wholeness can be attained within each of us. She is here to let us know that we have more potential than we realize if only we would open ourselves and our hearts to her.
Colors: Black and Silver
Symbol: Stars on a black veil
Animals: Bat and Owl
Day of the Week: Monday
Time of Year: Strongest around Yule.
Trance Journey with Nyx:
This journey is most powerful if done outside on a moonless night so that the stars are bright in the sky. Go to an uninterrupted place, sit quietly and calm your thoughts. Look at the stars and ask Nyx to be with you, guide you, and bring you back to this world. As you are gazing on the stars one seems to move closer. As it does you can see the beautiful pearly white light entering you. It begins at your head, flowing down filling your heart, hands, and all the way down to your feet. You see this beautiful light eminating from your feet, your hands, your heart, your head and when you speak, from your mouth. This star light is cleansing you, taking all your blameful thoughts, words, and actions from you. These negative things are being replaced by the knowing of all that is possible and by love. In turn, visualize each person that you have condemned, or who may be condemning you. If you have harmed another, send some of this pearly white light to them and ask for their forgiveness. If another has harmed you, send some white light to them and ask that the hurt be replaced by forgiveness. Know that you are safe and protected by this beautiful starlight and that you are cleansed and ready to start anew. Thank the star for cleansing you and Nyx for being your guide and release them. Sit awhile longer and be still. Think of those whom you asked for forgiveness from and seek them out to apologize to them personally if at all possible. Carry with you the knowledge that you safe and protected by the beautiful white pearly light of the star.
Pray to the Moon when She is round,
Luck with you will then abound,
What you seek for shall be found
On the sea or solid ground.
Ah yes. The Esbats.
Not that we had forsaken them during our unrecorded period, but in a peculiar way, it feels a bit like we did.
This forthcoming full Moon is of course, The Long Night's Moon, but I find I must also designate this one "The Mother's Moon." For some, this may seem slightly contradictory -- especially those inclined toward the more traditional Neo-Wheel-o'-the-Year. But, what I do doesn't make much sense to most folks anyway. Nonetheless, I will attempt to explain this Mother's Moon moniker -- in a much abbreviated fashion -- below (perhaps I can elaborate further in future posts).
The past few months have involved a great deal of tying together of strands in the web of my own personal devotional cosmology -- as opposed to a grand-scheme cosmology which I tend to think isn't really all that important or even practical as a polytheistic animist. What I have had is a subtle yet grand connecting of dots, one of those, "Aha!" moments followed by a wide-eyed & protracted, "Whoah…" Except it wasn't actually a moment because it took awhile to unfold in a chain of fantastic "coincidences."
In the process of all this stumbling-upon, I have become, shall we say, familiarized with the primordial mother Nyx. But as Nyx is not the focus of our Esbat activities, I will not elaborate here except to say that as the personification of Night, doesn't it only make sense that she be also honored at this season, when the nights grow to their fullest? Maybe I am backwards, but I don't think so. I think there is great merit in embracing, respecting the darkness & honoring the strength of the lengthening night in opposition to the abbreviated & weakening day. We may still hold our vigil for the Sun & even lament the brevity of the daylight, but let us not forget to relish the richness of Mother Nyx at the acme of her attendance.
I also mention it because in the process of honoring Nyx & her vast assemblage of children, I spent hours & hours reading Greek & Roman texts, including many of the beautiful Orphic Hymns. So it is that I have come to this Esbat's poetry. I am springboarding or segueing from the devotional project mentioned very vaguely some time ago which led me through an incredible process of discovery. It also, quite by accident (I think) to the Orphic Hymn No. 9 (or 8, depending on if you begin with 1 or 0). This hymn was composed for Selene, Greek goddess of the Moon & although I reserve my devotional practices for the Moon Herself, I find it just as thoughtful & appropriate to share poetry dedicated to a lunar goddess. Besides, I am not entirely certain that the ancient Greeks delineated between the two. (If you know, feel free to clarify.)
From the Fantastic Menagerie Tarot.
I even found a tarot card for this Esbat, taken from our ever proliferating collection of decks (they are much like mice that way). I took a very clever photograph of it paired with one of my latest box rejuvenation projects. Unfortunately, I seem to have arrived in the desert without my camera cable. Luckily for us, the Moon card's captivating image is available at the deck's website: The Fantastic Menagerie Tarot. (Yet another [1, 2] gorgeous creation by the creative minds of Karen Mahoney & Alex Ukolov of Magic Realist Press.) I did not actually select this card, it selected me -- if you understand & I am sure that you may. Or not. The imagery in the card has some apropos symbolism, including the owl so often paired with Nyx in artistic renderings of her & there is also the mouse… *sigh* the mouse which reminds me of the altogether too clever white footeds who have truly overrun this beloved house of ours… what we need are some owls.
But enough prattling of predators & prey -- on to the poetry! (And some really lovely music too!)
ORPHIC HYMN TO SELENE (THE MOON)
Translated by Thomas Taylor
Hear, Goddess queen, diffusing silver light, bull-horn'd and wand'ring thro' the gloom of Night.
With stars surrounded, and with circuit wide Night's torch extending, thro' the heav'ns you ride:
Female and Male with borrow'd rays you shine, and now full-orb'd, now tending to decline.
Mother of ages, fruit-producing Moon, whose amber orb makes Night's reflected noon:
Lover of horses, splendid, queen of Night, all-seeing pow'r bedeck'd with starry light.
Lover of vigilance, the foe of strife, in peace rejoicing, and a prudent life:
Fair lamp of Night, its ornament and friend, who giv'st to Nature's works their destin'd end.
Queen of the stars, all-wife Diana hail! Deck'd with a graceful robe and shining veil;
Come, blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright, come moony-lamp with chaste and splendid light,
Shine on these sacred rites with prosp'rous rays, and pleas'd accept thy suppliant's mystic praise.
Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams
All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.
May we glean an ounce of wisdom from these trees.
Be Blessed this Long Nights Moon!
Your Daily Fortunes for December 5th, 2014~Long Nights Moon~
The atmosphere is so charged that we can feel the electricity in the air. An unrelenting attraction to change leads to ingenious solutions, even for the most complex problems. A superconductive Mercury-Uranus trine catalyzes our conversations while a creative Mars-Uranus alignment frees us to explore exciting new paths to our individual successes. Thankfully, the Moon’s shift into adaptable Gemini at 5:28 am EST brings much-needed flexibility.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You can feel it in your bones that something quite wonderful is going to happen. Although you don’t not know what it is yet, you might anticipate the magic in every cell of your body. Even if you’re ready to stir up the excitement, remember to discuss your intentions with others before including them in your crazy plans. Your friends may not be as eager for the same level of drama. A little sensitivity to everyone else’s needs goes a long way toward making the most of this special moment.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You’re unable to get fully comfortable today and your restlessness doesn’t help anyone else relax either. Your anxiety stems mostly from what you aren’t saying now. However, it’s not productive to pretend that all is well if you wish you were doing something else. Remember, the first step to making others happy is to speak your truth. Your real friends will support your journey as you break out of your shell and live an authentic life.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
The constant rumbling of excitement rattles your nerves today. It’s challenging to sit still because you want to physically move in resonance with your hyperactive mind. You have an endless string of clever ideas and witty remarks now, but the day will end with little to show for all your brilliance unless you narrow your focus. Channel your creativity wisely and use your boundless energy to perform random acts of kindness.
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Although you’re normally afraid of losing control, you may have an uncharacteristic attraction to the rush of adrenaline today. You’re up for almost anything, and if nothing exciting is going on, then you might surprise others when you step forward as the instigator. Obstacles fall to the wayside as you dance into a day filled with fun. Your enthusiasm is contagious so make the world a better place by spreading your joy everywhere you go.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You seem to be orbiting in the cosmic flow today. Others see your light shining brightly and assume that all is right in your world. However, behind the scenes your emotions are agitated and there’s pandemonium even if everything appears placid on the surface. This kind of intensity might normally be overwhelming, but now you are eager to shoot the rapids of the emotional white waters. Grab your metaphorical kayak and start paddling while the currents are traveling in your direction.
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You want your coworkers to have fun today and you’re willing to expend an extraordinary level of energy to accomplish this goal. This could be a very socially exciting day, so make the most of it by doing something outside of your regular routine. Your approach to life is more unconventional than usual, shaking up your perspective and taking you far beyond your comfort zone. Shine your light of love and good vibrations will reflect back in return.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Whether people expect you to be the event planner or the peacemaker for the group, you aren’t interested in playing your regular role of keeping everyone happy today. You prefer your day to be without unnecessary social responsibilities and could go to great lengths to make your point. Even if you don’t want to upset others, at least tell them what you need. And don’t act too surprised when you receive unexpected support from an unusual source. Sometimes being true to yourself works out for the best.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Navigating a course between your need for a quiet retreat and your desire to partake in the scheduled festivities is a delicate balancing act today. Your friends want to spend more time with you now, since you have such a unique perspective to offer to the group. Don’t write off any social engagements just because you think they will distract you from your inner work. The creative juice you receive from others gives you something magical that solitude doesn’t.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Participating in group activities enables you to accomplish more today, but you might have to pay too steep of an emotional price if you try to take charge. Of course, working as a part of a team can also be fun and immensely rewarding. Nevertheless, you have a rebellious streak encouraging you to break loose and demonstrate your own unique individuality. However, striking out on your own isn’t the best answer now. Calm down; allow others to plan the details and set the pace. All you need to do is show up and smile.
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Leave your sense of duty behind so you can let your hair down and relax. Taking this apparently irresponsible path may be challenging because you Goats typically work hard and aspire to greatness, but you truly deserve a break today. Forget about your previous accomplishments and don’t worry about tomorrow’s list of chores. Just ride the exhilarating wave of enthusiasm now; following your bliss restores your spirit and spices up your life.
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Your nerves are dancing to an exhilarating cosmic beat today, challenging you to stay on target if you have specific tasks that need finishing. Luckily, you might be able to get away with delaying your obligations for a while. Mercury and Mars are hyping up your key planet Uranus, giving you planetary permission to get a little crazy in your interactions with friends and family. Go ahead, gamble with your heart and embrace the unknown.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Everything seems a bit hectic today as your thoughts anxiously run around in circles. But this isn’t just about exploring a few radical ideas; you actually seek out external events now to match your internal intensity. Unfortunately, you may feel let down if you can’t find anyone special to share your passion, but don’t allow your disappointment to turn into discouragement. Instead, indulge in an activity for the sake of sheer enjoyment and let your spirit soar.
Tarot for Friday, Dec 5th~Judgement
What has traditionally been known as the Judgement card, sometimes entitled Resurrection, represents the great reunion that the ancients believed would happen once in every age. This was the time when souls are harvested and taken Home to their place of origin, outside the solar system. Then the World is seeded with a batch of new souls and the process starts over.
From a modern point of view, this great reunion -- which includes every personality that you have ever been and every soul that you have done deep work with -- reunites to consciously complete the process. In a way, we symbolically celebrate this returning to center every year on our birthday.
In personal terms, the Judgment cards points to freedom from inner conflicts, and so clear a channel, that the buried talents and gifts of past incarnations can come through an individual in this lifetime. This card counsels you to trust the process of opening yourself, because what emerges is of consistently high quality. You can effortlessly manifest as a multi-dimensional being, and assist in evoking that response from others.
Today’s Witches Rune~Thor's Day 12/04/14
The Black Rune
Keywords: Difficulty, pain.
Meanings: This is a rune of difficulty and negative influences will rule your life for a time, but as all difficulties are a learning experience it will lead to improved personal perspective and progress on your life’s path. Always consult the surrounding runes with this stone. If it lies with a positive stone it indicates that the pain of this experience will lead to a beneficial change in circumstances.
Your Rune For Thursday, December 4th is Tiwaz
Tiwaz is the Warrior Rune. It represents pure, masculine power and the ability to successfully fight to meet your goals. However, you must be careful that costs of attaining your goals overshadow their values.
teiwaz : Tyr
Phonetic equivalent: t
duty, discipline, responsibility, self-sacrifice, conflict, strength, a wound, physicality, the warrior path
protection, victory, strength, strengthening the will, healing a wound
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:
Tyr and the Fenris Wolf, Odin’s ordeals
Just as the second aett began with the cleansing destruction of hagalaz, so too does the third aett begin with a loss. However, hail is imposed by the Gods to force the sacrifice of those things which aren’t really vital to our development. Teiwaz, on the other hand, represents a voluntary sacrifice, made by someone who understands exactly what they are giving up and why.Tyr’s sacrifice of his hand to allow the binding of the Fenris Wolf was a noble one, and notable in a pantheon of deities not known for their sense of duty and ethical responsibility. He is believed to be one of the oldest of the Norse Gods – a Bronze-age rock carving was found in Scandinavia depicting a one-handed warrior – and his position may well have originally superseded that of Odin. Tyr’s rune is also one of the oldest in the fuþark, having survived virtually unchanged from the earliest Bronze-age carvings. It represents all those qualities associated with the God: strength, heroism, duty and responsibility. But it also represents a deeper mystery – that of the wounded God. Like þurisaz, the pain of teiwaz focuses the attention and forces discipline. However, in this case the effect is more conscious and the wound carries a greater significance. Uruz has been confronted and bound, and the lessons of teiwaz and hagalaz have been learned. This is the path of the warrior.
Be Blessed~Elder Airwolf~
Blessed Thor's Day Stargazers~
***What's in the stars for the Long Nights Moon***
Gibbous Moon~Currently December 4th
(waxing/88% of illumination)
Distractions from the outside begin pressing into your world. Analysis is favored, reevaluating all the various factors you are dealing with. It’s a time to process information and effectively integrate your aims with the people in your immediate environment. This is a good time for organizing things. This Moon phase is suited for synthesis: coming up with a practical plan for getting from point A to point B. Adjustment is required.
Friday 5th December 2014
Moon 27° Taurus opposes Saturn 27° Scorpio
Moon enters Gemini 11:30am UK - 12:30pm Europe - 5pm India
11:30pm Sydney, Australia - 6:30am USA EST
Moon 0° Gemini trines Mars 0° Aquarius
Moon 4° Gemini squares Neptune 4° Pisces
Moon rises approx 5pm in your local time zone
Saturday 6th December 2014
Moon 12° Gemini sextiles Uranus [in retrograde] 12° Aries
Moon 13° Gemini opposes Mercury 13° Sagittarius
Moon 14° Gemini opposes Sun 14° Sagittarius
Full Moon 12:30pm UK - 1:30pm Europe - 6pm India
7:30am USA EST - 11:30pm Sydney, Australia
Moon rises approx 5pm in your local time zone
Concise & Brief - This Weeks Astrological Events
Week from Saturday 29th November => Saturday 6th December 2014
This week's emphasis is on the positive, excitement and warmth
This week from 4th December 2014 - Mars in Aquarius - will create the vibrancy and excitement - everyone needs ...
Sun in Sagittarius [Fire Sign] Mercury in Sagittarius [Fire Sign] Venus in Sagittarius [Fire Sign]
Mars enters Aquarius [Air Sign] Jupiter in Leo [Fire Sign] Saturn in Scorpio [Water Sign]
Uranus in Aries [Fire Sign] Neptune in Pisces [Water Sign] Pluto in Capricorn [Earth Sign]
This week Sun in Sagittarius [Fire Sign] Mercury in Sagittarius [Fire Sign] Venus in Sagittarius [Fire Sign] means an emphasis on TRUTH - what truly excites and warms you up - whatever it is you'll know and feel it - thereafter destiny is going to make 100% certain you get it. You can't lie to yourself - if chocolat ice-cream excites you - then eat it; if shopping excites you - go shopping ; if watching TV and movies - if listening to music - if doing whatever you LOVE doing - excites you - then that's the reason you love living life.
Sagittarian energies define OPTIMISM - something that excites you to ensure you WANT and DESIRE to WANT to live for tomorrow. Because if you didn't have any optimistic feeling - then you wouldn't want to live - but everyone does. Even those people who complain and moan - they LOVE to complain and LOVE to make other people's lives a misery. If they didn't LOVE doing it - they wouldn't have anything to look forward to.
Be honest - what is it that you LOVE the most about the gift of "life" - what makes you OPTIMISTIC and makes you WANT to live for tomorrow? Chocolat ice-cream, sweets, pizza or KFC!? Or something MORE meaningful - and sensual like, music, LOVE and sex and being in a LOVING relationship? Sagittarian energies - wants everyone to LOVE LIFE. As children we grow into adults - by growing our desires and love for "life" - love for lots of things that make life worth living.
It doesn't matter what "it" is that makes you LOVE LIFE - and doesn't matter how superficial it is - whatever "it" is - is the catalyst to bring you back to "life" - [especially after the recent Scorpio - dead - intensity] - so whatever it is that's being revealed to you at the moment to make you excited and optimistic - will ensure you're motivated, excited and positively energized to look forward to your future. Because when you're POSITIVELY energized by whatever "it" is - that's what gives you the energy to DO something with your life.
This week's biggest surprises will come - when suddenly - between 1st December => Full Moon 6th December 2014 - something will EXCITE you a lot - it will give you the energy to get out of bed in the morning with enthusiasm - and will get you moving. But please don't be like a stupid greedy child - who wants something - then when they've got it complains about "it" or throws it away. Destiny is giving the strong feelings to WANT something - because it is your DESTINY to have it - and in order for to LOVE the gift of life.
Sun, Venus, Mercury in [Fire Sign] Sagittarius all defined by Moon in Aries on Monday 1st December - you're going to see life become very interesting, unusually and suddenly exciting again - a life worth living for - really worth living for. But if you're attempting to think you can hold-onto the "past" whilst embracing the future - you're fooling yourself. It's time to let-go - really let-go of the "past". This week's focus is on POSITIVE things - everything and everyone that makes you feel POSITIVE - so ignore the negative - please ignore it !
* Sun 7° => 14° Sagittarius - the best facet of Sun in Sagittarius is that after ONE really good day - you'll forget all the pain and anguish you've recently experienced - like ONE good day can obliterate days and months of pain - and you'll see that truth this week. It's a good week - so enjoy it - even if seems superficial, light-hearted and fun - see the fun side to life - and lighten up.
Amidst the Sagittarian "fun" this week there will be lots of POSITIVE energies - defined by the warmth other people and your connections with other people - that does something for you - it might be a momentary "hello" to someone or an email - but that moment has the potential to change the energy of your whole day - so be friendly, open and happy - then observe and sense who is sensing your warmth.
* Mercury 2° => 14° Sagittarius - creates warmth and excitement - when ONE thought - ONE word - ONE smile from ONE person - can and will change your whole life - ensuring you forget about the past forever. And however exciting it is this week - it is guarenteed to become even more exciting next week - because once Sagittarian energies are alight and glowing - they INCREASE in strength - this week - something important gets lit during Moon in Aries on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday which will ensure the Gemini Full Moon on 6th December becomes one of the BEST Full Moon's you've had in a long time. Life full of POSITIVE energies created from nowhere by POSITIVE good news.
Free Horoscopes by Astrodienst
* Venus 15° => 25° Sagittarius - many of you - especially AIR and FIRE signs [Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, and Gemini, Libra & Aquarius] will be delighted as Venus in Sagittarius will make you feel good INSIDE - with lots of sign of optimisim, hope and positive excitement.
Have you ever looked at dull and boring, lonely, and unloved people - they have an aura of coldness about them - whereas exciting, funny, interesting, loveable and loved people - glow with warmth. It's nothing to do with their physical realities - because many of the poorest people are the most warm - and many of the rich people are the coldest. The fact is it is to do with INNER energies of LOVE, OPTIMISM and EXCITEMENT.
Venus in Sagittarius means everyone will be WARMED up inside. Venus is an inner planet - that will excite and stimulate people to become warmed-up by life. Instead of giving-up on life - everyone will want to live life - pursue life and enjoy life.
Although, I should say that Venus in Sagittarius is superficial and isn't deep or meaningful - it is VITALLY NECESSARY facet of life - its softens the harshness and pain of "Life" - it's energies will ensure you find something pleasing and enjoyable for yourself. It doesn't matter what "it" is - so long as it makes you WANT TO LIVE LIFE.
For many of you - it could be MONEY - for others it could be LOVE - for others it could be chocolate ice-cream, or others "new" clothes, shopping malls, buying a new gadgets, games or movies - it doesn't really matter what it is - because Venus in Sagittarius - has the purpose to make you feel ALIVE again and excited to live life - with a want and desire to live life. It is superficial - but at least it works and will work on making everyone become HAPPY again.
* Mars 25° Capricorn => enters Aquarius Thursday night => 1° Aquarius - Mars defines the vital necessities and essential needs in your life - and whilst you can just about survive - "just" surviving leads to negative depression - we all need reasons to continue - to be - to grow - to eat and to be alive. Mars in Capricorn - was good and a STRONG transit in fact VERY STRONG - because after the past 12 months - especially due to the long Mars retrograde in Libra - Mars is moving life forward
In "2015" - there's NO Mars retrogrades - which means NON-STOP movement of Mars forward - and in "2015" Mars moves through 9 of the star signs - that's a lot of movement - and will include something for everyone. The past few weeks - Mars in Capricorn 26th October => 4th December 2014 has actually restored some confidence - especially if you've been recently doubting yourself. Mars in Capricorn has a determination that no other star signs have - as it gets the job done - ensures the job is done - and never gets distracted by anything.
However, Mars naturally belongs in Aries - a Fire Sign - because it needs the flexibility to make things happen. This week Mars enters Aquarius - an AIR sign - which will many of you - as Aquarius is flexible and adaptable - which is what Mars needs - and if you've found Mars in Capricorn hard work - then Mars in Aquarius will make work much easier.
There is a quirk - in Mars in Aquarius - and that is Mars is the natural ruler of Aries - and Uranus is the natural ruler of Aquarius - hence during Mars in Aquarius from 4th December 2014 => 12th January 2015 - both Mars & Uranus will work in harmony with each other - to create many unexpected changes - surprises and shocks - especially things that you almost gave-up on ever happening - will unexpectedly happen - even things as far back as 4th February 2009 => 15th March 2009.
For those of you - who are searching for patterns - the last times Mars was in Aquarius - was 26th December 2012 => 2nd February 2013 and 15th January 2011 => 23rd February 2011 - and 4th February 2009 => 15th March 2009 - ensuring your GOOD LUCK will come back again - during Mars in Capricorn 26th October => 4th December 2014.
In fact, for everyone - it is LUCKY because - Mars in Aquarius from 4th December 2014 => 12th January 2015 - won't know the meaning of blockages, the word "no" or boundaries - if it needs to happen - then it will happen - as Mars ensures all the RIGHT things just happen as it gives you the confidence, strength and lucky energy to ensure they happen.
* Jupiter 22°29' => 22°37' Leo - it's a new world with Jupiter in Leo - it has created exciting vibrancy by firing you up with optimism and excitement for positive changes and will continue to create energy to ONE important area of your life - a facet that's been neglected, avoided and blocked for the past 3-4 years. The blessing of Jupiter in Leo is positive - to get your life moving. This week you'll realize it's no more of the "past" - no more repeating "past" mistakes - Jupiter in Leo will liberate you to sort everything out - and everything that's too problematic simply gets deleted.
Jupiter in Leo defines success that will bring prosperity and flow of money - when the more you earn - the more you will enjoy spending on people you love. Jupiter is the natural ruler of Sagittarius - and Sun is the natural ruler of Leo - hence during Sun in Sagittarius - both planets will work in harmony with each other - to get you where you should be. And when it happens - it just happens. Proving to everyone - that when it is destined to happen - nothing can get in the way - not even idiots.
If you think of cup of coffee - it is not the coffee that gives you energy - it is the chemicals in the coffee that react with your body - that releases energy. The truth is the energy is WITHIN you - but coffee acts as a stimulant to liberate the energy.
Likewise Jupiter in Leo now sets everyone FREE - as it unlocks and releases it from WITHIN you - things that have been waiting for up to 4 years to happen in your life - as far back as April 2011 - will now happen.
Sun in Sagittarius - I can see clearly that Jupiter in Leo - needs the other planets to be in the right mood - to truly come alive - and therefore if you've had a slow time or life isn't as vibrant as you want - the Sun in Sagittarius - with a Full Moon this week - will trigger and excite Jupiter in Leo to come alive - and hence bring you success, happiness and optimism - you need to look forward to the future.
* Saturn 27°15' => 28°01' Scorpio - there's a fascinating reality of Saturn in Scorpio and that is inherent in the nature of Scorpio - and that is refined dignity - Scorpio avoids conflict - it avoids negativity - and just wants PEACE. Yes - you might think in this crazy world we live in - how is that possible - but you're seeing that besides the awful people and countries with deep-rooted bad karmic hatred - the rest of the world is finding solutions to make the world a peaceful and good place to live in.
Saturn in Scorpio has been working behind the scenes of your life - because Saturn in Scorpio - likes to create destined changes in the most unassuming way - without you even realized "destiny" is working on your life- ensuring you sense who is good for you and who isn't.
There's ONE important karmic lesson that Saturn in Scorpio is teaching EVERYONE - and that is - there's no need to worry about anything - in fact - if you're honest with yourself - there's NEVER ever no need to worry about anything.
The good news is that this week and for the next 3 weeks - as Saturn conpletes it's journey in Scorpio 27° => 29°59' Scorpio - it will create something special in your life which will ensure you END what you need to END and prepare to BEGIN something important and NEW - and which will take you non-stop journey from now and until Saturn enters Sagittarius on 23rd December 2014 preparing you to begin a destined, vibrant and happy NEW beginning.
* Uranus 12°46' => 12°41' Aries in retrograde - Uranus needs you to have someone and something to work with - because you can have all the potential to do something good - but if you're not in the right mood with the right energy - you won't do anything. The ongoing - Jupiter in Leo - trines - Uranus in [retrograde] Aries - will create positive changes - by firing everyone up from WITHIN with invisible excitement - to do something positively good with your lives - inexplicably you will get the ENERGY to do something - probably something you've not done since 2011 and something you should have done - as far back as 2011.
It does this by making you feel optimistic and EXCITED about life - by making you feel WARM - ALIVE from WITHIN - with a liberating "FREEDOM" - BOOSTING your energies with optimism and excitement - because Uranus in Aries realizes you desperately NEED a BIG NEW CHANGE in your life - especially if something has been "dead" and/or is inexplicably BLOCKED - now is the time for it to be unblocked.
This week Uranus in retrograde in Aries is making you look backwards - to find excitement and positive energies from the "past" that you experienced and WANT to experience again. So if you do feel like that - let it happen - because ANY positive energy from wherever it comes- is good for you - and this week Sun, Mercury and Venus in Sagittarius with Full Moon in Gemini will awaken you as it awakens the trine to Uranus in Aries - to make you feel fresh and alive about your future - by reconnecting with everyone and everything POSITIVE and GOOD for you from the past.
If you're awaiting something "NEW" in the Aries department / segment of your astrological chart - then you might need to wait until Uranus goes direct on 22nd December 2014 - which combined with Saturn entering Sagittarius on 23rd December 2014 - means there's going to be a lot of "NEW" things happening very quickly in everyone's lives.
* Neptune 4°50' => 4°55' Pisces - Neptune creates inspirational, brilliant ideas and spiritual THOUGHTS for you to think about - and even though there's a lot happening in your life - defined by Sagittarian energies of the inner planets - Neptune should technically allow you and help you meditate on the real meaning of your life - whilst keeping busy with "real" life.
The power of Neptune in Pisces is making everyone THINK. It's true - that you can't THINK all the time - but Neptune in Pisces coupled with Saturn in Scorpio is making it easier to THINK more than usual. Neptune in Pisces creates an inspired visualization in your mind of what it wants to happen in your life - then it assists you to make it happen in real life.Many "think" that Neptune is an insignificant OUTER planet that creates nothing more than illusions, fantasies and dreams - that's NONSENSE - as Neptune is the planet that "makes" you think the way you do think - and inspires you to THINK of what destiny wants you to THINK about. The truth is your life is as STAGNANT or as BUSY as your mind is. When you keep your mind active - then you are active.
This week's Gemini Full Moon - created by the Sun in Sagittarius - are and will be squaring Neptune in Pisces - which means to have happiness, to enjoy the gift of life, to be happy - all you need to do is change your attitude to life. If you think of it is SHOCK treatment - when your Dr tells you - "you have 1 month left to live" - and then says - "oops - we made a mistake with your test results - you're perfectly healthy and have many years to live".
The initital SHOCK - awakens you to reality of life - whilst the good news - lets you realize the truthful reality of life - that you shouldn't taken anything for granted - appreciate and enjoy everyday of life. Neptune will make you realize - the definition of LIFE and DEATH. Things that make you feel ALIVE - and things that make you feel DEAD.
From now onwards - Neptune will ensure you dump the "dead" and pursue "life". Whatever your mind defines as "life" for you - will be what does it for you. Conversely, whatever you believe to be "dead" - you will ensure that you keep away from it - which includes ALL man-made "religious" nonsense, cults, addictions, deceit and lies. Neptune ensures you're given your own mind and beliefs to do what is right for you.
* Pluto 12°05' => 12°19' Capricorn - the "karmic" timetable of life has been moving forward quite quickly especially since January 2014 - or in fact I should say since Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008. Pluto in Capricorn is the karmic teacher which FORCES karmic change and transformation on everyone's life - it is a generational teacher and since 2008 "Pluto in Capricorn" has the mission, purpose and job to create things to happen and to reconnect YOU with ALL the karmic important pieces of LIFE, your life and everyone else's life. It might be the most distant planet in our solar system - but it's intensity and qualities - are having the strongest influence on everyone's lives.
Some of you might be doubting that things can change and can happen in your life - especially after some of the negative things you experienced in October / November 2014 - but that's all done - and in December 2014 and January 2015 - you're going to see that your life has not been forgotten - especially as unfolding events are being orchestrated now to prepare you for the specific karmic events.
Pluto in Capricorn had the greatest impact on our lives and indeed it's always things that appear to be insignificant and small - which are the GREATEST. You have seen that and will continue to see that in your life too - that it will be something SMALL that will change EVERYTHING. Quality and intensity is always more significant and powerful than Quantity. Thankfully, as we move towards - Sun in Capricorn on 22nd December 2014 - Pluto will work behind the scenes of life - ensuring pieces get rearranged without you realizing and without causing you any intense pain.
The important facet of understanding life is that EVERYONE has a destined purpose on Earth - EVERYONE has destined relationships - even if you don't want the karmic relationships that you've been given - you will be attracted to them - because you've karmic lessons to learn for your own spiritual growth. If you've had inexplicable karmic delays of preventing your life from going forward - in the past 3-4 years - you'll see - even those inexplicable karmic blockages are being removed and will be removed by the Gemini Full Moon of 6th December 2014 - if they haven't already been removed.
For most of us we will be performing out Long Nights Moon Ritual tomorrow night, Freya's Day. I know in my time zone it is full at 4:27 am PDT, so I am providing today some information and a ritual.
The Farmer’s Almanac tells us that this full Moon, the Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule [if it actually falls before Yule]. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.
“December Moon is also known as Oak Moon, Cold Moon, Winter Moon, and Wolf Moon. This is the time of the Dark Lord, with the Oak being his symbol. It is the time of rebirth.
DECEMBER: Cold Moon (December) Also known as: Oak Moon, Wolf Moon, Moon of Long Nights, Long Night’s Moon, Aerra Geola (Month Before Yule), Wintermonat (Winter Month), Heilagmanoth (Holy Month), Big Winter Moon, Moon of Popping Trees
Nature Spirits: Snow faeries, storm faeries, winter tree faeries
Herbs: Holly, English ivy, fir, mistletoe
Colors: Blood red, white and black
Flowers: Holly, poinsettia, Christmas cactus
Scents: Violet, patchouli, rose geranium, frankincense, myrrh, lilac
Stones: Serpentine, jacinth, peridot
Trees: Pine, fir, holly
Animals: Mouse, deer, horse, bear
Birds: Rook, robin, snowy owl
Deities: Hathor, Hecate, Neith, Athene, Minerva, Ix Chel, Osiris, Norns, Fates
Power Flow: to endure, die, be reborn; Earth tides turning. Darkness. Personal alchemy. Spiritual paths. Reach out to friends and family, the lonely and needy.
This Moon mistress has taught me to embrace all situations and conditions as opportunities for healthy change, as opportunities to receive and create inspiration and love. That’s what this Full Moon is all about. Deep in your burrow, open your heart. Speak the words of your insecurities and fears or write them down. Sit with them. Walk with them. Then try dancing with them. Go ahead, in your own room, when no one’s looking!
May it inspire you to name your own blessings in this cold month that houses such passionate, healing fires just waiting to warm the world.
Poem by © 2012 Robert McDowell
Be grateful that you live
Inside the head you do.
How many times have you
Gone sailing through
Your bed or favorite chair to
Wave a sign in the sleaze
Of traffic: Need money. Please!
How many times have you
Suffered with the losers
Of war, or chafed and simmered
On a reservation, or brokered
The rescue of many from fear?
How many hours have you
Survived the lessons of gender
Change, or held your hero,
So splendid because of you?
Be grateful, be father and mother,
Be teacher, sister and brother
In all that you dream and do,
Against the day your ledger
Is opened up to you.
Full Moon Ritual/Yule
This ritual is intended for the Solitary. It is a private worship ritual, and is written so you can apply your own personal Spiritual Path to this.
Though I love the out-of-doors and would hope we could all do this under this special "Full long night moon", location and/or weather may dictate an indoor ritual. I have made this so it can be done anywhere, by as little as one or one and a special friend or two, with as few extra necessities as possible.
I kept the candles, one for each direction. Outside, this would seem all you really need, though if you are in a public place, candles may be out of the question also. You really need none of the trappings, all you need is yourself. All other materials are optional. But I thought the candles would be nice outside, protected in a votive holder or a candle box or fairy light, in case there is wind. Of course, if the place you are worshiping in is your own yard, then decorate for the season. Or, if it is indoors, again, go as decorative as you want, or as sparse as you want. What ever makes you feel "Yulish".
I kept this Ritual generic. Add the names of your God and/or Goddess or the names of the Elements or Directions as applies to your own chosen path. I wanted to be as simple as I could so as not to get tied into fancy planning, or extra work instead of concentrating on the Spiritual aspect of the ritual. Easy wording, simple prayer, and as much left to you as possible, so it will end up being YOUR ritual.
A Full Moon/Yule Ritual For the Solitary/Semi-Solitary
First, set your circle, walking around the circle three times deosil. Chanting is nice here, maybe one you already know, maybe the one I have written here
Here the circle I do cast
Call the elements to bind it fast
Beyond the boundaries of Time and Space
I/We create here a Sacred Place
Where none but love has entered in
And with Love I/we now begin.
Face the east, light the candle
Ancient One of the East, Spirit of Air, I/We welcome you to my/our circle this night. For Yule, I/we ask you bring your gift of thought, to enlighten us with the wisdom of common sense. Ancient One of the East, be welcome.
Face the south, light the candle
Ancient One of the South, Spirit of Fire, I/We welcome you to my/our circle this night. For Yule, I/we ask you bring your gift of a warm and loving heart, to spread love everywhere I/we go. Ancient One of the South, be welcome.
Face the west, light the candle
Ancient One of the West, Spirit of Water, I/we welcome you to my/our circle this night. For Yule, I/we ask you bring your gift of strength to wash over us that we may always offer a hand to those who need. Ancient One of the West, be welcome.
Face north, light the candle
Ancient One of the North, Spirit of Earth, I/we welcome you to my/our circle this night. For Yule, I/we ask you bring your gift of the joy of life to our circle, so we can appreciate every day we have, and share that joy with all we love. Ancient One of the North, be welcome.
Standing in the center of the circle at this point, Call upon the God and/or Goddess to join your circle.
I/We welcome the God to my/our circle this Yule; the Ivy King, the Winter King, the Sage. Bless my/our celebration, grace me/us with your presence this night, bless my/our circle.
I/We welcome the Goddess to my/our circle this Yule, the Great Moon Mother Goddess, the Winter Queen, the Crone. Bless my/our celebration, grace me/us with your presence this night, bless my/our circle.
Now the circle is complete.
This Yule is special, as it is also a Full Moon, the time when we ask the Lady for something if we have a need. This is the time to ask for what you may need, or something someone near and dear to you may need.
This is a time to meditate upon the meaning of Yule, the Gift of Life, the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Ask if you have a need, request for another if you wish and concentrate on the gift you request and what it is for and what it means to you and to all. This can be done as a group request, or as a personal request.
The next is a meditation on the God and Goddess. You can do this meditation alone or discuss it with your small gathering.
This is a time to listen in your heart for the words of the Mother. She speaks to those who listen and have open minds and open hearts. Listen carefully and She will speak to you. So will the God, if you are receptive to Him too. Together they will tell you of Their love for Their children, of Their promise of rebirth. They will hold your hand and lead you through your many lives. They will be there to hold you when you need comfort, to give you the spark of inspiration when you need to know, and They will wrap you in Their cloak of Love when you feel the world is a cold place. Think upon Them, find the place inside of you where They are a part of you. They are your Mother and Father, you are their children. They love you, as you love Them.
Now, gather into yourself all the warmth this circle brings to you, all the energy you feel from this is yours to draw upon. Fill yourself, and when you have taken all the energy you feel you need, it is time to release the rest to the Mother Earth, so She can use it where it will do the most good. Release it, and ground yourself. Touch the earth, go deep into Her soul, feel her. And smile.
Rest now, and meditate on Her goodness. This is a good time for the cakes and ale, or cookies and juice, or what ever Yule feast you have.
Some fruit and wine, some nuts... just remember to share with those elements you have called here, spill some wine/juice on the earth, and leave some food on the ground for them. If indoors, place some wine and food on a plate, and take it outside after....
Now is the time to dismiss the powers you have called
Lord and/or Lady, I/we thank you for joining our circle this evening, bringing your love, joy and warmth to us. Stay if you want, go if you must. Please come back again and always be welcome here.
Face north, extinguish the candle
I/We thank you, Ancient One of the North, Spirit of the Earth, for being in my/our circle this evening. I/we thank you for your gifts. Go now, in peace, blessing all those you meet on your way... Hail and Farewell
Face west, extinguish the candle
I/We thank you, Ancient One of the West, Spirit of the Water, for being in my/our circle this evening. I/we thank you for your gifts. Go now, in peace, blessing all those you meet on your way... Hail and Farewell
Face south, extinguish the candle
I/We thank you, Ancient One of the South, Spirit of Fire, for being in my/our circle this evening. I/we thank you for your gifts. Go now, in peace, blessing all those you meet on your way... Hail and Farewell
Face east, extinguish the candle
I/We thank you, Ancient One of the East, Spirit of Air, for being in my/our circle this evening. I/we thank you for your gifts. Go now, in peace, blessing all those you meet on your way.. Hail and Farewell
Walk three times round your circle widdershins, releasing the circle. A chant is nice, but I am rather fond of this closing....
The circle is open, but never broken. Merry meet, merry part and merry we meet again.
Now is the time for a good hearty meal for yourself, or if you have some friends or a special friend, or your lover, this is the time for a good feast, and to exchange gifts.
Remember, if you did this alone it is a special time for you too. Did you buy something special for yourself? Now is the time to wear it, or listen to it, or read it, or whatever.....
Have a most Happy Yule! Enjoy the many Blessings of the Season!
Wow finally done at least with the tree, needed it done before coven meeting full moon ritual Friday~Blessed Yule Pagans )O(
Amongst the oak and holly leaves
The wren and robin sat between
"Come", the wren croaked, "I shall sing
A song of winter cold".
"My brother is the far-flung crow
The black death-watch upon the snow
The swordless Horned One to him goes
When Autumn sun wanes cold."
"My Sister of Dark Night is queen
The hag that lives the moons between
Her womb is barren now of seed
Her lover grey and old".
"And where have you been, robin brother?
Gone to see your white-breast mother?
The white snow covers up her bowers,
She's taken her home of old".
Amidst the oak and holly leaves
The robin silent sat between
Until with sweet voice, calmly
He began a merry song.
"Long has my White-Crow Mother been
With your brother, Black Winged Bran
Until her belly stirs within
As Yuletide sun grows strong."
"And now at sunrise, silent stark,
Between the days and the Winter dark
Rekindled is The Fire's spark
The Oak King sounds the horn."
"In the forest's icy gleam
There goes a shadow, swiftly seen,
The holly and the oak between
The Green Man is reborn."
"So tell me truly, dark-eyed wren,
Where will you the Summer spend?
Until The Wheel is turned again
And Winter casts its thorn?"
But wren's reply was never got
By a golden arrow he'd been shot
And darkness died upon the spot
The holly and the oak between.
The Oak King is now berry-crowned
The Green Man, born the forest 'round
But the wren lays cold upon the ground
The holly and the oak between
And young lads on the darkest night
Their golden arrows swift in flight
Will sing until the morning bright
The sun to welcome in:
"The wren, the wren, the King of the birds,
On Yuletide Day was caught in the furze.
Up with the kettle and down with the pan,
And give us a penny to bury the wren."
These bite-size cheesy quiches will tide holiday guests over until dinnertime. A crumbly Parmesan crust holds the warm egg filling and fresh tomato or herb topper.
Start to Finish:
1 hr 3 mins
8 mins 425°F
20 mins 350°F
Mini Party Quiches
Nonstick cooking spray
cups all-purpose flour
tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
cup olive oil or canola oil
tablespoons ice-cold water
Dash ground black pepper
cup finely shredded Monterey Jack cheese or Gruyere cheese
tablespoon chopped green onion
pear or cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced, and/or small herb leaves
Fresh thyme leaves (optional)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Coat twenty-four 1-3/4-inch muffin cups with cooking spray; set aside. For pastry, in a large bowl stir together flour, Parmesan cheese, and salt. Add oil all at once. Mix until crumbly. Add 2 tablespoons of the ice-cold water; stir to combine. Add enough remaining water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until flour is moistened. Gather into a ball, then knead gently just until pastry holds together.
Divide pastry in 24 portions. Press each portion into a muffin cup. Do not prick pastry in cups. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, just until pastry begins to brown. Remove from oven; set aside. Reduce oven to 350 degrees F.
For quiche filling, in a small bowl whisk together egg, milk, and pepper. Stir in the cheese and onion. Fill each pastry cup with about 1 teaspoon filling. Top each quiche with a tomato slice or herb leaves.
Bake quiches for 20 minutes or until filling is puffed and set. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from cups; serve warm. If desired, sprinkle with fresh thyme.
(Mini Party Quiches)
156 kcal cal.,
8 g fat
(2 g sat. fat,
1 g polyunsaturated fat,
5g monounsatured fat),
20 mg chol.,
141 mg sodium,
17 g carb.,
1 g fiber,
1 g sugar,
4 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
These decadent, creamy bites are perfect for the holidays, thanks to a dab of seasonal squash and a sprinkle of fresh sage on top. Savory cayenne-spiced ricotta in between makes them even more rich.
Start to Finish:
1 hr 24 mins
Butternut-Sage Crostini with Ricotta and Hazelnuts
35 mins to 40 mins 375°F
9 mins to 11 mins 400°F
Butternut-Sage Crostini with Ricotta and Hazelnuts
2 pound butternut squash
cup whole milk ricotta cheese
teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
teaspoon cracked black pepper
Dash cayenne pepper
tablespoon slivered fresh sage leaves
cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
tablespoons lemon juice
1 pound loaf baguette-style French bread
cup extra-virgin oilve oil
Fresh sage leaves (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut squash in half lengthwise; scoop out seeds. Place halves, cut sides down, on prepared baking sheet. Roast squash for 35 to 40 minutes or until tender. Set aside to cool slightly. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees F.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine ricotta cheese, lemon peel, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper; set aside.
Scoop flesh from squash halves and transfer to the bowl of a food processor. Add the 1 tablespoon slivered sage, 1/3 cup of the hazelnuts, and the lemon juice. Cover and process until smooth; set aside.
Slice baguette diagonally into 1/2-inch slices. On a very large baking sheet arrange baguette slices in a single layer. Brush slices lightly with half of the olive oil. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes or until slices begin to brown. Turn baguette slices over; brush lightly with the remaining olive oil. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes more or until second sides begin to brown.
Thickly spread the butternut squash mixture over baguette slices. Top with ricotta mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts. Serve warm or at room temperature. If desired, garnish with whole sage leaves.
(Butternut-Sage Crostini with Ricotta and Hazelnuts)
108 kcal cal.,
4 g fat
(1 g sat. fat,
0 g polyunsaturated fat,
3g monounsatured fat),
3 mg chol.,
139 mg sodium,
15 g carb.,
1 g fiber,
1 g sugar,
4 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet