Merry Meet All,
I wish you all a wonderful memorable Yule and Winter Solstice!
Blessed Be Everyone
Merry Meet All,
A part of being a sensitive/ psychic soul/ witch, what have you, is maintaining health. That can be protecting your psychic self from psychic vampires and your physical health. I am going to explain this a bit more.
All my life I have had a medical condition, which means I suffer pretty badly when I get a sinus infection. A part of having such a condition is diet. I have had this condition for years and now only am beginning to examine what I eat in my diet. Wheat, or gluten, is the ingredient in flour that triggers sinus pain. Unfortunately for me, yet in a way very fortunate, society is becoming aware of the serious effects of gluten in food. Does this mean I can’t enjoy bagels or toast or cakes or cookies anymore? Not at all.
The downside of my trip to Cape Breton was that I caught a nasty cold. Naturally this came with a hit by a mack truck equivalent of sinus pain and pressure. On the way home to Halifax, I was forced to endure unbelievable sinus pain till my Mother and I found some Advil to relieve the pain.
Then, at home, I googled sinus infections and wheat out of sheer curiosity and desperation. It shocked me to learn that I wasn’t the only one suffering from the sinus pain and that those who did had eliminated wheat entirely from their diet and were leading good lives. I’m on board, I thought, and went on to learn more about a gluten free diet. I worried that I would have to meticulously watch everything I eat and never eat in a restaurant again! I was also pleasantly surprised to find that my favorite restaurant served gluten-free food. It’s not as hard as I thought.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a gluten free food section in my favorite grocery last night.
I bought gluten free flour, soya sauce, bread and fresh veggies. I felt great as I headed home. I also saved a lot of money. A win-win!
Organic food may not be totally gluten-free, yet it is free of a number of chemicals. It is a good alternative to genetically modified food, which also includes genetically modified food. The GMO wheat may be what is causing so many to have Celiac’s disease, the wheat intolerance. Our food is not meant to be genetically modified. We are tampering with Nature. GMO food is stripped of its nutrients, which some food would retain if it were organic. It is always better to opt for organic food.
I am on my way now to a gluten-free diet. The slices of gluten-free toast today were delicious. I can’t wait to do some Christmas baking, knowing I can control what the ingredients are and feel better eating it. I am really looking forward to the holidays now!
Merry Meet All,
It is still Samhain and yet Yule ticks closer and closer. The decorations abound in the stores. Wreaths are hung everywhere you look and Christmas trees are brightening many homes. Astrologically speaking, a lot is happening this month.
Winter Solstice occurs around December 21. The Full Moon is on the 22nd as well as an eclipse on the Winter Solstice. Mercury goes retrograde at Christmas time. Indeed, it is a time to prepare and make plans rather than throwing oneself into events. If you are traveling, do so with care and preparation. A stitch in time saves nine.
Yule is a celebration of the return of the light at Winter Solstice.
Setting Up Your Yule Altar – What to Put on a Yule Altar
By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide
Decorate your Yule altar with symbols of the season — candles, suns, evergreen boughs, and even Santa Claus!
Image © Patti Wigington 2007
Yule1 is the time of year when Pagans and Wiccans celebrate the Winter Solstice. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, this will be on around December 21, but if you’re below the Equator, your Yule celebration will fall in June. This Sabbat is considered the longest night of the year, and following Yule, the sun begins its long journey back to earth. Try some or even all of these ideas — obviously, space may be a limiting factor for some, but use what calls to you most.
Colors of the Season:
Winter is here, and even if the snow hasn’t fallen yet, there’s a definite chill in the air. Use cold colors to decorate your altar, such as blues and silvers and whites. Also find ways to include the reds, whites and greens of the season2. Evergreen boughs never go out of style, so add some dark greens as well. Cover your altar with a cloth in a cool color, and then add candles in a variety of different wintery shades. Use candles in silvers and golds — and sparkle is always good too!
Symbols of Winter:
Yule is a Sabbat that reflects the return of the sun, so add solar symbols to your altar. Gold discs, yellow candles, anything bright and shiny can represent the sun. Some people even get a large pillar candle, inscribe it with solar symbols, and designate it as their sun candle. You can also add evergreen boughs, sprigs of holly, pinecones, a Yule log3, and even Santa Claus4. Consider antlers or reindeer, along with other symbols of fertility.
Other Signs of the Season:
There’s no limit to the number of things you can put on your Yule altar, as long as you’ve got the space. Consider some of these items as part of your Sabbat decor:
Fruit and nuts
Snowflakes, icicles, even a bowl of snow
Sun Wheels (About.com)
Merry Meet All,
I’m home from a wonderful relaxing weekend from the Cabot Trail. For those who don’t know where that is, it is in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.
I had a great weekend. I packed early, found a cat sitter, and was out on the road around 10 am with my Mother. We had tea with her friend Marney who owned an adorable and rambunctious dog named Bel. Then we were on the road again to Pleasant Bay. Around 7 pm we arrived at the Chalet. The Chalet inside was freezing. I do mean freezing. I wore my mitts for fifteen minutes before it was warm enough from the woodstove. Once we had tea and the woodstove heated the whole cabin, I removed my mitts. It was late so we went right to sleep. I wore layers of pajamas and thick socks and five blankets. The wind howled outside and the fire crackled. We hung curtains and drew the shades down which helped to trap heat.
In the morning, I rose and made coffee. I peered outside the window, watching the ocean waves and an eagle that soared high in the sky. I stared out at the view and realized I was on vacation. The cabin warmed up. I had a nice shower and Mom and I ate a nice breakfast. I unpacked and got settled in. I took many photos of the inside and outside of the cabin. Mom and I soon went to my sister’s place. My sister and her two adorable kids were there. I had brought stuff to do but I never got it done. I ended up helping my sister with a million things she had to get done. I had her two kids in my lap all weekend. I can now get a snowsuit on a squirming child. I basically babysat. She hardly ever gets a moment to herself. I helped her harvest a large load of root vegetables such as parsnips, onions, potatoes, squashes, pumpkins and Swiss Chard. I helped her find Christmas decorations and lights which we strung between two trees to make a cool glowing blue archway. I had a great time and completely forgot about the city and all my stress. Elsie May, my niece, had a sleepover back at the Chalet with Mom and I. We slept under warm covers and in the morning after breakfast, went back to my sister’s place. Before we left, we made beef stew and cooked it on the woodstove. The flavor is beyond comparison. Soup tastes so much better cooked on a woodstove. We all enjoyed a few hearty bowls of the stew.
That afternoon, I spotted a Bobcat from the window. I told everyone and soon we madly took photos of the brazen bobcat, who posed cooperatively for us. Niki and I stood on the deck taking pictures with our digital cameras. The bobcat went into the woods and up the field on the far side, pouncing on mice before he disappeared. That was a lucky sighting.
My Mother was trying to sew a housecoat for my niece. So I put Elsie May on the swing and I pushed her on the swing. I lost track of time as we had a great big girl talk. She is 2 years old and never tired of my pushing her on the swing. Mom cut out the pattern and she sewed the housecoat that night.
Monday was check out time for Mom and I. We cleaned the whole Chalet and had to drain the pipes to prevent them from freezing during the long cold winter. Winters in Pleasant Bay are unforgiving. There is seldom a human being seen, much less a bobcat. You are more likely to see a bobcat or coyote than a person there. Isolation and unforgiving cold are the order of the day. I could hear the seals wailing from the ocean shore. There is no restaurant, grocery store, gas station or hospital in Pleasant Bay. You need to know how to survive to endure living there. It is tough unless you are experienced at fishing, using a woodstove and have a good reliable vehicle.
We cleaned the Chalet and prepared for the drive back to Halifax. We left at 4 pm roughly and made it home around 10 pm, only for me to find my internet connection temporarily unavailable. It works now obviously and I was quite pleasantly surprised to find a number of messages from people wishing me a happy birthday. I took over a 100 photos of the weekend. Shadow, my kitty, purred a lot, so happy to see me home. I was exhausted and waited till the next day to unpack. It was a great trip and I enjoyed the whole weekend. I can’t wait for my next adventure.