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Winter Solstice

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Merry meet all,

It’s December 1st. I have just put up my tiny tree and downloaded Yule tunes. The arrival of the month of December puts me in the mood for Yule. Winter Solstice is in 20 days. The moon is Waning Crescent currently and is in Scorpio Void of Course. 

Winter Solstice is the time when the days are shortest and the nights are longest. The Sun reaches its most southern point in the sky at noon. After the 22nd, the days begin getting longer. 

Winter inspires joy and sadness in people. Some people enjoy sking and curling in front of the fire. Others dread winter for the cold and the depression they suffer during the season. 

The word ‘solstice’ comes from the Latin words “sun” and “to stop” because the Sun stops in the sky. The solstice days are the times with the least amount of sunlight in the sky. 

Blessed Be,

Lady Spiderwitch

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Yule

Merry Meet All,

Yule is approaching. Are you excited? I already have a tiny fake tree decorated, decorations put around my house and plan to do some delicious baking soon. Yule is a celebration of the light at the time of the winter solstice. In the Northern hemisphere, it falls on December 20-22.

The nip is in the air and while not much snow has fallen, it can be fun to decorate your altar. I bought a lovely sheer white meter of fabric with reversible silver and gold snowflakes decorating it. Add silver and gold candles on your altar. Add sparkle and symbols that represent the winter solstice, a snow candle and perhaps solar symbols, evergreen boughs, springs of green holly, pinecones, a Yule log reindeer. Mistletoe and snowflakes add some wintry magic. Burn some scented essential oils associated with Yule such as pine, peppermint, cinnamon and clove. They put you in the spirit for Yule. Every Yule, I play songs from the Nutcracker soundtrack.

Consider using a fake tree for Yule. Why hurt a real tree? Thousands of trees are wasted for Christmas/ Yule. A fake tree can be reused every Yule. Be careful how you toss out the gift wrap. It ends up in landfill. Get an organic turkey or chicken and avoid consuming the harsh chemicals that are injected and force fed into the chickens on those farms where they are tortured. Why would you want a part in that? If you buy a non organic chicken, that’s what you get.

To avoid the rush of Boxing Day, and standing in line for a long time, if you bought someone a gift that they really are not in love with, consider buying one gift for that loved one that they really want in their heart. This means really paying attention to that person. Likewise, you might get one gift that you desperately wanted. It is better than ten little gifts that do not enhance, beautify or truly signify something to you. Support the local market and avoid buying items from America or China. There is ample products that can be bought locally and it adds to our local economy.

Hold a Yule log ceremony, a cleansing ceremony, and a welcoming back the sun ceremony for Yule. More information can be found on about.com about Yule and how to enjoy it.

Have a magickal Yule!
Blessed be,
Lady Spiderwitch

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