Merry meet all,
I wish you all a memorable magickal Winter Solstice!!
Blessed be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(
Merry meet all,
There is 7 more days until the Winter Solstice. The moon waxes in the skies. The moon is in Taurus Void of Course 9:54 pm EST to Dec.15-1:40 am.
I’m about more than halfway through the Magickal House Cleaning Challenge. I have enjoyed it so far and was finally able to get those annoying details taken care of that I meant to do. I can sense a difference in the energy in my apartment. It’s hard to find the time to clean.
I have a tiny plastic tree for Yule. It is barely two feet high. However, I can’t have a real tree in my apartment and I don’t believe in cutting down an unfortunate sentient tree anyway. I feel sorry for the thousands of trees cut down for one day or a month of peoples’ gratification. Those trees were hanging out with the other trees in the forest, happily acting as homes to insects and birds alike, and feeling the wind in their boughs. Now when Yule ends, they are shipped off to compost or landfill or the trash. I am such a tree hugger, huh?
I won’t condemn you if you still cut down a tree to decorate. Just be conscious of how you treat the tree afterwards. I have ornaments that I have saved since time immemorial too. Here is a blessing ritual for your Yule tree.
Once you have found the perfect tree, connect with its energy. Feel its energy flowing from the earth and to you and to everything else. Ask the tree to send its energy to the earth to avoid harm to the tree. Tree roots reach deep into the frozen earth. Say this blessing when you make the cut:
O evergreen, mighty tree who is full of life. I take your life into me and ask your blessing. We welcome you into our home and honor you, to adorn you with light and bells in the season of the sun. We honor you, O evergreen, to bless our home with your energy.
Chop the tree six inches above the ground, and cut cleanly. Wear gloves and be careful to avoid harming yourself, your family or pets. Tie a rope around the tree trunk to protect your hands to haul it away from the area. Push some fertilizer sticks into the earth to allow for new growth in spring.
Leave birdseed as an offering to the wildlife in the area. You can scatter birdseed as a protective circle around the stump where you chopped the tree. The birds depended on the tree for shelter. Consider replanting a tree in a new area.
Now you can decorate the tree with your cherished ornaments. Light some incense and candles and get a pot of herbal tea brewing or rum and eggnog. You can say a new blessing on the tree. Use your candles and incense.
O Yule tree, tree of life, we honor and bless you in our home, to savour the harmony of Yule.
Sprinkle the incense as a blessing around the tree. Pass the candle around the tree. Sprinkle water around the tree. Enjoy your Yule tree.
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.
Merry meet all,
The winter chill bites at us as we bustle about town. I walked on the nature trail this morning and I took some beautiful photos of the garden and snowy leaves. Magically speaking, Mercury has turned direct. I am relieved, to say the least. The Moon has entered Aries and Neptune has gone direct.
The Full Moon comes on the 17th. The Full Moon begins at 10 am and enters Gemini. Gemini is an air sign and represents the time for shortcuts, communication, games, and fun. Have a magical and fun esbat on the 17th! This full moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon and Snow Moon. Concentrate on the transition from fall to winter and how gracefully nature turns season. Think of how you can honor a transition occurring in your life and how you can accept the changes it brings. Decorate your altar and light white candles. Snow is pure and cold.
The Celtic Tree Month of Elder begins on November 25th. Before we know it, the Wheel of the Year will turn to Yule. I’ll post more about how to prepare for Yule.
Lady Spiderwitch )O(
Merry Meet All,
Today the rain is melting away the huge snowbanks. I fought my way over the snowbanks yesterday, many of them bigger than I am. The Wheel of the Year turns to Ostara next month. Ostara is the second spring Sabbat and the spring equinox.
Valentine’s Day warms hearts on Thursday. Mercury Retrograde occurs on February 23 and ends on March 17. The Full moon lands on February 25.
Someone suggested on Facebook that we all have an UnValentine’s Day. Imagine that if everyone withheld buying chocolates and roses. The corporations that glut over the money people spend on V-Day, Halloween, and Christmas would be flabbergasted. They are raking in the millions because people buy into the consumerism. What if you didn’t? What if you found another way to say I love you to that special someone? I think that Valentine’s Day should be every day of the year. And for you all single people out there, take heart and tell your pet or your plant that you love them. Make a devotional offering to your God and Goddesses of your tradition.
February may seem like a cold dismal month. But it can still be a magickal month. Take this time to improve your Book of Shadows and clear your tools of stale chi. Perhaps your altar would fare better if it faced north or west. After months of enduring a wooden board practically sticking in my back, I switched the direction my altar is facing and finally have a lot more space. Now my altar faces east, the Air element. It corresponds with new beginnings, intellectual matters, wisdom, air and the power of the mind.
I hope you find ways to make this a spellbinding month