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,
Yay!! The world didn’t end. The world was not going to end. It was the end of the Mayan calendar. I remember thinking this morning as I struggled to get out of bed, about the end of the world and the Mayan calendar. I am relieved everything is okay.
So to celebrate, I am proud to share a link with you. My essay on The Crone of Winter Solstice is published on the Ezine Eternal Haunted Summer website. Here is the link:
So enjoy reading my contribution to Eternal Haunted Summer and have a merry solstice!!
Merry Meet All,
Winter Solstice begins tomorrow. I hope you have all been preparing for the big day. You can read the earlier posts for inspiration on how to celebrate Solstice.
People are talking about December 21 being the end of the world. I highly doubt it. If it were true, things would be a lot worse right now.
So cast off the worry of tomorrow being the end of the world- not so- and celebrate Solstice with all your heart. Life will continue on as it always has.
I saw the movie The Hobbit the other night. I was mesmerized by the magic of Middle Earth. I was carried away into the magic of it. I want to see The Hobbit again, for sure. I think Peter Jackson did a beautiful job of The Hobbit. I have read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I will reread those magickal, awe-inspiring tales again and again.
Merry Solstice to you all!!
Merry Meet All,
Winter Solstice occurs on December 21 in the Northern Hemisphere. There are twenty-four hours of sunlight south of the Antarctic circle. It is the longest night of the year. Winter Solstice is a time for celebration to coax back the sun. The Latin term for solstice is sun set still. Winter Solstice is the stillness before the Sun’s strength returns. It is time to reflect on the fruitful dark earth from which life eventually emerges.
The Celts celebrated Solstice by holding bonfires to keep darkness away. The year’s shortest day and longest night was honored with the coming dawn. The Sun had won over darkness. The Sun was reborn. The Norse held feasts to honor the Solstice.
This marked the “nether” time that began at Samhain, when the spirits roamed freely across the land. The otherworldly portals closed for another year. The time for the growing light nears, the time of the spring Equinox approaches.
The Yule celebration comes from the legendary battle between the Oak King and the Holly King. The Oak King represents the light half of the year and the Oak King represents the dark half of the year.
ORIGINS OF SANTA CLAUS
There are a few theories about the origins of Santa Claus. He was originally based on St. Nicholas, an early fourth-century Bishop from Turkey. He was influenced from early Norse religion. If you know your lore and mythology, then you may have guessed at who I am referring to. Yes, Odin. Odin wore a long white beard much like Santa.
Odin had a mighty horse called Sleipnir, who had eight legs. Sleipnir was compared to the eight reindeer that pull Santa’s sleigh. Sleipnir could leap great distances.
During the winter, children would leave offerings in their boots near the chimney, filling the boots with treats for Sleipnir. Odin rewarded them with treats. The tradition survived the adoption of Christianity. Today we hang stockings rather than boots by the chimney. The Dutch settlers called him SinterKlaas, which later became Santa Claus. That is the origin of Santa Claus.
Merry Meet All,
Today is December 1st. Winter Solstice is coming up on December 21st. The Snow moon of November just passed. The moon is waning and is in Cancer. The Celtic Tree Month Between starts on Dec. 23rd. Today the sun is shining. I saw frost on the cars parked in the driveway.
The upcoming posts will help prepare you for a magical, memorable Yule! Winter Solstice, is magical and serene, different from Samhain’s chaotic energy. I saw a squirrel eating seeds, perched on a tree the other day. They are storing food for the cold winter ahead. We can prepare too. The upcoming posts will cover Yule lore, correspondences of Yule, how to make Yule stockings, Yule baking, incenses, candles and herbs for Yule, and traditions and rituals for Yule.
The Hobbit will be in theaters soon. Be sure to see it. You can view the trailer on my blog. Currently I am working on creating a fairy tale book for my niece as a Christmas present for her this year. I plan to make it very Celtic. I hope she likes her gift.
So enjoy candy canes and cider and stay tuned for posts on how to celebrate Yule this year!!