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Your Daily Horoscopes for Yule, December 21

This is the Winter Solstice, the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere. The Sun moves into somber Capricorn at 6:03 pm EST, reminding us of the arduous journey back to summer. Emotional growth is challenging, but intense feelings can bring pleasure to this special day with a lingering Venus-Pluto conjunction. The Moon’s shift into Capricorn at 8:25 pm, swiftly followed by the New Moon at 8:35 pm, prompts us to carefully calculate our next move.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Persuading someone to change their feelings through coercion or empty promises is not a viable way to get what you want today. A smarter strategy is to let go of control and surrender to your emotions now. The ambitious New Moon falls in your 10th House of Career, requiring a brand new approach to your responsibilities. Though compromise isn’t normally your style, calculated actions alone will only box you in. Take a chance and express what’s in your heart.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

Your emotions run particularly deep today but you should be able to maintain your sense of balance, nonetheless. People may not even realize that your feelings are in turmoil because you can appear calm, cool and collected as long as you keep your mind on the business at hand. However, the Capricorn New Moon stirs the energy of your 9th House of Future Vision and you cannot suppress your dreams for adventure. Let your passions rise to the surface without fearing the outcome; you’ll gain more self-assurance if you don’t try to hide your heart from view.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You may be more emotional today than others think because you bury your feelings so well that everything seems normal. Nevertheless, your closest friends can still tell something is brewing beneath the surface as the Capricorn New Moon rattles your 8th House of Intimacy and Transformation. You might be happily surprised if you overcome your own resistance and share your inner process with a trustworthy confidant. What happens next is up to you; you can keep swimming in shallow waters or you can dive in the deep end for maximum impact.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

You gain inner strength by exploring options on your path to emotional satisfaction, but it’s tricky to do this work on your own. Thankfully, someone special could bring you a much-needed dose of objectivity now that the Capricorn New Moon highlights your 7th House of Relationships. Unfortunately, the feedback you receive might not substantiate your original perspective. Processing your changing feelings quickly enables you to integrate an entirely new way of looking at the current circumstances.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You have a number of loose ends to tie up, yet you may work yourself into an anxious state by trying to beat an arbitrary deadline. Your struggles might indicate there’s a more complex set of issues at play now that the Capricorn Moon activates your 6th House of Daily Routine. Although your unrelenting drive could become obsessive, it’s perfectly acceptable to leave some chores unfinished today. You don’t have to impress anyone with your competence; just do your best and call it a day.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You believe that your decisions are rational and you’re willing to debate anyone who has the audacity to question your choices. However, the Capricorn New Moon’s presence in your 5th House of Self-Expression suggests your protests are misplaced. Don’t waste energy justifying your practical approach; just admit what you want and move on. You have a much better shot at satisfaction if you don’t try to convince others that your way is the best. Deciding which path to take is less critical than maintaining your integrity along the way.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

It may be rather inconvenient when sudden waves of desire crash onto the shores of your awareness today. Your first impulse is to reinforce your emotional boundaries as the conservative Capricorn New Moon falls in your 4th House of Security. However, your ruling planet Venus is currently in cahoots with dark Pluto, conjuring up a powerful mixture of innocent love and ruthless passion. Don’t close down in fear; a soulful interaction can take you to a magical and mysterious place if you remain open to the beauty that’s all around you now.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Containing your emotions is no small feat now that the Capricorn New Moon lands in your 3rd House of Communication. Your need to express your desires with incisive clarity and unwavering determination is triggered by passionate Pluto’s dance with sensual Venus today, amplifying your feelings of love or lust. Life is especially sweet if you connect with a willing playmate or partner, but unrealistic expectations can blind you to something special that’s right in front of your nose.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You could have big plans for a great escape, but you sadly realize that there are more pressing things to do as you get closer to the time to leave. Your fiscal affairs demand your attention now that the Capricorn New Moon focuses on your 2nd House of Finances. But don’t get lost in your dreams of the future; make a serious commitment and get to work. Take tangible steps, however little they may be, toward achieving your long-term goals.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Navigating intense emotional territory is second nature for you today as the Capricorn New Moon camps out in your sign. You intuitively know that going deeper helps to create a stronger foundation upon which to build a relationship. However, you don’t want to react irrationally because you’re afraid that you could lose control of the situation. The journey to love is a complicated one, but facing your own resistance to intimacy might be the hardest part. Open your heart and let the chips fall where they may.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Today you’re motivated by a desire to show someone how much you know. However, the Capricorn New Moon energizes your 12th House of Spiritual Mystery, drawing you into metaphysical realms. You will gain more from this spiritual experience if you can admit that whatever is happening is beyond your current comprehension. It’s time to get out of your head and into your heart because that is where the real action is today.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

It’s easy to tell who your real friends are because they tend to show up with emotional support when you need them the most. But the reserved Capricorn New Moon’s presence in your 11th House of Social Networking indicates you may prefer more cerebral interactions now, based on logic not passion. Nevertheless, you’re still pleasantly surprised when someone comes through with the goods. Expressing your vulnerability enables you to be open enough to receive the assistance that’s kindly offered.

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Your Astrology for the Week of December 22nd – 28th

Weekly Astrology: December 22-28, 2014

It’s time to “get real” as Saturn switches signs

Maria DeSimoneMaria DeSimone on the topics of saturn, sagittarius, astrology

 

This week packs a karmic punch, thanks to Saturn changing signs. You’ll need to tackle edgy communication vibes this week!

Tuesday, Dec. 23: Saturn in Sagittarius

On Tuesday, Saturn, the planet of limitation, lessons and responsibility — the great karmic taskmaster — will change signs, moving out of Scorpio and into Sagittarius. Sagittarius is a sign concerned with expansion and hope, while Saturn is a curmudgeon of a planet. So how will Saturn feel wearing the cloak of Sagittarius until late 2017? Strange indeed.

For starters, Saturn in Sagittarius will likely restrict your buoyant, optimistic outlook, and help you become more realistic about all of those positive thoughts. The law of attraction? Ha! How about the law of hard knocks and common sense? That’s what Saturn in Sagittarius will be all about.

Saturn in Sagittarius will demand that you build a solid foundation around realistic beliefs, and that you’ll also be willing to back up your pie-in-the-sky ideas with proof. The good news is that by the time he finishes up his tour of Sagittarius, you’ll have a remarkable ability to reach for the sky while still managing to keep both feet firmly on the ground.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Dec. 24-26: Mercury square Uranus

On Wednesday, Mercury in Capricorn will square off with Uranus, and on Thursday he’ll conjunct Pluto. Communication will be erratic and intense. Then, on Friday there’s a glimmer of hope. The Sun in Capricorn will sextile Neptune. You can use your imagination without feeling like you’ve gone mad.

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New Moon in Capricorn Horoscopes

New Moon in Capricorn Horoscopes

A new cycle begins on the longest night of the year

Rick LevineRick Levine on the topics of winter solstice, new moon, horoscopes, capricorn

The Capricorn New Moon on December 21, 2014, coincides with the Winter Solstice, the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere. The Sun’s move into somber Capricorn at 6:03 p.m. EST reminds us of the arduous journey back to the days of summer… Emotional growth is challenging, but intense feelings can bring pleasure to this day with a Venus-Pluto conjunction still lingering. The Moon’s shift into Capricorn at 8:25 p.m., swiftly followed by the New Moon at 8:35 p.m., prompts us to carefully calculate our next move.
Capricorn is the Mountain Goat, the mammal who lives at the highest altitudes. Climbing the mountain may be hard work, but we are up for the task as we think about the upcoming year and make plans to attain our goals. Nevertheless, this New Moon also reminds us to play — for the capricious Goat can have as much spontaneous fun as any animal in the zodiac menagerie.

Learn more about the effects of this New Moon with your zodiac sign’s horoscope below!

Aries Horoscope (March 21 – April 19)

Persuading someone to change their feelings through coercion or empty promises is not a viable way to get what you want during this Capricorn New Moon. A smarter strategy is to let go of control and surrender to your emotions. The ambitious New Moon falls in your 10th House of Career, requiring a brand new approach to your responsibilities. Though propitiation isn’t normally your style, calculated actions alone will only box you in. Take a chance and express what’s in your heart.

Taurus Horoscope (April 20 – May 20)

Your emotions run particularly deep these days, but you should still be able to maintain your sense of balance during this Capricorn New Moon. People may not even realize that your feelings are in turmoil because you can appear calm, cool, and collected as long as you keep your mind on the business at hand. As the New Moon stirs the energy of your 9th House of Future Vision, though, you can’t suppress your dreams for adventure. Let your passions rise to the surface without fearing the outcome; you’ll gain more self-assurance if you don’t try to hide your heart from view.

Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – June 20)

You may be more emotional than others think because you bury your feelings so well that everything seems normal. Nevertheless, your closest friends can still tell something is brewing beneath the surface when this Capricorn New Moon rattles your 8th House of Intimacy and Transformation. You might be happily surprised if you overcome your own resistance and share your inner process with a trustworthy confidant. What happens next is up to you; you can keep swimming in shallow waters or you can dive in the deep end for maximum impact.

Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – July 22)

You gain inner strength by exploring options on your path to emotional satisfaction, but it’s tricky to do this work on your own. Thankfully, someone special could bring a much-needed dose of objectivity as the Capricorn New Moon highlights your 7th House of Relationships. Unfortunately, the feedback you receive might not substantiate your original perspective. Processing your changing feelings quickly enables you to integrate an entirely new way of looking at the current circumstances.

Leo Horoscope (July 23 – Aug. 22)

You have a number of loose ends to tie up, yet you may work yourself into an anxious state by trying to beat an arbitrary deadline. Your struggles might indicate there’s a more complex set of issues at play because the Capricorn Moon activates your 6th House of Daily Routine. Although your unrelenting drive could become obsessive, it’s perfectly acceptable to leave some chores unfinished. You don’t have to impress anyone with your competence; just do your best and call it a day.

Virgo Horoscope (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

You believe that your decisions are rational, and you’re willing to debate anyone who has the audacity to question your choices. However, the Capricorn New Moon’s presence in your 5th House of Self-Expression suggests your protests are misplaced. Don’t waste energy justifying your practical approach; just admit what you want and move on. You have a much better shot at satisfaction if you don’t try to convince others that your way is the best. Deciding which path to take is less critical than maintaining your integrity along the way.

Libra Horoscope (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

It may be rather inconvenient when sudden waves of desire crash onto the shores of your awareness. Your first impulse is to reinforce your emotional boundaries as the Capricorn New Moon falls in your 4th House of Security. However, your ruling planet Venus is in cahoots with dark Pluto now, conjuring up a powerful mixture of innocent love and ruthless passion. Don’t close down in fear; a soulful interaction can take you to a magical and mysterious place if you remain open to the beauty that’s all around you.

Scorpio Horoscope (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

Containing your emotions is no small feat as the Capricorn New Moon lands in your 3rd House of Communication. Your need to express your desires with incisive clarity and unwavering determination is triggered by passionate Pluto’s dance with sensual Venus that’s also happening now, amplifying your feelings of love or lust. Life is especially sweet if you connect with a willing playmate or partner, but unrealistic expectations could blind you to something special that’s right in front of your nose.

Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

You could have big plans for a great escape, but you sadly realize that there are more pressing things to do as you get closer to the time to leave. Your fiscal affairs demand your attention with the Capricorn New Moon focused on your 2nd House of Finances. But don’t get lost in your dreams of the future; make a serious commitment and get to work. Take tangible steps, however little they may be, toward achieving your long-term goals.

Capricorn Horoscope (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

Navigating intense emotional territory is second nature for you as this New Moon camps out in your sign. You intuitively know that going deeper helps to create a stronger foundation upon which to build a relationship. However, you don’t want to react irrationally because you’re afraid that you could lose control of the situation. The journey to love is a complicated one, but facing your own resistance to intimacy might be the hardest part. Open your heart and let the chips fall where they may.

Aquarius Horoscope (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

You might not have all the answers, but you’re still motivated by a desire to show someone how much you know. However, the Capricorn New Moon energizes your 12th House of Spiritual Mystery, drawing you into metaphysical realms — you’ll gain more from this spiritual experience if you can admit that whatever is happening is beyond your current comprehension. It’s time to get out of your head and into your heart because that is where the real action is happening.

Pisces Horoscope (Feb. 19 – March 20)

It’s easy to tell who your real friends are because they tend to show up with emotional support when you need them the most. But the reserved Capricorn New Moon’s presence in your 11th House of Social Networking indicates you may prefer more cerebral interactions, based on logic not passion. Nevertheless, you’re still pleasantly surprised when someone comes through with the goods. Expressing your vulnerability enables you to be open enough to receive the assistance that’s kindly offered.

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The Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice

The darkest day makes way for the return of light

Tarotcom StaffTarotcom Staff on the topics of winter solstice, capricorn, astrology

December 21, 2014 marks the Winter Solstice, which is the official beginning of winter, and the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. But there’s a light at the end of this tunnel — literally! As the temperatures fall throughout the winter, the light grows, representing new hope during a time of darkness.

Ancient solstice festivals were the last big feasts before food became scarce during the harsh winter months. This magical day was celebrated from ancient Rome to China, and by the builders of Stonehenge to the Mayans. In fact, we all remember the Winter Solstice on December 21, 2012, which was the apparent end of the Mayan calendar, causing many to believe the end of the world is coming. Obviously, we’re still here!

Many modern holiday traditions, such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s, have their roots in the Winter Solstice celebrations of yesterday. Winter festivals continue today, complete with lights, feasts, dancing and singing, and spending quality time with those we love.

Astrologically, the Winter Solstice marks the moment the Sun — the ruler of the zodiac — moves from adventurous Fire sign Sagittarius to the steady Earth sign of Capricorn. This is the dark night of the year, a day when the Sun appears to stand still. It’s a time for light and laughter, but also deep reflection.

The Sun’s move into steady Capricorn urges us to take some time to look back on 2013 before we make those New Year’s resolutions. What did we do right? What do we wish we’d done differently? Don’t fight the seriousness it brings to the festive holiday season — use it to start 2014 on the right foot! Just make sure to keep some of the Goat’s ambitious energy alive when the Sun makes its next move.

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Daily Cosmic Calendar for Yule, December 21st

If you made it through yesterday’s cosmic slugfest relatively unscathed, give yourself a row of virtual gold stars. Now you have another 24 hours to conquer with a very deft touch since the universe is going all in right now with a mega-dose of celestial madness. First of all, keep in mind that several of Saturday’s difficult sky configurations are still on the astro-psychic radar screen — only more undercover. Now Venus forming a supportive, 60-degree link with healing maestro Chiron (2:04AM) followed 2+ hours later by the Moon in Sagittarius forming a harmonious trine to buoyant and optimistic Jupiter in Leo (4:36AM) makes it seem that all is well, but this 120-degree contact also begins a long void lunar uncertainty cycle that lasts until 5:26PM (when the Moon enters Capricorn). Ceres gets into the act, too, by converging with the Moon (5:00AM) — adding another note of supposed calm and productivity. Then a few hours later, the testing of humanity begins in earnest as Mercury forms a potentially abrasive, 135-degree tie with Jupiter (11:03AM), Uranus halts its recent retrograde motion at 13 degrees of Aries (2:46PM) to begin a forward-moving cycle that lasts until July 26, 2015, the Sun switch its allegiance from fiery Sagittarius to earthy Capricorn (3:04PM), and the New Moon materializes 2+ hours after that (5:37PM and energizing 1 degree of Capricorn). A station of Uranus — the key planet of shocks, surprises, anarchy, rebellion, revolution, genius, intuition, high-technology, jokers, wild cards, out-of-the-box thinking and behavior, the multi-media, the nervous system, anxiety, breakthroughs in consciousness or breakdowns — is not exactly compatible with the Sun and Moon striding forcefully into Capricorn (the key sign of the zodiac ruled over by Saturn). Therefore, this sacred turning point of the year — the solstice, when the Sun appears to stand still in its vertical arc — is receiving an unusually high injection of adversarial energies (represented by play-by-the-rules Saturn and always-unpredictable Uranus). Do your best to pursue your objectives today with self-confidence and a calm demeanor. Like the Little Engine That Could, keep affirming the mantra of I think I can. [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

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Calendar of the Moon for Yule, December 21st

Calendar of the Moon

Elder Tree Month

Color: Russet
Element: Air
Altar: Upon a russet cloth set three black candles, a cauldron filled with water, a vase filled with elder branches, a cup of dried elderberries, and a knife.
Offerings: Give aid to the elders in the House, and outside.
Daily Meal: Soups and stews, and soft foods.

Ruis Invocation

Call: Hail the month of passing.
Response: For all things pass away.
Call: Hail the month of waning.
Response: For all things must fade and die.
Call: Hail the month of creaking wood.
Response: Hail the month of creaking bones.
Call: Hail the month of the dwindling Sun.
Response: Hail the time of all endings.
Call: For even as we began the year in silence,
Response: So we shall end the year in silence.
Call: For even as we began the year with chill winds of newness,
Response: So we shall end the year with chill winds of darkness.
Call: May the raven croak his warning from the bare branches.
Response: May the deer leave her footprints in the wake of the first snows.
Call: We will surrender ourselves to the darkness.
Response: Yet even with that surrender, we shall not pass away.
Call: For the seed that was grown in the spring still lives.
Response: Its life force is given back to the Earth.
Call: Its life force is given back to the Maker of new life.
Response: And new life shall spring forth in time.
Call: This is the moment of waiting for the end.
Response: This is the moment of bowed heads.
Call: Elder Goddess, teach us to praise loss, death, and the passing of all things.
Response: For from this flux we know your blessings flow.

Chant: In the eye of the Moon
We walk willingly
Into the darkness.

[Pagan Book of Hours]

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Calendar of the Sun for Yule, December 21st

Calendar of the Sun
21 Yulmonath

YULE

Colors: Red, Green, White, Gold
Elements: Earth and Fire
Altar: Upon cloth of red, green, white and gold is laid a great bowl of spiced cider with ladle and cups, cakes in appropriate shapes, apples stuffed with nuts and dried fruits, and the figure of a great golden Sun. An eight-spoked wheel is hung from the ceiling, laden with evergreen boughs and candles, and the Yule tree is lit with lights.
Offerings: Hospitality.
Daily Meal: Feasting, ideally with others.

Ritual Note: Like all the eight high holidays, this day should ideally be spent not enclosed and isolated, but in common with the larger pagan community. This can be done a number of ways, including spending the day elsewhere, at the Yule ritual of another group or tradition, or by inviting in those pagans who would otherwise not be able to attend a ritual. Either way, the eight holidays should be a time of remembering the place of the house in the greater community. If the choice is made to go elsewhere, then no liturgy is needed for the day. If the choice is made to bring the greater community into the lesser one, the following ritual can be used:

East Caller:
Welcome to you, Old One.
Welcome to the Mother of Winter.
Welcome to the snow and ice,
The bitter cloud of your breath,
The white layers of your long skirts,
The flakes that you shake like feathers from your pillow.
May your blessings hold us safe.
May your chill winds pass us by.
May the bright promise of each clear day
Remind us of your power.
Old one, cold one,
Though we fear your storms,
Yet we welcome you
Into our winter hearts
With your cleansing breath
To blow away the old year
And usher in the new.

South Caller:
Welcome to you, Dark One,
Welcome to Black Pieter, Lord of the Coals!
Lord of goat-stalls and sheep-barns,
Lord of common hearthfires
And cold hands warming themselves
Over the fading coals.
Welcome to you, Lord as dark
As the black sky of this night,
The longest night of the year.
Dark like the darkness that rings us,
Pressing against our hearts,
Bright as the fire that we burn
To drive that darkness away.
You are present, Lord of Coals,
In every tiny candle-flame,
Lit against the closing of that dark,
And as we light a thousand flames,
You are present behind every one.

West Caller:
Welcome to you, Lord of Abundance!
Welcome to the scarlet Holly King!
Welcome to our warm fire
And the brightness of our fellowship.
Our door is open, and so are our hearts.
Our cup is full, and we have enough to share,
Enough to fill your cup thrice over,
Enough to fill our hearts thrice over,
Enough to light a blazing beacon
To bring the Powers of Abundance among us!
Let the waxing year yield up its riches!
Let our joy grow ever stronger with the Sun!
Let our cups overflow
With everything we could possibly desire!

North Caller:
Welcome, Grandmother Gift-Giver!
Welcome, broom-rider in the midnight sky,
Cousin to witches and herb-women,
Seeker after the Light of the Sun!
Mysterious stranger from the darkness,
Traveler over the Earth,
Remind us of our duty to strangers,
Of the obligation to hospitality,
How we are rewarded for those
To whose spirits we render aid.
Remind us of how every stranger
Could be, even unknowing,
The carrier of the spirit of Abundance,
Teach us not to judge by appearances,
To give generously to others,
And to know that the Universe remembers
Even if they do not.
Welcome, Grandmother,
Sweep away the dust of our greed!

Yule Invocation #1

(The one who has been chosen to do the work of the ritual lights the candles on the Yule wheel, saying, “We hold hope in our hearts for the return of the Sun.” All repeat.)

 

Welcome to our hearth and home and tribe.
This is the darkest day of the year, the longest night, when the Sun is swallowed up and dies. In ancient times, the Sun was brought back to life with fire and light on the Solstice.
Let us imagine, now, those dark and ancient times. Go back six thousand years to a cold place. You are clad in clothing of rough wool and fur, and you speak a language unlike ours, yet with some words that will someday be passed on to us. Your people have lived in this cold place for so long that you remember the glaciers melting, the Ice Age receding. It is part of your creation myths.
Imagine that you are standing in a clearing in the woods, the scent of pine all around you, just before dawn. It is freezing cold, and for days uncounted you have huddled inside next to a fire, with the sky too dark to work or even to see outside. Yet on this morning your eyes are fixed on a single standing stone, or perhaps a pole driven into the earth, which will prove the rebirth of the Sun which gives all life.
Imagine that you watch the Sun rise, seeing it come up in its appointed place as it always does, and a hush of wonder falls over your tribe, crowded around you. It is the promise of the new year, the promise that the days will get longer, and eventually warmer, and the spring will come. You rejoice. You cheer. You weep with joy. You beat on drums and shout. You call this day Yeohwla, which means simply, the Winter Solstice.
Someday strangers will come, driving wagons, great numbers of them. They will settle next to you, and intermarry with you, and teach of things like wheels and horses, and you will give them the words “wife”, and “child”, and teach them the mysteries of Yeohwla, which their descendants – and yours – will pass on as Yule. You will teach the mysteries of Hope and Rebirth, of fire and light that resurrects the year. And they will stand in that cold place and learn to praise the coming of the Sun, and so will their children’s children. And so do we.
Take flame now, flame from the wheel of the Sun, and carry it close to you, for fire is precious. It means warmth and light and cooked food. Be careful with it, neither letting it spread nor go out. Each of you light a candle and hold it close.

(Each comes forth and takes a candle from the wheel and holds it.)

Yule Invocation #2

(After each line, all repeat “Blessings and Praise!”)

For the return of the Sun – blessings and praise!
For the gifts we give and receive – blessings and praise!
For all the gift-givers – blessings and praise!
For sunsets and starlight – blessings and praise!
For fabulous feast days – blessings and praise!
For those who cook them – blessings and praise!
For the great World Tree – blessings and praise!
For the light on the snowfields – blessings and praise!
For friendship and family – blessings and praise!
For robin and wren – blessings and praise!
For the spirits of the forest – blessings and praise!
For the lengthening days – blessings and praise!
For standing in community – blessings and praise!
For the strength of our faith – blessings and praise!

Song: Last Night of Hope

(All process out of the altar room, taking the candles to light other places in the house, until it is full of light. Then all return and share the cider together, pouring out the last of it as a libation.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]

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Current Moon Phase for December 21 – Waning Crescent

Crescent Moon

(waning /0% of illumination)

This is a time to rest, reevaluate and reflect, pulling back into yourself to reconnect with inner sources of strength. Now is not a time to initiate anything new. It’s a phase suited to spending time with friends and getting in touch with the “big picture.” A window of opportunity exists for seeing your life objectively and becoming aware of what is important to you. At this point, what are your dreams and aspirations? What larger goals can you aspire to that will bring vitality and excitement into your life? This is a time for resting and gaining inner strength to prepare for a new cycle.

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