The Pagan Roots Of Christmas
and Wagnall’s Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend. Similarly, under the Puritans in 1644,
the winter solstice was a conscious identification of the Son with the sun but defended the symbolism.
The Christmas most Americans know as children mixes a celebration of the birth of Christ with traditions
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Goddess Of The Day: Hexe
Saint Hildegard Dies
Themes: Health, Banishing:Magic
Symbols: Healing Herbs and Charms
About Hexe: This ancient Germanic witch’s goddess rules over health, banishing curses and teaching
people the effective use of spells, charms and other mystical procedure for improving well being, Thus
we come by the old phrase “hex doctor”.
To Do Today: Living in the 1100’s St Hildegard was a renowned Benedictine nun living in Bingen and
ministering to people with herbal preparations received in visions. Many of these had magical overtone,
perhaps guided by Hexe’s influence. In any case, today’s theme is learning the art of weaving, “Hexes”
for physical, mental and spiritual health.
On the physical level take a natural object like a cut potato and rub it against an inflicted area. Bury the
potato to “bury” the malady and decompose it. Or carry a jet stone to absorb the problem, then cleanse
the rock in saltwater to wash the bas energy away. For mental well being, enjoy a soothing cup of mint
tea stirred countercockwise so tensions and negativity will wane. Or, carry a flourite stone with you
throughout the day to strengthen your mental powers. For spiritual health, sprinkle nutmeg-laden water
clockwise throughout your aura to empower your physic self. Or, carry a lapis or amethyst stone to draw
goddess centered thinking and action into your day.
By Patricia Telesco
I deepen my awareness of the consciousness of mastery, from which my elegant actions spring.
General Meaning: All worthy goals meet resistance of some kind. When negative forces predominate, a well-timed retreat is a good way to stay on the path to ultimate success. Tibetans know this.
Strategic retreat is not to be confused with escape or surrender. Successful retreat demands quick and nimble movement — taking up a new position before you are damaged by the current situation. You are not admitting defeat by temporarily retreating, but simply increasing your options, and preserving your resources. Sometimes it is necessary to slow down, let go or move back in order to develop countermoves for the future. Timing is critical, as is how well you position yourself after realignment. Considerations of personal security are critical.
Periods of withdrawal or retreat call for cool-headedness. It is necessary to keep your wits about you. Attend to small details while allowing yourself time to contemplate the whole picture. Be creative; not all progress follows a straight line. Self-confidence is also essential; small setbacks can easily become defeats if we allow ourselves to become mired in self-doubt or self-pity.
Waves of progress are, by their nature, short-lived. Learn to attune yourself to the up-and-down cycles of life. When the wave is behind you, ride it in; when it’s not, lie low. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you can ‘fix’ any situation whenever you feel like it. Some things are bigger than you are. Hold your pride in check and you will be better prepared to find creative openings
|Ice Runes are most commonly used for questions about struggle, conflict, and achievement. Ken is the rune of light and knowledge, driving away darkness and ignorance and revealing hidden truth. This rune also brings forth images of friendship and comfort. Ken is the light of inspiration, the light of imagination, and a beacon in the darkest hours.|