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.|
The Hanged Man
This Tarot Deck: Lord of the Rings
This represents a good time to be philosophical, to study and meditate upon the position you find yourself in, and form resolutions for the moment you become free again. Only those who possess wisdom, patience and optimism will be able to see through limitations, including possible humiliation, to grasp the inspiring lesson one can gain from such an experience.
You may believe that someone’s blocking your path to happiness today, but this point of view could be your way to avoid taking responsibility. Don’t place blame on others; instead, look within to gain understanding about your causal role in the present situation. Ironically, altering your own attitude might be the most sensible way to improve your current circumstances.
You might think that you don’t have many options today. Fortunately, your willingness to work within the restraints of the current situation makes your life easier until you can figure out how to make some changes. You may be patient, but you won’t be able to continue holding out for too long. There’s no need to give up your power now and just accept the status quo; instead, take a risk if you are sure that you know what you want.
You may be tempted to play today, but you won’t likely be able to take time off for fun. You are driven to keep your guard up now as you’re pulled from one unstable demanding situation to the next, without much time in between. Thankfully, you still can have a stabilizing impact on others if you set your personal desires aside so you can focus on the common good.
Your personal concerns take center stage today and dealing with them could distract you from your job. You might try to overcompensate by showing others how willing you are to cooperate with them, but they could misinterpret your flexibility as a sign of disinterest. It’s not wise to keep to yourself while taking the course of least resistance. Explain your position as succinctly as possible before you relinquish control.
You might feel as if you’re not in a position to get exactly what you want, but you still could feel satisfied. It’s not likely that you’ll be able to leverage your position to come out on top, but, fortunately, you probably won’t go down in defeat either. Whatever happens now, remember that there will be time in the next few days to reclaim any ground you’ve lost.
Your ruling planet Mercury is up to his trickster games today as he aspects confident Jupiter. You might think that things are looking good, only to discover that you inadvertently glossed over an important detail. Even if you know what’s happening, more is going on than meets the eye. If possible, delay important decisions now, because a renewed sense of clarity will return by the weekend.
You may be known for your indecisiveness, but today you are sure of what you need. Don’t hold back now; let others know your preferences, even if they might want something else. Conflict clashes with your diplomatic style, but at least you have the tools to stand up for yourself. Think about what you are going to say before starting to talk. You could be happily surprised when your wish comes true.
Today can be an important day for your finances, but you must be willing to stand up and state your needs clearly. If you don’t let others know about your goals, they are free to make incorrect assumptions. But don’t let the rules of social etiquette get in your way; speak your truth as directly as you can. Others will appreciate your honesty if you take a risk and share your point of view without editing it for political correctness. You may upset someone by stirring things up, but that is exactly what is needed now.
If you’re uncomfortable with the high level of concentration that your current work assignment requires, consider the source of your uneasiness. You might not appreciate how you’re being managed, or, perhaps, you’re just bored with your job. Your restlessness is heightened by your inventive ideas now, especially if you have no easy way to share them. Instead of climbing too far out on a limb and telling the whole story, write it down and save it for another day when your message can have positive impact.
You take your work very seriously and prefer to know that you are correct before you share your opinions. You want others to believe that you’re reliable, but now your thoughts are a bit erratic and you may not trust your instincts. Actually, you’re able to think outside the box today, making your current ideas very original. Unfortunately, they may also be a bit spacey. Keep your visions to yourself for a few more days to see how they stand up to the test of time.
Someone is not playing fairly today and there isn’t a lot that you can do about it yet. A co-worker may have hidden motives for whatever scheme he or she is plotting. Don’t try to force the issue even if you believe that something important is being kept from you. Stop struggling; instead, let the events play out on their own. Everything you need to know will become obvious in time.
You may be the rebel in your group today, but you might not be aware of your role yet. If you’re working with a team, everyone else may seem more conservative than you are. You don’t intend to create trouble, but something you say could inadvertently let the truth slip out. Remember, once you speak your mind, you cannot take it back. But don’t worry; you will feel better after everything is out in the open.