One of the contractors that is rebuilding our old building has showed up. The poor man can’t understand directions, drawings or anything. You have to take him and led him by the hand. So we have to run over to the office real quick. Hopefully, there is more progress made this time than the last we were there.
Since we probably won’t be back till tomorrow, have a very beautiful & blessed Thursday!
Ansuz represents mankind’s spiritual connection to God and the universe. It is often referred to as the “God Rune.” This Rune embodies reason, truth and justice. It denotes the coming of knowledge and true counsel from a higher authority.
Additional information about Today’s Rune, Ansuz.
Phonetic equivalent: a (as in ‘fall’)
DIVINATORY MEANINGS: authority figure, leader, mind & body
balance, justice, shaman, clairvoyant
MAGICAL USES: for wise decisions, success, leadership; to help in divination and magic
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES: Odin
ANALYSIS: This rune represents the instinctive, primal energy of
uruz tempered with the discipline and experience of þurisaz. These elements are combined in the personage of Odin, who exhibits the characteristics of both chieftain and shaman – a god of wisdom as well as war. Odin is also a shaman, traveling between the worlds on his eight-legged horse, SleipnirAnsuz is a balanced rune.
As with fehu, many people choose to remain at this point in their journey. It represents power, both secular and magical, and this power can be quite seductive. Odin has learned the lessons of the first three runes, thus gaining the wisdom to rule wisely, but this is really only another beginning. He has only gained temporal power, and has only a few of the tools he will need to perfect himself spiritually. There is a certain lack of compassion and perspective in this rune. Odin sits high above his world, looking down and making decisions, but he doesn’t yet have the capacity to really care about or understand his people or himself. He still needs that emotional connection to become a truly great leader
The central theme of what is traditionally called the Wheel of Fortune card is cyclical change. The Wheel keeps on rolling, churning events in a ceaseless progression of ups and downs, either way freeing us from the past. No one can escape its cyclical action, which can feel somewhat terrifying — no matter whether we are rising or falling. When one is balanced on top there is a moment of crystal clarity, but the only part of the Wheel not going up and down is the hub, which is your eternal Self, the Source of Freedom.
Every one of us will occupy all the points on the wheel at one point or another. The cycle of the wheel is its lesson — and we can learn to take comfort in it (as we do when we celebrate our birthday). If you don’t like the look of things right now, just wait — things will change. Of course, if you do like the look of things right now, enjoy it while it lasts, because that will change too!
Intensity, passion, and emotional attachment are more prominent themes in your love life with Venus transiting your intimacy sector these days, dear Aries, and you might find that attracting resources from outside sources comes more easily. It’s a good time to work out money problems or other issues of sharing with a partner, and this is especially true this week. While there can be some confusing signals coming from someone close to you this tonight, once past that, it’s a strong time for repairing relationship woes, if necessary, or of coming to a better understanding of your relationship situation. The Moon enters your sign this afternoon, and this brings your emotions to the surface. You could have a feeling of urgency when it comes to filling your needs.
Venus has been moving through your partnership sector, dear Taurus, and this tends to warm up close relationships or brings pleasant people into your experience. Today, however, you can feel a little caged in, but it’s a temporary feeling. Try to put worries about your past behind you so that you can better enjoy the present. Tonight and tomorrow are, in fact, excellent for naturally gaining respect without having to prove yourself. Your better qualities are emphasized, and your ability to connect with others enhanced further. You’re entering a slightly less sociable phase this afternoon – two and a half days when it’s natural to need to recharge your emotional “batteries”. It’s not the best time for visibility, but some level of withdrawal is necessary for busier times to come.
Ideally in the last couple of days you have become clearer about what is expected of you, and what you can expect from yourself, dear Gemini. Now, it’s time to absorb what you’ve learned but also to release some of the pressure. Pay close attention to how you feel in a group or with a particular friend today. Decide whether your interactions are empowering and encouraging, or if they leave you feeling drained. Consider ways to keep yourself busy, absorbed in things you love doing, so that you are not as vulnerable to the ups and downs of your social life, and embrace a greater sense of peace. Tonight and early tomorrow brings warm energy for putting faith in and learning from someone.
New attractions and desires can abound today, dear Cancer, but may not settle in for the long term. Emotional outbursts, rebelliousness, or impulsiveness are tendencies now if you’re feeling stressed. Take a deep breath and try to tackle things one at a time, step by step. Later today, you feel a little more playful and love matters tend to be laced with a touch of drama. Tonight and tomorrow are good for strengthening a love bond. Open your heart! With the Moon moving into your public sector this afternoon, it’s that time of the month when you should be on your best behavior. It’s time to take care of business, tend to professional priorities, and keep your cool (unless you want something private to come to light).
While there is generally good energy with lovers or love interests these days, dear Leo, there can be some tension and indecision affecting your mood. You value familiarity in love with Venus in your sector of home and family these days, and can sometimes feel a little off center if schedules change or plans are disrupted. Today, expect the unexpected and aim to be flexible. You may be unsure whether you want to play it safe for go out on a limb. Bringing peace, harmony, and beauty to your home environment can be a strong need, and tonight and into tomorrow morning, you should find it easier to do so. It’s also a time for healing and better understanding your affections.
You can learn a lot about your relationships today and tomorrow, dear Virgo, and also about your own needs, wants, and desires. Read too much or dig too deeply and you will only get yourself into sticky and ambiguous territory, however. This can be revealing if you’re aware, but perhaps a little disruptive if you’re avoiding deeper issues. What is most appropriate now is to take a step back to observe your interactions today without detaching yourself from the intimacy of your interactions. These days, verbal rapport and open lines of communication are especially vital to engage your heart. Tonight and tomorrow are strong for showing support of important people in your life, particularly through kind words and verbal support. It may also be a good time for making a decision about finances.
While these days are good for relationships and personal magnetism, dear Libra, today you may be feeling a little out of step, particularly if you are waiting or relying on others. Try not to dwell on feelings of being ignored and instead attempt to immerse yourself in things that you love doing. There can also be a strong desire to spend on clothes, furniture, and entertainment, or anything that makes you feel comfortable, secure, and pampered. Of course, it’s important to consider the future if you do, as comfort in the present may not be worth longer-term feeling of insecurity or worry over resources. If you move past your fears and look within, you can take fuller advantage of a lovely Venus-Chiron aspect coming into orb tonight and perfecting tomorrow. This is a time for opening your heart and putting fears behind you. Others may be putting faith in you, and they’re appreciating your more unusual and unique qualities.
Today, you may be struggling with your seemingly at odds needs for closeness and intimacy and your desire for independence, dear Scorpio. This can lead to mixed signals that throw others for a loop until you recognize that there are ways to combine the two needs. This energy can also be felt in terms of desires for unusual things, activities, and pleasures that are different or reflect your inner unrest and need for change. There could be some erratic behavior in a partner or love interest. Insecurities are likely to dissipate dramatically once you get in touch with your heart. You are more courageous in love tonight and tomorrow. Have faith in someone, and they will want to do right by you.
Avoid behaving erratically in your relationships today, dear Sagittarius, and instead attempt to get to the root of any unrest stimulated now. You may be dealing with private matters of the heart, and should try not to make premature or rebellious decisions. People may surprise you or make changes now that can be a little disruptive. Tonight and tomorrow morning, be open to sharing something of yourself. It doesn’t have to be a commitment or a statement if you’re not ready to make one; it can simply be some current feelings or stories about the past. The Moon moves into your romance and creativity sector late afternoon, and this points to a stronger sense of fun.
There can be some feelings of unrest experienced today, dear Capricorn, and perhaps some off timing socially. It makes sense to try to get to the root of any unusual desires that come over you now, as they may simply be a symptom of the need for a small change in your relationships or patterns of relating. Later today, you might derive special pleasure and satisfaction from groups of like-minded individuals, or with friends and associates. Camaraderie is especially important to you right now, and this is a good time for building faith in a relationship. There can be healing powers to your words. Opening up to warm feelings brings rewards now.
You can experience some over-sensitivity to what you might perceive as criticism today, dear Aquarius, even if none is intended. Inner restlessness can lead to overindulgence. Try not to speak too soon of unrest, as you may simply need a change of pace. Later today and into tomorrow, there is good energy for understanding a business or financial matter better, or the motives of a person you work with or for. It’s important to be open to learning from and through others and to share your own expertise as well. Comfortable activities delight you most right now, but as the day progresses, there is a stronger tendency to reach out and communicate.
Emotions can fluctuate today when it comes to money and possessions, dear Pisces. You must first learn to define what is yours before you feel confident about giving to and sharing with others. However, look for inspiration from a loved one, as someone could awaken a new perspective or way of thinking in you. You fare best when you are reaching out beyond your usual bounds these days, so aim to deal with fears of change in order to move past them. Insecurities are better handled tonight and tomorrow. This afternoon, the Moon leaves your sign, and this tends to take emotional pressure off.
You are a leader at heart–whether you choose to lead or not, others naturally follow, turning to you for insightful and unique advice as well. You are articulate and sociable, and while a breezy manner might suggest otherwise, you have a strong business sense, possess keen organizational skills, and you are rather ambitious. You also admire others with a strong work ethic and may easily go into business with a romantic partner. Intuitive and compassionate, you have a philosophical or religious side to you that is not always apparent.
Famous people born today: Bill Pullman, Penelope Houston, William Saffire, Milla Jovovich.
Cuddling up to a hot winter drink on a cold winter night makes you feel good. And when you feel good, you make others feel good, too! So forget the same ol’ same ol’ boring drink, and banish the winter doldrums with these hot drinks and cool cocktails (while drinking responsibly, of course).
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Ask the bartender what’s new and you’ll be sure to give it a go. Male or female, Aries tends to like manly drinks like Jack Daniels and Coke or scotch on the rocks, which are fine alone or warmed up into a classic hot toddy when combined with hot water and honey.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Just a beer, please! Good European beer marketed in America, like Beck’s or Heineken, will satisfy your taste buds — even on cold winter nights. For more refined Taurean moods, indulge in sweet, cozy drinks with a touch of decadent dairy, like a hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
The social talk is as important as the drinks. Whether in an upscale joint or a dive bar, the Twins need social and mental stimulation. Experiment with trendy new cocktails, or drinks that have unusual names or ingredients. Maybe Absinthe or a lychee martini? Winter wine tastings and drink sampler nights appeal to your curiosity and love for variety, too.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Cancers enjoy classic, cozy drinks they can cuddle up with. Try hot buttered rum, a spicy, buttery blend that’s as decadent as it gets and perfect for comfort-loving Crabs; or splash some Kahula in your coffee for another hot take on tradition.
Leo (July 23 – Aug 22)
Splashy, sophisticated Leos want their drinks made with premium brand liquor. The Carlyle Hotel’s Hot Blueberry Tea made with Grand Marnier, amaretto and honey in a stylish glass will make these Lions purr.
Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22)
Virgos have highly discriminating taste, so specialty wines and micro-brewed beers should appeal most to your Virgin love of craft. Even better, consider taking your Virgin on a tour of a winery or microbrewery complete with taste testing and twinkly winter lights.
Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)
Drinks served in fine glassware will go a long way to please a Libra, as the visual and aesthetic experience of the cocktail is very important. Librans also enjoy the elegance of champagne, consumed in romantic settings and combined with the sweetness of fruit, as in the classic mimosa. But no slamming fists on the bar, please — Libras like it serene.
Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
The darker the better for reclusive Scorpio. This applies to a bar’s ambiance as well as to the liquor itself — dimly lit, out of the way bars, and drinks using bourbon, scotch, dark wines and dark rum enhance your tendency to go within.
Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Sagittarians are usually game for something with a kick — like an Irish coffee with a strong whiskey punch. The Archer also loves the flair of international drinks, like a Spanish coffee with Kahlua, rum and whipped cream. Along with Pisces, Sagittarius is the sign prone to overdoing it, so keep that designated driver or taxi phone number handy.
Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Capricorns like cocktails classic and on the dry side — just like them! Gin and tonic and standard martinis, to be exact (without the frilly garnishes). Like Leo, you Capricorns prefer high-end liquors that speak to your good taste. Try a classic after-dinner ritual like dry port with cheese to please your tendencies.
Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Admit it, Aquarius: in college or your younger years, you would have been voted “Most Likely to Consume Jello Shots.” Your taste still tends toward the quirky, including kamikaze shooters or trendy drinks such as the pomtini, though you do enjoy the effervescence of a good champagne. Coffee drinks such as Keoki Coffee offer the alertness you crave, especially among a group of friends.
Pisces (Feb 19 – March 20)
Perceptive Pisces picks up subtle flavors, and will especially enjoy wine tasting or sampling cocktails or a glass of top-notch dessert wine. The complexity of cognac is especially appealing, so why not try an Alhambra Royale, which will have happy Fish swimming in cognac, hot chocolate and whipped cream?
This is a good day for focusing on activities that promote emotional renewal, dear Aries. You can gain a better perspective on your financial picture as well as your relationships today with Venus and Pluto vibing and the intuitive Moon picking up this energy as well. Look to the talents and resources of others or a partner to see if these can benefit a business. Think strategically and draw on your imagination and past experience/wisdom to your plans and to better understand your connections. You benefit the most today through observation rather than direct action. You should also find ways to soothe nerves. Today and the next few are strong for healing relationship rifts.
Venus is your ruler, and when it connects well with your partnership ruler, Pluto, you tend to find yourself connecting well with others or reaching a pleasant agreement of sorts, dear Taurus. Today’s Venus-Pluto connection occurs in the morning, but the Moon picks up and carries these energies later on, and you may very well enjoy some special interactions and insights now. Venus happens to be in your partnership sector as well, further boosting possibilities of enhancing or attracting relationships. You’re also coming across with more confidence and personal power. The general vibe is friendly but not frivolous, and this becomes you well. If you want to express your commitment or passion, now is a good time to do so.
There may be a project that you find especially absorbing and compelling today, dear Gemini, and you are likely interested in exploring things further. Today and this week are strong for investigation, getting to the heart of a matter, and discovering important truths. Research efforts can bring good results, and even if you don’t get somewhere, you enjoy the process. Doing some sleuthing is appealing now. This can also be a good time for looking into a health or fitness matter, for enjoying the process of getting healthier, and possibly finding a way to monetize a favorite activity. You’re likely expected to be on top of things today, and your quiet confidence goes a long way towards gaining respect or recognition.
This is a strong day for enhancing or attracting a partnership or close relationship, dear Cancer, particularly an affair of the heart. A connection made or a moment shared can be significant and meaningful now. For some, this is about a project or creative work that you love, and you’re ready to pour your heart into it. A relationship or project can fill you with a stronger sense of purpose. You might consider ways to improve or get ahead. There is good intuitive sense today, and your powers of attraction are stronger than usual. There can be a desire to share a belief, dream, or tradition with someone you care about.
This is a good day for looking at yourself and your needs or desires honestly, dear Leo, and benefiting from what you discover. You might thoroughly enjoy and throw yourself into a work, health, or home project now, as the motivation is there to do so. Your personal security and comfort with yourself can attract others to you now. There is more intensity in your interactions and/or your love and feeling nature today, such that you may skip over small talk and get to the meat of a matter. This can be a good time to recognize emotional blocks and finding ways to move past them. The Moon in your solar eighth house all day encourages observation and strategy. You benefit most from attracting things to you rather than chasing them just for now.
Conversations are especially rich and possibly even moving today, dear Virgo, and you may be able to bring a relationship or project to a new level now. You might come up with a good strategy for handling your money, or possibly even for converting a just-for-fun hobby into a money-making business. Others are truly listening to what you have to say now, and your powers of persuasion are at a high. Even so, a good idea you come up with now might better be kept to yourself just for the time being. Sharing an overview with a significant other can be fun, however. Passions and interests don’t always need to be shared, but respecting them is important in any relationship.
You’re likely to enjoy warm and supportive interactions today that boost your basic levels of confidence, comfort, and security, dear Libra. Your ability to strategize, and even to hold your tongue, brings the most rewards now with the ruler of your sign, Venus, in beneficial aspect to Pluto. You can inspire trust now, and possibly even awe. Your strength of character is recognized by others and earns you more respect. Whether you’re clearing out your desk, your closet, or your brain, it’s a good time to get rid of what you don’t absolutely need. Progress and self-improvement are in focus. You can make some important changes in your image today, and with money, talents, and resources.
You’re on a roll today, with energy to spare, dear Scorpio. This can be a wonderful day for attracting positive people and energy into your life. You can find yourself naturally drawn to mutually beneficial or simply pleasing social situations, and your manner is especially attractive and appealing. It’s a great time for attracting or building/healing a relationship, and also for building upon and improving a pet project. You are persuasive and personally powerful. It’s a generally good day for making a commitment, particularly to a learning or communications project, or possibly simply purchasing equipment. You are seeing what you truly need and ready to put your heart into whatever moves you.
Relationships with friends are supportive and pleasing today, dear Sagittarius. You might enjoy keeping a secret today as you hold on to something that makes you feel special and you are not quite ready to share it. This is your prerogative, and it may in fact be a good idea to keep things on the down low for now. There is a compelling quality to feelings of love now. Emotional longings can be in strong focus, but more easily understood. There is also good energy for recycling or repurposing resources such that they’re transformed. Your money sense is good now.
You’re in a most expansive and expressive mood today, dear Capricorn. The desire to explore and learn is strong, and any activity that ties you to a desk, that seems stifling or limiting, or that feels lifeless and dull will have you itching to escape. Your powers of magnetic attraction are good right now, and you’ll find it rather easy to maneuver things the way you’d like them to be. Offering your expertise to colleagues can open up great rewards for you these days. You stand to gain the respect and appreciation of others, and self-respect as well. It certainly feels good to contribute and share.
It’s a good day for expressing patience and employing strategy, dear Aquarius. You may be throwing yourself into something you truly love doing, and with this motivation, you can accomplish and uncover a lot. You’ll find that the conviction behind your desires and ideas attracts support from others. Past good deeds can bring rewards to the present. Others are putting their faith in you as someone who is discreet and professional – someone who can keep a secret if necessary, and who doesn’t need to take credit for everything. There is good money sense with you today, as you’re seeing things for their value and priority.
Conversations today tend to be intense but pleasant, dear Pisces, and you could be quite impassioned about an idea or a project. Some of you could feel more confident as a result of your involvement in a team, or for contributions you make to a cause or group effort. You might enjoy new opportunities to prove yourself and your effectiveness. Strong creative and/or romantic energies flow today, and you could find yourself attracted to a new idea or person, or interested in repurposing and rejuvenating a current project or relationship.
The Moon today is in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the western sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.
Phase Details for – Thursday, December 17, 2015
Phase: Waxing Crescent
Moon Age: 6.18 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 366,234.46 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,207,734.33 km
One of the more interesting names for December’s full moon is the Oak Moon. In Europe durning and before medieval times this moon was considered a time of mystery, magic and rituals. The ancient druid priests of the British Isles held the oak tree very sacred and would preform rituals in the December full moon using acorns and candles to renew there commitment to the gods.
The December full moon is the closest to the winter solstice. For this reason some cultures call it the Long Night Moon. The Chinese call it the Bitter moon while the Cherokee Indians referred to it as the Snow moon.
Have you ever wondered why there’s so much singing at Christmas? This is the story of the very first song. It’s a true story just as all stories are, if you believe in them
This story begins a long long time ago when Earth and Sun made the first beings. — the very first plants and animals and people.
It was springtime and the Sun shone warm and bright from His high perch above, and Earth, proud mother that She was, held and fed Her newborns and relished them with tenderness and love.
It was a time of joy, it was a time of great delight. The Moon waxed and waned time and again in the night sky, and the children of the Earth grew well and strong through Summertime. They played and danced and Earth and Sun watched over them.
Then Autumn came, and the Earth began to sleep much longer every day. She grew tired and pale. She could no longer feed Her children and had no strength to make new life. High above the Sun grew more distant and took longer to return each morning. The nights grew longer and cold winds blew where none had blown before.
And then, one day, Earth went to sleep and never did wake up. She wrapped Herself in a blanket of snow and rested Her tired head on pillows of dried leaves and She did not wake up. Her children could do nothing to rouse Her from her slumber. They prodded Her, they called Her, but She would not awaken.
In the sky, the Sun was nowhere to be seen and the children of the Earth felt fear and also felt despair. This was the longest night that they had ever known.
“What shall become of us” they pondered. “Earth Mother sleeps, and Father Sun is oh so far away that we can barely see Him in the sky. He is much too far to hear our call. What shall we do?”
So they brought their questions and their fears to the Moon, the sister of the Sun, for they knew not where else to turn. She closed Her eyes and took a slow deep breath and looked within Herself and awoke thoughts that had never been awakened until then.
She opened Her soft eyes and said “When hope is lost, the best way to get it back is with a song. Climb you the tallest trees, the biggest hills and the mountains and yule a song to reach the Sun.
Now ‘yule’ is a word from one of the worlds oldest tongues. It is related to words like ‘yell’ or ‘yodel’ and it means ‘to call out in song’.
But the first beings had never heard a song so once again they sought the Moon’s advice. “How shall we yule?” they asked. “How shall we sing a song?”
“Take the best of what you have,” she said, “the best of what you are. Take what you love; take what you cherish most. Take your joys, your dreams, your fondest hopes and weave them all together in a sound.”
And so they did. They climbed atop the tallest trees, the mountains and the hills. They stood in all the places that would bring them closest to the Sun. They shut their eyes and thought and felt the best of thoughts and feelings and dreamt the finest dreams. And as they did their voices rang out and made a bridge of song across the sky to reach the distant Sun.
He heard, and turned, and smiled, and wrapped Himself in all His light and warmth and sped to where the yuling voices called. As He drew near the sleeping Earth did stir and dreamed a dream of Spring. And so the wheel of life made its first turn, and hope and joy prevailed. And ever since, that time of year has been called Yule in honour of the song.
But the first song did not end. It had such power, such allure that the first beings kept singing it throughout, and then the second beings born of the Earth took up the song, as did the third and so it ever since has gone, through years and years until this very day.
At times the song is very soft and scarcely can be heard above the din and clatter of our lives, but when Yule comes it rises and swells in memory of that night when the Sun heard, and light and life returned.
And so do we upon (this) that longest night gather with those we love and who love us and stand upon the body of slumbering Earth and light the log with last years and lift our voices soaring to the Sun and join the song that first was sung so very long ago.
We sing our thanks to those who went before and sing our fondest wish to those who come after. We bask in the returning light of re-awakened hope and welcome YULE.
From the CD ‘This Winter’s Night’ by Mother Tongue.
Would you like to help your friends and loved ones by increasing their good luck throughout the coming year? This Yuletide custom lets you make a unique magickal gift for everyone on your list.
A Yule log
Matches or a lighter
A cloth drawstring pouch for each person on your gift list
Dried pink rose petals (for love)
Dried lavender buds (for peace of mind)
Dried basil (for protection)
Dried mint leaves (for prosperity)
Dried echinacea (for health)
A sheet of paper
BEST TIME TO PERFORM THE SPELL:
Yule (usually December 21)
On the night of the winter solstice, build a Yule fire in a safe place and burn an oak log in it. The next morning when the ashes have cooled, scoop some into each pouch. Add the dried botanicals. Cut the sheet of paper into slips, one for each person on your list. Write a personalized wish on each slip of paper. Fold the papers three times and add them to the pouches. Tie the pouches closed and give them to your loved ones.
–Skye Alexander, The Modern Guide to Witchcraft: Your Complete Guide to Witches, Covens, and Spells