Your Ancient Symbol Card for December 30th is The Protector

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

The Protector



The Protector represents the presence of a strong ally ready to assist you when your path is full of difficult challenges. The Protector is represented by the Archangel Michael: God’s warrior angel. Archangel Michael is in the writings of many religions including Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. While Michael is male, in the context of this Oracle, The Protector is not gender specific. Regardless of whether Your Protector is male or female they can have a powerful positive influence when you find yourself facing trying times.

As a daily card, The Protector denotes the immediate presence of a commanding ally working to put the balance of power in your favor. The protector is especially powerful at helping you get what you rightfully deserve and thwarting underhanded schemes aimed at keeping you down.

Your Witches Rune for December 30 is The Birds

Daily Witches Rune for the Day

The Birds

Keywords: Unexpected news, change.

Meanings: The Birds Rune means some unexpected news that may alter your life completely, especially if this is the leading rune. Generally, the news will lead to a positive change but pay close attention to the nearest runes to determine its nature. It can also mean news of friends or family that you haven’t had contact with in quite a while. Letters and documents should be watched for as they may well bring happiness.

Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for December 30 is The Moon

Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Today

The Moon


The Moon represents those forces which remain largely hidden to us. The light of the moon provides some illumination down a path into the unknown, but not enough to brighten the landscape like The Sun, or cut through the dark shadows from which the unexpected may leap. However, The Moon is not without gifts we can use. She spurs our imagination and creativity. She can be a portal to knowledge and experience beyond the realm of our everyday lives. But Her offerings are not available to the feint of heart. To receive what The Moon offers one must have the courage to follow uncharted paths and the intelligence to find truths hidden in a bewildering setting rife with illusion. For those who can make this journey the reward may be finding the key to making their dreams come true.

Casting the Stones, Your Past, Present & Future Reading for Dec. 30th

Casting The Stones, Your Past, Present & Future Reading

 

bw-ansuzThe Past
Ansuz

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.

 

bw-perthroThe Present
Perthro

Mysteries will become known to you. You should be able to see your life’s path clearly at this time. Pethro is often thought of as “Gambler’s Rune.” You are in a lucky period right now. Chance is your ally. Take advantage of it.

 

bw-isaThe Future
Isa

The Ice Rune, represents stagnation and a passionless existence. Your life’s course may seem blurry at the moment, but if you persevere you will move onto better days.

Your Daily Rune For December 30th is Tiwaz

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bw-tiwazYour Rune For Today
Tiwaz

Tiwaz is the Warrior Rune. It represents pure, masculine power and the ability to successfully fight to meet your goals. However, you must be careful that costs of attaining your goals overshadow their values.

 

Additional Information About Today’s Rune, Tiwaz.

 

teiwaz: Tyr

 

Creation Date: teiwaz.wav

 

Phonetic equivalent: t

 

DIVINATORY MEANINGS: duty, discipline, responsibility, self-sacrifice, conflict, strength, a wound,physicality, the warrior path

 

MAGICAL USES: protection, victory, strength, strengthening the will, healing a wound

 

ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES: Tyr and the Fenris Wolf, Odin’s ordeals

 

ANALYSIS: Just as the second aett began with the cleansing destruction of hagalaz, so too does the third aett begin with a loss. However, hail is imposed by the Gods to force the sacrifice of those things that aren’t really vital to our development. Teiwaz, on the other hand, represents a voluntary sacrifice, made by someone who understands exactly what he or she is giving up and why. Tyr’s sacrifice of his hand to allow the binding of the Fenris Wolf was a noble one, and notable in a pantheon of deities not known for their sense of duty and ethical responsibility. He is believed to be one of the oldest of the Norse Gods – a Bronze-age rock carving was found in Scandinavia depicting a one-handed warrior – and his position may well have originally superseded Odin.
Tyr’s rune is also one of the oldest in the fuþark, having survived virtually unchanged from the earliest Bronze-age carvings. It represents all those qualities associated with the God: strength, heroism, duty and responsibility. But it also represents a deeper mystery – that of the wounded God. Like þurisaz, the pain of teiwaz focuses the attention and forces discipline. However, in this case the effect is more conscious and the wound carries a greater significance. Uruz has been confronted and bound, and the lessons of teiwaz and hagalaz have been learned. This is the path of the warrior.

 

Yearly 2016 Horoscopes

 

 

 

 

 

Yearly 2016 Horoscopes

By Maria DeSimone

 

Go! Stop! Go! That’s what the first half of 2016 might feel like. This year, between April 17 and June 26 Mars, the planet of action, energy, and motivation, will traverse in retrograde motion. You might feel like this is a giant cosmic headache — especially if you have big plans this year that you hope to move forward. The best advice is to take a chill pill and see Mars Retrograde for what it is: an opportunity to rest and repair your fuel source before you charge ahead to new territory.

When Mars initially turns retrograde, he’ll be in the fiery sign Sagittarius. All of a sudden, it might feel as if, no matter how hard you try to push your perspective onto others, it’s just not being heard. Or, it’s being heard but not followed. Ouch! That might sting. Saturn, the planet of lessons and restriction, will also be in Sagittarius all year long, so we’ve already got our hands full when it comes to karmic lessons about creating structure around our beliefs, ideology, and faith. Now, Mars has the nerve to come close enough to Saturn to make us think we’re finally going to get somewhere. But then, BAM, he stops in his tracks and starts backing away from Saturn. Suddenly, you might feel as if you aren’t so sure about those beliefs of yours anymore. Especially if they haven’t been getting you anywhere lately.

How to cope

The solution is to take this valuable period of time when Mars is retrograde in Sagittarius (until May 27) to internalize those beliefs and reassess what truly is most important for you to hold onto, while giving yourself permission to discard the rest. If you do the work now, then the testy squares between Saturn and Neptune on June 17 and September 10 will be much easier to address. Instead of feeling as if you’ve lost all of your faith, you might view this as an opportunity to “let go and let God.” Surrender to a higher power what you cannot control, and hold onto your belief that, even if certain structures around your life crumble, what’s meant to fall away simply represents a cleansing that must occur before your next phase of growth.

After May 27 and until June 29 Mars will retrograde through Scorpio. Then your inner strength will come up for review. What makes you hungry at the core of your being? Where does your will power and determination truly come from? After June 29, Mars will turn direct and you’ll have the potential to access a reservoir of power that you never even realized you had.

Mind and body

Despite what might seem like a road with a few bumps, there is plenty of goodness in store for 2016. On August 11, 2015 Jupiter moved into discerning Virgo, giving us an opportunity to hyper-focus on the details — especially as they relate to work and health matters. Major improvements in these areas of life are likely! Expect glorious support on March 16 and June 26 when Jupiter creates a perfect trine to potent Pluto. The power for you to transform these areas of your world cannot be underestimated!

Eclipses in 2016 will emphasize the mind/body connection. A Solar Eclipse in Pisces on March 8, a Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 1, and Lunar Eclipse in Pisces on September 16 might help you see where your soul requires nourishment and purification. The Lunar Eclipse in relationship-oriented Libra on March 23 will call attention to a vital partnership matter.

Love grows

On September 9 Jupiter will move into Libra, where he’ll stay until late 2017. Now, we can anticipate showers of happiness in the partnership dimension of our lives. Relationships improve and have the capacity for incredible support. REAL compromise and collaboration are possible — in business and personal alliances. But Jupiter will square off with Pluto on November 24 and oppose Uranus on December 26, challenging us to give more than we take — without resentment! Rise to the occasion.

 

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Your Daily Tarot Card for December 30 is The Empress

 

 

 

 

 

Tarot Card of the Day

The Empress


December 30th, 2015
Traditionally entitled “Empress,” this major arcana or “trump” card portrays the energy of the Great Mother. She is Nature, around us but also within us, the ever-unfolding Source of life-giving power. She is often pictured as a pre-Christian Goddess, as the one whom the High Priestess is channeling down to earth for the rest of us.

In medieval Europe, the Empress card was painted to represent whatever Queen currently ruled the land, probably to satisfy the Inquisitors. But the scholars of the Renaissance and beyond had no doubt of her true identity, although she could not be fully revealed on Tarot cards as the “woman clothed with the sun” until after the French Revolution.

This supreme archetype of femininity also symbolizes fertility. It is She who provides us nourishment and security. She is also sometimes seen as delighting us with flowers and fruit. A potentially terrifying aspect of this archetype manifests itself whenever karmic mood swings wipe out our plans, like a storm that has come upon us. Whatever happens, the Empress is the Source of our Embodiment and of Natural Law. She might even be called “the Great Recycler.”

Get a Jump on Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for Thursday, December 31st

 

 

 

 

 

Get a Jump on Tomorrow…..

Your Horoscopes for Thursday, December 31st

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope
Aries

You can be responding to unusual desires and may be acting on whims today, dear Aries, or perhaps simply entertaining these things now. You are in the mood for something a little different. The Moon is in your service sector all day again today, and this stimulates a desire to set the smaller things in your life into order. It meets with Jupiter today, stimulating your sense of joy that goes along with attending to your health, work, or routines. This will stay with you for much of 2016, and the attitude itself can attract positive circumstances as well as benefits into your life. Self-improvement endeavors can be in focus and successful now.

Taurus

Taurus

This can be a very self-expressive day, dear Taurus. You can feel quite energized this morning, and the trick will be to manage it or channel it effectively, as self-discipline may not match. There can be a restless quality this morning, and a sense that moods and desires are impermanent – you’re probably right that they won’t last long. Things tend to sort out and calm down by midday. There can be an opportunity to enjoy yourself, an invitation, or simply a very pleasant, playful mood now. Inhibitions and defensiveness tend to drop, and this can be felt as a very pleasant release.

Gemini

Gemini

There can be animation in your domestic life today, dear Gemini. Excess energy when channeled well and into the home can point to home improvement and organization efforts, or lively family activities. By midday, you’re more inclined to slow down long enough to enjoy yourself, and to get into better touch with your deeper feelings about things. The enjoyment of family or familiar settings can be especially soothing, and in many ways, this is a general theme for much of the year ahead.

Cancer

Cancer

You are likely to have many ideas and plans going on today, dear Cancer, although there can be a tendency to scatter your energy this morning. Desires and whims may not last, and schedules may be overturned. Surprise elements tend to subside by midday. This is a good time to sell your ideas to others, or to present your case. You can go at mental tasks, interests, and projects with enthusiasm. You might experience a stronger desire to communicate, connect, and learn. Your curiosity can be stimulated in a most pleasant way. A problem might come to a resolution, and with it comes a nice feeling of relief. A neighbor or sibling can be supportive or a friendly gesture might be made.

Leo

Leo

This can be a good day for pouring your energy into a project, pastime, or money-making endeavor today, dear Leo, and some may feel compelled to take care of a prized possession. It can be a very resourceful time. Impulse buying could be an issue this morning. You may be dealing with some unpredictability with a friend or lover that changes your plans. By midday, your appetite for comfort is large. You end the year with the Moon in your solar second house, putting you in a nice position to assess what you have and need, quite patiently.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol/Glyph
Virgo

The Moon is in your sign again today, dear Virgo, and aligns with joyous Jupiter midday. Emotions are transparent, immediate, and clear. In some ways, this is giving you a nice taste of a theme with you much of the year ahead. You can experience an emotional release that is cleansing and even comforting. There is some tendency to switch around plans this morning, particularly related to family. Shows of independence from others may throw you for a loop at first, but they can also prompt you to find other activities that you’re just fine doing solo. You can certainly have and enjoy company today, but the less expectations you have for this, the better.

Libra

Libra Glyph-Symbol
Libra

Energy for you today continues to be a little insular, dear Libra. The Moon is in the sign just behind yours until very early into the day tomorrow. It’s a natural time for reviewing recent events and recharging your emotional batteries rather than for leaping into something new with a splash. A partner could be a little confusing this morning, or there could be a shuffling of plans. If possible, take extra time for yourself. The atmosphere is ripe for the unexpected and surprise elements, and you may very well be the catalyst! As the day advances, life settles a little. Shortly into the New Year, the Moon enters your sign, and emotions bubble up to the surface. Clarity is likely. You end the year feeling quite content with yourself.

Scorpio

Scorpio Symbol Glyph
Scorpio

Solutions to practical problems may seem a little wild and impractical this morning, dear Scorpio, and yet they seem to work. You can whip through your chores, improve a system for getting things done, and enjoy yourself in the process today. There can be a nice feeling of belonging or acceptance with a group or friend today. A partner may introduce some surprises. Watch spending now. There is some tendency to act on whims or to entertain unusual desires now. Group activities and cooperative efforts are in focus.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Glyph Symbol
Sagittarius

In some ways, dear Sagittarius, today is good for playing things by ear, and this kind of spontaneity is right up your alley. Changes in plans can actually stimulate new approaches and ideas, so keep an open mind. It’s a good time for intuitively understanding what others want to hear, although if you need to make a warm impression or express yourself in deep ways, this is perhaps not the time. Keep your schedule open. People may be noticing you for your contributions and your ability to meet challenges and responsibilities.

Capricorn

Capricorn Symbol/Glyph
Capricorn

There can be a very strong desire to get away, to change the pace of your life, and to do something totally different than you usually do, dear Capricorn. The morning’s energies are a little erratic socially, and while it’s not the best time to pour out your heart and soul, it’s a fine time for thinking of ways to make small changes in your life so that you feel more engaged and connected. There can be a nice feeling of joy and comfort in thinking about the bigger picture, long-term goals, and far-off plans. There is a positive attitude that suits the day well. The desire to get out and about or to do something different can grab hold now. There can be an attitude change or a relief/release on an emotional level.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Sexuality and intimacy are stimulated today, dear Aquarius, from a more emotional perspective. Relationships can be strongly on your mind now. Some of your deeper desires can come up from within and possibly even surprise you with their intensity, but this morning, it can be difficult to discern whether the need or desire is a deep one or simply a surface whim. As the day moves forward, it becomes clearer which is which! There can be an intimate understanding or a new awareness that brings a sense of calm and happiness to your life. In many ways, this is an ongoing theme in your life for much of 2016.

Pisces

Pisces

A relationship matter can come into strong focus today, dear Pisces, and, positively, you can work through a problem or deal with a matter directly and honestly. On the other hand, you might find others a little too detached or unreliable for your liking this morning. By midday, you’re more inclined to feel good about your relationships or about your “take” on them. You might benefit from a one-on-one conversation, or you might take on the role of advisor. Relationships and partnerships benefit from expansive, warm energy.

 

 

If You Were Born Today, December 30

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If You Were Born Today, December 30

You are a passionate and enthusiastic person who is exceptionally goal-oriented. Without clearly defined goals to work towards, you feel utterly lost! You are ambitious for the most part. Although you tend to over-think and can become quite nervous when you do, for the most part you go after what you want in life. At times indulgent, you are also responsible and sensible. You work hard and play hard, but for many of you, work does come first. You have a strong artistic side to you.

Famous people born today: Rudyard Kipling, Tiger Woods, Bo Diddley, Patti Smith, Tracey Ullman, Eliza Dushku, Kristin Kreuk.

Courtesy of Cafe Astrology

Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, December 30th

 

 

 

 

 

Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, December 30th

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope
Aries

Venus moves into a position that harmonizes with your sign early today, dear Aries, and this helps to enhance and highlight your more attractive qualities until January 23rd. This cycle stimulates a more outgoing, adventurous attitude to life, and especially your feelings and affections. You have a spirited attitude now, and you’re more likely to jump in first, then ask questions later. Your tastes for pleasurable activities, art, objects, and possibly even people, tends to be a little more exotic now. This is also a generally good time for promotional activities, publishing, higher education, and travel. Today is good for taking care of business. There is more imagination and perhaps some serendipity in your life today and tomorrow.

Taurus

Taurus

Both the Sun and the Moon are in signs compatible to yours, and their harmony today can boost your spirits, prompt you to enjoy an adventure or new experience, and fuel your creative impulses, dear Taurus. Venus enters your intimacy sector today, where it will stay until January 23rd. This cycle favors working on the more complicated or intricate areas of relationships, sharing, and intimacy, as you are more able to approach tricky grey areas with grace and love. Financially speaking, you may find backing or support, and you are more reasonable with regards to working out agreements and power sharing issues, although you may not be especially certain of money coming from other sources than your own income. Your love nature runs a little deeper now.

Gemini

Gemini

Venus moves into your partnership sector today, dear Gemini, where she feels quite comfortable. During this cycle that lasts until January 23rd, your social life and one-to-one relationships may be enhanced and boosted. This is a strong cycle for attracting and improving close relationships. Your manner is especially reasonable and polite, and these qualities are very appealing to others now. You project yourself in a warm way, and you attract warm people into your life, making this a strong time for love and friendship. This is also a time when you attempt to correct other imbalances in your life, and you might acquire more beautiful possessions as well. Today’s mood is quiet but positive, and you can be quite productive.

Cancer

Cancer

Opportunities to smooth over your relations with co-workers or to balance out and enjoy your daily routines can emerge now that Venus is transiting your solar sixth house, dear Cancer. This cycle that lasts until January 23rd is strong for bringing harmony to your daily life, including your working environment. Some of you might stumble upon social opportunities through your work or through your daily routines, or while pursuing health goals. You might especially enjoy reading up about vitamins, supplements, health programs, or you could enjoy doing organizing and clerical work at this time. Today’s energies are generally good for sharing a vision, belief, or dream with someone special, as your mind is wide open for learning new and inspiring things.

Leo

Leo

Venus enters your romance and pleasure sector today, dear Leo, where she will stay until January 23rd. This cycle is a gently supportive, enhancing, and playful one. You are now more willing to take some personal risks with your heart, and with your personality. It’s a time when your natural charm comes shining through for all to see. It’s time to let your hair down, at least some of the time! There could be happy events surrounding your children, a romance, or an artistic pursuit or hobby. You are more fertile than usual. While the shift itself can bring subtly unstable energy, overall, the day is a steady one in which you can be quite productive. There can be a better ability to access your intuition and imagination while communicating.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol/Glyph
Virgo

Venus begins its influence on an introspective and self-protective area of your solar chart today, dear Virgo, ideally boosting up your sense of self and inner store of courage and fullness. During this cycle, you are a little more protective with your heart, tending to cling to the familiar and secure rather than venturing out into the world with your heart on your sleeve. Some hesitancy and caution when it comes to love, the pursuit of pleasure, and the handling of money is normal with this cycle active in your life. Some of you could enjoy improved living conditions and relationships with family. It’s a good time for entertaining in the home or deriving more satisfaction from home life. Today, the Moon is in your sign all day, amping up your emotions. At times, you could feel that family is blocking you or that they’re not as receptive to your plans or enthusiasm. However, you can quite readily throw yourself into a special project or interest.

Libra

Libra Glyph-Symbol
Libra

Venus enters your communications sector today, dear Libra, increasing your need and ability to share your thoughts and feelings with someone special. This can also bring benefits from, or enjoyment to, your studies, mental interests, and communications. You’re even more diplomatic than usual, and more invested in the connections you make and your own ideas. You might get happy news or you could receive positive publicity. This is a good time to harmonize with siblings, acquaintances, classmates, and neighbors. Today brings somewhat more retiring energy than usual, but can offer a chance for you to get much-needed rest. Avoid overscheduling today.

Scorpio

Scorpio Symbol Glyph
Scorpio

Venus leaves your sign early today, dear Scorpio, and its new cycle, while it doesn’t sound as glamorous, is a natural progression and quite positive. The attention turns away from you and your ego needs, putting you in a better position to enjoy yourself without self-consciousness. Love is more about security and comfort in few weeks (until January 23rd). Affections stabilize during this cycle, and you begin to value simpler pleasures, although money may be spent on comfort items and beautiful things. Today brings wonderful energy for imaginative undertakings, as well as communications. Your intuition is strong.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Glyph Symbol
Sagittarius

Venus enters your sign today, dear Sagittarius, and love will begin to move forward whether you’re ready for it or not! You become more expressive and certain of your affections, and people around you in a general sense are appreciating the very style and personality traits that you express naturally. This cycles lasts until January 23rd and puts the focus on pleasure and affection in your life. Your demeanor is calmer, more harmonious, and attractive. Your own more appealing traits are emphasized and noticed. For the most part, this is a pleasing and pleasurable cycle in which you are giving out good vibes, and receiving them in turn. Today is good for sorting out your practical affairs.

Capricorn

Capricorn Symbol/Glyph
Capricorn

Venus enters your privacy and soul sector today, dear Capricorn, where she will stay until January 23rd. This cycle brings a little more mystery to your love life and possibly also to your feelings and affections, which you are inclined to review. You are not as clear when it comes to openly expressing your love, as you need time to get in better touch with your own feelings during this period of your life. This cycle always precedes a cycle in which Venus is in your sign and you tend to attract what you want or believe you’re worth. As such, it’s a good time to connect with your inner needs and more thoroughly understand what and who it is you desire! There can be a greater love of private moments with a partner, or for some of you, a need or necessity to give of yourself unselfishly to someone or even to a cause. Take your time when it comes to matters of the heart. Even with the outgoing energy of the Sun and Mercury in your sign, Venus here keeps part of you to yourself and perhaps focused on the past.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Venus moves into a harmonious angle to your sign today, dear Aquarius, and this subtly enhances your natural style, likability, and powers of attraction until January 23rd. You value equality in your interactions more than usual now, and you are not big on displays of excessive ego needs or demands, preferring to give yourself and others freedom and space. Good-natured energy is now brought to your social life, networking activities, and sense of fulfillment through activities with and for others. Humanitarian efforts can be especially rewarding and smooth-flowing. This is a good day for intuition related to money and business.

Pisces

Pisces

Venus moves into your career and reputation sector today, dear Pisces, where it will stay until January 23rd. This gives you a chance to realign your goals and to soften or enhance your reputation. There is a general sense of harmony and cooperation around you that allows you to, at the very least, tend to your work in peace. Social opportunities can come through professional dealings or business now, or you may be projecting especially warm and appealing energy in your professional life. Your own talents or personality can be winning and contributing factors to your success. There can be more awareness of how you look and come across, and also how responsible you are being with money and pleasure-seeking activities. You may be recognized as a good role model now. Today and tomorrow are especially strong for personal influence and also for harmonizing with someone close to you.

 

The Balance of the Elements and the Signs for Wednesday, December 30th

 

 

 

 

 

The Balance of the Elements and the Signs for Wednesday, December 30th

 

VIRGO STRONG
Meticulous, discriminating, pure, practical, health conscious, hard working. Can be hyper-critical, petty and perfectionistic.
SAGITTARIUS STRONG
Inspiring, broad vision, enthusiastic, goal seeking, truthful, adventurous. Can be reckless, unrestrained, tactless.
CAPRICORN STRONG
Disciplined, responsible, reliable, industrious, conscientious, practical, achieving. Can be pessimistic, overly conventional, rigid, materialistic, callous.

BALANCE OF ELEMENTS

EARTH STRONG
We are especially in touch with the physical world. We consider what we’ve learned and experienced in the past in order to make the most of the present. We can be cautious, practical, and possibly unimaginative. We are deliberate and can pace ourselves well. We need hands-on experience and are not impressed with theory as much as we are with results. Routines are tolerable and comforting.
AIR WEAK
We may have a difficult time being objective or detached. We may not be especially communicative.
WATER WEAK
There may be some insensitivity or lack of empathy now. We may be out of touch with what we’re feeling or with our emotional needs. We may be tougher than usual now, and more inclined to follow mental or practical considerations than we are to listen to our intuition.

BALANCE OF MODES

CARDINAL STRONG
We are ready to take action and to take on challenges, and can become frustrated with stagnant conditions.
FIXED WEAK
We may be open to change but may not have much follow-through.

 

Astrology of Today – December 30, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Astrology of Today – December 30, 2015

Summary:

  • The Moon is in Virgo all day (until Friday, January 1st, at 1:40 AM).
  • The Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase.
  • A Full Moon occurred on December 25th and a Last Quarter Moon will occur on January 2nd.
  • Mercury is in its shadow phase (Mercury will be retrograde from January 5-25, 2016).
  • Venus enters Sagittarius today (Venus transits Sagittarius from December 30-January 23).

New Hope For 2016

New Hope For 2016

The Witches Moon Phase for December 30th -vWaning Gibbous

December 30
Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 75%

The Moon today is in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with a illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9am and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.

Phase Details for – Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 75%
Moon Age: 19.70 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 401,084.21 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,103,747.00 km
Courtesy of MoonGiant.com

 

Celebrating 365 Days of Legends, Folklore and Spirituality for December 30 – 31 – Mumming, New Year’s Eve, Hogmany

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December 30 – 31

Mumming, New Year’s Eve, Hogmany

The end of December ushers in the new year, a time of anticipation and celebration. For our pre-Christian ancestors, most of the New Year’s festivities were designed to ward off the barrenness of Winter and insure the fertility of Spring. This was accomplished with the actual or symbolic killing of the king of the old year and the welcoming of a new king-a metaphor phor still dramatized in the popular British mumming play.

It was during the 19th century, when the hustle of the Christmas Day celebrations were over and the new year was fast approaching, that the mummers took to the streets, pubs, and private homes to act out their plays. Masked and costumed, tumed, they portrayed three different themes: the Hero-Combat bat of St. George, the “Sword Dance,” and the Plough or Wooing play. Of the three, the Hero-Combat was the most favored.

The central part of the play begins with the Hero fighting an opposing champion or, occasionally, a whole succession of enemies-the Black Prince, the Turkish Knight, or the Bold Slasher. After a spirited battle, in most but not all cases, the villain is slain. Suddenly a doctor appears, who boasts lengthily (with a great deal of buffoonery) of his skill and travels, after which the dead man suddenly regenerates. Once the mummers mers have been paid, they journey to their next performance.

It might not be as well known as Christmas or New Year’s Eve, but Hogmanay is still celebrated in parts of England and Scotland. Although the word Hogmanay has never been satisfactorily factorily established, it very well may come from the Anglo-Saxon Saxon Haleg Monath (Holy Month) or from the giant Gogmagog or Hogmagog, guardians of the cities of London and Plymouth. For the most part, Hogmanay is met with massive enthusiasm. Parties are helod, people ring bells, fireworks are set off, and everyone makes a conscious effort to make a clean break with the past by making New Year’s resolutions.

Scotland has always made more of Hogmanay than England and still has a variety of customs associated with the holiday. Some of these include divination, of which Bibliomancy is the most popular. The Family Bible is prayed over, and then the person seeking his or her future will open the Bible at random.

Without looking, a verse is marked wit the index finger and then read. Whatever the verse discusses will be the person’s fortune for the year. Another popular custom is to open the back door of the home and then close it just before midnight to let out all of the bad luck. At the stroke of midnight, the front door is then opened to let in the good luck. Finally, Hogmanay is a favored time for predicting the weather by observing th direction of the wind with this old Scot’s rhyme:

If New Year’s Eve night – wind blow south,
That betokens warmth and growth. If west,
much milk and fish in the sea. If north,
much cold and sorms will be. If east, the
trees will bear much fruit. If north-east, flee it,
man and brute.