The Witches Digest for Tuesday, December 12 (Part 3)

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The Witches Digest for Tuesday, December 12

(Part 3)
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Weekly Karmic Forecast for December 10 – 16, 2017

The Karmic Tools Weekly Forecast covers the current planetary transits which affect people in different ways and to various degrees of intensity. Take notice when it is a Personal planet (Sun / Moon / Mercury / Venus / Mars) interacting with a Social (Jupiter/Saturn) or Collective planet (Uranus / Neptune/Pluto). And pay extremely close attention when it is a Social planet interacting with a Collective planet because that means something *big* is brewing that will move large groups of people along their evolutionary paths. Tuning in to the energy and rhythm of the planets can serve as a useful *guide* as you move along your Individual Path. It also helps to understand your place within the context of the larger Social & Collective Story. Below, you will find out how these energies tend to manifest, as well as guidance and direction.

*NOTE There are some days when there are NO CONTACTS (besides the Moon), please note that there are no missing entries, we just list the actual Activations of each week + the day they happen.  

Weekly Forecast: December 10 – 16, 2017

12/10 ~ Mercury (voice) ~trine~ Uranus (individuality):

This activation gives you access to your Higher Mind and opens the way for new, deeper insights that can guide & direct you at this time. Business as usual will not work, it’s time to open up to the unusual, do something different, look at things from another angle and watch the ah-ha’s start pouring in. Your intuition will be firing on all cylinders, giving you access to unprecedented clarity. While your thinking may lack discipline, your ability to access solutions to any recent (or long-standing) challenges will be off the charts. This energy will not be contained, even though it is generally all mental, you really will have a hard time keeping up with the ideas, thoughts, concepts & intuitions that come to you under this influence so try to take notes that you can refer to later when the grounding will be necessary. Pay attention to the messages that come through/from others as well since you never know how the Universe will show up. This alone is an indication that whatever your consciousness may not have been previously ready to assimilate or process is awakening now to that which is just for you!

12/10 ~ Venus (love, finances & relationships) ~square~ Neptune (illusions & delusions):

This energy is great for creative flow. If you are artistically inclined in any way, you will have access to an energy that will allow you to create something amazing. Dig deep and allow your Self to free-flow! This energy can also challenge relationships (personal or professional) to ‘keep it real’ in some way and ones which are not on a true, solid foundation are likely to dissolve under this influence. When Neptune is involved, we see life through a completely different kind of lens, often seeing the potential rather than the reality of the situation. Detach & Trust. This activation is just helping you align your true values & priorities with the vision in your mind & heart, but you will have to expand your consciousness in some way, follow your inner compass and take practical steps going forward.

12/12 ~ Mercury (communication & self-expression) ~conjunct~ Sun (core essential Self):

This energy will compel you to express yourself on many levels. Communication will be a focus, just make sure it is reciprocated. You will have access to some powerful energy that can (and probably will) make quite an impression on others (if you need to). This is a good time to travel if possible too. However, if not physically, than mentally and certainly within your own area, you will take in more information per square inch than usual. Pay attention! You may even gain the much-deserved recognition from others that you have worked so hard for.

12/15 ~ Mercury (ideas, thoughts & concepts) ~conjunct~ Venus (values, priorities & resources):

This energy encourages you to see the Divine Order or the unifying theme running through the events of your life ~ good, bad & indifferent as well as past, present & future. This is an initiation of new values around communication, self-expression and the value of your ideas. You may finally be able to express ideas that have been percolating in your head, some people say “I love you” at this time, or articulate their feelings in deeper, more expressive ways. It’s really *juicy* for your Inner Artist, this is the beginning of expressing your creative ideas in altogether new & different ways than ever before. Allow your Imagination to free-flow. Play with ideas with no attachment to outcome. Take advantage and explore all that this energy stirs within you, but don’t give in to over-thinking/processing things. These connections are richer, giving you access to deeper personal growth & development through a new understanding of how all the events of your life work together for good, ultimately. You can see the necessity of certain challenges and clearly see your own personal mastery thus far. Celebrate and choose to create some new thought patterns that integrate and reflect more beauty throughout your life.

12/16 ~ Sun (core identity) ~trine~ Uranus (individuality):

This energy is wonderful for a little self-examination and taking action on your own behalf. Look at your habits, home situation, work or anything else that is important to you and look at how you’ve gotten to where you are. What kind of choices led here? This is a good time to look around and see how you can conserve what is useful and release that which is no longer relevant for you going forward. It’s also a good energy for organizing & clearing the decks, so to speak, of things that have piled up but still need to be dealt with (or released altogether). You may be feeling very practical, possibly selfish, but it’s actually self-preservation.

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Weekly Love Horoscopes for December 11 thru 16, 2017

With Mars moving into passionate Scorpio dark horses abound or clandestine romance gets even more secretive, if single.

If attached, the desire to scrutinise and probe the depths of your partner’s feelings brings to light more than one expected answer. In fact, right now, transformative loving is the key to long-term happiness.

ARIES

What comes to mind this week, is that maybe you need to be more compassionate with yourself? For however hard you search for that ‘special someone’ out there, perhaps it’s your own inner richness which needs to be discovered? This is the week to bravely liberate the wealth of who you are, so others can find it too.

TAURUS

This week, thanks to Mars in your opposite sign, you’re thinking some pretty deep thoughts. So count your blessings and realise that perhaps it’s time to enjoy who you are, and what you have. Whether single or attached, be the down-to-earth, laid-back person that you are meant to be. Bless yourself, as well as the rest of the world.

GEMINI

Have you glimpsed a new romantic beginning? Take care. Throughout life, we have many pathways to follow, and quite simply they are all right for the given moment that we chose to go down them. This week, be realistic and don’t give in to some fantasy future; give life to your true beliefs, and most of all, follow your instinct.

CANCER

There’s a great feeling of relief when we come full circle to a place we know, whether it’s a literal home, or the ‘home’ of ourselves. And that’s the point you’ve finally reached. In the past weeks you’ve started to enjoy a sense of harmony in your romantic life, and now you can see how comfortable you can be with someone special in the future.

LEO

Saturn’s influence may be holding you back, but there’s no going back either. Your sensual charisma is irresistible and you’re ready to throw all caution to the wind. It’s not often you feel this certain about someone, but deeper reflection gives you the insight to see their true potential.

VIRGO

With a deeper understanding of your needs, you attract the right kind of attention at last. Don’t let a moment of self-doubt take you by surprise or make you behave out of character. This week, stay focused, speak from the heart, and it may well be one of the best weeks you’ve experienced for a long time.

LIBRA

OK, so you’ve been a little wrapped up in yourself, and haven’t had much time to think about someone else. This week, nurture others too. Once you show you care, then they’ll give you enough time to run around the world and back. Just a few kind words and your life will change for the better.

SCORPIO

Your need for security and a sense of belonging is what drives you on, underpinning all your hopes, romantic yearnings and attitude to life. With Mars plunging into your own sign this week, it’s time to see how to actually make this work for you. And if single, you know now what you didn’t know a few years back: that you need to be in control of your life, and no-one else can do it for you.  At last, everything will start to fall into place.

SAGITTARIUS

Enlightening moments abound concerning your independent spirit.  No longer do you see commitment as giving up your freedom, but of gaining something better. So make this a week to be with someone who shares your deepest thoughts and your most exciting hopes and dreams.

CAPRICORN

You’re always there when needed: reliable and resourceful. And this week, you might wonder why it is that others are being a little distant and independent. In fact, so confident are they in their plans and schemes, they don’t seem to fall back on your good advice. Time to make it clear you need to be heard again.

AQUARIUS

It may be that you’re listening to what’s good for you, and what’s not. But there’s something else that needs to come to light, and that’s your own take on love.  What makes you feel good to be alive, and how can you live with someone and still have the freedom you need? This week, you will find the answers.

PISCES

This week, it feels like your survival in the love stakes is literally, at stake. Do you reveal your frustrations, or your need for more romance? And if single, do you leap into a new relationship for the sake of it, because secretly you don’t want to be alone? Questions aside, you will find your way at last.

Reference

Sarah Bartlett, Astrologer

Published on The Astrology Room

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For The Singles, The Daring Dating Horoscopes for December 11 thru 16, 2107

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)

Your ruler Mars is settling into his new home, looking at deep, intense emotions and secretive love affairs; hubba-hubba! Ok, it’s maybe less hubba-hubba and more furtive glances and wondering if you can really be bothered, but it’s passionate, powerful, even obsessive. Yummy. Get into it.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)

There’s nothing wrong with living a little, nothing wrong with picking the wrong sorts every now and again. How will you know who is right if you don’t see who is wrong? Get your defences down Taurus, new romance is on its way and it needs to be lived.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)

When you’ve sorted through three years of Saturn in your relationship sky and had Mars chasing someone new your way, you know your stuff. If someone has made it this far he or she is going to be worth the hassle. Relax, enjoy a new intimacy Gemini.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)

When you look through any window at any time of day you’ll see people going about their business, getting on with it. How about getting on the other side of that window and do a bit more yourself? Mars wants to show you a good time, put that mince pie down and go find it.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)

You can try and try, flirt and flirt, smile and laugh at his or her terrible jokes; or you can trust in Saturn’s last days in your new love sky and realise he’s been working up to something special. The Sun, Mercury and Venus agree with him. Shine, that’s more the enough.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)

Neptune is fogging up the love lens, you can’t quite see if someone is all in or wishing they were somewhere else? Where are you Virgo? Are you all in or do you think it’s ok for now, but maybe not for new year? Signals are confused, lead the way. Have that chat.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)

As you lose your relationship planet Mars, from the 9th, it’s a lot quieter. That may not sound like much fun Libra, but maybe it’s just what you need; if not what you want? It’s surprisingly liberating, and we all know what happens when you’re truly not all that bothered.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)

Mars is in your sign, he’s energetic, bold and passionate and he’s got plans. Ok, so maybe they’re not all about your love life but Jupiter and Neptune’s plans most certainly are. Romance is up, energy to get on with it is up, make of that what you will Scorps.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)

Hello Venus! She’s getting some extra attention from Neptune, a romantic planet, but this seems to be more about nagging from family about your current single status and that’s maybe not so exciting. However. Don’t ignore their attempts at fixing you up with a hot date. They may get it right this time.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)

When you know you’ve had enough, when you know it’s not for you, you’re one of the better signs calling it, saying it’s done. The same goes when you know he or she is the one, undeniably yours. Truth is truth, be it about love, money or calories; honour your truth.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)

Some of these so called social events are drearier than a dreary thing, hopeless when all you want is a hot water bottle and an early night. Go along Aquarius, show your lovely face and let Venus single out someone who will be glad you did. Sparkle.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)

When other people can see what you can’t it’s a good idea to listen to them. If mates are telling you that bloke from accounts fancies you, they know it. If they suggest someone isn’t doing you any favours, listen to them. Watch-keepers on duty.

Reference

David Wells, Astrologer

Published on The Astrology Room

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The Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, December 12, 2017

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
Today marks the halfway mark in a personal project which last month you were ready to give up on. Now you know you have the talent and the know how to succeed. Keep going Aries, you’re nearly there!

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
Today will be forever marked in your mind as a turning point. A time when you realised what and who wasn’t working for you. Start to make a promise to yourself that you will live life to the full.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
Speak from the heart and don’t worry what others think of your dreams and desires. This is your life to live as you see fit. You may have to make a large outlay, but aspects suggest it will pay back tenfold.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
Your earning potential is well starred and if you want to ask for more money, then this would be the time to do it. Look out for loose talk losing you a friendship tonight. Let others divulge their own news Cancer.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
Your finances don’t seem to be your own and indeed, many of your sign may be waiting for money to come in which was expected to have arrived before now. Breathe and stay calm. Your first reaction will dictate how others help you.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
You can and should make life fun for yourself again. How do you do this? By cutting contact with those you know have been bringing you down. Your element of earth sees you finally willing to commit to something you resisted last year. Ring now for honest talking.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
Are you over analysing what’s going on, or do you really know that the path you are on is one you have to push others to help you walk down? Or could it be a case of you wanting what you cannot have.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
Don’t rush what you are doing, or you’ll give others the impression that you don’t really care about the path you are on and that you are only reacting for effect. You and I know that’s not true, so pay attention to detail.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
Mix ups earlier in the week left you feeling as if life had escaped your control. That is not true, even though it may seem so. Show you are in control by putting your own time into professional matters today.
CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
Recent events saw you let down by a face you thought you could trust. This would all be very well if you had shut them out of your life, but they still seem to be a secure part of your routine.
AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
Someone you thought was not your ally is in fact very much on your side. You’d see this if only you would give them a chance Aquarius. Hear others out when they speak to you today. It can turn a financial problem into an advantage.
PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
A delicate personal issue reaches a head, as you decide to make others’ decisions for them. Try to keep your manner a calm one, or you will only make those concerned think you are acting out of malice.

Reference

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

Published on The Astrology Room

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If You Were Born Today, Tuesday, December 12, 2017

You have a distinctly dual nature that, at your best, makes you versatile, and at your worst, downright confused (and confusing!). While a great lover of peace and harmony, you are also determined and fiery. While idealistic, you mostly have your feet on the ground. In relationships, the need for partnering and cooperating is strong, but freedom also matters to you. You are a natural counselor, offering excellent advice. There is usually quite a bit of drama and colorful emotion in your relationships, whether it’s because you bring this to the table or attract these kinds of people. Famous people born today: Frank Sinatra, Edward Koch, Connie Francis, Jennifer Connelly, Bridget Hall, Bob Barker, Dionne Warwick.

Your Birthday Year Forecast:

With the Sun and Moon in harmony in your Solar Return chart, the year ahead should be satisfying and balanced overall. You are in comfortable demand and personally popular, and you are able to achieve a decent balance between work and play; personal and professional life. For the most part, you are on top of your game this year, and positive connections with others can be made fairly easily. With the ability to handle your emotions successfully, there is less stress on both your mind and body. Your self-confidence and positive attitude will reward you!

The year is good for motivation levels regarding work or projects and personal interests. There can be opportunities to pursue absorbing topics and projects of interest. More joy and meaning can be found in your work or obligations.

Your ability to concentrate and focus is enhanced this year. You may, in fact, have a lot of work to do in relative solitude or you might often retreat to study, work, or think. You might be required to travel for business purposes. Thinking in realistic and practical terms is your best bet, and the need for tangible results for your efforts is strong.

You are likely to establish connections and/or relationships with people that help forward your own personal growth. Teamwork and camaraderie, as well as meaningful connections, are themes. You feel your life has a definite purpose this year. Through your contacts with others, you are encouraged to grow.

You express yourself more clearly and you can be excellent at guiding and instructing others. There is a pronounced ability to order your thoughts and ideas, come up with designs, and recognize patterns. You can especially enjoy making plans, lists, and connections this year.

This is a strong year for spirituality and commitment to spiritual or metaphysical goals. Higher learning, mind expansion, or travel can also be in focus and very rewarding.

Helping ground you is a Mars-Saturn sextile that gives you a sense of responsibility and a feeling of directedness and purposefulness. Traditional methods work again this year, and thoroughness brings rewards. Practice or refining a technique is favored. The approach that seems to work best with this aspect is a step-by-step one, with modest ambitions and the appreciation of slow but steady progress. This is particularly true of mental projects and special interests. You can be prolific when your heart is engaged in what you’re doing.

This can be a good time for updating your electronics and technology in ways that open up new avenues for communication or ease. Wonderfully creative ideas can fill your head this year.

Making connections with others from a different background is likely to figure in the year ahead, or widening your mind through unusual or different experiences can be part of the picture. Generosity and compassion increases and your faith is boosted. You more easily make personal sacrifices for what you believe to be the better good.

This is an excellent year for new ideas and projects. You’re in good shape for staying on track and meeting your responsibilities, but also for tuning into new and progressive ideas. This is also a great period for connecting with people and projects who/that inspire you.

2017 is a Number Seven year for you. Ruled by Neptune. This is a year of preparation, chance, and refinement. It is not a time of dramatic changes. Instead, it’s a year when reflection on the past is helpful, and when refinements to your life path should be made. It’s a good year to study and analyze. Unexpected twists to your life story and “chance” meetings are probable. Advice – take stock of your life in order to prepare for more exciting years to come, examine the past and plan for the future, get in touch with your deepest needs and uncover your personal power, don’t strain yourself or actively try to expand.

2018 will be a Number Eight year for you. Ruled by Saturn. This is a year of power and accomplishment. Actively seeking to expand, taking educated risks, and moving forward are highlighted. This is a year of opportunity, particularly in the material and business world, and opportunities need to be seized. It’s generally not a year to find a new love partner, simply because the focus is on the material world and your place in the world. This is a problem-solving year in which you can expect real, tangible results. Advice – take action, plan ahead, seize opportunities.

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The Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, December 13

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
Double check any figures you have to deal with today, as aspects suggest you may have got your sums wrong. Your need to see a certain person could see you telling lies to those who trust you.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
Gossip may get the better of you and you’d be wise to follow the advice that if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all. Boredom could well see some of your sign doing things which you know will get you in trouble.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
A relationship which developed a stale taste, can and will be rectified once you admit where you went wrong. Your element of air has made you more of a gossip than usual and if you owe an apology this is the day to make it.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
The need to spend more time in the company of someone you care for could see you cancelling things which others were relying on you for. Try to be fair and work out a compromise. You and those involved will feel better if you do.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
You may be forced to change your plans because of others dragging their feet. What you don’t realise, but you would if you tried, is that you hold the power to complete all that is ahead alone.
VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
The stars line up to make you the centre of attention, so be prepared to have to answer for all you say and do today. You’ll be asked direct questions and giving honest answers helps you to gain back respect you recently lost.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
Always listen to your heart. It will save you a lot of time and energy and will ensure that you end up with a life you want to live. Contacts signed now make your life a better place to be.
SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
Work you were dreading doing will actually turn out to be a challenge you will enjoy and excel at. Find time to call the person who has been on your mind. They will feel lifted by your contact and you’ll feel glad you made the effort.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
There is a really sentimental feel to your chart today. You find yourself telling stories of your past to new faces you meet. You have unfinished business with something which if settled today, will never need to worry you again.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
A softer side to your character is emerging and you find it easy to admit what you want without feeling the pressure just to say what others want to hear. You’ve come a long way and I’m proud of you.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
You have been looking at your problems from the wrong angle. Deal with your worries one at a time, and bit by bit you will build up your confidence and see that you can change your destiny to be a happy one.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
You’re growing in so many ways and although I know your journey has been a painful one, it has also been a very learned one. Your element of water helps you connect to those who have been closed off lately.

Reference

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

Published on The Astrology Room

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Tarot Card of the Day

Seven of Coins


December 12, 2017

The Seven of this suit is typically a paean to the humble laborer who is willing to show up every day and sweat in the sun for next season’s bounty. The traditional concept is cultivation, with an attitude that slow and steady wins the race, with faith in nature’s assistance. The protagonist of this card doesn’t make excuses, isn’t whimsical or moody, but is dedicated and sees the job through. Of course, it’s no good to count your chickens before they hatch, but there’s no question that the person who is vigilant over a project is more likely to get the desired result.

Someone who works with nature, cooperating with her ways, will waste less energy and time than the person who works against her. As a side meaning, we sometimes see this normally humble farmer in a moment of frenzy, betting the crop on a roll of the dice. This represents a moment of dementia, addiction or desperation which hopefully will not last long enough for the farmer to lose everything!

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Daily Love Tarot

The Sun

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December 12, 2017

The Sun is an invitation to a supportive relationship in which you can be yourself around your significant other. You feel relaxed and loved, with a sense of peace of heart. You’ve struck gold and entered into a new realm. Keep looking if this is not how you feel because it is how things should be. You can’t expect improvement in a long-term union if you do not take effective steps to create it.

 

 

 

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Your Erotic Tarot

The Judgement

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December 12, 2017

The Judgement card represents a sexual awakening, and now that you aren’t afraid to move in a new direction, a whole new world awaits you. What sex positions do you want to try, and which fantasies have you been dying to act out? Being honest with yourself and potential partner(s) about the details of what you desire will help you get what you want faster, and the end result will be much more satisfying. And above all, enjoy your sexual liberation!

 

 

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Your Daily Rune for December 12, 2017

Mannaz

“Man-az” – Literally: “Mankind”

Esoteric: Humankind, awareness

Rune of the Divine structure of intelligence in the human soul or psyche. Rune of the horizons of human existence and collective potential.

Psi: mind & memory (Hugin & Munin), the difference between human and all other life, development of the intellect, rational mind, perfected intelligence

Energy: psychic order of the gods reflected in humankind, projection of Self into time

Mundane: thinking, planning, analysis, the human condition, people at large (contemporary: the masses)

Divinations: Divine structure, sustainability, intelligence, awareness, social order, divine influence in life; or depression, mortality, blindness, self-delusion, collective suicide, bigotry, elitism, intellectual arrogance.

Governs:

Self-Actualization
Realization of the divine structure in humankind
Increase in intelligence, memory and mental powers (passing tests)
Unlocking the third-eye hvel, the “mind’s eye”
Activating the dynamics of your own inner Christus, or Higher Self
Awareness of our roles as co-creator with the gods and nature
Mental and spiritual potential

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Your Animal Spirit Guide for Tuesday, December 12

The Falcon

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The Wisdom of the Budda

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.

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to the Earth
Of our Beloved Solar System
and to all
of Her creatures
for here they dwell
One planet
united in harmony
with universal love
and compassion for all.

—2016 livingsky.org

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The Witches Digest for Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (Part 2)

Winter Comes

The Witches Digest for Tuesday, December 12, 2017

(Part 2)
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Today is Tuesday, December 12

Tuesday is dedicated to the powers of the planet Mars, personified in Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw, Tuisco and Tyr. Tuesday rules controlled power, energy and endurance.

Deity: Tiwaz

Zodiac Sign: Aries

Planet: Mars

Tree: Holly

Herb: Plantain

Stone: Agate

Animal: Crab

Element: Fire

Color: White

Number: 2

Rune: Tyr (T)

The Celtic Tree Month of Ruis (Elder) November 25 – December 22

Runic Half Month of Is (November 28 – December 12)

Goddess of the Month of Astraea (November 28th – December 25th)

Reference

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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On December 12th, We Celebrate the Goddess Frau Holle

Frau Holle

In some Scandinavian traditions, Frau Holle is known as the feminine spirit of the woods and plants, and was honored as the sacred embodiment of the earth and land itself. She is associated with many of the evergreen plants that appear during the Yule season, especially mistletoe and holly, and is sometimes seen as an aspect of Frigga, wife of Odin. In this theme, she is associated with fertility and rebirth.

Her feast day is December 25, and typically, she is seen as a goddess of hearth and home, although in different areas she has clearly different purposes.

FRAU HOLLE IN FAIRY TALES
Interestingly, Frau Holle is mentioned in the story of Goldmary and Pitchmary, as compiled by the Grimm brothers. In this context — that of a Germanic Cinderella-type tale — she appears as an old woman who rewards an industrious girl with gold, and offers the girl’s lazy sister an equally appropriate compensation. Legends in some parts of Germany portray her as a toothless hag who appears in the winter, much like the Cailleach of Scotland. In other stories, she is young, beautiful, and fertile.

In the Norse Eddas, she is described as Hlodyn, and she gives gifts to women at the time of the Winter Solstice, or Jul. She is sometimes associated with winter snowfall as well — it is said that when Frau Holle shakes out her mattresses, white feathers fall to the earth.

A feast is held in her honor each winter by many people in the Germanic countries.

HULDA THE GODDESS
A number of scholars have pointed out that Frau Holle evolved from an earlier, pre-Christian deity, known as Hulda (alternately, Holle or Holla), who predates even the Norse pantheon. She appears as an old woman, associated with the darkness of winter, and watches over children in the coldest months.

Archaeologist Marija Gimbutas said, in Civilization of the Goddess, “[Holle] holds dominion over death, the cold darkness of winter, caves, graves and tombs in the earth….but also receives the fertile seed, the light of midwinter, the fertilized egg, which transforms the tomb into a womb for the gestation of new life.” In other words, she is tied to the cycle of death and eventual rebirth, as new life springs forth.

Like many deities, Holda/Hulda/Holle is a complex one with many aspects. She has evolved through the centuries in a way that makes it nearly impossible to associate her with just one theme.

Hulda was known as a goddess of women, and was connected to matter of the household and domesticity. In particular, she is tied to women’s crafts, such as weaving and spinning. This, in turn, has tied her to magic and witchcraft, and she is specifically called out in the Canon Episcopi, written around the fourth century. Those who honored her were required, as faithful Catholics, to do penance. The treatise reads, in part, “Have you believed there is some female, whom the stupid vulgar call Holda … who is able to do a certain thing, such that those deceived by the devil affirm themselves by necessity and by command to be required to do, that is, with a crowd of demons transformed into the likeness of women, on fixed nights to be required to ride upon certain beasts, and to themselves be numbered in their company?

If you have performed participation in this unbelief, you are required to do penance for one year on designated fast-days.”

In the Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft, Rosemary Ellen Guiley says of Hulda, “[her] nocturnal rides with the souls of the unbaptized dead led to the Christian association of her with the demonic aspects of the wild hunt… [she] was said to be accompanied by witches as well as the souls of the dead. They rode uncontrollably through the night sky… the land over which they passed was said to bear double the harvest.”

HONORING FRAU HOLLE TODAY
If you’d like to celebrate the spirit of winter by honoring Frau Holle, it’s a good time to focus on domestic crafts as part of ritual. You can spin or weave, knit or sew. There’s a lovely heathen spindle ritual by Shirl Sazynski over at Witches & Pagans that’s worth exploring, or incorporate other domestic tasks into a ritual context.

She is associated with the snowfall, so a bit of snow magic is always in order when you celebrate Frau Holle.

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Patti Wigington, Author
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Tuesday–The Day of Tiu

Tuesday is the first day of the week which is named after a god of the Angles and Saxons–Tiu, the God of War. The Angles and Saxons, like the Greeks and Romans, worshiped many gods, and though these gods were in a great number of ways similar to those of the Greeks and Romans, we also find very great differences. These differences are due to the fact that the Angles and Saxons lived in a very different kind of country, led a very different kind of life, and consequently had different ideas. Their chief enemies were frost and cold, and they imagined the freezing winds to be caused by frost-giants who lived in a land of ice and waged continual warfare with the gods who befriended man and protected him as far as they could against the frost-giants and all the suffering which they caused. The chief of these gods was Woden or Odin, the All-father, of whom we read in the following chapter, and next to him in importance came Thor, the God of Thunder, the bitterest enemy of the giants. The god after whom Tuesday is named was known as Tiu among the Angles and Saxons, and as Tyr among the Norsemen. He was the God of War, and corresponds to Mars among the Romans, whose name for this day was Dies Martis, the day of Mars. The French have kept the Roman name in the form mardi.

Tiu was a great fighter and knew no fear, and was naturally always called upon in time of battle. He was usually represented as having no right hand, owing to a misfortune which befell him in the following way. From his lofty throne Odin, the chief of the gods, one day saw in the land of the giants three terrible monsters, which grew so rapidly that he was filled with fear lest they should invade the home of the gods. Accordingly he determined to get rid of them before they became any stronger. One Hel, an enormous giantess, he flung into the Underworld, where, as the Goddess of Death, she ruled over the kingdom of the dead. Another, Iormungandr, a serpent, he cast into the sea, where it grew so huge that it encircled the whole earth. The third was Fenrir, a wolf, whom Odin brought to Asgard, the home of the gods, hoping that he might eventually tame him. Fenrir, however, grew stronger and fiercer each day, until the gods, of whom Tiu alone was brave enough to go near him, decided at last to bind him in such a way that he could do no harm. A very strong chain was obtained, and the gods suggested to Fenrir, who often boasted of his great strength, that he should allow himself to be bound with it in order to prove whether he was really as strong as he claimed to be. Fenrir agreed, and then by merely stretching himself easily brohe his bonds. Again the gods put him to the test with a still stronger chain, but as before he succeeded in breaking it. Seeing that no ordinary chain would be strong enough to bind Fenrir, the gods sent one of their servants to the home of the dwarfs, a race of little people who lived underground, and who were very clever workers in metal. They also possessed great powers of magic, as we shall see in a later story. At the bidding of the gods, the dwarfs made a silken rope out of the voice of fishes, a woman’s beard, the roots of a mountain, and the footsteps of a cat, which was so strong that no power could break it! A third time the gods challenged Fenrir to show his strength by allowing himself to be bound with this new cord, but Fenrir became suspicious, and at last consented only on condition that one of the gods should put his hand in his mouth, and hold it there as a pledge that the gods were not deceiving him. This condition greatly alarmed the gods, who began to fear that their trick was not going to succeed, but the bold war-god Tiu stepped forward and, without any hesitation, placed his right hand in the wolf’s mouth. The gods at once bound Fenrir with the magic cord made by the dwarfs, and, in spite of all his struggles, the wolf was unable to free himself. Great was the delight of the gods at their success, a delight shared by all but Tiu, who had little cause to be pleased with the result of the trick, for Fenrir, finding he was trapped, immediately bit off the hand of the god. Thus Tiu was deprived of his sword hand, but so clever was he that he wielded his sword equally well with his left hand, and still remained invincible in battle.

On one occasion Tiu and Thor, the God of Thunder, set out for the land of the giants to obtain an enormous kettle, which the gods required for a feast. They came at last to the home of a giant, Hymir, who possessed a kettle a mile deep and a mile wide, and were hospitably received by the giant’s wife. When she learned the errand on which they had come, she warned them that her husband was very fierce and hot-tempered, and advised them to hide themselves when Hymir returned, lest he should kill them with a glance. No sooner had the gods taken refuge behind some kettles, which were kept on a beam at the end of the hall, than Hymir came in. When he heard that visitors had called, he flashed his eyes round the hall so fiercely that, as his glance lighted on the gods’ hiding-place, the beam split in two, the kettles came crashing to the ground, and Tiu and Thor were discovered. Hymir, however, was persuaded by his wife to receive the gods kindly; he prepared a meal of three oxen in their honour, but was astonished and dismayed to see Thor eat two of them himself. The next day the gods gave the giant many proofs of their great strength and skill, and Hymir consented to give them the kettle they were seeking. Tiu at once tried to lift it but failed; then Thor, after a mighty struggle, raised it from the ground, and, as he gave the final pull, his feet broke through the floor of the giant’s house. As soon as the gods had departed, Thor carrying the kettle on his head, Hymir called his brothers together, and pursued after them. Thor, however, attacked them with his famous hammer, and killed them one by one. Tiu and Thor then continued their journey, and brought the huge kettle safely to their own land.

There are few stories told of Tiu, yet he held a high place among the gods, as the name Tuesday shows. He is most famous for his share in the binding of Fenrir, whereby was put off the dreaded Ragnarok, the day of the final battle between the gods and the giants.

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Tuesday’s Magick

Courage
Binding
Protection
Achievement
Power
Initiation
Protection
Passion

Planet: Mars

Colors: Red, Orange

Crystal: Garnet, Ruby

Incense: Myrrh, Ginger, Cardamom

Plant: Cardamom

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The Witches’ Tuesday

Ruler: Mars

Colors: Red, rose or scarlet

Power Hours: Sunrise, and the eighth, sixteenth and twenty-fourth hours following

Keywords: Business, sex, hunting, energy

A god, goddess or planet governs each day of the week. It is usually easy to spot the ruled of the day by its name. The word Tuesday, however, is not so easy, but if we look at the word in Spanish, Martes, we clearly see it connections to Mars.

On Tuesdays the hour of sunrise and every eight hours after that are also ruled by Mars, and that makes these times of the day doubly blessed. The four hours are the strongest one to do ritual in. Check your local newspaper, astrological calendar or almanac to determine your local sunrise.

Reference

Gypsy Magic

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Tuesday’s Witchery

Tuesday is the day to work any magick that falls in the category of increasing strength, courage, bravery, and passion. All of these intense emotions are linked to this day’s energies, and spells designed around these themes will have extra punch when performed on this magickal day.

So, let’s add a little passion and conviction into your life! Break out the daring red pieces of your wardrobe, and put a little pizzazz into your day. Work with Lilith, and see what she has to teach you about personal power and sexuality. Meditate onTiw/Tyr and Mars, and see what those ancient warrior gods will show you about new tactics, strategies, and claiming personal victories in your life. Practice conjuring up that astral weapon from the meditation and use it wisely for protection and for courage.

Create a philter for courage and protection or handcraft your own Witch’s jar to remove negativity from your home. See what other Witch crafts you can conjure up with Tuesday’s magick. Create some kitchen magick on this Tuesday by whipping up a spicy stew-add in a few Mars-associated ingredients such as carrots, peppers, and garlic. Empower the stew for success, and then treat yourself and your family to a good, hearty meal. Try working with a little aromatherapy and burn some spicy or coffee-scented candles to increase your energy level.

Check the sky at night, and see if you can find the reddish planet Mars up in the heavens. Not sure where to look? Check an astronomy magazine or search the Web for more information. Become a magickal warrior and move forward in your life with strength, courage, and compassion. Embrace the side of yourself that loves a good challenge and that is passionate and daring! Banish fear, and face your future with strength and conviction. Believe in yourself and in your dreams, work hard, and you will win every time.

Reference

Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

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The Witches Almanac for Tuesday, December 12

Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican)

Waning Moon
Moon Phase: Fourth Quarter
Moon Sign: Libra
Incense: Ylang-ylang
Color: Scarlet

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The Witches Correspondences for Tuesday, December 12

Dedicated to the powers of the planet Mars, personified as Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw, and Tyr.

Element : Water

Planet : Mars

Zodiac Sign : Aries / Scorpio

Angel : Samuel

Metal : Iron, Steel

Incense / Perfumes : Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli

Oil : Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Color : Red, Orange

Stones : Bloodstone, Garnet, Carnelian,

Plants/Herbs : Allspice, Blessed Thistle, Cayenne, Daisy, Garlic, Ginger, Pepper, Pine, Red Rose, Thyme, Tobacco, Wormwood

Magick to work: self-assertion, energy, and courage, victory, endurance, passion, masculine goals in general, sex, aggression, protection, controlled power, ambition, arguments, competition, conflict, destruction, lust, male sexuality, sports, strife, struggle, surgery, medical issues, upheaval, war

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Tuesday Is Ruled By Mars

Tuesday is a Mars day, and just like the god of war, this is the time to tap into magicks to call for strength and courage. This day of the week is for rebels and warriors. If you are facing a challenge of any kind, need a boost to your courage, or want to enhance your passions, Tuesday is the day of the week for you. Some suggestions for Tuesday enchantments would include:

*Wearing the fiery colors associated with this day: scarlet, red, black, and orange. Don some of the more daring and bewitching colors of your wardrobe on Tuesdays and turn a few heads

*Carrying a bloodstone in your pocket or wearing garnet-studded jewelry to reinforce your convictions

*Working with protective and fire-associated plants such as the snapdragon, thistle, and holly to boost your shields and bravery

*Burning spicy-scented energy-enhancing candles to add a little magical aromatherapy to your home

*Cooking up a hearty meal featuring carrots, peppers, and garlic (all Mars foods and spices) to empower yourself for victory and success

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The Energy of Mars

Weekday ruled by Mars: Tuesday

Stones:
Bloodstone
Garnet
Carnelian
Pink Tourmaline

Herbs and Plants:
Red Rose
Cock’ comb
Mugwort
Mullien
Nettle
Thistle
Wormwood

Magickal Intention: Courage, physical strength, revenge, military honors, surgery, breaking negative cycles, war, viltality, Assertiveness.

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History of Yule

The Pagan holiday called Yule takes place on the day of the winter solstice, around December 21 in the northern hemisphere (below the equator, the winter solstice falls around June 21). On that day (or close to it), an amazing thing happens in the sky. The earth’s axis tilts away from the sun in the Northern Hemisphere, and the sun reaches its greatest distance from the equatorial plane.

Many cultures have winter festivals that are in fact celebrations of light.

In addition to Christmas, there’s Hanukkah with its brightly lit menorahs, Kwanzaa candles, and any number of other holidays. As a festival of the Sun, the most important part of any Yule celebration is light — candles, bonfires, and more. Let’s take a look at some of the history behind this celebration, and the many customs and traditions that have emerged at the time of the winter solstice, all around the world.

ORIGINS OF YULE
In the Northern hemisphere, the winter solstice has been celebrated for millennia. The Norse peoples viewed it as a time for much feasting, merrymaking, and, if the Icelandic sagas are to be believed, a time of sacrifice as well. Traditional customs such as the Yule log, the decorated tree, and wassailing can all be traced back to Norse origins.

The Celts of the British Isles celebrated midwinter as well. Although little is known about the specifics of what they did, many traditions persist.

According to the writings of Pliny the Elder, this is the time of year in which Druid priests sacrificed a white bull and gathered mistletoe in celebration.

The editors over at Huffington Post remind us that “until the 16th century, the winter months were a time of famine in northern Europe. Most cattle were slaughtered so that they wouldn’t have to be fed during the winter, making the solstice a time when fresh meat was plentiful.

Most celebrations of the winter solstice in Europe involved merriment and feasting. In pre-Christian Scandinavia, the Feast of Juul, or Yule, lasted for 12 days celebrating the rebirth of the sun and giving rise to the custom of burning a Yule log.”

ROMAN SATURNALIA
Few cultures knew how to party like the Romans. Saturnalia was a festival of general merrymaking and debauchery held around the time of the winter solstice. This week-long party was held in honor of the god Saturn and involved sacrifices, gift-giving, special privileges for slaves, and a lot of feasting. Although this holiday was partly about giving presents, more importantly, it was to honor an agricultural god.

A typical Saturnalia gift might be something like a writing tablet or tool, cups and spoons, clothing items, or food. Citizens decked their halls with boughs of greenery, and even hung small tin ornaments on bushes and trees. Bands of naked revelers often roamed the streets, singing and carousing – a sort of naughty precursor to today’s Christmas caroling tradition.

WELCOMING THE SUN THROUGH THE AGES
Four thousand years ago, the Ancient Egyptians took the time to celebrate the daily rebirth of Ra, the god of the Sun.

As their culture flourished and spread throughout Mesopotamia, other civilizations decided to get in on the sun-welcoming action. They found that things went really well… until the weather got cooler, and crops began to die. Each year, this cycle of birth, death, and rebirth took place, and they began to realize that every year after a period of cold and darkness, the Sun did indeed return.

Winter festivals were also common in Greece and Rome, as well as in the British Isles. When a new religion called Christianity popped up, the new hierarchy had trouble converting the Pagans, and as such, folks didn’t want to give up their old holidays. Christian churches were built on old Pagan worship sites, and Pagan symbols were incorporated into the symbolism of Christianity. Within a few centuries, the Christians had everyone worshipping a new holiday celebrated on December 25.

In some traditions of Wicca and Paganism, the Yule celebration comes from the Celtic legend of the battle between the young Oak King and the Holly King. The Oak King, representing the light of the new year, tries each year to usurp the old Holly King, who is the symbol of darkness. Re-enactment of the battle is popular in some Wiccan rituals.
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Patti Wigington, Author
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Celebrating Saturnalia

When it comes to festivals, parties, and downright debauchery, no one beats the folks of ancient Rome. Around the time of the winter solstice each year, they celebrated the festival of Saturnalia. As the name implies, this was a holiday in honor of the agricultural god, Saturn. This week-long party typically began around December 17th, so that it would end right around the day of the solstice.

Fertility rituals were performed at the temple of Saturn, including sacrifices.

In addition to the large public rites, many private citizens held ceremonies honoring Saturn in their homes.

One of the highlights of Saturnalia was the switching of traditional roles, particularly between a master and his slave. Everyone got to wear the red pileus, or freedman’s hat, and slaves were free to be as impertinent as they wished to their owners. However, despite the appearance of a reversal of social order, there were actually some fairly strict boundaries. A master might serve his slaves dinner, but the slaves were the ones who prepared it — this kept Roman society in order, but still allowed everyone to have a good time.

According to History.com, “Beginning in the week leading up to the winter solstice and continuing for a full month, Saturnalia was a hedonistic time, when food and drink were plentiful and the normal Roman social order was turned upside down. For a month, slaves would become masters.

Peasants were in command of the city. Business and schools were closed so that everyone could join in the fun.”

Not everyone was down with these shenanigans, though. Pliny the Younger was a bit of a Scrooge, and said, “When I retire to this garden summer-house, I fancy myself a hundred miles away from my villa, and take especial pleasure in it at the feast of the Saturnalia, when, by the license of that festive season, every other part of my house resounds with my servants’ mirth: thus I neither interrupt their amusement nor they my studies.” In other words, he didn’t want to be pestered by merrymaking, and was perfectly happy to indulge himself in the solitude of his country home, away from the debauchery of the city.

Businesses and court proceedings closed up for the entire celebration, and food and drink were everywhere to be had. Elaborate feasts and banquets were held, and it wasn’t unusual to exchange small gifts at these parties. A typical Saturnalia gift might be something like a writing tablet or tool, cups and spoons, clothing items, or food. Citizens decked their halls with boughs of greenery, and even hung small tin ornaments on bushes and trees. Bands of naked revelers often roamed the streets, singing and carousing – a sort of naughty precursor to today’s Christmas caroling tradition.

The Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger wrote, “It is now the month of December, when the greatest part of the city is in a bustle. Loose reins are given to public dissipation; everywhere you may hear the sound of great preparations, as if there were some real difference between the days devoted to Saturn and those for transacting business….Were you here, I would willingly confer with you as to the plan of our conduct; whether we should eve in our usual way, or, to avoid singularity, both take a better supper and throw off the toga.”

His contemporary, Macrobius, wrote a lengthy work on the celebration, and said, “Meanwhile the head of the slave household, whose responsibility it was to offer sacrifice to the Penates, to manage the provisions and to direct the activities of the domestic servants, came to tell his master that the household had feasted according to the annual ritual custom.

For at this festival, in houses that keep to proper religious usage, they first of all honor the slaves with a dinner prepared as if for the master; and only afterwards is the table set again for the head of the household. So, then, the chief slave came in to announce the time of dinner and to summon the masters to the table.”

The traditional greeting at a Saturnalia celebration is, “Io, Saturnalia!”, with the “Io” being pronounced as “Yo.” So next time someone wishes you a happy holiday, feel free to respond with “Io, Saturnalia!” After all, if you lived in Roman times, Saturn was the reason for the season!
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Patti Wigington, Author
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How to Make a Yule Log

A Time-Honored Tradition

As the Wheel of the Year turns once more, the days get shorter, the skies become gray, and it seems as though the sun is dying. In this time of darkness, we pause on the Solstice (usually around December 21st, although not always on the same date) and realize that something wonderful is happening.

On Yule, the sun stops its decline into the south. For a few days, it seems as though it’s rising in exactly the same place… and then something amazing and miraculous takes place. The light begins to return.

The sun begins its journey back to the north, and once again we are reminded that we have something worth celebrating. In families of all different spiritual paths, the return of the light is celebrated, with Menorahs, Kwanzaa candles, bonfires, and brightly lit Christmas trees. On Yule, many Pagan and Wiccan families celebrate the return of the sun by adding light into their homes. One very popular tradition – and one that children can do easily – is to make a Yule log for a family-sized celebration.

History and Symbolism
A holiday celebration that began in Norway, on the night of the winter solstice it was common to hoist a giant log onto the hearth to celebrate the return of the sun each year. The Norsemen believed that the sun was a giant wheel of fire which rolled away from the earth, and then began rolling back again on the winter solstice.

As Christianity spread through Europe, the tradition became part of Christmas Eve festivities. The father or master of the house would sprinkle the log with libations of mead, oil, or salt. Once the log was burned in the hearth, the ashes were scattered about the house to protect the family within from hostile spirits.

GATHERING THE SYMBOLS OF THE SEASON
Because each type of wood is associated with various magical and spiritual properties, logs from different types of trees might be burned to get a variety of effects. Aspen is the wood of choice for spiritual understanding, while the mighty oak is symbolic of strength and wisdom. A family hoping for a year of prosperity might burn a log of pine, while a couple hoping to be blessed with fertility would drag a bough of birch to their hearth.

In our house, we usually make our Yule log out of pine, but you can make yours of any type of wood you choose. You can select one based on its magical properties, or you can just use whatever is handy. To make a basic Yule log, you will need the following:

A log about 14 – 18” long
Pinecones
Dried berries, such as cranberries
Cuttings of mistletoe, holly, pine needles, and ivy
Feathers and cinnamon sticks
Some festive ribbon – use paper or cloth ribbon, not the synthetic or wire-lined type
A hot glue gun
All of these – except for the ribbon and the hot glue gun — are things you can gather outside. You might wish to start collecting them earlier in the year, and saving them. Encourage your children to only pick up items they find on the ground, and not to take any cuttings from live plants.

Begin by wrapping the log loosely with the ribbon. Leave enough space that you can insert your branches, cuttings and feathers under the ribbon. You might even want to place a feather on your Yule log to represent each member of the family. Once you’ve gotten your branches and cuttings in place, begin gluing on the pinecones, cinnamon sticks and berries. Add as much or as little as you like. Remember to keep the hot glue gun away from small children!

Celebrating With Your Yule Log
Once you’ve decorated your Yule log, the question arises of what to do with it. For starters, use it as a centerpiece for your holiday table. A Yule log looks lovely on a table surrounded by candles and holiday greenery.

Another way to use your Yule log is to burn it as our ancestors did so many centuries ago. A simple but meaningful tradition is to, before you burn your log, have each person in the family write down a wish on a piece of paper, and then insert it into the ribbons. It’s your wishes for the upcoming year, and it’s okay to keep those wishes to yourselves in hopes that they will come true.

If you have a fireplace, you can certainly burn your Yule log in it, but it’s a lot more fun to do it outside. Do you have a fire pit in the back yard? On the night of the winter solstice, gather out there with blankets, mittens, and mugs full of warm drinks as your burn our log. As you watch the flames consume it, discuss how thankful you are for the good things that have come your way this year. It’s a perfect time to talk about your hopes for abundance, good health, and happiness in the next twelve months.

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Patti Wigington, Author
Article Published On ThoughtCo.com

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How To Hold a Family Yule Log Ceremony

If your family enjoys ritual, you can welcome back the sun at Yule with this simple winter ceremony. The first thing you’ll need is a Yule Log. If you make it a week or two in advance, you can enjoy it as a centerpiece prior to burning it in the ceremony.

Because each type of wood is associated with various magical and spiritual properties, logs from different types of trees might be burned to get a variety of effects.

Aspen is the wood of choice for spiritual understanding, while the mighty oak is symbolic of strength and wisdom. A family hoping for a year of prosperity might burn a log of pine, while a couple wishing to be blessed with fertility would drag a bough of birch to their hearth.

YULE LOG HISTORY
A holiday celebration that began in Norway, on the night of the winter solstice it was common to hoist a giant log onto the hearth to celebrate the return of the sun each year. The Norsemen believed that the sun was a giant wheel of fire which rolled away from the earth, and then began rolling back again on the winter solstice. As Christianity spread through Europe, the tradition became part of Christmas Eve festivities. The father or master of the house would sprinkle the log with libations of mead, oil or salt. Once the log was burned in the hearth, the ashes were scattered about the house to protect the family within from hostile spirits.

The tradition of burning a Yule log was practiced in similar ways throughout many European countries. For instance, in France, a small piece of the log is burnt each night, up through Twelfth Night. Whatever is left over is saved for the following Christmas; this is believed to protect the family home from being struck by lightning.

In Cornwall, England, the log is called the Christmas Mock, and it is stripped of its bark before being brought inside for the fire. Some towns in Holland still follow the old custom of storing the Yule log beneath the bed.

CELEBRATE WITH A FAMILY RITUAL
In addition to a Yule log, you’ll also need a fire, so if you can do this ritual outside, that’s even better. As the Yule Log burns, all members of the family should surround it, forming a circle.

If you normally cast a circle, do so at this time.

This first section is for the adults–if there is more than one grownup, they can take turns saying the lines, or say them together:

The Wheel has turned once more, and
the earth has gone to sleep.
The leaves are gone, the crops have returned to the ground.
On this darkest of nights, we celebrate the light.
Tomorrow, the sun will return,
its journey continuing as it always does.
Welcome back, warmth.
Welcome back, light.
Welcome back, life.

The entire group now moves deosil–clockwise, or sunwise–around the fire. When each member has returned to his or her original position, it is time for the children to add their part. This section can be divided among the children so that each gets a chance to speak.

Shadows go away, darkness is no more,
as the light of the sun comes back to us.
Warm the earth.
Warm the ground.
Warm the sky.
Warm our hearts.
Welcome back, sun.

Finally, each member of the group should take a moment to tell the others one thing that they are thankful for about their family–things like “I am happy that Mom cooks us such wonderful food,” or “I’m proud of Alex because he helps people who need it.”

When everyone has had a chance to speak, walk sunwise once more around the fire, and end the rite. If possible, save a bit of this year’s Yule log to add to the fire for next year’s ceremony.

MORE YULE RITUALS TO TRY
Depending on your particular tradition, there are many different ways you can celebrate the Solstice season. and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group with just a little planning.

Hold a ritual to celebrate the return of the sun, do a home cleansing as you celebrate the season, or even bless donations you’re giving away to charity.

Reference
Patti Wigington, Author
Article Published On ThoughtCo.com

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Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days a Year for December 12

Sada, Tonantzin, Our Lady of Guadalupe

Annually on this day in Iran, huge bonfires are ignited as the sun sets to exemplify how the power of light can overcome the power of darkness. As the fires burn, the evil influences that linger among the shadows of darkness are dispelled, thus allowing people to overcome obstacles and reach their fullest potential in the seasons to come.

It was on the hill of Tepeyac, just north of Mexico City, in 1531, that an Indian named Juan Diego saw an apparition he believed to be the Virgin Mary. The vision instructed him to have a church built on the spot, which had formerly been the cult-site of the Aztec Mother Goddess Tonantzin. At the time, the bishop disbelieved him, until the Virgin appeared for a third time and miraculously produced roses that Juan Diego presented to the bishop. As he did, the portrait of the Virgin appeared on Juan’s cloak. The shrine was built and is still a famous place of pilgrimage.

 

 

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The Witches Digest for Tuesday, December 12, 2017(Part 1)

Winter Comes

The Witches Digest for Tuesday, December 12, 2017

(Part 1)

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Almighty Gods and Goddesses of Old,
Grant Lady A healing
Of mind, body, heart and spirit
Send your divine power
To mend everything that is broken
Center what might have become unbalanced
And soothe and ease her pain
Return our precious lady to us
Whole in body as in spirit.

In your Divine name we pray,

So Mote It Be.

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Sun & Moon Data for Tuesday, December 12

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 129.98° SE
Sun Altitude: 10.71°
Sun Distance: 91.519 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2017 10:27 am (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 6:58 am↑ 119° Southeast
Sunset Today: 4:37 pm↑ 241° Southwest
Length of daylight: 9 hours, 39 minutes

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 191.62° SSW
Moon Altitude: 48.91°
Moon Distance: 244158 mi
Next New Moon: Dec 18, 201712:30 am
Next Full Moon: Jan 1, 20188:24 pm
Next Moonset: Today1:38 pm
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Moon Illumination: 27.6%

The Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waning Crescent
New Moon: Dec 18, 2017 at 12:30 am
(Next Phase)
Third Quarter: Dec 10, 2017 at 1:51 am
(Previous Phase)

Reference

timeanddate.com

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The Astrology for Tuesday, Demember 12

The Moon is in Libra.
The Moon is waning and in its Last Quarter phase.
The Last Quarter Moon occurred on the 10th, and the New Moon will occur on December 18th.
Mercury is retrograde in the sign of Sagittarius (Mercury is retrograde from December 3-22).

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Moon in Libra

Creating order is the focus, not necessarily through tidying or organizing as was the case while the Moon was in Virgo, but rather through pleasing interactions with others and aesthetics in our environment. We tend to solve problems through diplomacy, and we are more able to put aside our own emotions in order to achieve the peace we crave. The tendency now is to avoid direct confrontations. Decisions do not come easily. Seeing both sides to any given situation is the main reason for hesitation. Fear of losing others’ approval is another.

The Moon in Libra generally favors the following activities: Relationship and partnership issues, activities involving teamwork and cooperation, activities that involve self-examination, activities related to beauty.

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The Astronomy for Tuesday, December 12


Mercury in retrograde motion aligns with the Sun today, bringing illumination to our thoughts. This is a critical time for new ideas, although they’re very new and raw at this “birthing” stage. There is an awakening happening now as we release old patterns of thought and communication and begin anew. Technically, Mercury passes between the Earth and the Sun at its inferior conjunction, and this marks the halfway point in Mercury’s retrograde cycle. It’s a good time for processing recent events and ideas, as well as for beginning to look at problems or issues from a new perspective and with a new understanding. Significant new ideas may be born at this time, and these are likely to have real staying power or importance in our lives. What we say or write now has an impact, for better or for worse!
The Moon spends the day in Libra, and we’re doing a balancing act. We draw upon our negotiation skills now.

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The sky this week for December 12 to 17

The Last Quarter Moon wanes and the Geminid meteor shower peaks in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Tuesday, December 12

Although the calendar says December, the Summer Triangle of bright stars remains prominent during the early evening. Look for this large asterism in the western sky after darkness falls. Approximately one-third of the way to the zenith lies the Triangle’s brightest member, magnitude 0.0 Vega in the constellation Lyra. Magnitude 1.3 Deneb in Cygnus stands about 25° above Vega. And 35° to Vega’s left lies magnitude 0.8 Altair in Aquila. Altair sets shortly before 9 p.m. local time, destroying the geometric pattern.

Mercury reaches inferior conjunction, passing between the Sun and Earth, at 9 p.m. EST. The fast-moving innermost planet will return to view before dawn next week.

Wednesday, December 13

The waning crescent Moon points the way to Mars this morning. Earth’s only natural satellite appears 5° above Mars in the southeastern predawn sky, while Jupiter appears 11° below its sister planet. Of course, the Red Planet stands out on mornings all this week. The magnitude 1.6 world rises four hours before the Sun and appears 25° high as twilight starts to paint the sky. It resides among the background stars of Virgo, about 10° to the lower left of the Maiden’s brightest star, 1st-magnitude Spica. Notice the color contrast between the orange-red planet and the blue-white star. Unfortunately, the view through a telescope proves disappointing — Mars spans just 4″ and shows no detail.

Thursday, December 14

A day after its close approach to Mars, the waning crescent Moon hangs near Jupiter. Our satellite’s 12-percent-lit crescent appears 5° to Jupiter’s upper left. The giant planet shines at magnitude –1.7 and is the brightest point of light in the night sky. Look for it any morning this week — it rises three hours before the Sun and climbs 20° high an hour before sunup. A telescope reveals the planet’s 32″-diameter disk.

The Geminid meteor shower peaks this morning under nearly ideal conditions. The waning crescent Moon near Jupiter doesn’t rise until 3:30 a.m., and even after that if sheds little light. Observers under a clear dark sky can expect to see up to 120 meteors per hour — an average of two per minute. The meteors appear to radiate from a spot just north of Castor, the bright star in the northern part of the constellation Gemini the Twins. This region passes nearly overhead from mid-northern latitudes around 2 a.m. local time, although conditions remain excellent from mid-evening yesterday until morning twilight commences.

Friday, December 15

Uranus reached opposition nearly two months ago, but it remains a tempting target. The outer planet climbs highest in the south around 8 p.m. local time, when it appears two-thirds of the way to the zenith. The magnitude 5.7 world lies in southeastern Pisces, 3.5° west of the 4th-magnitude star Omicron (ο) Piscium. Although Uranus shines brightly enough to glimpse with the naked eye under a dark sky, binoculars make the task much easier. A telescope reveals the planet’s blue-green disk, which spans 3.6″.

Saturday, December 16

Head outside in early evening this week and you can see the Big Dipper scraping the northern horizon. For latitudes north of about 40°, this conspicuous asterism never sets (“circumpolar” in astronomical parlance), though December evenings find it at its lowest ebb. This means that the constellation on the opposite side of the North Celestial Pole, the familiar W-shaped Cassiopeia, currently rides highest in the sky.

Sunday, December 17

The variable star Algol in Perseus appears faintest at 2:22 a.m. EST tomorrow morning, when it shines at magnitude 3.4. Observers across North America should start watching it after darkness falls tonight if they want to witness its dramatic drop from peak brightness (magnitude 2.1). This eclipsing binary star runs through a cycle from minimum to maximum and back every 2.87 days, but the drop from peak brightness and subsequent rise lasts only about 10 hours. Algol appears in the east-northeast after sunset and passes nearly overhead around 9:30 p.m. local time.

Reference

The Astronomy Magazine

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The Current Moon Phase for Tuesday, December 12

Waning Crescent
Illumination: 28%

The Moon today is in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.

PHASE DETAILS FOR – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017
Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 28%
Moon Age: 24.26 days
Moon Angle: 0.51
Moon Distance: 388,220.49 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,272,569.34 km

Reference

MoonGiant.com

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Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius

Mercury backtracks through the sign of travellers, philosophers, sportsmen and women, humorists and adventurers. I don’t think it bodes well for seamless holiday travel plans – strikes, cancellations, and other delays or hold-ups are very likely. Making careful plans, allowing plenty of time, and seeing the funny side should help.

Things tend to backfire when Mercury travels in reverse – and in Sagittarius this includes jokes, social media posts, and generally tactless remarks. Avoiding social media when intoxicated is always wise, and never more so than right now.

Mercury retrograde is always a helpful time to review things. If something needs more research, or a fresh point of view, now’s the time to tackle that.

Mercury is retrograde from 3rd December until 23rd December.

Reference

The Astrology Room

 

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It is time to get the WOTC up and running again

An up-date on Lady of the Abyss first, she is starting to be weaned off her morphine. Which is good but they intend to let her stay on it and do the weaning because they have started to try therapy.  She made small progress yesterday. She was able to get up and stand on with the aid of a walker. She didn’t stand long because of the intense pain. I have been trying to lighten her spirits. I told her if anything ever happened to her, I was going to resell all the metal she now had in her body. That did not go over well. She told me to shut up. When she landed on that side, all the metal in that leg was twisted and moved out of place. The doctor started at her foot and used microscopic surgery to put the rods and screws back in the proper place. They did not want to open her leg completely up. Due to the damage, they were afraid she would be out to long and wouldn’t survive the surgery. She also suffered several broken ribs in the fall and another knock on the head. This time she didn’t lost her memory. I think it is too soon for her to even start therapy but I am not a doctor. The doctor and I talked in the hall. I voiced my concerns over her starting therapy. He told me if she didn’t get up now, she would never get up. He has not only been Lady A’s doctor for years but also a friend. He told me he knew her well enough that he knew she would never want to live life in a wheelchair. She had to start therapy no matter how painful, he would take care of her pain. He wanted her to walk and if I would stay out of it except to encourage her, she would. He is a man of his word, after the therapy yesterday, she was in great pain, in tears. A nurse came in with a shot and gave it to her. In about 10 minutes she was resting peacefully. I was relieved to know he meant what he had said to me. I do not trust doctors.

 

I took a break from the hospital this morning to see what has been going on here. To see if we couldn’t get the site back up and running. I know Lady A always said doing the site took her mind off of things that were bothering her. I hope the same hold trues for myself. Eleanor and I will be rotating back in forth as far as the hospital goes and the site. I see you have already been introduced to Eleanor. Eleanor is devoted to Lady A. She is the one that gave Lady A’s memory back to her when she had the wreck. Now she is here to stay till Lady A makes a full recovery. Full recovery might take up to a year. I am sure you agree with me, we are very fortunate to have her with us. I don’t believe I have to tell you anything about Eleanor that she hasn’t already told you. She is rough around the edges and she doesn’t mind telling you what she thinks. As I have found out recently. She has been with Lady A for a very long time. She tries to pull her stunts on Lady A and they go head to head. I have seen the two of them go at each other till I thought the building was going to explode. I keep thinking that is what Lady A needs. A motivation to get her to take her therapy seriously so she will walk again on that leg. May Eleanor is that motivation, we will see.

 

The ladies are arriving. I have to see what we need to get done to get the WOTC back up. I will keep you up-dated on her progress. We are also collecting donations. I would like to thank those of you who have already contributed to rebuilding Lady A’s life.

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P. O. Box 331

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