A Thought for Today

Namaste and Blessed be dear Sisters, Brothers, and Honored Guests. 

Namaste can be used to say ‘hello’ or ‘goodbye’. This is because it does not mean either ‘hello’ or ‘goodbye’ but ‘I bow to the divine in you’. So, it is a respectful and positive thing to say both in greeting and in parting.

Celtic Calendar – Birch December 24 – January 20

(I am sorry I did not get this up on December 24 the day it started)

Birch – the tree of birth

The Birch was seen by the Druids as the tree of birth – a symbol of new beginnings. Beth, meaning birch, is the first letter in the Ogham alphabet and the first month in the Celtic Tree Calendar.

From ireland-calling.com – Birch

The birch tree has many uses both medicinal and practical.

Birch wood is durable but quick to rot, making it a good home for insects and birdlife.

It was often used to make May poles and start the fires at Beltane, the festival of new beginnings, due to a highly combustible tar in its bark.

This tar is furthermore believed to be good for the skin and can be used to treat eczema.

Birch is also associated with purification and protection. The leaves of the birch can be brewed into a tea that treats infection, stimulates the gall bladder and kidneys and is said to dissolve gravel and kidney stones.

Birch used to stimulate purification process

In Scandinavia birch is used in saunas to stimulate the purification process and in Russia birch branches are beaten against the skin at steam rooms for the same purpose. This practice was also used as a punishment in old England to purify a criminal of evil.

December 26 Daily Correspondence Digest for the Daily and Birthday Horoscopes

Click here for Georgia Nicols’ Daily Horoscopes

Moon Alert

Avoid shopping or making important decisions from 3:30 AM to 11:45 AM EST today (12:30 AM to 8:45 AM PST). After that, the Moon moves from Virgo into Libra.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Today you are sensitive to the wants and needs of people in authority – parents, bosses, teachers and the police. This is because your antennas are fine tuned. This is also why you will sense if someone is unhappy or pleased with something.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Your idealism is aroused today along with your appreciation of beauty. However, you might easily fall for the rhetoric of someone who is preaching from a soap box. Therefore, trust your hunches. If you think something is fishy – it is!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today you feel generous to others. You might be concerned about someone’s welfare, especially if they are less fortunate than you. If so, you will use your wealth, or the wealth of others to help someone in need. You might try to raise funds for a needy cause.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You are unusually sensitive when talking to others today, which will give you a clearer sense of what is going on in their mind. This is why today you trust your feelings and your hunches more than your logic or your analytical abilities.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

This is a poor day to do work that requires attention to detail. Instead, you are more inclined to imagine things because your powers of visualization are excellent. Look for ways to help others, especially work colleagues, because you might benefit them.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You will appreciate the arts today, which is why this is a productive day for creative projects and artists. You will also discover the joy of children and seeing the world through their eyes. Romance will be heady stuff! You will enjoy fantasy novels and escapism through entertainment.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Today the Moon will move into your sign, which improve your good luck. It will also heighten your feelings. You will find that family discussions will be both confusing and yet, compelling. You will want to do something for a family member who needs help.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Today you will spend time daydreaming and being lost in a world of fantasy. On the upside, your ability to visualize or imagine something is excellent. You might use this in your work. It’s a poor day to focus on anything that requires attention to detail.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

If shopping today, be careful about being extravagant because you will be tempted to buy luxurious, fanciful items. Make sure you keep your receipts – and the box because you might change your mind in a day or two. (Do what you can to protect your impulse to go overboard shopping.)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Today Mercury is in your sign dancing with dreamy Neptune, which makes you more sensitive and aware of the subtler aspects of the world around you. You want to do something to make your world more beautiful. You have good insights about people today.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Today your psychic abilities are finely tuned. (In fact, some of you are picking up acid rock through your Mercury fillings.) Nevertheless, this is not a good day for performing any task that requires clarity and attention to precise details. Take it easy.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

You might admire a friend today. You might also want to help someone in need. Some of you will lend your efforts to a charitable organization in order to do this. This is because you want to do what you can to help those who are less fortunate.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actor Kit Harrington (1986) shares your birthday today. Once you are committed, you are dogged, determined and persevering. Personally, you are warm and affectionate to others. People often turn to for advice because you are practical as well as caring. This year you have learned something important. You might also have shared your knowledge with others. Next year expect promotions, awards, kudos and recognition!

Click here to read anyone’s birthday horoscope

  DECEMBER 26 birthday horoscope predicts that you are an honest Capricorn who is also loyal and ambitious. On the other hand, you are described as a “rebellious soul,” a non-conformist from birth some would say. You like to do things differently from other people, yet you remain responsible and strong. You are not one to be scared a taking risks.

Mainly, you are serious in your approach to life and to friendships but you tend to be a friendly person. This Capricorn birthday person has high standards that support his or her morals. You are reserved but proud.

The December 26th birthday personality has a tendency to take on a lot of projects or responsibilities at once. Now you know this is going to stress you out. So, my friend, learning to say “no” could become the answer to eliminating most of your anxieties. There are other people just as qualified as you, so let them take the lead sometimes.

You can still have it done your way if you would not be so negative towards others and their opinions. I got to give it to you though, Capricorn… you’re resourceful. Being on time and being organized are two of your pet peeves.

The December 26th horoscope predicts that you have a good sense of humor, but you find it difficult to laugh at your own mistakes. It’s okay – nobody’s perfect nor are they laughing at you. It’s only human to err. You are conscientious and smart.

The people with a December 26 birthday, are often business-minded individuals who can do most anything when it comes to utilizing their creative and financial skills. You have a knack for flipping money. You would like to have an abundance of money but it is never enough for you. You’d only help others if you had an overflow which is a quality that is noteworthy.

The December 26th horoscope shows that you’re personal relationships have remained the same for most of your life. You tend to make only a few close ties but those are friends and business associates who depend on you. You play a central and key role… consistently showing your devotion and providing a fervent shoulder for them to lean on.

In search of that particular love interest, it may seem as though you go through a lot of people but you are cautious and way too familiar with the disappointments of love. Dating is not something this December 26 birthday personality enjoys but rather finds mentally exhausting.

When you do find that special someone, you have a tendency to act as though you’re an insecure person when you’re not. You just need to relax and treat it as any other friendship. This one will just have more benefits if and when you both decide to reach the next level. Explain to your partner that you may require that he or she be faithful.

Those born today can be demanding and jealous. You take love and marriage seriously and will not tolerate betrayal. As the December 26th zodiac sign is Capricorn, you appreciate honesty even if it hurts. This will go much further with someone born on this birthday than a “white lie.”

Gosh, Capricorn… you worry too much! You have been known to make yourself ill because of it. You can’t sleep at night or you have an upset stomach simply due to stressing yourself out. The December 26 astrology predictions show that you are likely to have problems with aches and pains anyway so, do yourself a favor and stop worrying.

Try exercising before going to bed or a glass of wine from time to time. If you have a liking to herbal teas, I’m sure there’s one to help soothe so you can rest at night. You could try meditation or spiritual guidance as a means to put a stop to the stress and tension. Other than this, you are generally in good health, my friend. The future of person who born on 26 December can be better if you take precautions right now.

The December 26th birthday meaning predicts that you will have many opportunities professionally. You could do advertising as a means of supporting yourself or politics. Working for the public could provide you with a lot of stress. However but having helped someone change his or her life is more important to someone like you.


Famous People And Celebrities Born On December 26

Chris Daughtry, Jared Leto, Natalie Nunn, Prodigy, Ozzie Smith, Jade Thirlwall, John Walsh, Alexander Wang

See: Famous Celebrities Born On December 26

This Day That Year – December 26 In History

2013 – Southern Ontario, Michigan, Vermont, and Maine go without power due to a winter storm.
2012 – Parts of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas hit by over 30 tornadoes.
2011 – New Orleans quarterback, Drew Brees, sets a new record for 5000+ yards passing.
1993 – Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Child exchange marriage vows.

December 26  Makar Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)
December 26 Chinese Zodiac OX

December 26 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planet is Saturn. It symbolizes how restraint and hard work is needed to be successful.

December 26 Birthday Symbols

The Sea Goat Is The Symbol For The Capricorn Zodiac Sign

December 26 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is Strength. This card shows that you have the strength, confidence, and ability to be successful but you need to control yourself a bit. The Minor Arcana cards are Two of Disks and Queen of Pentacles

December 26 Birthday Zodiac Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Taurus: This relationship will be extremely compatible.
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Sagittarius: A relationship that is unsuitable in all ways.

See Also:

December 26 Lucky Numbers

Number 2 – This number stands for your consideration for others and the ability to fit into any situation.
Number 8 – This number symbolizes the importance of material conquests in your life.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For December 26 Birthday

Indigo: This is a color of magic, psychic powers, nobility, wisdom, and prosperity.
Gray: This color stands for silence, dignity, softness and a neutral attitude.

Lucky Day For December 26 Birthday

Saturday – This day is ruled by Saturn. It stands for a day of efficient work that needs patience and strong will-power to get completed.

December 26 Birthstone Garnet

Garnet is a powerful gemstone that symbolizes confidence, motivation, success, and productivity.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On December 26

A breast pocket wallet for the Capricorn man and a luxurious gold mesh watch for the woman. The December 26 birthday personality loves flamboyant gifts.

December 26 Daily Correspondence Digest for the Northern Hemisphere’s Moon Phase and Planetary Positions

You can use this link to go forward or backward in time for Moon phase information. If you are curious you can even find out what phase the Moon was in when you or anyone else, you know was on the date the person was born.

From Moongiant.com

The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is 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 an illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9pm 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.

Visit the December 2021 Moon Phases Calendar to see all the daily moon phase for this month.

Today’s Waning Gibbous Phase

The Waning Gibbous on December 26 has an illumination of 56%. This is the percentage of the Moon illuminated by the Sun. The illumination is constantly changing and can vary up to 10% a day. On December 26 the Moon is 21.54 days old. This refers to how many days it has been since the last New Moon. It takes 29.53 days for the Moon to orbit the Earth and go through the lunar cycle of all 8 Moon phases.

The 8 Lunar Phases

There are 8 lunar phases the Moon goes through in its 29.53 days lunar cycle. The 4 major Moon phases are Full Moon, New Moon, First Quarter and Last Quarter. Between these major phases, there are 4 minor ones: the Waxing Crescent, Waxing Gibbous, Waning Gibbous and Waning Crescent. For more info on the Moon Cycle and on each phase check out Wikipedia Lunar Phase page.

Phase Details

Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 56%
Moon Age: 21.54 days
Moon Angle: 0.52
Moon Distance: 379,747.45 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,118,952.52 km

Useful Moon Resources


If you need to calculate the planetary positions for a specific use and time, click on this link


To figure out GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) to your local time use this link

For Your Local Time and Date

Northeastern Hemisphere

The time for the Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Frankfurt, Germany, Europe

26 December 2021
04:00 pm GMT 5:00 PM CEST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:05 Capricorn 06
Moon:29 Virgo 47
Mercury:20 Capricorn 14
Venus:25 Capricorn 25 Rx
Mars:09 Sagittarius 19
Jupiter:29 Aquarius 32
Saturn:11 Aquarius 20
Uranus:11 Taurus 03 Rx
Neptune:20 Pisces 35
Pluto:25 Capricorn 46
True Lunar Node:01 Gemini 10 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:29 Taurus 49 Rx
Lilith (Black Moon):17 Gemini 52
Chiron:08 Aries 28
Ceres:29 Taurus 14 Rx
Pallas:15 Pisces 11
Juno:15 Capricorn 19
Vesta:21 Sagittarius 39
Eris:23 Aries 42 Rx

Northwestern Hemisphere

The time for the Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Chicago, Illinois, USA

December 26, 2021
11:00 pm GMT 5:00 PM CST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:05 Capricorn 23
Moon:03 Libra 39
Mercury:20 Capricorn 41
Venus:25 Capricorn 19 Rx
Mars:09 Sagittarius 31
Jupiter:29 Aquarius 35
Saturn:11 Aquarius 22
Uranus:11 Taurus 02 Rx
Neptune:20 Pisces 35
Pluto:25 Capricorn 46
True Lunar Node:01 Gemini 09 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:29 Taurus 48 Rx
Lilith (Black Moon):17 Gemini 54

Chiron:08 Aries 28

Ceres:29 Taurus 12 Rx
Pallas:15 Pisces 15
Juno:15 Capricorn 26
Vesta:21 Sagittarius 49

Eris:23 Aries 42 Rx

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2021 December 26

James Webb Space Telescope over Earth

Image Credit: ArianespaceESANASACSACNES

Explanation: There’s a big new telescope in space. This one, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), not only has a mirror over five times larger than Hubble‘s in area, but can see better in infrared light. The featured picture shows JWST high above the Earth just after being released by the upper stage of an Ariane V rocket, launched yesterday from French Guiana. Over the next month, JWST will move out near the Sun-Earth L2 point where it will co-orbit the Sun with the Earth. During this time and for the next five months, JWST will unravel its segmented mirror and an array of sophisticated scientific instruments — and test them. If all goes well, JWST will start examining galaxies across the universe and planets orbiting stars across our Milky Way Galaxy in the summer of 2022.


APOD Gallery: Webb Space Telescope Launch

December 26 Daily Divination Journal


From Tarotx.net To read more about the 8 of Wands from the Rider Waite Tarot deck

Today’s tarot card for all readings comes from the Rider Waite Tarot Deck.

Eight of Wands

The Eight of Wands describes eight sticks soaring in the air with dizzying speed. This image shows changes, moves and travels. On the card, the background is very clear, showing that there are very few obstructions in your way and there is a beautiful and peaceful river that brings life to all things which are nearby.

Detailed meaning of the keywords of the Eight of Wands

Act fast

Make a finish/an end

Receive news

A few opposite Tarot cards to the Eight of Wands

A few support Tarot cards for the Eight of Wands

Upright meaning of the Eight of Wands: speed, action, air travel, movement, change fast

Words and Keywords








Situation and advice


Meaning of the Eight of Wands reversed: delay, disappointed, stagnation

Words and Keywords








Situation and advice


More Eight of Wands from Famous Tarot Decks

1. Eight of Wands Thoth Tarot Deck

2. Eight of Wands – 8 De Baton | Tarot De Marseille

3. Eight Of Wands Shadowscapes Tarot Deck

4. Eight Of Fire Osho Zen Tarot Deck

5. Eight Of Bows Wildwood Tarot Deck

6. Eight Of Wands Deviant Moon Tarot Deck



From The Rune Site


Sound: “ue” as the sound in “ee” or “ö”
Stands for: Turning point
Magick/Healing use: Revives former powers and helps assist in crises of healing.

Witch’s Rune

From The CarnutIan Nemeton


Take things slowly and connect to the deep understanding of contemplation. The rune applies to healing and domestic arts.

home, creativity, healer, nurturing, caring

Druid Ogham

Click here to read the rest of Kods meaning


Grove, convergence, ecosystem, review, crossroads, harmony

Tree: Collection of various trees

Letter: Ch

Koad represents a point on the map of your life and cause to reflect on what got you there as well as where you are headed. Many factors conspired to bring you where you are today. An entire ecosystem exists in and around you that is as unique as a fingerprint. This ecosystem is neither entirely good nor entirely bad, which is why this Ogham and the rest of the Forfedha (Oir, Uilleand, Phagos, and Mor) are too complex to be read as well or ill-dignified. Koad is one particular harmony/dissonance at this point in your life. If your life is going well in some respects, this could mean a feeling of competence and capability or a feeling of love and being loved. If you are in a time of stress, Koad may represent the s**tstorm whirling around you. Or all of the above could be going on at once.
You are here to learn a certain


From Cafe Astrology – Numerology


This is the freedom lover. The number five is an intellectual vibration. These are “idea” people with a love of variety and the ability to adapt to most situations. Ruled by Mercury.

Keywords: adaptable, freedom-loving, romantic, resourceful, witty, fun-loving, curious, flexible, accommodating. If expressed negatively, non-committal, irresponsible, inconsistent.

As lovers: These lovers are generally attractive to others, as they are adaptable, curious, and friendly. Their wit and love of fun is unmistakable. In order to be happy in love, they need some level of change and variety. They also require mental stimulation. They are quick to adapt to ups and downs, but when under-stimulated, they can be inconsistent and resisting of making commitments.

Animal Spirit Guide and/or Helper

From Uni Guide


Raccoon meanings and symbolism include disguise, trickery, adaptability, dexterity, resourcefulness, and training. In this post, you’ll learn about raccoon symbols and meaning and the raccoon spirit animal. Plus, you’ll learn about the raccoon in cultural mythology and more.

Table of Contents

What does a raccoon symbolize?

Etymology of the Word Raccoon

Detailed Racoon Symbols and Meanings

Raccoon Mythology and Folklore

Native American Raccoon Meanings

Raccoon in Natchez Culture

Choctaw Raccoon Meanings

Abenaki Tribe: Azeban the Trickster



Biblical Meaning of the Raccoon

Japanese “Raccoon”: The Tanuki

China: The Red Panda

Raccoon Spirit Animal

Raccoon Power Animal

Raccoon Totem

Raccoon Dream Meaning

Raccoon Tattoo

Organizations that Protect Raccoons


From IChingOnline.net – For more information about Hexagram 35

Hexagram Thirty – Five 35

Chin / Aspiration

The Sun shines down upon the Earth:
Constantly honing and refining his brilliance, the Superior Person is a Godsend to his people.
They repay his benevolence with a herd of horses, and he is granted audience three times in a single day.



This is a time of reward for good works.
Those you have helped want to show their gratitude.
Benefits come both from on high and from the humble you uplifted.
Accept all gifts graciously, though the reward may not be what you truly need or hoped for.
Some may bestow more than they can afford to give, but you must realize that they need to feel that they have repaid you.

December 26 Today In History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1492 1st Spanish settlement La Navidad in the New World is founded by Christopher Columbus (modern Môle-Saint-Nicolas in Haiti)

1792 Trial of French King Louis XVI, court hears the kings defense brought by Raymond Desèze

1825 Decembrist uprising in Russia against Tsar Nicholas I begins [O.S. 14 December]

2004 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and edges of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people

Today’s Historical Events

268 Saint Dionysius, Roman Pope (259-260), dies

795 Leo III is elected to serve as Pope on the day his predecessor was buried and is consecrated the following day

1198 French bishop Odo van Sully condemns Zottenfeest

1481 Battle at Westbroek: Dutch army beats Utrecht

1492 1st Spanish settlement La Navidad in the New World is founded by Christopher Columbus (modern Môle-Saint-Nicolas in Haiti)

1568 Uprising of Morisco’s against suppression in Granada

1606 First known performance of William Shakespeare‘s tragedy “King Lear” before the court of King James I at Whitehall, London

1659 Long Parliament reforms in Westminster

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1924 Frances Gumm (later Judy Garland), age 2½, billed as ‘Baby Frances’, makes her show business debut

1928 Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming

1940 “The Philadelphia Story” film directed by George Cukor, based on the Broadway play of the same name, starring Cary GrantKatharine Hepburn and James Stewart, is released (Academy Awards Best Actor 1941)

1951 “The African Queen”, directed by John Huston and based on the 1935 novel of the same name, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, is released in LA, California (Academy Awards Best Actor 1952)

1960 Musical “Do re mi” with Phil Silvers premieres St James Theater in NYC

1967 BBC broadcasts The Beatles psychedelic travelogue “Magical Mystery Tour”

1973 Horror film “The Exorcist” based on book and screenplay by William Peter Blatty, starring Linda Blair, rated X, premieres – 1st horror film to be nominated for Best Picture

Today’s Historical Music Events

1830 Gaetano Donizetti’s opera “Anna Bolena” premieres in Milan

1831 Vincenzo Bellini’s opera “Norma” premieres in Milan

1871 Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, Thespis. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years.

1879 Johannes Brahms‘ “Tragic Ouverture” premieres

1892 Opera “Cristoforo Colombo” is produced (La Scala)

1931 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical play “Of Thee I Sing” by George and Ira Gershwin premieres on Broadway, New York City

1936 Israel’s Philarmonic Orchestra forms

1946 “Beggar’s Holiday” opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 111 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1860 First ever inter-club football match between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England

1908 African-American boxer Jack Johnson stops Canadian defending champion Tommy Burns in the 14th round in Sydney, Australia, to become the first black man to win world heavyweight title; Burns is favourite in 12th title defence but Johnson dominates before police stop the bout

1917 1st NHL defensemen to score a goal: Toronto Maple Leaf Harry Cameron

1918 1st day of 1st-class cricket in Aust after WW I (Vic v NSW)

1919 Yankees and Boston Red Sox reach agreement to move future Baseball Hall of Fame pitching slugger Babe Ruth to New York

1925 1st East-West Shrine Bowl game of college football ‘all-stars’ played before 25,000 fans at Ewing Park, San Francisco. Proceeds continue to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.

1925 NY Americans and Pittsburgh Pirates set an NHL record by recording a combined 141 shots on goal in Americans’ 3-1 win; Roy Worters makes incredible 70 saves for Pittsburgh and Jake Forbes has 67 for NY

1928 Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming