December 9, 2022 Daily Horoscopes

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Moon Alert

Avoid shopping or making important decisions from 1 AM to 3 AM EST today. After that, the Moon moves from Gemini into Cancer.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Be careful because this is a tricky day. You feel confident and upbeat. However, this confidence might get you in trouble with a boss or someone in authority. Do not overestimate something. Keep your eyes open and remain realistic.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

It’s easy to find yourself at odds with others today; even though initially, things begin in a positive, enthusiastic way before they end up like a runaway train. Probably, it’s best to stick to your convictions. Don’t be talked out of anything.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Be careful with money and finances today because you might initially overestimate something; or conversely, underestimate a problem. Either way, this could lead to you finding yourself in hot water. Best to tread carefully right from the get-go. Check your facts.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Today the Moon is in your sign; however, it is at odds with both Mercury and Jupiter. In one way, this makes you happy and confident! Yet in another way, you will be confrontational with someone, or someone might challenge you. Pull in your reins a little.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Even though you might choose to be low key today, and work alone or behind the scenes, nevertheless, you might find yourself embroiled with others in situations that are work-related, or related to shared property or shared responsibilities. Get your facts before you do anything.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

This is a friendly, popular day for you! Nevertheless, as this day wears on, you might find yourself at odds with someone, perhaps a friend, a member of a group, or even a partner or close friend. A dispute with one of your kids is also possible. Assume nothing! Check facts.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Initially, you might be excited to talk to bosses, parents or partners about something because you’re enthusiastic and you want to enlighten others with your discoveries and opinions. (Moreover, people notice you today.) However, others might disagree! Double check that your facts are right.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Be careful with financial discussions today, whether it concerns the wealth of others, shared property, or your own earnings and personal wealth. Either way, something might look better than it is. You might also overlook an important detail. Therefore, tread carefully and double check your facts.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You are ever the optimist, which is why you look on the bright side of things. However, this is why you have to be careful today because something might initially look promising; however, upon closer inspection you find that it is not. Furthermore, others might challenge your assumptions. Do your homework.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Do what you can to keep the peace with others today because you might find yourself gridlocked with people who don’t agree with you, versus people who are cheering you on. Unfortunately, it could be a lose-lose situation. Therefore, don’t get involved.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You might be excited about a project today that relates to the arts or creative people working in a group. Possibly it relates to your job. Whatever the case, make sure you know what’s going on because things might not be as they appear. Take off those rose-coloured glasses.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Today, people are misjudging things, to their chagrin. Don’t overestimate something, especially if you are giving facts and figures to bosses, parents and VIPs today. (It will be easy to make this mistake.) Instead, double check your facts first so that you don’t end up with egg on your face. (Ketchup helps.)

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actress Dame Judi Dench (1934) shares your birthday today. You are confident. You address life with energy and vigour. You work hard for what you want. Nevertheless, privately, you are sensitive and softer than you appear. This year is the end of a nine-year cycle, which means it’s time to let go of anyone and anything holding you back. Clear the decks!

December 9, 2022 Moon Goddess Current Phase

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 was born.

From MoonGiant.com

The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is a Waning Gibbous. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon. 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.

Visit the December 2022 Moon Phases Calendar to see all the daily moon phase for this month.

Today’s Waning Gibbous Phase

The Waning Gibbous on December 9 has an illumination of 98%. 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 9 the Moon is 15.98 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.

Phase Details

Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 98%
Moon Age: 15.98 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 403,407.77 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,327,770.59 km

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.

Useful Moon Resources

December 9th Divination Journal

Tarot Card

From Tarotx.net To read more about the 8 of Wands 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

Introduce

Overview

Work

Love

Finance

Health

Mentality

Situation and advice

Human

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

Words and Keywords

Introduce

Overview

Work

Love

Finance

Health

Mentality

Situation and advice

Human

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

Rune

From The Rune Site

UL

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

Woman

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

Keywords
home, creativity, healer, nurturing, caring

Druid Ogham

From druidogham.wordpress.com

KODA

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 IChingOnline.net

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.

Promotion.

SITUATION ANALYSIS:

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.

Numerology

From Cafe Astrology

Five

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.

Angel Number

Animal Spirit Guide or Helper

From uniguide.com

Raccoon

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.

Spell for Today – Eros’s “Passion for Life” Spell

Eros’s “Passion for Life” Spell

Gather a white feather (symbol for Eros and his mighty wings), a rosy pink candle, and a coordinating candle holder.

Carve a simple figure of a bow and arrow on the side of the candle. Place the feather off to the side, away from the heat of the candle flame. Picture the winged god Eros in your mind, and meditate on this image for a moment. Now, ask Eros in your own words to inspire you with passion and enthusiasm. Then repeat the following spell three times:

Eros, winged Greek god of passion and delight

Aid me in my quest for inspiration tonight

Passion is more than sexual, it conveys ambition too

Help me face my challenges and succeed in all that I do.

Allow the candle to burn out in a safe place. Close the spell by saying:

For the good of all, with harm to none

By flame and feather, this spell is done.

Source

Book of Witchery – Spells, Charms & Correspondences For Every Day of the Week

Ellen Dugan

Some of the Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondence for Friday – Printable

 

December 9 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.

2022 December 9

Mars Rises above the Lunar Limb

Image Credit & CopyrightTom Glenn

Explanation: On the night of December 7 Mars wandered near the Full Moon. In fact the Red Planet was occulted, passing behind the Moon, when viewed from locations across Europe and North America. About an hour after disappearing behind the lunar disk Mars reappears in this stack of sharp video frames captured from San Diego, planet Earth. With the Moon in the foreground Mars was a mere 82 million kilometers distant, near its own opposition. Full Moon and full Mars were bright enough provide the spectacular image with no exposure adjustments necessary. In the image Mars appears to rise just over ancient, dark-floored, lunar crater Abel very close to the southeastern edge of the Moon’s near side. Humboldt is the large impact crater to its north (left).

A Thought for Today

Dear sisters, brothers, and honored guests may your life be blessed with all things positive!

I am running a bit late today with the regular posts, but they will be up just maybe not at their usual time. To avoid this in the future starting tomorrow all the regular daily posts will start coming to your inbox at 11:00 AM CST. The tomorrow regular daily posts for the northern hemisphere will start coming to your inbox at 5:00 PM CST.

December 8, 2022 Birthday Horoscope

May the next year of your life be better than the past year! 

Click here to read anyone’s birthday horoscope from sunsigns.org

DECEMBER 8 birthday horoscope predicts that your motto is that you believe in getting the most out of life, so do it. You are generally beautiful and resolute. But you are known to speak your mind which has a reflection on your outward beauty. You will not keep anything hidden in your heart.

It is likely that you, as a Sagittarius birthday, are stubborn people. However, you can be submissive. You can be extreme. From time to time, your dual personality makes itself visible and can be confusing to most people.

The December 8th birthday love compatibility predictions show that you fall in love too quickly or at least you think that you are in love. Even in “love,” you have difficulty remaining faithful and loyal to one person. Again, this could be due to your personality switches, or more simply, you are afraid of long-term commitment. As the December 8 zodiac sign is Sagittarius, when it comes to being a parent, you would indeed make a good one. You love young children and may feel that they could learn a thing or two from you.

The December 8th horoscope predicts that you take your health seriously. Mostly, you have a good attitude about life, and this contributes to your health conditions. You have no trouble speaking your mind, so this could eliminate a lot of stress and the presence of any blood pressure problems. You use shopping, like many people, as a means to lift your spirits when you are not feeling well.

We could talk about your career and your finances, but there’s not much to say other than you could do better when it comes to a job. You know this, and that’s why you move on to someone who will appreciate your talents. Normally, you work with people and are known for this. This, in addition to your skills, enables you to move forward and possibly have a profession that will suit your taste and salary requirements.

But the December 8 astrology analysis warns that the money you spend on your whims could be saved. You like having fun and splurging on your friends but remember your short-term goals and goals for retirement. However, Sagittarius, you will not let a good time stand in your way of achieving the status that you work so hard to achieve.

Professionally, these December 8 birthday personality are qualified to do some things. You have great skills as a communicator. This could be valuable in law enforcement, public speaking, and journalism. The future of person who born on 8 December truly depends on what his or her personality.

Additionally, you are an honest individual who could make a name for yourself in politics. At the same time, if you are interested in performing or in the entertainment industry, my advice is to go for it. Many born on this birthday today have successful careers as actors, ballplayers, and entertainers.

This wishy-washy attitude of the December 8th birthday personality can make life difficult for them at times. The result of some of your decisions are not the right ones. Another trait that could be considered as negative birthday characteristic is that some people think of you as being arrogant or boastful.

You may not like to compete but usually are the blunt of antagonistic behavior. Otherwise, you have an entourage of people at your beck and call. This could be because of the way you live. This zodiac birthday person likes doing big things, and when they have money, usually, they have many “friends.

The December 8 birthday meaning suggests that you have big plans for life. You dream big, and it’s okay. You have short and long-term goals that with your determination will be met.

Famous People And Celebrities Born On December 8

David Carradine, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dwight Howard, Amir Khan, Nicki MinajJim Morrison, Phillip Rivers

See: Famous Celebrities Born On December 8

This Day That Year – December 8 In History

1977 – Earl Campbell receives the 43rd Heisman Trophy Award.
1992 – The news that the hit television series “Cheers” will not have another season on NBC hits the press.
1994 – Accused of tax evasion, Darryl Strawberry is indicted.
2010 – Eiffel Tower closed due to a heavy snow storm.

December 8  Dhanu Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)
December 8 Chinese Zodiac RAT

December 8 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planet is Jupiter that symbolizes benevolence, energy, new opportunities and accomplishment of goals.

December 8 Birthday Symbols

The Archer Is The Symbol For The Sagittarius Zodiac Sign

December 8 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is Strength. This card symbolizes the courage, control, willpower, and kindness. The Minor Arcana cards are Nine of Wands and King of Wands

December 8 Birthday Zodiac Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Leo: This relationship will be lively, fun and dynamic.
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign CapricornThis will be a different relationship.

See Also:

December 8 Lucky Numbers

Number 2 – This number shows divine purpose in life which can bring about harmony and balance in your life.
Number 8 – This number symbolizes delegation, ambition, spiritual consciousness and responsibility.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For December 8 Birthday

Brown: This is a grounded color that shows a down-to-earth personality, simplicity, warmth, and decisiveness.
Maroon: This color signifies controlled passion, courage, energy, and anger.

Lucky Days For December 8 Birthday

Thursday – This day is ruled by Jupiter and symbolizes an encouraging and fruitful day.
Saturday – This day ruled by Saturn signifies difficulties that will make you into a better a The nd efficient person.

December 8 Birthstone Turquoise

Turquoise is a pure gemstone that promotes healing, positivity and clear thinking.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On December 8

A portable grill for treks for the Sagittarius man and arrange a fun day trip for the woman. The December 8 birthday personality is always up for an adventure.

December 8 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.

2022 December 8

Orion and the Ocean of Storms

Image Credit: NASAArtemis 1

Explanation: A camera on board the uncrewed Orion spacecraft captured this view on December 5 as Orion approached its return powered flyby of the Moon. Below one of Orion’s extended solar arrays lies dark, smooth, terrain along the western edge of the Oceanus Procellarum. Prominent on the lunar nearside Oceanus Procellarum, the Ocean of Storms, is the largest of the Moon’s lava-flooded maria. The lunar terminator, shadow line between lunar night and day, runs along the left of the frame. The 41 kilometer diameter crater Marius is top center, with ray crater Kepler peeking in at the edge, just right of the solar array wing. Kepler’s bright rays extend to the north and west, reaching the dark-floored MariusOf course the Orion spacecraft is now headed toward a December 11 splashdown in planet Earth’s water-flooded Pacific Ocean.

A Thought for Today

Namaste dear Sisters, Brothers and Honored Guests

December 7 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.

2022 December 7

NGC 7293: The Helix Nebula

Image Credit & Copyright: Tommaso Stella

Explanation: A mere seven hundred light years from Earth, toward the constellation Aquarius, a sun-like star is dying. The dying star’s last few thousand years have produced the Helix Nebula (NGC 7293), a well studied and nearby example of a Planetary Nebula, typical of this final phase of stellar evolution. Combining narrow band image data from emission lines of hydrogen atoms in red and oxygen atoms in blue-green hues, it shows tantalizing details of the Helix, including its bright inner region about 3 light-years across. The white dot at the Helix’s center is this Planetary Nebula’s hot, central star. A simple looking nebula at first glance, the Helix is now understood to have a surprisingly complex geometry.

December 7 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

43 BC Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator and politician is assassinated in Formiae

1909 Inventor Leo Baekeland patents the first thermo-setting plastic, Bakelite, sparking the birth of the plastics industry

1941 Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack the US fleet at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2,403 people

1965 Pope Paul VI & Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lift mutual excommunications that led to split of 2 churches in 1054

1988 6.9 earthquake in Spitak, Armenia kills 25,000-50,000 people and leaves up to 500,000 homeless

1988 PLO delegation lead by Yasser Arafat proclaims the State of Palestine, recognizing the existence of the State of Israel for the first time

Today’s Historical Events

43 BC Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator and politician is assassinated in Formiae

185 Emperor Lo-Yang, China sees supernova (MSH15-52)

1354 Margaretha van Bavarian’s son earl Willem V signs peace treaty

1696 Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways in the U.S. is completed to Trumbull.

1703 Great storm of 1703 hits Southern England – thousands killed, Royal Navy losses 13 ships and around 1,500 seamen

1703 The first Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703

1724 Tumult of Thorn – religious unrest was followed by the execution of nine Protestant citizens and the mayor of Thorn (Toruń) by Polish authorities.

1727 Physician Sir Hans Soane becomes President of the Royal Society, succeeding Sir Isaac Newton [1]

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1925 Noël Coward‘s “Easy Virtue” premieres in NYC

1952 KKTV TV channel 11 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (CBS) 1st broadcast

1953 WCCB TV channel 18 in Charlotte, North Carolina (IND/ABC) begins broadcasting

1954 KCTS TV channel 9 in Seattle, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting

1956 Helen O’Connell joins Today Show panel (NBC)

1963 First use of the instant replay machine invented by CBS in a US Army vs Navy football game

1979 “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” first movie of the series premieres directed by Robert Wise, starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy

1986 NBC premiere of miniseries “Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna” (Part 1)

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1732 The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London, England

1842 New York Philharmonic’s 1st concert

1911 Leslie J Stuart’s musical “Betsy” premieres in NYC

1939 William Walton’s Violin Concerto premieres in Cleveland; Ohio, with Jascha Heifetz as soloist and the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Artur Rodziński

1959 “Saratoga” opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances

1964 George Harrison changes his company’s name from Mornyork to Harrisongs

1967 Elmer Bernstein and Carolyn Leigh’s musical “How Now, Dow Jones”, starring Tony Roberts, and directed by George Abbott, opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 220 performances

1967 Otis Redding records his song “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”, co-written and produced by guitarist Steve Cropper at Stax Studios in Memphis Tennessee

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1907 Eugene Corri becomes 1st referee in a boxing ring

1929 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Hillcrest CC: Defending champion Leo Diegel defeats Johnny Farrell, 6 & 4 in the final

1930 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Fresh Meadows CC: American based Scotsman Tommy Armour defeats Gene Sarazen 1 up in the final for the 2nd of his 3 major titles

1931 After scoring 226 in 1st Test in Brisbane, Don Bradman belts 219 for NSW against the visiting South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground

1935 CFL Grey Cup, AAA Grounds, Hamilton: Winnipeg Pegs (later Blue Bombers) defeat Hamilton Tigers, 18-12

1937 Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams

1937 Russian chess player Alexander Alekhine recaptures his final world title from Dutch grand master Max Euwe by a large margin (+10−4=11)

1939 Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame

A Yule Drink and Litha Cake Combined Them for Brunch Solstice Feast – Flashback to 2012

I know I have been doing separate posts for Yule and Litha things but when I came across these two recipes, in Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2012, one for each season of the year the two hemispheres are going into, they sounded yummy to me to have together. I apologize in advance for not calculating from American measurements to other parts of Mother Earth. I just found this website https://www.europeancuisines.com/ while it says European Cuisines it covers other countries as well.

(SIDE NOTE if you do not have a Sun shaped disc to pour the batter in use cookie cutters for whatever shapes remind you of the Sun or use a knife to cut out a shape. Even a young children could use cookie cutters with the child’s caregivers supervising. Than either eat the scraps from the cut outs or put them outside for the wildlife in your area to celebrate the Solstice with your family. This is a good day to have breakfast for dinner/supper/tea or use for part of your feast after your families Solstice ritual)

Sun God Supreme

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

2 Tablespoons of melted butter or oil

1 egg

3/4 cup yogurt

Garnish with 3 cups cubed fruit, all colors

Sift dry ingredients together. Then separately whisk wet ingredients together. Combined wet and dry ingredients, mixing for no more then 20 strokes, one for each day in June (or December) until the Solstice. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes     while you prepare the fruit, set the table, and heat the frying pan lightly coated with oil or butter on a medium heat.

(SIDE NOTE Depending on the ages of the people attending your celebration feast designated cutting the fruit, setting and clearing the table, and doing dishes along with wiping the table and kitchen surfaces. If you allow a child of 3 to cut up their pancake with a plastic knife this can also be used to slice bananas or other soft fruit. This is a family celebration so let the family help with the work and as your homes’ Priestess you can relax and enjoy the feast and time together with a lot less stress) 

Pour batter into sun-shaped discs (or pour batter from a measuring cup with a lip to get lovely round pancakes.) cook until bubbles that have formed in the batter burst and make little dry craters. Flip one and briefly cook the other side. Serve on brighly colored plates surrounded by fruit of all colors, which represent the abundant growth and glory of the Earth Goddess. Drizzle with honey or maple syrup and enjoy.

Pancakes combine the traditional foods of Litha — butter, milk, cakes, and honey — represent the Sun God at the height of his reign.

Copyright Dallas Jennifer Cobb page 77

Magical Mulled Cider

(SIDE NOTE This cider contains no alcohol so the whole family can enjoy it. If you want to spike it for the adults I have used dark rum measured to taste of the person drinking it. It is also good cooled to room temperature but I did not like the taste will chilled in the refrigerator)

1 quart (or 1 liter) apple cider

6 orange, sliced to look like the sun

12 whole cloves

1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

6 cinnamon sticks

Honey to taste

Toast the return of the Sun God, and the holy rebirth, with this warming drink when you gather with friends and family on the longest night of the year, Best made over an open fire, but easily concocted on a stove indoors will warm the hearth, heart, and home. Sip this and know anything is possible.

In a large pot combine apple cider which represents the Sun God, cloves, nutmeg, and ground cinnamon. Simmer for at least half an hour to make your house smell wonderfully festive, or longer for a stronger mulled taste. This simmering symbolically brings the God and Goddess together. and adds a little “spice” to the mix. Pour into a mug, carefully an orange slice into each cup. Add cinnamon stick and serve. Makes 6 servings.

Copyright by Dallas Jennifer Cobb page 129

 

Flashback 2005 – Litha

The Summer Solstice, the zenith of the sun, is an excellent time to do spells for abundance and prosperity. Take three green candles and three gold or bright yellow candles and put them in gold-colored or brass candlesticks. Arrange them in a circle on your altar or on a table, alternating colors. In the center of the candles, arrange money and symbols of money. Coins are good, for example, and dollar coins work especially well because they are gold colored. You might also put pictures or drawings of what form you want your abundance to take, like a new car, a bill paid, or stocks and bonds and other symbols of wealth and security.

cast a circle as you usually would. Then chant, “Sun so high, bring me your bounty, warmth, and prosperity, bring me success. Bring me the means to fulfill my desires, enough and some to share.” Repeat this chant and imagine the pile of coins on the altar growing, and the pictures and symbols becoming real. Hold the thought as long as you can, and as soon as your attention begins to waver, say, “So mote it be,” and quickly blow out all the candles. End your circle in the usual manner.

Magenta Griffith in Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2005 Page 79

Flashback 2005 – Yule

Gather with friends at sunrise, or as soon after as possible, on the Winter Solstice. Meditate on the idea that this is the darkest time of year, but that light will return. As it is the circle of the year, so may it be in the world: that as the light grows, illumination and warmth extend through-out the globe. Concentrate on the idea of peace, understanding, and harmony between all peoples spreading as the light of the Sun spreads. Resolve to be a more peaceful person in the coming year and think of ways you could promote understanding. Feel in your heart of hearts that peace is not only possible be inevitable, that the time of war is over, that the human race is evolving past such foolish pursuits. Then sign a song of peace, like “Imagine” or “Give Peace a Chance” by John Lennon; “Universal Solider” by Donovan; or “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream” which has been recorded by Joan Baez, the Weavers, Pete Seeger, among others. If you are alone and don’t wish to sing, play a peaceful selection of music – either folk songs or music like Pachebel’s Cannon or Dubussy’s La Mer –while concentrating on the same idea.

By Magenta Griffith in Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2005 Page