Blessings of the Season to you,
Dawn and Bendis
and The Oracle Staff
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"God is an abbreviation for Goddess." - Unknown
It is my pleasure to announce the Imbolc 2016 issue of the Global Goddess ezine: The Oracle is ready for viewing in its new format. Go to http://globalgoddess.org/theoracle/ and click The Oracle 2016 tab at the top of the page and then select Imbolc 2016 from the drop down menu. The issue also includes articles, book reviews, a candle tutorial and rituals. We hope you enjoy the new issue of The Oracle and its new format. We would appreciate feedback and welcome your comments.
Blessings of the Season to you,
Dawn and Bendis
and The Oracle Staff
Inspiration and Embrace Future Growth
February 2nd is known as Imbloc. The day marks the beginning of the Time of Dawning (Feb.1-April 30). Daylight hours are gradually lengthening. The light from the Sun begins to grow in power until fully born again at Beltane, May 1st.
Imbloc, Feburary 2nd, we welcome the first stirrings of spring, and to say farewell to the cold and welcome the warmth. The day's focus is to open our mind, soul, heart, and body to the changing season, to connect with the waxing solar year. The things in life that we all wish for: financial security; a trusting, loving partner; supportive friends; and true peace of mind knowing that you are living the life you were meant to lead.
On the eve of Imbloc sweep away the negative vibe from each room of your home, then rest the broom at the side of your alter. Carry a brown colored candle through each room and say a few words to banish negative energy; to attract and encourage good. Imbloc translates as "in milk". Add a drink of milk in ritual. The day of, outside pay close attention to the snow covered ground for a bird's feather that would foretell what the future would be.
Imbloc, is the time for the annual weather forecasting ritual. People in France look to the bear to see if winter is over. Don't poke the bear..never wake a sleeping bear! Germany kept their eye on the badger. Canada and the United States of America same tradition apply the groundhog. The weather forecasting ritual gives a glimmer of hope for an early spring. If a hibernating groundhog casts a shadow at Imbloc, winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen then spring will be delayed. Over many generations the animal forecast have been accurate.
According to ancient British weather lore it is the hedgehog that emerges at Imbloc, to fortell if winter will soon be over. When a hedgehog wakes from a deep sleep, and emerges from its burrow in mid-winter and sees its shadow, because the sun is shining, it will forecast that winter will only continue for another six weeks. If the weather will be bad, the hedgehog will remain inside its burrow.
An eighteenth century American rhyme advises:
"Observe which way the hedgehog builds her nest, to front the north or south or east or west, for if 'tis true what common people say, the wind will blow quite contrary way."
Quote taken from-Cassell Dictionary of Superstitions Author-David Pickering
What a wonderful time of year. The days are getting longer, the snow (hopefully) is starting to melt away here in the far North and I hope all of you in the far South, I believe you are celebrating Lammas and your days are growing shorter and (hopefully) cooler!
Since Imbolc is just around the corner I thought I would share with you the first draft of my teen romance, “Enchantment". This manuscript is about a year away from my publisher's viewing.
In this young adult romance novel Avril is one of eight teenage girls who meet almost every Sunday to be schooled in white witchcraft-Earth religion as part of their transition from childhood into maidenhood.
It’s been forty six-days since Avril attended the School of Magick in the Victorian mansion. Now, returning Avril and her friends have the opportunity to meet prospective suitors.
Corrina believes her childhood crush would choose her. Lilith definitely disagrees, and will do anything to capture his heart - even if it means dabbling in the black arts.
I present to you the first chapter - IMBLOC, THE FIRE FESTIVAL
Avril woke before dawn. Bundled in layers of warm clothing under her winter hooded black cape, she followed the cow path moving quickly the frosty wind was at her back. The route she took was nature at its finest, a wonderful scenic area with wooded hills, forest, valleys, peaceful farm fields and winding country roads. The wind blew across a cold winter land. Scanning the hills and fields, she spotted several wolves running across the snowy landscape before disappearing from her view into the forest. She smiled to herself knowing she was lucky to catch a glimpse of the magnificent animals.
Her heart pounded with anticipation at what was to come. The short, dark, cold snow and icy winds of winter had made it impossible to visit the Coven’s Victorian mansion. She thought to herself, what a great place to grow up. A day spent at the Victorian mansion was never a waste of time. It was a place where neighbors, family, friends and allies have magical powers to cast spells, predict, and utter incantations to clear the madness from their minds. It is a magical home where she had been taught to tap into the Higher Forces of Nature, apply psychic abilities to work through any problems, and to live a contented life as an individual. Her introduction into the craft was experienced with youthful abandonment. Growing up in the community of wise women taught her the power of rhythmical spells for desire, incantations to achieve goals and to read the signs in nature to predict. To promote growth, she learned to push her mind past time and space to connect with spirit, to accept the past, live today and dream for tomorrow. She had become super sensitive to both the seen and the unseen world while harming none, oppressing none and ever seeking balance and harmony.
The forty-three days away from her mentors, family and sister-friends during winter break had weighed heavily within. Forced by the elements to stay indoors, she looked forward to seeing all again today at the Imbolc celebrations. The great Celtic Sabbat to cast off the darkness. The Fire Festival would ensure abundant light and energy. The Sun is waxing and daylight is growing longer. Rites would be done to banish the darkness from the coven’s lives and encourage the return of life. It was a time to cleanse, purify and be open to new possibilities, mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically.
Avril was close enough for a good view of the large Victorian mansion. The Mystery School for Girls was a beautiful place inside with a very large farm style kitchen, ample dining area, and the unusually spacious living area and den. The floorboards were made from hardwood with old-fashioned twelve foot ceilings and fireplaces to keep home and people warm from the severe cold in almost every room. At the back of the mansion were situated the cozy bed chambers. The second floor rooms were the learning areas for children aged five to eleven. The attic, on the third floor, had two classrooms for students aged twelve to eighteen.
Anxious to put the cold winter behind, Avril rushed to join with family and friends who had arrived to banish the dark days.
Three large bonfires burned bright. The flames rose straight up in an uneven flow. About three hundred women and children of all ages had arrived to celebrate the Fire Festival. Avril stepped on to the property. The moment she saw her best sister-friend, Hailey, dressed in a midnight blue winter hooded cloak standing by a large, twisted stump her heart skipped a beat in joy. Seconds later, she bounded through the snow to greet her. “Merry Meet Hailey,” she called out moving toward her.
“Merry Meet my friend, she said as they stretched their arms round each other’s upper body and pulled one another closer in a tender embrace. Avril thought of the times, since age five, when they came together, stood firm empowered by love and respect, only to separate to experience others, to join again to share. Their relationship was built on trust by compromising and communicating. Avril was proud of their strong commitment to honor, love and cherished their attachment.
Hailey’s golden brown hair flew against the wind. Her deep green eyes dazzled. She gave Avril a blinding smile. “I’m so happy we are together again,” she said, her voice full of excitement.
“I missed you too,” she answered, wiggling for freedom. “It’s nice to be back.”
“Are you hungry? Did you want to grab some scrambled eggs?”
Avril glanced toward the crowd enjoying breakfast in the eating area and said, “Sure.”
Hailey reached out and took Avril’s hand. As they wandered about the crowd Avril scanned the grounds. Candles of every shape and color burned. The bright flames swayed with the wind. Conversation filled with joy and laughter could be heard as families gathered together. The two moved through females, young, mature and old, who ate and drank the feast of milk products offered.
Hailey pointed to an Elder woman dressed in a black, long skirt, cape with the hood up and her young helper wearing ceremonial garb. Avril glanced over to see the two traveling to each of the younger coven members. The young helper looked frantic as she tried to keep up and hold a large scroll steady for the Elder to view. The two quickened their steps toward Hailey and Avril.
“Merry We Meet young ladies, will you be attending Sunday session when The Mystery School for Girls resumes?” The Elder quickly asked.
“Yes,” enthusiastically, they answered.
The young helper checked off their names from the list on the scroll.
“On February six report to the attic, to Priestess Angelica. And Avril don’t be tardy,” she said, her eyes on her.
The Elder wished them a good day. She simply gestured to her young helper, and then scurried away into the crowd.
“I’m happy that the New Year will be spent together advancing our craft,” Hailey beamed
Avril smiled with approval and said, “Me too!”
The wind howled as they made their walked past a bonfire. The timber loudly crackled as it was devoured by the red hot flames. To get rid of the past and look to the future, Yule decorations were being burned.
“Oh, there you are Avril! Come here, the High Priestess Ceasera is about to perform the annual weather forecasting ritual,” her Grandmother dressed in a full length black winter cloak said, her eyes on her.
Avril rushed to her grandmother’s side. Hailey followed close behind.
Avril shifted her boots in the snow, listening to the conversation between her grandmother and Hailey’s with her eyes on the brown candle’s wicks beautiful golden light that streamed outward from each and every window in the Victorian mansion.
“It warmed my heart to witness so many of the Elders after sunset join to light every lamp and candle within the dwelling in honor of the Sun’s re-birth,” Avril’s grandmother said staring at the flickering flames through the small plates of glass.
“It was nearly dawn by the time the brown colored candle was carried through each room to banish darkness and encourage the light - to attract the good and to keep the negative at bay,” Hailey’s grandmother said. She automatically, shifted her weight, maneuvering her walking stick.
“I’m pleased the candles that were left to burn in the windows to ensure the coven members a safe return are still burning.” Avril’s grandmother said, adjusting the wool scarf around her neck. She focused on the sea of black moving about here and there, and said, “What a wonderful turnout for the annual weather forecasting ritual. The groundhog shadow seeking ceremony gives a glimmer of hope for an early spring.”
“According to an ancient British weather superstition, it is the hedgehog that emerges at Imbolc to foretell if winter is over,” Hailey’s grandmother remarked. “When it emerges from its burrow in mid-winter and sees its shadow because the sun is shining, it will go back in and the winter will be prolonged by another six weeks. If the weather is bad, it will remain outside, but if it is fine, the groundhog will reach the optimistic conclusion that winter cannot last and it will return to its burrow.”
“The groundhog forecasts over many generations have had a ninety percent accuracy rate,” Avril’s grandmother reminded her.
“The whole event is an excuse to see family and friends and celebrate that winter is half over,” she chuckled.
The wind rose. The bare branches creaked. Avril closed her eyes turning up her face to the sun and took a moment in silence to absorb the heat from the fire flames.
When she opened her eyes she saw the coven had begun to position themselves around the three bonfires in a perfect circle. Females were squeezed tightly together, close enough to see, while row upon row stood impacted behind them. All faced inward toward the High Priestess Ceaserea in a floor length black over-cape with the hood pulled loosely about her creased face, standing center to say farewell to the final days and nights of the cold, icy winter.
All went silent. Instinctively, Avril’s attention was drawn to the High Priestess. Although there was silver in her long hair and her skin wrinkled, she radiated power. She stood before a wooden altar draped in a clean white cloth. White petals had been sprinkled on the surface. Avril caught the scent of rosemary incense, to remind all of their purpose and spiritual journey, to cleanse the aura and attract confidence and clarity, was lit. Snow melted in a large gold chalice. The sun reflected from the blade of a sword and gold pentacle. A large orange candle stood center for creativity and excellent imagination and relates to emotions in relationships. Avril was sure the candle would be anointed with rosemary oil. The wick of the large orange candle on the altar burned straight upward with a blue flame, indicating there were Spirits present. Evergreen and willow boughs, the traditional plants of Imbloc, rested at the base. The broom which had been used last eve to sweep the negativity from each room, then outdoors, rested at the side.
Ceaserea slowly raised her head and clasped her hands in front of her. Her voice trumpeted through the air. “We gather today to banish winter and welcome the first stirrings of spring, to say farewell to the cold and dark and greet the birth of every living thing. Today’s focus is to open our minds, souls, hearts and bodies to the changing season; to connect with energy of the waxing solar year. Daylight hours are gradually lengthening. Earth is now touched by the growing heat from the Sun. There is hope that the darkness will give birth to the light.” Her voice echoed outward as she announced, “Imbolc the Festival of Lights, is the beginning of light from the Sun, until fully born again at Beltane in May. Particular attention is paid to the state of the weather to give a glimmer of hope of an early spring.”
Ceaserea walked to the front of the altar and sat back and relaxed on a beautiful wooden outdoor chair. The coven waited for a groundhog to pop out of its burrow and predict the end of winter.
A few minutes after the sun rose in the eastern sky the groundhog managed to squirm out of the burrow and saw his shadow on the snow.
The High Priestess shook with slight movement standing up very straight and announced, “The groundhog’s furry forecaster predicts six more weeks of winter.”
Cheers greeted the prediction. The frozen earth pulsated as the conveners adjourned to take part in the traditions of Imbolc. Avril looked around at her extended family that had great importance in her life smiling to herself. She lived with the security of knowledge that she belonged. She could reach out at any time and receive compassion and understanding. She lived with the experience of a supportive community. Their experiences together are not without traumas or drama, but each made life easier, not just because they lessened the burdens, but each one taught her to love.
Happy New Monkey Year 2016 ! ! !
According to the Chinese calendar, 2016 is the Year of the Monkey. To be more accurate, it is the Year of the Fire Monkey as fire is the governing element of the two year-period corresponding to the year 4714 within the chronology of the Chinese calendar. The last Year of the Fire Monkey occurred in 1956.
The Year of the Fire Monkey will begin on 8th February 2016 and finish on 27th January 2017.
Year of the Monkey -http://www.guy-sports.com/humor/christmas/chinese_new_year2016.htm
History of Chinese Astrology - http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/horoscope/2016-year-of-the-monkey/ar-BBnMi2o
The Monkey Legend
According to an-old legend, the Monkey-king accompanied one of the first Chinese monks to India and back with a precious cargo of Buddhist scriptures. Despite his unruly behavior, the Monkey proved to be such an invaluable companion on this long and perilous journey that he was rewarded with a place in heaven.
In Chinese astrology, the Monkey is the ninth sign of the zodiac, forming the yang (masculine) division of the House of Career with the yin (feminine) sign of the Rooster. The Monkey is very often associated with traditionally male-oriented occupations such as technology, science, and all kinds of invention.
Chinese stable owners often have a pet monkey to keep the horses amused, and these unlikely stable-mates often become quite attached to one another. In human terms too, Horses and Monkey people often strike lifelong friendships.
The Monkey Personality
The monkey's cunning usually shows itself through technical dexterity. These nimble-fingered individuals often have a precise manual skills of the watchmaker, surgeon-or forger.
Some Monkey types have an impressive flair for word and ideas, coupled with the ability to argue skilfully and confound logic. Thus the Monkey personality may also be spotted behind a persuasive lawyer, the stalling politician - or even a clever confidence trickster.
Monkey personalities work well on short term projects since they can tackle any problems as they crop up. Not surprisingly, they tend to come to grief in the kind of circumstances which call for careful planning.
The Monkey Year
As might be expected, the year of the Monkey brings plenty of surprises. It can be a year of frustrations tempered by unexpected delights; the only predictable aspect is it complete uncertainty.
You are best to advised not to rely on anything, since even the most dependable of institutions may decide to alter course. The careful will hedge their bets on every side this year, and for investors the key word is diversification.
The Monkey's influence will be marked, however, buy the introduction of ingenious new technological inventions in all kinds of fields. These bring lasting benefits to everyone.
The Fire Monkey shows matters to do with changes through heat.
Positive - stimulation, vigorous, excitement
Malign - extravagant, unrestrained
The Fire Monkey - gifted yet perverse with inclination to mischief. Often unintentionally troublesome and accident prone. fond of debate. Unpredictable in love.
Stretching, continual development and expansion.
Whatever your animal sign, the list below will tell how you will fare in a Monkey Year.
The Rat - an excellent year, when the Rat's creative ingenuity and inventiveness come to the fore. A good time for rethinking and putting plans into action.
The Ox - quite a reasonable period. Changes may not be welcome at first, but they will eventually prove to be for the better. Try to move with the times.
The Tiger - some difficulties ahead. Avoid getting involved in legal matters. Remember that force will not achieve anything while commonsense will.
The Hare - the year has its share of problems. The difficulties are with things, rather than people. Be prepared for hold-ups due to technical failures.
The Dragon - an exciting time ahead. Use the positive trends to achieve personal ambitions, particularly in a career. The artistic Dragon will have success.
The Snake - practice is more important than theory this year. Try out your ideas before committing yourself deeply. Be prepared for petty obstacles.
The Horse - a satisfactory year generally, with personal relationships highlighted. You will make new friends, and treasure old friends return.
The Sheep - a reasonable year. Progress may not be as rapid or as smooth as you would like. You are not likely to be disappointed with the outcome.
The Monkey - this is your year, so make the most of it. Everything goes in your direction, so take advantage of the trends which lead to success.
The Rooster - the year will see you poised on the threshold of a new life. Now is the time to lay foundations for that important step forward.
The Dog - positive trends this year make up for some of the disappointment and missed opportunities to the past. Career prospects are greatly improved.
The Pig - be prepared for disappointment. In business, be careful where you put your money. In romance, do not be misled by flattery and promises.
For many of the Chinese, astrology is not merely a pastime; it is revered part of their way of life. Horoscopes of new-born children are cast as a matter of course, and many marriages are only contracted if local astrologer is satisfied that the horoscopes of both parties are compatible.
According to tradition, a young man would offer a prospective father-in-law a card with his name on one side and on the other, the 'four pillars' (the time - day month - year) of his birth as a formal proposal of marriage. If these blended with those of his intended fiancee, well and good. If not, the young man's hopes were dashed - unless of course, there happened to be a sister whose horoscope was compatible.
In ancient China, lists of stars and even maps of the heavens had been carefully compiled long before anything of their kind had appeared in the western world. But centuries later, with China first became an empire, anyone discovered practicing astrology was liable to be condemned to death for treason - not because astrology was considered a black art, but because it held sacred key to Heaven's secrets, fit for the Emperor's ears only.
The Ideal Shall Never Touch The Real
The distant goal is always more appealing than the immediate situation.
Aquarius is the second month of the winter season, usually the coldest time of the year. In earlier history this was the time of year when one needed a friend and felt impelled to come to the aid of others in need. A desperate time of year. The question "what's it all about?" could certainty be stimulated by the harsh environment and limitations of this season conditioning humankind to introspection and search for meaning.
The February Man are those with birthdays between January 21st an February 20th. You are likely to find him in a club or institution, for he is interested in all such things and will like you to be.
He is rather pessimistic. But he is fascinating, companionable, trustworthy and a very good father. Expect financial ups and downs if you marry him should preferably be born his own sign, Aquarius, or those of Gemini or Libra.
The planet Uranus and the sign Aquarius the Water Carrier rule birthdays falling between January 21st and February 20th.
Small Miss Aquarius, years ago,
Set up her dollies in a row,
And taught them all that they should know!
For February's girl, you'll find,
Ha a maternal, teaching mind.
In school or out, by pen or classes,
She tend and educate the masses.
Yet seldom is she one of those
Regular schoolmarms, specs on nose,
For, of all girls the year around
Most beauty's in Aquarius found.
When she was born a fair star shone-
She's easy most - to look upon!
Old times, old things, old customs too
She likes, and rather fears the new,
Just change your hair, and she will say,
"How ugly when its done that way!"
But in a twelvemonth change again,
The nice last way she'll beg for then!
Still, of all folk, Aquarius seems
Most moderate, free from all extremes,
A perfect friend, an ideal wife
To give some man a happy life.
Additional traits - decidedly musical, seldom expresses her true feelings, owing to deep reserve.
Her Life -
It is seldom she does not marry - happily, too but she is much the better for some career or active social work after marriage andusually seeks it. Friendship plays a very large part in her life - so do her children.
Inspired by The Book of Fortune Agnes M. Miall Publisher Hamlyn
The Three Air Signs - These are Aquarius - January 21st to February 20th, Gemini May 21st to June 20th and Libra September 21st to October 20th.
The air group is especially linked with the mind and mental things. So air people above all think. When a new idea or experience comes they ask, "Is it intellectually sound?" "Is it logical?" Consequently they are not particularly practical. Their feelings and their spiritual side must bow to their intelligence. They are natural teachers, philosophers, and reasoners and their heads gain the victory over hearts.
Aquarius is the Fixed sign in the Air Triplicity. Fixed signs appear in the second month of each season and described a general attitude type which is Introverted. Air signs project the function of thinking. Thus, more specifically Aquarius is described the psychological function Introverted Thinking.
Because it is introverted, Aquarius thinking seeks to understand outer circumstances by drawing upon inner images and subjective ideas. It is a type of thinking which formulates questions, creates theories, and tends to be more geared to the future than the present. Facts themselves are not an interest to Aquarian as they are to the Libran Facts may be collected as evidence or examples of a theory, but never for their own sake. It is the type of thinking done by scientist, the researcher,and the theoetician do.
This is one of the "sweet signs", and most of the time are easy- going not at all petty and very likable.
You Can't Miss Something You Never Had
A lunar month is total of the Moon's annual travel excess of that of the Sun, which reduced to time, gives the duration of the Moon month or lunar month as 29.531 days in which the Moon returns to its former position in relation to the Sun.
Love a New Moon. me too! And a New Moon in Capricorn is the best time to get your priorities straight. It means new beginnings, new interests, brush off the old and get on with what you enjoy. You are the choices you make. If people, places or things don't fit into your space, this is the moment to close the door on the past, and then move on.
The New Moon at the start of one moon cycle may be used to lay the ground work for change realized at the Full Moon. This particular 31 day moon cycle can be used to organize your finances, or implement a short-term goal. There are limits to what you can accomplish in one moon cycle so keep ambition realistic.
With the start of each New Moon some people mistakenly think that a New Moon will allow them to run with the ball and accomplish things right away. But what it symbolizes here is the seeding, with the results dependent on what actions are taken elsewhere in the cycle. List your goals or priorities for the month is a good way to start. Your ideas will go through revisions along the way, with specific actions coming to bloom in many cases around or just after the Full Moon.
The New Moon in Capricorn the keywords are discrimination, prudence, and understanding. Some favorable attributes are self-reliant, deep-thinking, refined, independent. Do what's right for you at this time.
Long Nights Moon - Cold Moon
December marks the onset of winter. The world turns dark and cold. Plants are gone dormant; trees stand bare of leaves. Many animals hibernate; others have migrated to distant regions. Game is difficult to find, and hunters may spend long cold hours in the woods with no reward. Fresh food becomes difficult to find in the wild. Yet winter has its own beauty in the cold blue shadows and pristine snowdrifts, the giant icicles, and the delicate feathers of frost.
Rituals in December take introspective turn. Meditate on what you have done in the previous year. Honor death and dormancy as natural parts of the cycle along with life and growth. Admire the splendor of sunlight on the snow and ice. If you are hanging birdfeeders and putting out water, add a charm.
December is a time of transformation and rebirth. Celebrate the Sun's return by decorating your home with evergreen boughs, a Yule log, and a small evergreen tree. You may want to include a wreath to represent the wheel of the year. Cook up some Yule tide treats, play Celtic music, and invite friends and family over.
Last Moon Phase of the 2015 -
Inspired by Elizabeth Barrete -
Solitary Witchy Ritual
Transformation & Rebirth
Cover your altar with a green cloth and place upon it a variety of fresh evergreen along with two candles, red and green. Light the candles. Now, pull the red candle toward you, and say, The Shadow Time passes, the Dawning Time, returns." Blow out the candle, relight the wick, and move it back into place. Bring the green candle toward you, death passes, life returns." Blow out the green candle, relight the wick, and move the green candle back in place.
This ritual is preformed to get through the darkness, because eventually we will see the sunlight and warmth again.
- Celtic Calendar Activity -
Full Moon Magic
Personalities are pulled between two equally competitive modes of expression (one more direct and conscious and related to the Self; the other more habitual and unconscious, due to the intuitive influence). The struggle to gain balance can bring about illumination, a person is able to develop self/intuition polarity in enlightening fashion. The downside is a feeling of always being pulled apart in two directions and be off center in relationships and other situations.
The Full Moon is always about illumination, endings, eruptions, conclusions, and resolutions. Tensions come to a head or is released. This is a good time to reflect on the meaning of the month-long cycle and gain perspective. With Uranus influence this Full Moon cycle expect the unexpected in your life. Depending on where Uranus falls in you birth chart will effect the surprising occurrence that will happen. The exception proves the rule - in this case not expected.
The Moods of The Moon in Cancer
The Full Moon in Cancer puts people right on the front when it comes to the battle of trying to develop a sense of emotional security. Emotional concentration is not without humor. There is a caring, tender, nurturing side to people, even sizzle for some. Some people might have a more hominess about them. The Full Moon can get caught up in dependencies, exhibited by clinging and whining, that can drive people away. This is a time one might find themselves caught up in family-related dramas that must work extra hard to reprogram themselves from the past. They have not always healthy habit of judging current and future experiences by the past, and this can limit growth and how they relate to the outer world.
The Full Moon in Cancer, the lunar influence is doubly strong, but often works on the principle of "two negatives make a positive" thus bringing out all the better qualities.
"The First Shall Be Last"
The heart in the snow pictured here wasfound in the front field of my home, and design by a wild wolf, last Christmas.
The Sun enters the sign Capricorn at the winter solstice, December 21st. After the autumnal equinox in September, sunrises occur later and sunset earlier on each succeeding day until the winter solstice, the day of the longest night. In a sense this long night symbolizes a time of great darkness and despair and yet it is also the time of renewal of hope, for winter solstice is the turning point of the Sun. It will now begin to climb higher and higher in the sky and each succeeding sunrise will be earlier and each sunset later, until finally it is spring once again. So in this very dark time, there is a cause for celebration, for jubilation. This is the time of the many festival of lights, celebrated since ancient times by giant bonefires, the Yule Log, Chanukah candles and Christmas trees lit with colored lights and decorated with mistletoe.
All these are an example of sympathetic magic, encouraging the weakened Sun to be reborn, and expressing the hope of survival after the dark night. Here, at the darkest time, things have reached their low point and can only get better. That is what we celebrate at this time of year.
Capricorn - Sure Footed - Firm Foundation
The Planet Saturn and the sign of Capricorn (the Goat) rules birthdays falling between December 21st and January 20th.
A quit girl is she who's born
Beneath the sign of Capricorn.
Pleasures to her make small appeal.
in leisure hours she'd rather feel
She was acquiring information,
For she just worships education!
Language and other evening classes
Are filled with Capricorn's keen lasses.
She's of the British bulldog breed,
Entirely true in word and deed.
For very few folk's love she'll try.
And for those few she'll die-or lie!
If she had lived in days of yore,
A hermit she'd be cut out for.
Alone within a simple cell
She'd live on twopence-and live well
in her opinion, though we'd find
Her fare but little to our mind.
love in a cottage makes her happy,
She ne'er discouraged, bored or snappy!
And he who takes Miss Cap. to wife
Will find her loyal all his life.
Additional traits - prudent, a book lover, inclined to pessimism and the blues, very good at concentrating, patient and self-reliant
Her Life - a career usually means more to her than marriage, but is she weds, unless she waits until middle age she usually not very happy.
Here is a brief description of Capricorn men. January Men born between December 21st and January 20th do most things rather slowly. So if your boy is one of these, do not expect lightening courtship or a very speedy marriage-though born before December 28th he will go a little faster. Let him do all the wooing himself, for he likes to be a leader, and to make up his own mind. With the girl he shows deep devotion, expressed in deeds of kindness rather than in words.
He is very ambitious. Nothing and nobody must stand in his way of his career. Take a real interest in his work if you want to win him and keep him.
The girls happiest with him are those born under Zodiac signs in Taurus, Virgo, and his own sign of Capricorn. Capricorn and Aries also promise a good union. All these signs have qualities which are helpful to Capricorn's changing moods.
- Predictions -
December 22 to January 1st - strongly lucky for most people. People will be dependable, and coming from the highest of integrity, making the most of scholarly pursuits.
January 1 to January 10 - a feeling of vigor and independence
January 11 to January 20 - a craving for action, which may take place in small ways. People seek advancement. They plunge themselves in an opportunity.
*ENJOY THE COMPANY OF LOVED ONES & FRIENDS*
By fire and candle light, by broom, elemental tools, and charms acknowledge the personal connection you have have with the changing season.
The December Solstice is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. In 2015, winter begins on December 21, 11:48P.M. EST.
Each Sabbat - the eight holidays of a year is a time to reflect and renewal. Yule, brings a focus on hearth and home. We celebrate the joy of family, friends and our community. We elaborately decorate with ornaments and sparkling lights to add grace and beauty to our living space. We adorn the front door with a festive wreath. A great magickal place of your own; blessed and happy a space to share with others. We support the less fortunate than ourselves, by giving of our time or in their basic living needs.
Yule, we experience our innocence. Our imagination is reborn. Are mind and heart our open to wondrous miracles. We see the world through our child's eye, again.
WITCHY ACTIVITY - http://www.witchskel.com/yule-circa-december-21.html
*THE LIGHT WILL COME AGAIN*
We deck our halls and our porches and our garage roofs with lights to ward off the dark. We celebrate the rebirth of the light on this longest night. The Winter Solstice, a time of peace and goodwill. During this cold barren time we bring greenery to symbolize life. We use bright colors, depictions of a bountiful harvest, and place presents to ward off want or the fear of want.
On the Solstice night itself, light as many candles as you safely can in your space. A half an hour before the witching hour, extinguish all of them. Sit in the dark. Sit with the past. Acknowledge what went right, and what went wrong. Accept the experiences were something that needed to experience on your journey in life. And then imagine the future you desire. How might you make that happen? Understand that you are the creator in your life. You are what you think you. You are your emotions. What you feel on the inside, will bubble and simmer to the surface. If you are at peace with your choices - they hurt none, may you Yule, wish be granted and may your New Year be filled with many Blessings! Five minutes before the clock strikes midnight, relight candles, move around clockwise, to symbolize the turn of the wheel back toward more daylight, your own enlightenment.
*HEARKEN BACK ANCIENT TIMES*
Pagan solstice carols are Deck The Halls, The Holly and The Ivy, Joy to the World and Go A Wassailing. Hang little bells on the Yule tree to call the spirits and fairies. For prosperity, burn ash wood, Feed the birds Yule morn, give to the less fortunate than you. Consecrate the Yule Tree, spray with salt water, pass smoke of incense through the branches, and walk around the tree with lighted candles and say "By fire, water, air, and earth. I consecrate this tree of rebirth."
Courtesy of Ann Moura - http://www.annmourasgarden.com/
YULE is the first Pagan Sabbat, the first day of winter and a common pagan New Year. Most usually it falls on the 21st of December. How did pagan Yule become Christian Christmas?
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- The Dynamic with a twist energies are at play -
November 25th, at 11:44 PM UTC / 5:44 PM ET/ 2:44 PM PST (3 degrees and 20 minutes of the sign) is not your average Gemini Full Moon.
We all have something in our lives that is outdated. The Full Moon offers energy to accept endings or cause lunic fringe when one fights to hang on to what has expired.
Some people report a high energy time, where projects are coming to a head, or unexpected events come about. Others report fatigue, low energy. In both cases this phase is a point of illumination where the month's trend is put into proper perspective, because opposite seek balance between their competing viewpoint.
Full Moon in Gemini, November 25, 2015
Music of The Spheres -
Where Will Your Intentions Allow Release & Conclusions? http://www.bellesprit.com/lunaroscopes-full-moon-in-gemini-25-november-2015/
Gemini connected to the "Twins"
- relates to the idea of the good and bad intentions
mental tricks - plagiarizers
stimulation - intellect
humor - wit - word play
Bright Full Moon
spot-light - illumination
Shallow? A lot of people are at this time. A time of the moon when people are notorious for pushing feelings away. A time when people try to rationalize anything, and when they leave the room, they change their argument to suit the next situation. But this Full Moon's initial reaction is one of intellect - rationalization and lies -
and should give an idea of some of the low moments of this group of people. But at this time many people are great conversationalists and share their humor of the bright spots.
But too often the Full Moon is viewed as a time of firings and no-goes. In the same way that world events can seem to come undone, things get a little crazy both at the office and at home. Some people report job promotions and sudden opportunities or breakthroughs.
The Full Moon can relate to illumination and fulfillment, or disappointment. This phase relates to the release what is out dated in your life. It is the setting the stage for full manifestation and completion. The New Moon will offer fresh starts, and a time to use a bit of the old mojo!
This Gemini Full Moon use your communication skills by helping others talk about emotional and hidden aspects of their lives.
Knowledge is Power:
Wiccans and Pagans have an animal companion that they consider their familiar. A familiar is part of the family.
A familiar is often defined as an animal with whom we have a magical connection. If an animal has appeared in your life unexpectedly -- such as a stray cat that appears regularly, for instance -- it's possible that the animal may have been drawn to you magickally!
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