Solstice Blessings!

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May all your New Moon and Solstice dreams come true!

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The Mystical, Hidden meaning Behind Winter Solstice.

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“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”  ~ Lewis Carroll

{Winter Solstice, Northern Hemisphere: December 20 – 23} 

Winter Solstice. Even the words evoke a certain mystical, magical feeling—a connection to the numinous.

Before I was a practicing solitary witch and following pagan practices, I was celebrating Christmas—which for me, is still a season to look forward to.

I like referring to Winter Solstice (and even Christmas) as a season, because to focus on one day of celebration seems rather indulgent and fleeting. The build-up, the care we take to prepare for a spiritually gratifying holiday and the gifts continue to inspire for days and weeks.

To sink into Winter Solstice is to anticipate that one darkest day of the year, to invoke our own darkness, to find joy in the nature-inspired decorations that are strewn around the house, and to feed our bodies with special recipes created from seasonal bounty.

A “season” gives us permission to not rush, but to simmer gently toward a climax, then descend with a grateful exhalation from the heady excitement of the actual day. A “season” is for mindfully engaging with the gifts of a sacred festival.

Pagans celebrate the turning of the Wheel of the Year by observing significant seasonal and agricultural occurrences. Within that wheel, there are four corner festivals all following the cycles of the sun, as it waxes and wanes in strength between summer and winter.

Witches also follow the cycles of the moon, with a monthly cycle, as opposed to a yearly one. All in all, these celebrations mirror our own human cycle of birth, life, death and re-birth.

Our ancestors found poignant wisdom in these seasonal festivities, as they pondered the mysteries of the universe around them. They understood humanity’s place in the macrocosm of the greater picture. Each festival was a marker of their connection to the planet they lived on and their spirituality.

The word “solstice” means “the standing of the sun” and describes the exact moment when the sun reaches its southernmost point from the earth’s equator (December), and its most northern point (June). In December, we experience the shortest day of the year, where darkness seems to overtake the light.

There is great spiritual meaning to the play of light and dark upon our bodies, our psyches and our beliefs.

Did you know that the Christian Christmas story of a son being born of a virgin is also found in many other religions? It is quite a common theme—an ancient theme to be precise—within the cultures of India, Egypt, Persia, Siam and China. The human attachment to the idea of a savior or guru is deeply embedded.

What is referred to as the birth of the “son” for the followers of religion is referred to as the birth of the “sun” within the pagan tradition. At Winter Solstice, the sun returns to its waxing journey through the sky, offering hope for the coming months where light will once again reign and provide warmth and sustenance in the form of new crops and livestock.

More here, my loves...http://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/12/the-mystical-hidden-meaning-behind-winter-solstice/

 

Her Winter Dream. {Poem}

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She longs for winter’s frost—

The cold, crisp days that promise rest.

She longs for silence on a snowy day,

A blizzard that keeps visitors at bay.

 

She aches to find a corner by a well-kept fire—

To snuggle into with a mason jar of wine.

 

To take her masks off,

To air her wounds,

To leave behind

A year’s worth of sins.

 

To find her center and feed its growth;

She’s a huntress who’s laid down her arrows and bow.

 

She’s winter’s mistress,

Undressed for the night,

The long winter months of sitting by her drum,

Finding the heartbeat of the earth that sustains her;

Remembering her roots,

Her ancestor’s voices:

 

Winter is for solace and secret midnight whispers.

 

Winter has promised to cradle her gently,

A papoose for her hurts,

Her tears stain a chalice,

Carved from a tree

That has seen many seasons.

She lets go, her strength now measured in sobs;

Winter will listen as she unburdens her soul.

 

Wild woman, why do you rush around so?

Sit down by my side, and tell me your woes.

Summer is over, and autumn has flown.

Spring is not yet,

So give winter your tears.

 

Light candles, burn incense,

Sing old songs,

Read poems,

Putter around with no goal in mind,

Just rest in the silence you have finally found.

 

You can scream at the sky,

Count all the stars,

Play in the moonlight,

Discover your wild,

Let your hair grow, invite lovers in—

Winter is for wolves and for howling at the moon.

 

She longed for winter—

The savage storm,

So she could be invisible,

And embrace the unknown.

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/12/her-winter-dream-poem/

Write it on Your Soul.

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“We tend to think about life purpose on a grand scale. Changing the world, saving the whales, finding a cure for disease, but really, we can become paralyzed by such thoughts and completely miss what we are here to do.

Sometimes it is in the small details that we find our greatest purpose. Kindness, love, service to mankind is not measured by volume but by a clear heart—giving what we can from the best part of ourselves unconditionally.

Somewhere, deep down you have felt the stirrings of a dream that only you can birth. It could be anything at all, big or small, but trust me when I say that you are the only person on this planet, in this time, who can manifest the specific purpose you were born to. It may not appear important to anyone else than you, but that is fine, this is between you and the Universe.

Determine what this is, write it down, and mark it on your heart. The vision must be clear to manifest. Embody the emotions you will feel when the dream is at hand, feel these things on a cellular level. The time is now, my friend.” copyright, monika carless @elephant journal – image: moonandtreestumblr.com/pinterest

A Rare Christmas Full Moon Sheds Light on 2016.

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“Drink in the moon as though you might die of thirst.” ~ Sanober Khan

This Christmas Day, the moon will be full in the constellation of Gemini, just above the star Geminorum, also known as Alhena.

This is a powerfully rare occurrence that has not been seen since December 25, 1977 and which will not return until the year 2034.

This graphic represents the view due east at 7pm GMT on Christmas Day 2015 as seen from the center of the British Isles, about an hour after full darkness has descended.

Welcome to December’s Full Cold Moon, a powerhouse of potential and possibilities!

“As we look at the Moon on such an occasion, it’s worth remembering that the Moon is more than just a celestial neighbor. The geologic history of the Moon and Earth are intimately tied together such that the Earth would be a dramatically different planet without the Moon.” ~ John Keller, of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

And just as our beautiful planet is symbiotically connected to its only natural satellite, the moon, we, the children of Gaia, are also intimate with the phases of Luna.

Just as Luna governs the tides, which affect the weather, she also affects our emotions—as we are approximately 78 percent water—and so, as our Earth Mother shifts we shift, a swaying continuum that holds us close to the bosom of Nature.

We are indeed children of the Goddess, coming into our fullness this December 25th, for one last time this year.

The Moon and Numerology

The Moon, an expression of the feminine, is associated with the number 2. The number two is, like the fertilized egg splitting, the symbol of life at its most powerful potential. Any year or month adding up to the number 2 comes under the influence of the moon, such as the month on November (11 – 1+1 = 2)

“To determine if you are a moon child, add up the numbers of your full birth date: for example – 2/4/1967 = 29, 2+9 = 11, 1+1 = 2.” ~ Moon Wisdom, Sally Morningstar.

Please read on here: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/12/a-rare-christmas-full-moon-sheds-light-on-2016/