I hope to find you in good health and of good cheer. Thanksgiving is past and now we are mentally preparing for next holiday onslaught.
December has rolled in, with its wintry days and its promise of hectic times ahead. There was once a time long time ago ( I imagine) that our Yule celebration was actually cherished and respected for what it is supposed to represent. Yule got lost in the Christmas sort of madness as it is today. So what dear reader -you may ponder- is Yule really all about? Now keep in mind, I am not talking about the christian holiday.
Yule has roots and origin in Pagan customs. This day once commemorated solar deities. Back then, before Christianity had taken over this day, one activity that was performed was the Yule bonfire. The fire was built to give life and power to the Sun, which was thought of being reborn at the Winter Solstice. In later times that fire was converted into what many burn inside their homes, which is the Yule log. According to folklore, a big limb from a tree was cut, brought into the home, and made ready for use. Carvings of suns, and other magical symbols were etched on its surface and sometimes decorated with greens from the winter season. Lighting the Yule log was simply an effort to welcome the Sun, to persuade it to cast its healing rays upon the land, so as the winter season was not too long or harsh.
Decorating with evergreens dates back to the earliest winter festivals. They were brought into the home, to give a sense of nature inside of the home during the darkest months of the year. The green did not fade from their branches and leaves, and because of that, they were thought to have power over death and destruction, enough to defeat whatever winter demons roamed the Earth, and enough persistence to urge the coming of the Sun.
So where does that all gift-giving comes from? Gift exchange is thought to have originated in Babylonia with Zagmuk. (Although so far I have not found written evidence of such a thing happening during that Babylonian celebration-which by the way took 12 days-) and it gained much popularity during the Roman Saturnalia festivals. In later years, Christians took up this custom as well, but attributed the Magi and their bringing of gifts to the Christ child.
So as you see, the gift exchange idea has really nothing to do with Yule but much to do with everyone back then “borrowing” traditions to suit their own festivals, beliefs etc. and now sadly has evolved into the much commercialized Christmas season and all the madness it entails. Does this mean we have to refute gift-giving? I think not! but!!! hear me out! (or erh..keep reading) What I mean is that the best gifts are the ones made by hand, by us with love. The one’s we put together for someone we love or appreciate. It can be as simple as a the ingredients for cookies blended in a nice container with an attached card with instructions or a knitted sweater, or blanket. It can be giving a call to your mom, father or grandparent or visiting them and spending time with them. The joy it will bring is incomparable and the outcome priceless! yes even if it sounds like that commercial! but is not material things I am talking about here but LOVE. It can be many things that you can think of, from simple to complex, as long as it comes from you, not the store. This is what gift giving is all about and should be about. Resist the impulse to be like the crowd! be yourself, give of yourself.♥
The celestial energies for this week are positive and strong. We have planets with Fire and Air element.
Today we have a trine. Sun/Sagittarius with the Moon/Aries. This trine sets the foundation for the change on December 4th (Thursday), when Mars moves into the energy of Aquarius. Their Fire and Air elements combined are a power house indeed! All sorts of communications are fired up (Mars) and taken to a new level of development and transformation (Aquarius).
The Full Moon that will take place on December 6th (Saturday) will have the moon in aspect to Gemini, which brings an emotional drift into the fray. Gemini connecting to Uranus-which is the ruling planet to Aquarius- and this planet being aspected by Mars, is a positive exchange of planetary energies that can be used in our daily lives if we need to tap into them.
Remember! the Gemini Full Moon on Dec. 6th is the last of the year and Full Moons are perfect to bring a closing to past and incomplete projects, and any other matter that needs to be tidied up.
The mental attitude set by trine of Uranus-Sun and sextile to the Moon, is all about information. So what dear reader does it all mean and how can we tap the energies for this week?
Whatever decisions that need be made that will have a long lasting effect, are best made under the combined energy of Mars/Aquarius. Mars gives you the fire to get you moving, and Aquarius helps discern and analyze the best course of action, thus the best decision for your given situation, lets say. It is definitely an excellent way of avoiding making the wrong decision, or be impulsive.
This combination is very much helpful now, with holiday shopping and spending in full swing. Many do impulse shopping, thinking that it will be all right, that you will be able to take care of those credit bills etc, later on, with that extra bonus from work … don’t let all that Christmas-y music in the mall or the colors of the season (which are very much targeted at customers to pump up the shopping psyche) persuade you to spend with your “heart”! better use the will power and logic that these two energies create to extend both through out the holiday season.
CRYSTAL BALL – A PEEK AT THE WEEK –
ARIES – This week, look closely at the opportunity presenting itself that exists for the sole purpose of helping you to break free from a tired, tedious, draining scenario. The fact you’re confused about what your next move should be indicates you’ve grown accustomed to something you ought to have released yourself from. Lucky number: 3
TAURUS – Do you feel in some way now, someone might be raining on your parade? Are they perhaps missing a point about something that excites or inspires you? Their inability to see what you see or feel what you feel should not be reason for you to reassess your plans. Don’t give up on something you know to be very good for you. Persevere! the reward will warm your soul. Lucky number: 7
GEMINI – You might be feeling frustrated as to why you’re unable to remove a particular train of thought. Look closely. There’s action that must be taken on your part now. This week, take a step forward to initiate it. With the Full Moon aspecting your sign on Saturday December 6th, comes the perfect time to bring resolution. Give it a try. You’ll discover something shifts in a wonderful way. Lucky number: 5
CANCER – This is a time to summon courage and allow yourself to be pushed in a direction you’ve long needed to be pushed in. There is something you must do. There is initiative waiting to be taken on your part, even if it might not feel as you have much say about it, as you wish you did. Go for it, get rid of fear, move forward (take advantage of Mars aspecting Aquarius). Lucky number: 5
LEO – This week, an opportunity presents itself , you might not see it as such, but as a setback. Expect to discover that what appears to be a setback actually offers much in the way of future hope and promise. Sometimes we see the opportunity but, because it doesn’t look the way we believe it should we dismiss it. Don’t! use the energies of this week’s Mars/Aquarius to help you see it clearly. Lucky number: 4
VIRGO – You need to follow your instincts where a destination you’re keen on reaching is concerned. This probably has more to with attainment or achievement rather than arriving at a particular place but the message from the celestial bodies are clear; just keep moving a plan forward and the rest will take care of itself. That’s a fortunate position to be in. You have momentum working in your favor now. Lucky number: 2
LIBRA – It is human nature to be cautious, especially when we have reason to believe our cautiousness is justified. As you enter into discussion or negotiation in some way now, try to see the situation as a clean slate. The past is not a guide for the future on this occasion. You’re in a strong position now to reach an agreement or at least a compromise that has long needed making. Lucky number: 7
SCORPIO – Don’t feel the need to question or be concerned with the seemingly insignificant light at the end of a tunnel you’ve been staring down for too long. It serves as a beacon intended to excite and inspire you. Something you’ve long desired is starting to become within reach and allay a few concerns you’ve nurtured for too long as well. Lucky number: 9
SAGITTARIUS – When change enters our world, we tend to expect it to make a grand entrance. In truth, change can be more subtly than that. It approaches gently rather than making itself known with a door-bursting appearance. Embrace it. It has every intention of assisting and improving. Make a point of welcoming it and you’ll soon see how fully cooperative it intends to be. Lucky number: 6
CAPRICORN – After the recent months where you felt as if you had been running up a steep hill carrying a heavy sack on your back, things are now different. What you have worked for, paid up and now you feel you have achieved what you deserve. The coming week brings reasons to excite and inspire you to take on a new challenge. Lucky number: 8
AQUARIUS – The celestial bodies speaks now of some kind of confidence crisis on your part but particularly how doubtful and even mistrustful you could be toward what your own natural instincts. You need to trust them. They’re providing infinitely more helpful advice than you’d receive even from a closest companion. You know what’s best for you and what you need to do. Learn to trust what your heart is telling you. Lucky number: 5
PISCES – The timing of the Moon’s return to your income sector on Monday and position here in the early days of the week couldn’t be better, giving you a nose for money as you reach an integral point in your professional year. The Moon’s intuitive edge is as much about where the money is; as it is about where things stand professionally. With Mercury spending his first full week in your career sector, Venus her last and Jupiter his last full week in direct motion in your work sector, this is not only a chance to get a sense of how the different pieces are at play on income, work and career fronts but on how they fit in together. Lucky number: 3
Weather is colder now, perfect to make soups and stews to warm body and soul! and remember the best part is you don’t have to spend loads of money on simple yet nourishing recipes.
SPICY VEGETABLE STEW:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 carrots, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 can (14 .5 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 can (about 14 oz) vegetable broth
1 cup frozen hash brown potatoes
1 cup frozen green beans
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 1/3 uncooked couscous (or rice if you wish)
1. Heat oil in large saucepan over med-high heat until hot. Add carrots, onion garlic, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, salt, ginger and pepper; cook and stir about 5 mnts. or until veggies are tender.
2. Stir in tomatoes, broth, potatoes, green beans, tomato paste and hot pepper sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, 10 mnts.
3. While stew is simmering, prepare couscous. Bring 1 1/3 water to a boil in small saucepan over high heat. Stir in couscous. Cover and remove saucepan from heat. Let stand 5 mnts.
4. Fluff couscous with fork. Serve veggie stew over couscous (or rice if you chose to make rice instead)
Preparation and cook time is around 23 to 25 mnts. You can garnish your stew with parsley.
Moon phase its on the second quarter. A good week to create magick geared towards attracting money.
Simple spells are the best really to create and call that which you desire. The following is a quick money spell that needs but only spices from your cupboard, a candle, a fire safe plate and some creative thinking on your part as to what you would wish to add to this quick and fun money spell.
Get a small candle. The one pictured in my image is a candle I made for my store for the Thanksgiving holiday. I poured several, for my Ebay listings and left one for me. It was a lovely candle I made in the color of a creamy vanilla, with herbal blend for attracting only good things, money amongst others. With a vanilla aroma, the candle was perfect for my intention.
Get a small votive candle or small container candle. In a color that to you means money. Place your candle on a plate (round or square) that has a fire safe surface. You can get a nice plate for your candle spells at the Dollar Tree Store or the 99 cent Only stores. No need to splurge, this is a plate that will be useful for many other spells.
You need as well : 1 teaspoon of each : Allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger. Combine spices, empower and bless. Pull together all the change you have in your home, including dollar bills. Empower your candle for money, inscribe symbols of money around it, dress with money oil (if you have any at hand. In a pinch a bit of cooking olive oil or corn oil will do as substitute) and set in the middle of your plate. surround with ornaments from the season, place money as well (coins and dollars). As you see on my picture, I added cinnamon stick, I love using these for money spells, as they can be carried afterwards in your purse. Add them if you wish to your spell set up.
Sprinkle all of it, with your combined spices. Now place your hands over the lot, and empower with your intention of calling money. Be specific with your goal. Light your candle. I personally place my money candles on top of my dining table. This area has a lot of good, concentrated energies and it is a good power point in my home. Plus it is within view, so that it is never alone when burning. Remember wherever you place your candles, never leave them unattended and always away from pets and children.
Once your candle is done, get rid of wax or container (you can clean up container and use for other money candle spells). Clean up your plate as well, to be re-used in other spells. Place your ornaments in a pretty container in your living room or dining room, so that it always drawing money energies to you during the holidays. Use your money to get something needed in the home (bread, milk, etc) and know that your petition will show fruit! Happy spell-castings!
Well dear reader, I have reached the end of this week’s Witch’s gazette. As always I’ve enjoyed putting it together, offering my insights and what little nuggets of wisdom I can pass along. I always wonder if I have left something worthwhile in your heart and in your mind. Whether you will put to use, or if it will open a door in your mind to ponder upon the words you have read here. May your journey always bring you back here weekly, to peruse the aisles of my humble newsletter.
I hope to see you next week! same place, same time!
Until I write again!
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