Welcome once more to the Witch’s Gazette. A place where you can peruse the various offerings and happenings, and where you can relax for a few minutes, and take your mind off worries and stress.
PUBLIC HAPPENINGS: December with its cold, rainy and windy days..I love it! December is for me seen through a kaleidoscope of colors, and smells. Red and green. Red for the nose on Rudolph the reindeer… just kidding! I do see red in the texture of the month. The hectic pace, color of ribbons, red wines, red scarves, the power of the Sun being re-born, the Winter Solstice, cranberries, mistletoe! Green for the pine smells, trees of Yule, evergreens, Rosemary mini shrubs that all seen in many markets. December would be really beautiful if it were not for all the rush, and the need to “finalize” and give “closure.” What are we closing really? Winter starts on December 21st. We have already left the last month of the harvest behind (October) so that really is the end of the growing season. Now is the time of mentally “chill” and just become one with the season. Enjoy the cold days, enjoy the long nights. Enjoy the passing of the days as when we look back they will be gone and we will be lost in a flurry of activities that did not let us enjoy the beauty of the moment.
Colder weather awakens the need for comfort home cooking. Which brings me to the very interesting subject of cooking for the celebrations at hand. What dear reader can we prepare, cook and offer for the holiday dinner.
JOYS OF HOLIDAY COOKING:
Another joyful occasion! We go crazy looking for those passed-down through generations recipes, the old magazines, the old cooking books. It could also be that you make use of your handy smart phone to look up some yummy recipes (and easy to prepare) for Yule or Christmas dinner. It is a challenge indeed, to find something that will not take you 5 days to prepare, but something that will cook fast, look good and taste even better!
For me this year is even extra challenging. I have stopped eating meat. I took baby steps, started off by not eating red meats. Then this year, I stopped eating white meat. I decided to leave at least fish in my diet. I was content that at least I was going to have something else besides veggies and tofu. I was not a very happy camper truth be told and sometimes grumpy. I seemed to be extra hungry. So I wanted to be “extra” creative with my diet and started to peruse the ezines of vegetarian cooking. To my surprise (remember I am a newbie in this lifestyle change) I found something new (to me) My eating style has a name-o! yes! just like that bologna with a first and last name, mine has a name too! True, this one is just the one name and sort of gibberish sounding… I am what is called a Pescatarian, which is just someone that eats fish in an otherwise vegetarian diet. One of my brood found the name funny, and after many smart aleck comments he said to me, that it sounds like the name of a religion. Which come to think dear reader *sigh* it does. Thinking about the vegetarian friends I’ve had, who in the past, were always trying to “convert” me to their eating life style, this name is strangely apt… but hey! I don’t make up the names. So guess, dear reader what I’m cooking for Yule? :=)
What goodies are in the air, for us, from those celestial bodies?
Monday December 15th, starts off with a challenge! Uranus/Aries squares Mercury/Capricorn. This happens at 9:14 p.m. PST (12/14)/12:14 a.m. EST (12/15). As the day progresses, we have but only one trine Moon/Libra trines Mars/Aquarius at 12:56 p.m. PST and the rest is a mix of squares, conjunctions and quincunx, which is how it ends at 10:36 p.m. PST. Moon/Libra quincunx Chiron/Pisces. Quincunx aspects are supposed to be frustrating as the planets and signs don’t share qualities. So in real time, this means that we may need to adjust to a situation or person, and something in us might feel forced to carry on with our usual routine. I don’t understand how this can be as Libra and Pisces are Air and Water respectively and they blend well. So perhaps not such a bad aspect.
Moving on, December 16th Mercury moves into Capricorn. These two energies together are not so much a challenge, but a combination that dance around each other. Each with its own personality traits. Capricorn lends a dry sense of humor and Mercury with its capacity of movement and an airy intellect; both contrive to bring a sense of seeing the unexpected dark humor in situations which cushions their sedate effect.
On Saturday 20th at 1:09 p.m. PST we have the annual meet up of Venus and Pluto. Pluto is intense and Venus is all about satisfaction. Good combo to work on your money goals and to work on bringing more passion into your relationship. Then to close the week we have awesome energies for Sunday December 21st. Here is what is happening that day:
Uranus ends its 5 month retrograde period. The astrological happening of Winter Solstice. Moon Enters Capricorn at 3:03 p.m.PST. Sun enters Capricorn at 5:25 p.m. PST. New Moon in Capricorn at 5:36 p.m. PST. Don’t forget this day is a Sun-day. Ruled by the Sun, a day of all around success. Love it!
CRYSTAL BALL – A PEEK AT THE WEEK-
Dear reader, this week’s horoscope offering is fast and quick. I am putting together something lovely for each of you my readers, for the end of this year. Not wanting to leave you wondering what the stars have in store, I have the following. As always enjoy!
ARIES: Give due to friends for who they are, not for what they have. This attitude if taken, pays up in dividends! Lucky number: 8.
TAURUS: You might feel out of place. Take care of self and avoid unnecessary changes. Lucky number: 6
GEMINI: You are going through a stroke of genius, which makes you thoughts clear and comprehensible. Lucky number: 7
CANCER: If feeling grumpy or just out of sorts, don’t give in! things will get better. Lucky number: 3
LEO: There is a new opportunity to put your talent good use. Take advantage to create something wonderful that will make your soul happy. Lucky number: 1
VIRGO: Good balance of mind and body. Easiness of making the right decisions. Your worries are left behind. Lucky number: 4
LIBRA: A new phase is at hand, discovering new things about your self. A spiritual experience marks a change in your life. Stay grounded when making plans. Lucky number: 5
SCORPIO: There might be a favorable agreement of sorts between you and someone else. Prove you are the right person for the situation, this will get your positive future outcomes. Lucky number: 3
SAGITTARIUS : Your goal may be out of reach at the moment. Don’t give up! instead analyze the situation. Not all is what is seems. The journey is as important as reaching the goal. Lucky number: 2
CAPRICORN: No obstacles in you path, all is humming along, a good phase in your life. Your are filled with new energy. Be clear in your goals. Lucky number: 9
AQUARIUS: Good energy surrounds you. Perfect moment to work on new projects. Steer your goals well so that it ends in success. Lucky number: 7
PISCES: The coming days and weeks are filled with harmony in your life. Make sure to enjoy the happy days. Lucky number: 6
Feeling hungry but do not want to cook a full meal? This is a nice and quick recipe that fills you up, and can be done and served for dinner as well as breakfast:
6 tbs. milk or water
3/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
3 tbs. butter or margarine
1. Set out an 8-10- inch skillet
2. Beat together eggs. milk or water, salt and pepper until blended but not foamy.
3. Heat skillet until just hot enough to sizzle a drop of water. Melt butter or margarine in skillet.
4. Pour egg mixture into skillet and reduce heat. As edges of omelet begin to thicken, with a wooden spoon or fork draw cooked portions toward center to allow uncooked mixture to flow to bottom of skillet. Shake and tilt skillet as necessary to aid flow of uncooked eggs. Do not stir.
5. When eggs no longer flow but surface is still moist, the heat should be increased (just a bit) to brown quickly the bottom of omelet. Loosen edges carefully and fold in half. Slide omelet onto a serving platter.
6. If desired fill omelet before folding with your choice of either: Cheese, veggies, diced pieces of meat, etc.
4 to 6 servings. Preparation and cook time: 20 mnts.
If made for a quick dinner, you can accompany with french baguette bread, and a quick salad. enjoy!
MAGICKAL TIP FOR THE WEEK:
Thinking about Yule/Winter Solstice, has me preparing my magick work for that day. I always strive for easy to make, prepare and organize spells; as I am almost always short on time for lengthy and formal magickal work.
I have my candles at the ready for that day, but what else can I add, that will change and optimize the impact of the spell? Since my candles are specially made for Yule, I will place them onto a plate that will be surrounded with fruit, like apples, grapes and oranges.
The center piece is really the candles. Then the fruits. I can also add several drinks to make the outer ring of my set up. What else dear reader can I do to make it even more powerful and apt for the celebration?
Decorating with colors of the season to fit your spell work is another way of magnetizing the frequency. Since my candles will be placed on my dinning table, I will decorate my table with a lovely tablecloth, perhaps some fresh flowers, and pretty napkins. I ask my family in advance to write petitions in small pieces of paper and we place this nestled amongst the fruit. We will be holding hands in a semicircle around the table to bless the day and meal. While the candles burn, the energies will bless us, the food and offering surrounding them. The fruit can be shared with friends and family after the candles are all burnt. Give one to each of your friends and family members to pass along the blessings. If you want to get more creative then make small favors with a magickal intent. Place around the candles/fruit as well and give out before your guests leave or to each member of the family before you retire for the night. A family favorite are those chocolate “coins” that are wrapped up in golden tinfoil. These are perfect as chocolate is great to draw prosperity. These are sold at many drugs stores, or your local supermarkets might sell them too. Anything that calls your whim and feels right in your heart.
The important thing is to celebrate with joy and feel the blessings of the seasons. Don’t stress out about having the “right” things for the spell work. Just do what comes naturally to you.
Well dear reader, another newsletter has been written. Another week will pass by, before I can sit amongst you and share a bit of news through this forum. May your journey through out the week, have you not looking back in sadness or looking forward in expectation of something that has not happened yet, but living each day fully. May you recognize the small “aha!” moments that might transpire in your life. May you find the funny in life, even if your heart feels laden with sadness. And remember dear reader, it is the little things that matter. Wishing you a beautiful Winter Solstice, and a Happy Yule!
I hope to see you next week! same place, same time!
Until I write again!
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