Winter Solstice is symbolic of the Return of Light. In ancient times, when the agricultural calendar was the focus, people knew that Winter Solstice signified the halfway point of Winter. There was hope in the fact that half of the hardest, coldest months were behind them and the thaw was coming. Astrologically, the Sun becomes stationary and then slowly begins to move in an upward motion in the sky to culminate at the Summer Solstice.
For the advent of our Winter Season, we are celebrating by setting magickal intentions and inviting manifestation for the New Year. Beginning with Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year, it is time for us to tend our light and plant seeds of luminous hope for the coming year. We gather with those we love, or even in the silence of winter, to fan the flames that will sustain us in the next few months as we keep the promise of Spring and new growth in our hearts.
The Goddesses of Winter hold sway now (in all of their myriad forms) – it is the Time of the Crones and Wisdom Women. They circle the hearth fires, poke the coals, and sustain us in the darkest night. We are halfway to somewhere so it gives us permission to lull (even for a moment) into the comforting bosom of the Grandmother. The Crones are feeding the fires and singing our souls home and giving us the wisdom to manifest lives of radiance and joy – An Cailleach, Spider Woman, Baba Yaga, La Befana, the Norns, and the Fates.
Wishing you all the radiance and blessings of this holiday season!
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Blessings, Kimberly (Priestess and Founder of MotherHouse of the Goddess)
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December 3 – Roman Festival of Bona Dea – The Good Goddess
December 4 – Feast Day of Chango in Lukumi Tradition
December 5 – Dakinis’ Day–Day Tantric Buddhists make offerings to the Dakinis (female embodiments of enlightened energy)
December 6 – 14 – Hanukkah
December 7 – Haloia – Mourning of the Goddess Demeter for Persephone
December 11 – New Moon in Sagittarius at 1025am eastern
December 12 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 13 – Feast of Santa Lucia
December 17 – Feast Day of Babalu Aye in Lukumi Tradition
December 18 – Feast of Goddess Epona
December 21 – Winter Solstice – Sun enters Capricorn
December 21 – Feast of Egyptian Goddess Aset – Isis
December 22 – Shinto day of honoring the Sun Goddess Amaterasu
December 24 – Mothers Night (Old English)
December 25 – Full Moon in Cancer at 6:11am eastern
December 25 – Christmas
December 26 – Feast Day of Horus (son of Isis)
December 26 – Feast of Egyptian Goddess Neith
December 27 – Birthday of the Norse Goddess Freya
December 31 – New Year’s Eve
December 31 – Feast of Sekhmet
Available as archive after 12/8 – Goddess Moon Rituals – Laura Amazzone leading a teaching and ritual for New Moon – live video stream event on Mystery School of the Goddess
Thursday, December 17, 2015 – Audrey Alison – Psychic Medium, Tarot, Astrology *CALL IN SHOW* (AudreyAlison.com)
Monday, December 21, 2015 – WINTER SOLSTICE and Full Moon Gathering – Join for free: Goddess Full Moon Group Teleconference with Meditation and Discussion on Mystery School of Goddess with Priestesses Brandi Auset and Kimberly Moore
Thursday, January 7, 2016 – 8pm eastern – Tahya from Hathor Systrum
Saturday, January 9, 2016 – 8pm eastern – New Moon Teaching and Ritual for Goddess Saraswati – live video stream event on Mystery School of the Goddess
Thursday, January 14, 2016 – 8pm eastern – Katie Snow from The Spellery Magazine