How is it almost the end of the year? Part of me is simply amazed and the other part of me is secretly relieved that we are stepping into 2017. The past year was tough for many and the turn of the year can be a fresh, exciting start!
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 (December 21 this year), 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.
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 eventually 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.
We welcome the Goddesses of Winter – the Grandmothers tending the hearth and singing our souls through the Winter months: An Cailleach, Spider Woman, Baba Yaga, La Befana, the Norns, and the Fates. We turn to the Goddesses of the Tundra who are standing vigil and ready for the sacrifices of the past year: Freya, Skadi, Holda, and Demeter who wanders in the wild. What do you need to shed and leave to the harsh energies of the tundra?
Gather in joy and merriment this month and also make some time to reflect, meditate on the gifts that are being offered by the Goddesses of Winter.
Wishing you ALL the blessings of the Season!
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For your Holidays …
Celtic Tree Calendar – Ruis (Elder) November 25 to December 22
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 7 – Venus enters Aquarius
December 7 – Haloia – Mourning of the Goddess Demeter for Persephone
December 12 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Join Goddess Full Moon Group – She is our December Goddess!)
December 13 – Full Moon in Gemini
December 13 – Feast of Santa Lucia
December 16 – Fairy Queen Eve
December 17 – Feast Day of Babalu Aye in Lukumi Tradition
December 18 – Feast of Goddess Epona
December 19 – Mercury goes Retrograde
December 19 – Mars enters Pisces
December 21 – Winter Solstice
December 21 – Sun enters Capricorn
December 21 – Feast of Egyptian Goddess Aset – Isis
December 22 – Shinto day of honoring the Sun Goddess Amaterasu
December 24 – January 1, 2017 – Hanukkah
December 24 – Mothers Night (Old English)
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 29 – New Moon in Capricorn (Live New Moon Goddess Rituals with Laura Amazzone)
December 29 – Uranus goes Direct
December 31 – New Year’s Eve
December 31 – Feast of Sekhmet (Goddess Sekhmet Activation Course)