For the advent of our Winter Season, we are celebrating by setting magickal intentions and inviting manifestation for the New Year. Don’t forget to join me and Brandi Auset for our Winter Solstice Goddess Full Moon Group, when we will be planting seeds for the New Year with the West African Goddess Mawu!
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.
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?
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.
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!
For those who are interested, Priestess Within Winter Session – The Magic of Earth is featuring the Goddesses Isis, Freya (of the Tundra), and Lilith. Registration closes 12/16/2017 and there is an early bird reading available before 12/1/2017!
Rhythms of the Goddess Winter Journal begins with December! Sign up for 3 months of Goddess Prompts and practices for $33!
December 3, 2017 Full Moon in Gemini at 10:47am eastern
December 3, 2017 in Sagittarius – Mercury goes Retrograde
December 3, 2017 – Happy Birthday to the Goddess Annapurna!
December 3, 2017 – Happy Birthday to the Goddess Tripura Bhairavi Sundari!
December 3 – Roman Festival of Bona Dea – The Good Goddess
December 4 – Feast Day of Santa Barbara / Orisha Chango in Lukumi Tradition
December 4 – Pallas Athena Feast Day
December 5 – Dakinis’ Day – Day Tantric Buddhists make offerings to the Dakinis (female embodiments of enlightened energy)
December 7 – Haloia – Mourning of the Goddess Demeter for Persephone
December 8, 2017 – Buddhist Bodhi Day
December 8 – Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary (Seasonal article on Mother Mary)
December 8 – Feast Day of Vodoun Goddess and Lwa Aida Wedo
December 8 – Celebration of the Mayan Goddess Ix Chel in Southern Mexico
December 10 – Feast Day for Vodoun Lwa of the Forest Gran Bois
December 10 – Lux Mundi – Light of the World – Feast Day for the Roman Goddess Libertas
December 12 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe & the Aztec Goddess Tonantzin
December 12 – December 20, 2017 – Hanukkah
December 13 – Feast of Santa Lucia
December 13 – Runic half month of Jara
December 16 – Fairy Queen Eve
December 16 – Day for the Gnostic Goddess Sophia
December 17 – Feast Day of St. Lazarus / Orisha Babalu Aye in Lukumi Tradition
December 17, 2017 – Happy Birthday to the God Hanuman!
December 18, 2017 New Moon in Sagittarius at 1:30am eastern
December 18 – Feast of Goddess Epona
December 20 – FREE CALL – Winter Solstice celebration for the Goddess Mawu (Goddess Full Moon Group)
December 20 – Mother Night (Odinists)
December 21 – Winter Solstice 11:28 am eastern time
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 – Mothers Night (Old English)
December 24 – January 20 – Celtic Tree Month for Birth
December 25 – Christmas
December 26 – Feast Day of Horus (son of Isis)
December 27 – Birthday of the Norse Goddess Freya
December 28 – Runic half month of EOH
December 31 – New Year’s Eve
December 31 – Feast of St. Sylvester / Orisha Osain
December 31 – Candomble Day of Yemonja (Orisha Yemaya) in Brazil
December 31 – Feast of Sekhmet