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.
For the advent of our Winter Season, we are celebrating by setting magickal intentions and inviting manifestation for the New Year in our Winter Solstice Goddess Isis Free Ritual Meditation.
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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December 1 – Day of Marian Devotion
December 1 – Red Tara Day
December 2 – 10, 2018 – Hanukkah
December 3 – Ancient Greek Festival of the Goddess Rhea
December 3 – Roman Festival of Bona Dea – The Good Goddess
December 4 – Feast Day of Santa Barbara syncretizes to 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 6, 2018 Mercury goes Direct in Scorpio
December 7, 2018 – New Moon in Sagittarius at 2:20am
December 7 – Haloia – Mourning of the Goddess Demeter for Persephone (approximate)
December 8 – Immaculate Conception of the Virgin 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 8 – Day of Egyptian Goddess Neith
December 9, 2018 – Chiron Direct in Pisces
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 11 – Day of the Welsh Goddess Arianrhod
December 12 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe & the Aztec Goddess Tonantzin – Join the Altar Blessing Service on 12/12/18
December 13 – Feast of Santa Lucia and Juno Lucina
December 13 – Runic half month of Jera (Year)
December 15 – Dedication of the Altar for Fortuna Redux – Fortuna as the Home Bringer
December 15 – Halcyon Days Begin – Dedicated to the Greek Goddess Alcyone (approximately 2 weeks)
December 16 – Fairy Queen Eve
December 16 – Day for the Gnostic Goddess Sophia
December 16 – Day of the Irish Goddess Morrigan
December 17 – Feast Day of St. Lazarus / Orisha Babalu Aye in Lukumi Tradition
December 18 – Feast of Goddess Epona
December 20 – Mother Night (Norse)
December 21, 2018 – Winter Solstice – Join the Winter Solstice ISIS Ritual Meditation
December 21, 2018 – Sun enters Capricorn
December 21, 2018 – Soyal Festival – Hopi Winter Solstice Festival that honors Spider Woman
December 21 – Feast of Egyptian Goddess Aset – Isis
December 21 – Day of Frau Holle
December 22, 2018 – Full Moon in Cancer at 12:49pm
December 22, 2018 – Happy Birthday to the Mahavidya Tripura Bhairavi Sundari!
December 22, 2018 – Happy Birthday to the Goddess Annapurna!
December 22 – Shinto day of honoring the Sun Goddess Amaterasu
December 24, 2018 – Mercury Retrograde Shadow officially ends
December 24 – Mothers Night (Old English)
December 24 – January 20 – Celtic Tree Month for Beth (Birch)
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 Eihwaz (Yew Tree)
December 31 – New Year’s Eve
December 31 – Feast of St. Sylvester syncretizes to the Orisha Osain
December 31 – Candomble Day of Yemonja (Orisha Yemaya) in Brazil
December 31 – Feast Day of Orisha Goddess Olokun
December 31 – Feast of Sekhmet