It has been a cold November here in the mid-Atlantic and I confess to loving it. My favorite season is Autumn, but Winter is a close second. Winter storms are swirling and we might have an early snow this week. The twinkle lights are twinkling, the altars are being spiffed up and changed for Winter Solstice, the electric blanket is across my lap, and the kitties are snuggled close. The perfection of Hygge.
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.
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. December 1 is actually the start of meteorological Winter, but in Northern countries, they are already under snow! There was hope in the fact that half of the hardest, coldest months were behind them and the thaw was eventually coming. Astrologically at Winter Solstice, the Sun becomes stationary and then slowly begins to move in an upward motion in the sky to culminate at the Summer Solstice.
We honor the Mothers that are preparing to birth the Sun – Mother Mary, Isis, Frigga, and Maya; each bringing the Sun/Son into the world to be the symbol of Light across the continents.
And 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?
For the advent of the Winter Season and this Winter Solstice, I invite you into our Winter Solstice Goddess Meditation Circle where we can, together, raise our energy, send our prayers, and hold space for the light and love of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I am so honored to share our circles with our community and with Goddess.
Mystery School of the Goddess is gearing up for Winter and the New Year. Many instructors are offering amazing specials right now too. Specials and new online courses are listed below, but please check the site as new ones are being added weekly and many of the listings on the site are self study so you can work through them at your pace. We are also DELIGHTED to welcome Herbalist Leah Wolfe to Mystery School of the Goddess! You can see Leah’s courses here
Other new things coming this Winter are … THE LITERARY GODDESS CIRCLE! Book Nerds Unite – this is a free circle and our first book is: Great Goddesses: Life Lessons from Myths and Monsters by Nikita Gill. Our first discussion is January 5, 2020. More info and how to join the Literary Goddess Circle here
There is a lot happening behind the scenes and I am neck deep into a divine collaboration with Marisa McCall and Audrey Alison that will be unveiled this week. Just a tease … it includes the words Goddess and Planner! Stay tuned!!
Gather in joy and merriment this month and also make some time to reflect and meditate on the gifts that are being offered by the Goddesses of Winter. The holiday season is also a tough time for many. May Goddess keep you and bless you and provide the light you need.
Wishing you ALL the blessings of the Season!
Other Seasonal Goodies:
Goddess Wheel of the Year Reading with ME!
GODDESS VENDORS WE LOVE! Please support Small Business!
- MotherHouse Goddess Shop
- Angela at Ona’s Root
- Audrey Alison Astrology and Tarot
- Brigid’s Grove with Molly Remer
- Celtic Soul Craft with Jude Lally
- Daughters of Isis with Gwen Barry
- Gail Jessen Designs
- Goddess Ink with Anne Key
- Herbiary with Maia Toll
- Katherine Skaggs Art
- Murphy’s Essentials with Kim Murphy
- Red Priestess with Brandi Auset
- Stick Medicine with Leah Wolfe
- The Sacred Well with Yeshe Matthews
The coming year of 2020 will be the last for Rhythms of the Goddess Seasonal Journals.
- You may join the Annual that is Winter 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Autumn 2020 and includes my new class Winter Rites of Renewal as a bonus.
- OR join for just Winter $33
December 1 – Red Tara Day
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 who syncretizes to Orisha Chango in Lukumi Tradition
December 4 – Pallas Athena Feast Day
December 4 – Roman Festival of Goddess Minerva
December 5 – Dakinis’ Day – Day Tantric Buddhists make offerings to the Dakinis (female embodiments of enlightened energy)
December 6 – Birthday of Occultist Dion Fortune (see article here)
December 7, 2019 – Post Mercury Retrograde Shadow ends (next Mercury Retrograde is 2/16/20)
December 7, 2019 – Day of Marian Devotion
December 7 – Haloia – Mourning of the Goddess Demeter for Persephone (approximate)
December 8 – Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary (Mother Mary articles)
December 8 – Feast Day of Vodoun Goddess and lwa Aida Wedo
December 8 – Celebration of the Mayan Goddess Ix Chel in Southern Mexico (Ix Chel Activation)
December 8 – Day of Egyptian Goddess Neith
December 8 – Tara Day
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, 2019 – Happy Birthday to the Mahavidya Tripura Bhairavi Sundari!
December 11, 2019 – Happy Birthday to the Goddess Annapurna!
December 11 – Day of the Welsh Goddess Arianrhod
December 12, 2019 – FULL MOON IN GEMINI at 1213am eastern time
December 12 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe & the Aztec Goddess Tonantzin – Join the free Winter Solstice Goddess Meditation with Guadalupe
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 Morrighan
December 17 – Feast Day of St. Lazarus who is the Orisha Babalu Aye in Lukumi Tradition
December 18 – Feast of Celtic Goddess Epona
December 20 – Mother Night (Norse)
December 21, 2019 – HAPPY YULE! Winter Solstice at 11:19pm eastern time – Join Free Winter Solstice Goddess Meditation Circle
December 21, 2019 – Sun enters Capricorn a 11:19pm eastern time
December 21 – Feast of Egyptian Goddess Aset – Isis
December 21 – Day of Frau Holle
December 22, 2019 – Soyal – Hopi Winter Festival
December 22 – 30, 2019 – Hanukkah
December 22 – Shinto day of honoring the Sun Goddess Amaterasu
December 24 – Vigil for Mother Mary (Christmas article for Mary)
December 24 – Mothers Night (Old English)
December 24 – January 20 – Celtic Tree Month for Beth (Birch)
December 25 – Merry Christmas!
December 26, 2019 – NEW MOON SOLAR ECLIPSE IN CAPRICORN at 12:13am
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 Celebration of Yemonja (Orisha Yemaya) in Brazil
December 31 – Feast Day of Orisha Goddess Olokun
December 31 – Feast of Sekhmet
NEW COURSES FOR WINTER
Winter Rites of Renewal – 30 Days of Goddess Magick with Kimberly Moore – Now Open!
Rhythms of the Goddess Winter 2019-2020 Journal with Kimberly Moore – Last Offering of Rhythms Annual!
Celtic Winter Solstice Ritual & Kit with Caireann Frasca – with a Winter Solstice Ritual Kit!
Winter Magic with Molly Remer – Pay what you can!
Joyful Yule! Getting to know the Sabbat with Dr. Susan Harper
Herbs for Thinning the Veil with Leah Wolfe – Welcome our New Instructor!
Solstice Fire; winter candle and incense magic with Renee Starr – Deep dive into Solstice!