Happy Holidays! Time continues to flow and we are now at the last month of our calendar year. I wish you a wonderful season. May you find peace in your heart and patience with others. Remember that this is a time of love.
The New Year is honored by many as a point for new beginnings. Intentions are set for goals. What type of seeds do you want to plant for your life this year? Where do you want to be a year from now? How do you plan to treat others? How do you plan to treat yourself? Take a little time for yourself and decide what you would like to do. I would like to share a little tradition that I have followed for many years. First, write down something you would like to accomplish during the year. Date the paper, fold the paper, and then put it away. Be sure to mark your calendar for next year to remember! The next year, unfold the paper to see if you met your goal. It’s funny how some years, I forgot about my goal and would be surprised at what I had written. I was even more surprised when I discovered that I had actually accomplished it! This is something fun that the whole family can participate in.
The Winter Solstice approaches. This time of year is known by so many names including the following: Yule, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanauka. In cultures throughout the world, the Winter Solstice represents the rebirth of the sun. It is the midpoint of winter and is the longest night of the year. This year, the Winter Solstice occurs on Tuesday, December 21, which is also the night of the full moon. The full moon is a reflection of the sunlight about to be “born” upon the world when the sun rises the next morn. From that date until the next Summer Solstice, the earth will receive more sunlight upon her body than the day before. This is a good time for new beginnings.
While looking up information about Yule, I came across some interesting tidbits in the book, Yule, by Dorothy Morrison. I selected a few that I thought you might enjoy. They could all be prefaced with the question, “Did you know…?” 1. Donder (not Donner), was the original name of the reindeer that pulled Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. His name means thunder and he was paired next to Blitzen, whose name means lightning. 2. The first American Christmas festivities were celebrated in Jamestown in 1607. The celebration was designed to uplift the 40 people who survived out of the original 100 people who landed in the New World. 3. In 1643, the British Parliament officially abolished all festivities related to Christmas because they felt it was a heathen holiday. 4. Candy canes became popular when they were given as treats to children for sitting still during the church services.
Unfortunately registration is closed, but this weekend brings back the annual Turning the Tide festival. Turning the Tide 2010 is a festival being held in a small campground North Miami Dade on December 10th – 12th (Friday through Sunday). It is an intimate gathering of Wiccans and Witches in South Florida. Turning the Tide will feature workshops, rituals, drumming, and more. Check out www.emlc.net for more information. If you have already heard about this and signed up, maybe I’ll see you there! If not, mark your calendars for next year! 🙂
A book review is featured this month. Scroll below to see a review on The Western Guide to Feng Shui by Terah Kathryn Collins.
After the book review, take a look at the Crystal of the Month. Information is provided on goldstones.
The Psychic Predictions for the Astrological Signs are after the Crystal of the Month. Divination for December is provided. Scroll down to see what the universe holds for your sign.
The Circle of Isis Rising will celebrate the Sabbat of Yule, also known as the Winter Solstice on Saturday, December 18th. You are invited to attend and be with us. Everyone is encouraged to bring an ornament to place upon our Yule tree. We will perform a spiral dance to charge the tree and ornaments. After the ritual, you can take your magical ornament home to enjoy. Want to help set up the tree? Pertinent information is shown below in the Calendar of Events section. This is an event you won’t want to miss! 🙂
Celestial Treasures continues to receive new merchandise. Come by the store to see what has arrived! We have many fine Feng Shui products, including faceted crystals, kits, wealth frogs, and lucky cats. I have heard through the grapevine that we are also expecting some dragons to fly in.
Most of our fairies are on sale at 25% off the retail price! Let one or more fly home with you!
There were two quotes for the month and I couldn’t decide, so I am giving them both.
“As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather,
it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation,
and people to whom we are worth the same.”
– Donald E. Westlake
“Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.”
– Oren Arnold
Until we meet again.