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Saturday, December 8, 2012

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winter yule











~ Lord Phaphos





The Mother Night, Yule Eve
Helya's Night - The night of the mother
Tulya's E'en was followed by Helya's Night.


This was the night that saw the children of each household committed into the protection of "Midder Mary", or Mother Mary.

On first glance, although this looks like a purely Christian ritual, the veneration of the Virgin Mary was a later addition to a pagan tradition.

Helya’s night is undoubtedly the same as "Mother's Night" – a night that, wrote the 8th century monk Bede, coincided with Christmas Eve.

In his account of the pagan calendar in 725 AD, the Venerable Bede wrote:

"And the very night that is sacrosanct to us, these people call modranect, that is, the mothers' night, a name bestowed, I suspect, on account of the ceremonies which they performed while watching this night through."

The “mother” connection and the “watching” ceremonies of Mother’s Night seem to indicate that Helya’s Night was the same event, although overlaid with a Christian veneer.

On Helya’s Night, just as the children had once been committed to the protection of a goddess, ancestor, or the female deities known as the Disir, the ceremony became Christianised and the “mother” was naturally equated with the Virgin Mary, Christ’s mother.

But what was the ceremony?

An account written in the 19th century recounts the experience of one woman who remembered her grandmother carrying out the ritual. She explained that, once the children were in bed, the old woman rose from her place by the peat fire and made her way over to the cradle where the youngest lay.

Raising her hands over the slumbering infant, she spoke aloud:

"Mary Midder had de haund
Ower aboot for sleepin-baund
Had da lass an' had da wife,
Had da bairn a' its life.
Mary Midder had de haund.
Roond da infants o' wur land."

This procedure was repeated over all the children, while the grandfather sat raking the peats in the hearth. The old man was also thought to have been reciting something but, unfortunately, his softly spoken words were inaudible.

As to the name, Helya strikes me as a corruption of the Old Norse heilagr, meaning holy – Holy Night being an obvious later name for Christmas Eve.


The observance of winter solstice was very important in ancient times and its significance was obvious to early human civilizations. As the nights grew darker and longer, the days colder and shorter, and the rural folk faced lean times, it was imperative the sun be "lured" back to the earth. 

Of the many pagan customs that eventually became the foundation of the Christian Christmas season, many were adapted from the Norse and their mythology. The celebration of the Yule month, or Thor's month, began on the night before the Solstice which they called the Mother Night...for it was in the darkness that the goddess Freya labored to bring Baldur, the young son (light) to birth once more. It was also a night for spirit contact and celebration with one's ancestors in much the same way that the Celts did at Samhain.

The festival itself was called Yule, derived from the Norse word Jul, means wheel, a symbol of the Sun revolving across the sky. It was traditionally held for 12 days or more, beginning on Mother Night and ending on January 6th. The most important symbols of Yule continue to live on in our modern Christmas celebrations. For example, the evergreen tree and holly which remain green throughout the long months of cold and darkness, were widely used in in the Pagan celebration of Yule because they hold promise that spring will once again return to the land. 

Because ancient Norwegians believed the sun was returning, as part of their Winter Solstice celebration, the Vikings would cut a huge log, drag it back to the village and set it on fire. This Yule Log was supposed to drive away the evil spirits and bring good luck to the people as well as welcome back the sun. From Scandinavia, the Yule log custom spread through the European content and England. Some decked out their Yule log with greenery, ribbons, and paper flowers and sang Yuletide songs as they dragged it home. 


Thousands of years ago, the Scandinavian god, Odin, rode through the world at Midwinter bringing reward or punishment, and Thor, his son, came from the far North. His color was red, and at Midwinter, he fought the gods of ice and snow ...conquering the cold. The elves connected with our current Santa Claus are remnants of the supernatural nature folk of the Old Religion, and our modern custom of leaving cookies and milk for Santa is most likely a modern continuation of leaving offerings for the Alvar and other nature folk. Although usually associated with Santa, many believe that the reindeer, northern animals, actually represent the stags that drew the chariot of Freya, the Sun Goddess of the North.





For the Norse, it was a time of rejoicing for the labors of the old year were done, and the laborers were ready to rest before beginning the round afresh for the new year. The earth, too, takes Her rest at this season and lies asleep under her covering of snow...so that all the seeds may be matured in her bosom and burst into life when the spring is come. 

For many of us, this is also a time of cold and darkness. It is a time for balancing our spirit, our nature, our physical bodies as we, too, await the season of rebirth. Our meditations should focus on the hidden energies lying dormant within the earth and within ourselves. It is a time of returning hope. Yule reminds us to take care of the earth and all of her creatures in this magical season of hope and good will. 
information from
http://www.orkneyjar.com/tradition/yule/yule3.htm
and 
http://moontides-mxtodis123.blogspot.com/2010/12/dec-20the-mother-night-yule-eve.html











The Mother Night, Yule Eve
Helya's Night - The night of the mother
Tulya's E'en was followed by Helya's Night.


This was the night that saw the children of each household committed into the protection of "Midder Mary", or Mother Mary.

On first glance, although this looks like a purely Christian ritual, the veneration of the Virgin Mary was a later addition to a pagan tradition.

Helya’s night is undoubtedly the same as "Mother's Night" – a night that, wrote the 8th century monk Bede, coincided with Christmas Eve.

In his account of the pagan calendar in 725 AD, the Venerable Bede wrote:

"And the very night that is sacrosanct to us, these people call modranect, that is, the mothers' night, a name bestowed, I suspect, on account of the ceremonies which they performed while watching this night through."

The “mother” connection and the “watching” ceremonies of Mother’s Night seem to indicate that Helya’s Night was the same event, although overlaid with a Christian veneer.

On Helya’s Night, just as the children had once been committed to the protection of a goddess, ancestor, or the female deities known as the Disir, the ceremony became Christianised and the “mother” was naturally equated with the Virgin Mary, Christ’s mother.

But what was the ceremony?

An account written in the 19th century recounts the experience of one woman who remembered her grandmother carrying out the ritual. She explained that, once the children were in bed, the old woman rose from her place by the peat fire and made her way over to the cradle where the youngest lay.

Raising her hands over the slumbering infant, she spoke aloud:

"Mary Midder had de haund
Ower aboot for sleepin-baund
Had da lass an' had da wife,
Had da bairn a' its life.
Mary Midder had de haund.
Roond da infants o' wur land."

This procedure was repeated over all the children, while the grandfather sat raking the peats in the hearth. The old man was also thought to have been reciting something but, unfortunately, his softly spoken words were inaudible.

As to the name, Helya strikes me as a corruption of the Old Norse heilagr, meaning holy – Holy Night being an obvious later name for Christmas Eve.


The observance of winter solstice was very important in ancient times and its significance was obvious to early human civilizations. As the nights grew darker and longer, the days colder and shorter, and the rural folk faced lean times, it was imperative the sun be "lured" back to the earth.

Of the many pagan customs that eventually became the foundation of the Christian Christmas season, many were adapted from the Norse and their mythology. The celebration of the Yule month, or Thor's month, began on the night before the Solstice which they called the Mother Night...for it was in the darkness that the goddess Freya labored to bring Baldur, the young son (light) to birth once more. It was also a night for spirit contact and celebration with one's ancestors in much the same way that the Celts did at Samhain.

The festival itself was called Yule, derived from the Norse word Jul, means wheel, a symbol of the Sun revolving across the sky. It was traditionally held for 12 days or more, beginning on Mother Night and ending on January 6th. The most important symbols of Yule continue to live on in our modern Christmas celebrations. For example, the evergreen tree and holly which remain green throughout the long months of cold and darkness, were widely used in in the Pagan celebration of Yule because they hold promise that spring will once again return to the land.

Because ancient Norwegians believed the sun was returning, as part of their Winter Solstice celebration, the Vikings would cut a huge log, drag it back to the village and set it on fire. This Yule Log was supposed to drive away the evil spirits and bring good luck to the people as well as welcome back the sun. From Scandinavia, the Yule log custom spread through the European content and England. Some decked out their Yule log with greenery, ribbons, and paper flowers and sang Yuletide songs as they dragged it home.


Thousands of years ago, the Scandinavian god, Odin, rode through the world at Midwinter bringing reward or punishment, and Thor, his son, came from the far North. His color was red, and at Midwinter, he fought the gods of ice and snow ...conquering the cold. The elves connected with our current Santa Claus are remnants of the supernatural nature folk of the Old Religion, and our modern custom of leaving cookies and milk for Santa is most likely a modern continuation of leaving offerings for the Alvar and other nature folk. Although usually associated with Santa, many believe that the reindeer, northern animals, actually represent the stags that drew the chariot of Freya, the Sun Goddess of the North.





For the Norse, it was a time of rejoicing for the labors of the old year were done, and the laborers were ready to rest before beginning the round afresh for the new year. The earth, too, takes Her rest at this season and lies asleep under her covering of snow...so that all the seeds may be matured in her bosom and burst into life when the spring is come.

For many of us, this is also a time of cold and darkness. It is a time for balancing our spirit, our nature, our physical bodies as we, too, await the season of rebirth. Our meditations should focus on the hidden energies lying dormant within the earth and within ourselves. It is a time of returning hope. Yule reminds us to take care of the earth and all of her creatures in this magical season of hope and good will.
information from
http://www.orkneyjar.com/tradition/yule/yule3.htm
and
http://moontides-mxtodis123.blogspot.com/2010/12/dec-20the-mother-night-yule-eve.html

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer, and more beautiful. *•.¸¸.•♥•.¸¸.•♥•.¸¸♥ •.¸¸.•♥•.¸¸.•♥•.¸¸

Art by Anne Stokes.
http://www.annestokes.com/

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Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer, and more beautiful. *•.¸¸.•♥•.¸¸.•♥•.¸¸♥ •.¸¸.•♥•.¸¸.•♥•.¸¸

Art by Anne Stokes.
http://www.annestokes.com/

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Great post from Thomas May   <3 <3

FOREVER !!!!
 
Love the puppy and the message... blessings
 Lady Abigail
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A game of the gods has begun...

After the Great Destruction of Everything Known, Earth and all that once was, is gone. Some 14,000 seasons have passed and life has begun again on five new worlds created by ascendants of good and evil who battle for the prayers of mortal beings.

Sam Goodrich, Shalee Adamson and the manipulator, George Nailer, are the only three humans to be spared the devastation. They have been stolen from old Earth and have awakened to a new reality full of danger, mythical creatures and powerful magic. “You must find the divine pieces of the Crystal Moon, or all will be lost,” warned Bassorine, the God of War.
A game of the gods has begun...

After the Great Destruction of Everything Known, Earth and all that once was, is gone. Some 14,000 seasons have passed and life has begun again on five new worlds created by ascendants of good and evil who battle for the prayers of mortal beings.

Sam Goodrich, Shalee Adamson and the manipulator, George Nailer, are the only three humans to be spared the devastation. They have been stolen from old Earth and have awakened to a new reality full of danger, mythical creatures and powerful magic. “You must find the divine pieces of the Crystal Moon, or all will be lost,” warned Bassorine, the God of War.

Now, a new journey has begun. The humans' quest will test Sam’s skill with a blade, Shalee’s hidden knowledge of magic, and feed George’s hunger for power. Finding the pieces of the Crystal Moon will push them down different paths, and their choices could ultimately send kingdoms to war.

Follow an epic tale of discovery, love, murder, mystery, betrayal and deceit as you meet the Ascendants of Ancients Sovereign. Welcome to the chaos. Welcome to the Worlds of the Crystal Moon.


Ready for a New Book series!!!

Here is the Amazon link for the ebooks
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009D78VW0

Here is the Barnes and Noble link
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/worlds-of-the-crystal-moon-phillip-e-jones/1106968854?ean=2940015695106

We are available on all digital platforms, NOOK- KINDLE - I-TUNES-KOBO and others

Book I: Ascendants of Ancients Sovereign.
Book II: The Eye Of Luvelles
Book III: Tear Of Gramal


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Epona is an important goddess of the ancient Celts, always linked to the horse, seen as a protector of horses, donkeys, and mules.
Most often Epona is portrayed on horseback, usually clothed and riding side-saddle, accompanied by a bird, dog, and foal.
At thermal springs, such as Allerey and Saulonla-Chapelle, she appears nude and nymph-like.
Epona is particularly a goddess of fertility, as shown by her attributes of a patera (shallow drinking dish), cornucopia, ears of grain and the presence of foals in some sculptures.














Epona is an important goddess of the ancient Celts, always linked to the horse, seen as a protector of horses, donkeys, and mules.
Most often Epona is portrayed
 on horseback, usually clothed and riding side-saddle, accompanied by a bird, dog, and foal.
At thermal springs, such as Allerey and Saulonla-Chapelle, she appears nude and nymph-like.
Epona is particularly a goddess of fertility, as shown by her attributes of a patera (shallow drinking dish), cornucopia, ears of grain and the presence of foals in some sculptures.
Vision without action is a daydream; action without a vision is a nightmare.


About Love..
May the Light of Spirit -- of peace, freedom, justice, hope, courage, love, and joy -- shine within us & around the world during this holidays season & beyond: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yZ1zxtbOJE

Chain of Healing - Please continue the chain...
Please add your name or a loved ones name to this Healing Chain in the comments…

Light and Love of the Goddess --- Lady Patti

“Love is a chain of love as nature is a chain of life” Truman Capote

Each day we come across those that need our blessings of light from within The Goddess to heal a sickness, to heal a sorrow, to heal a loss. To heal…
...
The blessing below I will post it each day so that you may “like” the posting and comments on the healing needs. Add your healing comments and needs to this chain. By liking the post and comment, those in need will see that you thinking of them and sending your healing energies to them.

Please add your comments, wishes and blessings as needed to the Chain of Healing.

Blessed Lady – healer of our pain, source of our strength.
As I light the candle of white, the healing of this heated light
Give this light and healing love to those that are in need.
Blessings and healing light to those as we call out their names
As You are our Light, You are our Strength, You are our source of love
So mote it be.
Lady Patti
Copyright © 12272011

Chain of Healing - Please continue the chain...
Please add your name or a loved ones name to this Healing Chain in the comments…

Light and Love of the Goddess --- Lady Patti 

“Love is a chain of love as nature is a chain of life” Truman Capote

Each day we come across those that need our blessings of light from within The Goddess to heal a sickness, to heal a sorrow, to heal a loss. To heal…
... 
The blessing below I will post it each day so that you may “like” the posting and comments on the healing needs. Add your healing comments and needs to this chain. By liking the post and comment, those in need will see that you thinking of them and sending your healing energies to them. 

Please add your comments, wishes and blessings as needed to the Chain of Healing. 

Blessed Lady – healer of our pain, source of our strength.
As I light the candle of white, the healing of this heated light 
Give this light and healing love to those that are in need.
Blessings and healing light to those as we call out their names
As You are our Light, You are our Strength, You are our source of love
So mote it be.
Lady Patti 
Copyright © 12272011
























Spells are as individual as you are. It is your wish and your projection that makes the magick happen.


The Witches Kitchen ~


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IMPORTANT as the WEEKEND Commences: Many people are tired, lethargic & generally quiet. We are still coming off of the recent ECLIPSE energy in November, & hence why so many of you are sorting & cleaning up your life & feeling generally unsettled. There is also a feeling like we are in a CAPSULE in our head, like it is wrapped in cotton wool & all you can hear is the sound of YOU, so listen. It's just gone last quarter Moon & MERCURY is currently playing with our need to get on PURPOSE. This weekend you are asking "Why am I here?", "What's it all about?" These answers can ONLY come from your heart (soul). So drop that encapsulated head into heart by closing eyes & ask away, then enjoy your day! Elizabeth Peru ♥
















IMPORTANT as the WEEKEND Commences: Many people are tired, lethargic & generally quiet. We are still coming off of the recent ECLIPSE energy in November, & henc
e why so many of you are sorting & cleaning up your life & feeling generally unsettled. There is also a feeling like we are in a CAPSULE in our head, like it is wrapped in cotton wool & all you can hear is the sound of YOU, so listen. It's just gone last quarter Moon & MERCURY is currently playing with our need to get on PURPOSE. This weekend you are asking "Why am I here?", "What's it all about?" These answers can ONLY come from your heart (soul). So drop that encapsulated head into heart by closing eyes & ask away, then enjoy your day! Elizabeth Peru ♥


Fire rituals have been in existence for centuries. You may remember your first fire ritual when you were two or three years old on your birthday. The candles were lit and you were told to close your eyes, make a wish and blow out the candles.


Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.

* via www.positivelypositive.com


One of the nicest things about this time of year are the smells, pine cinnamon, apple, orange, nuts etc. To get you in the yule mood why not try to make your own home made Yule potPourri. Here are the ingredients.
8 cups of cones... fir or pine.. or a mixture.
2 cups of dried rose hips
2 cups of bay leaves
several cinnamon sticks broken into small pieces..
2 cups or so of dried orange and apple slices. You can buy these or slice some up and put in the oven on low heat for several hours this will dehydrate them.
1/2 Cup of Juniper Berries.
You can add some small pieces of pine boughs from a tree
If you have some orris root or some kind of carrier then you add several drops of pine or balsam oil. use a quite a lot.
You can add it to the potpourri itself..
Cover all this with some plastic wrap for several days and then add to a decorative bowl for the smell of the Yuletide.
You can play about with this and make your own the possibilities are limitless.











One of the nicest things about this time of year are the smells, pine cinnamon, apple, orange, nuts etc. To get you in the yule mood why not try to make your ow
n home made Yule potPourri. Here are the ingredients.
8 cups of cones... fir or pine.. or a mixture.
2 cups of dried rose hips
2 cups of bay leaves
several cinnamon sticks broken into small pieces..
2 cups or so of dried orange and apple slices. You can buy these or slice some up and put in the oven on low heat for several hours this will dehydrate them.
1/2 Cup of Juniper Berries.
You can add some small pieces of pine boughs from a tree
If you have some orris root or some kind of carrier then you add several drops of pine or balsam oil. use a quite a lot.
You can add it to the potpourri itself..
Cover all this with some plastic wrap for several days and then add to a decorative bowl for the smell of the Yuletide.
You can play about with this and make your own the possibilities are limitless.





Blessed be ...
Lady Abigail
We must re-establish our connection to that basic reality, we must take care of the earth.
John Trundell - Sioux

It's been a pretty disappointing year for me, celestial sights wise. There have been the usual meteor showers (it was cloudy for me every time), the transit of Venus (also cloudy) and several eclipses (none were visible from my area).
Luckily, we still have the Geminids left. They're generally considered to be one of the best and most reliable meteor showers of the year, so hopefully we'll get a good show.
They will appear to radiate from the constellation of Gemini, and you could spot up to 120 meteors per hour. The moon will be new meaning that visibility should be very good.
Although Dec 13th-14th is the peak, meteors will be visible for several days before and after that so don't forget to look up this week.

As usual, if you get any good photographs please send them our way.
‎"Yes, I'm a witch... I don't care what you say"

~ Yoko Ono
http://youtu.be/AAjtTjlJdss
"Yes, I'm a witch... I don't care what you say"

~ Yoko Ono

http://youtu.be/AAjtTjlJdss


December 8 – Saturday

Blessings of Saturn’s Day dear Family – May you all have a Magickal weekend filled with Love, Light and Laughter – Lady Patti

“Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.” - Eckhart Tolle

Two of my favorite things today: Black and Patchouli

Color of the day: Black - Black is not a color, strictly speaking. It is the absence of all color. Black symbolizes death in some cultures. Native Americans thought black was good because it was the color of soil, which gives life.
Black, and its opposite white, represents polarities. Black absorbs all aspects of light. While white reveals, black conceals. It has come to mean hidden, fearful or bad experience. It is linked to the unknown or the unseen.
In times of fear and uncertainty black contains the energy of the threatening unknown. In a positive state, black is seen as a restful emptiness into which anything may emerge and disappear once again. It is also mysterious, providing a sense of potential and possibility. 
Black gemstones symbolize self control and resilience. Black stones have protective energies in the sense that black is the absence of light, and therefore, can be used to create invisibility.

Incense of the day: Patchouli - Magickal Uses: Money•Fertility•Love Drawing•Sex and Love•Lust
•Romance•Substitute for Graveyard Dust/Dirt•Breaking Jinxes•Soothing
•Calming•Grounding
Patchouli smells like rich earth.

Magickal Term: Charge – the act of infusing an object with magickal power, usually for a particular, stated purpose.

Just like the Sun, the Moon is constantly traveling through the Zodiac. But when the Sun spends one month in every Zodiac sign, the Moon only two-three days. The Moon affects us as much as the Sun, which is even truer for women

4th Libra
Void of course 7:37 PM EST

Next New Moon – December 13th – 3:42 AM EST
Waning Crescent
30% Lunar Illumination

Moon Day 25
Day of passivity and solitude, reflection and focus, imagination and intuition, inner wisdom. Day of telepathy and clairvoyance.
Day is best spent in solitude, contemplation and prayer. All actions should be slow and thoughtful. Listen to you inner voice (intuition). Day is good for finishing what was started before. Fasting and cleansing is recommended.
Avoid rushing, unexpected contacts and situations, unnecessary activity. Be careful with thoughts and emotions as they have their own energy.

Saturday -- Saturn's day
Middle English saterday
Old English sæter(nes)dæg "Saturn's day"
Latin dies Saturni "day of Saturn"
Ancient Greek hemera Khronu "day of Cronus"

Saturn is the Roman and Italic god of agriculture and the consort of Ops. He is believed to have ruled the earth during an age of happiness and virtue. 

Cronus (Kronos, Cronos) is the Greek god (Titan) who ruled the universe until dethroned by his son Zeus.

Saturn’s Day Magick
Saturn’s Day – Ruled by the Planet Saturn
Magickal Influences:
Magickal Associations:  Homes, endings, longevity, Agriculture and creativity, fortune and hope, protection and banishment of negativity.
This day magick involving binding, blocks, clear one's path, completions, constrictions and those who are restricting you, deaths, duties, the elderly, endings, finding families, gifts, lies, overcoming limitations, losses, moving home, obstacles, past lives, property, protection from psychic attack, rebirth, responsibilities, self-confidence, windfalls

Colors: Black, indigo, blue, gray and brown

Candle Color:  Gray and Brown

Saturnian stones are useful for grounding, centering, protection, purification, and luck: Alum, Apache tear, Coal, Hematite, Jasper (brown), Jet, Obsidian, Onyx, Salt, Serpentine and black tourmaline.

METAL: LEAD; Energy; Receptive, Planet: Saturn, Element; Earth, Associated Herbs: Rose, nettle, rue, Cumin.  Powers: Divination, protection, defense magick. 

ANGEL: Cassiel 
ASTROLOGICAL SIGN: Capricorn and Aquarius 
DEITIES: Bran the Blessed, Ceres, the Dagda, Demeter, Gaia, Hades, Hecate, Kronos, Mannu, Osiris, Pan, Pluto, Rhea, Saturn, Set 
ELEMENT: Earth 
ENERGY: Feminine / Receptive 
PLANTS/HERBS: Black poppy seeds, coltsfoot, hemlock, hyacinth, moss, myrrh, mullein, nightshade, pansy, pepperwort, thyme, wolf's bane 
TREE: Cypress or Fir tree

Saturn’s Aromas – Cypress, Mimosa, Myrrh, Patchouli


Today’s Stone/Crystal Pick – Rhodocrosite – Energy; Projective, Planet; Mars, Element; Fire
Powers; Energy, peace and love
This pink stone is carried or worn to lend extra energy during times of extreme physical activity. It is also soothing to the emotions and the body, distressing it.

Today’s Tarot Pick
The Devil Reversed
 Liberation from oppressive forces. You have escaped treachery and deceit. It's easier to walk away from something now, go before you are turned around. Deeper emotional connection on equal footing is possible in a relationship. Two against one for the greater good. Dark forces have lost their influence. Strong positive emotions are ruling force. Someone needs strength of your character to assist them out of a bad time. A reversal of bad fortune









December 8 – Saturday

Blessings of Saturn’s Day dear Family – May you all have a Magickal weekend filled with Love, Light and Laughter – Lady Patti

“Life is n
ow. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.” - Eckhart Tolle

Two of my favorite things today: Black and Patchouli

Color of the day: Black - Black is not a color, strictly speaking. It is the absence of all color. Black symbolizes death in some cultures. Native Americans thought black was good because it was the color of soil, which gives life.
Black, and its opposite white, represents polarities. Black absorbs all aspects of light. While white reveals, black conceals. It has come to mean hidden, fearful or bad experience. It is linked to the unknown or the unseen.
In times of fear and uncertainty black contains the energy of the threatening unknown. In a positive state, black is seen as a restful emptiness into which anything may emerge and disappear once again. It is also mysterious, providing a sense of potential and possibility.
Black gemstones symbolize self control and resilience. Black stones have protective energies in the sense that black is the absence of light, and therefore, can be used to create invisibility.

Incense of the day: Patchouli - Magickal Uses: Money•Fertility•Love Drawing•Sex and Love•Lust
•Romance•Substitute for Graveyard Dust/Dirt•Breaking Jinxes•Soothing
•Calming•Grounding
Patchouli smells like rich earth.

Magickal Term: Charge – the act of infusing an object with magickal power, usually for a particular, stated purpose.

Just like the Sun, the Moon is constantly traveling through the Zodiac. But when the Sun spends one month in every Zodiac sign, the Moon only two-three days. The Moon affects us as much as the Sun, which is even truer for women

4th Libra
Void of course 7:37 PM EST

Next New Moon – December 13th – 3:42 AM EST
Waning Crescent
30% Lunar Illumination

Moon Day 25
Day of passivity and solitude, reflection and focus, imagination and intuition, inner wisdom. Day of telepathy and clairvoyance.
Day is best spent in solitude, contemplation and prayer. All actions should be slow and thoughtful. Listen to you inner voice (intuition). Day is good for finishing what was started before. Fasting and cleansing is recommended.
Avoid rushing, unexpected contacts and situations, unnecessary activity. Be careful with thoughts and emotions as they have their own energy.

Saturday -- Saturn's day
Middle English saterday
Old English sæter(nes)dæg "Saturn's day"
Latin dies Saturni "day of Saturn"
Ancient Greek hemera Khronu "day of Cronus"

Saturn is the Roman and Italic god of agriculture and the consort of Ops. He is believed to have ruled the earth during an age of happiness and virtue.

Cronus (Kronos, Cronos) is the Greek god (Titan) who ruled the universe until dethroned by his son Zeus.

Saturn’s Day Magick
Saturn’s Day – Ruled by the Planet Saturn
Magickal Influences:
Magickal Associations: Homes, endings, longevity, Agriculture and creativity, fortune and hope, protection and banishment of negativity.
This day magick involving binding, blocks, clear one's path, completions, constrictions and those who are restricting you, deaths, duties, the elderly, endings, finding families, gifts, lies, overcoming limitations, losses, moving home, obstacles, past lives, property, protection from psychic attack, rebirth, responsibilities, self-confidence, windfalls

Colors: Black, indigo, blue, gray and brown

Candle Color: Gray and Brown

Saturnian stones are useful for grounding, centering, protection, purification, and luck: Alum, Apache tear, Coal, Hematite, Jasper (brown), Jet, Obsidian, Onyx, Salt, Serpentine and black tourmaline.

METAL: LEAD; Energy; Receptive, Planet: Saturn, Element; Earth, Associated Herbs: Rose, nettle, rue, Cumin. Powers: Divination, protection, defense magick.

ANGEL: Cassiel
ASTROLOGICAL SIGN: Capricorn and Aquarius
DEITIES: Bran the Blessed, Ceres, the Dagda, Demeter, Gaia, Hades, Hecate, Kronos, Mannu, Osiris, Pan, Pluto, Rhea, Saturn, Set
ELEMENT: Earth
ENERGY: Feminine / Receptive
PLANTS/HERBS: Black poppy seeds, coltsfoot, hemlock, hyacinth, moss, myrrh, mullein, nightshade, pansy, pepperwort, thyme, wolf's bane
TREE: Cypress or Fir tree

Saturn’s Aromas – Cypress, Mimosa, Myrrh, Patchouli


Today’s Stone/Crystal Pick – Rhodocrosite – Energy; Projective, Planet; Mars, Element; Fire
Powers; Energy, peace and love
This pink stone is carried or worn to lend extra energy during times of extreme physical activity. It is also soothing to the emotions and the body, distressing it.

Today’s Tarot Pick
The Devil Reversed
Liberation from oppressive forces. You have escaped treachery and deceit. It's easier to walk away from something now, go before you are turned around. Deeper emotional connection on equal footing is possible in a relationship. Two against one for the greater good. Dark forces have lost their influence. Strong positive emotions are ruling force. Someone needs strength of your character to assist them out of a bad time. A reversal of bad fortune

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S...
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“By the time Frederic Seaman became John’s personal assistant in February 1979, John Lennon's main interest was reading books on religion, psychic phenomena, the occult, death, history, archeology, and anthropology. Specific books Seaman can remember him asking for included Rebel in the Soul: An Ancient Egyptian Dialogue Between a Man and His Destiny, by Bika Reed; Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today, by Margot Adler…Seaman, who was present with John’s sons, Sean and Julian, recalled, “John began working himself up into a tirade against Christianity, saying that it had virtually destroyed what was left of pagan culture and spirituality in Europe-a great loss to civilization.” He then announced that he was now a ‘born again pagan.’”

http://wildhunt.org/2007/01/john-lennon-born-again-pagan.htmll

I know in my digging, I have found several references in his songs. Songs that were done not
 long before his death, that is. I point to "Out the Blue" where he references The Lord & Lady as well as in "Mind Games" he mentions "Druids" and "Lifting the veil" as well as other things... ~ Leandra

Mind Games - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnM66YKHYec

Out The Blue -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coPc8Dnzna4

In the book, "Last Days of John Lennon" by Frederic Seaman - he speaks of just this subject.
“By the time Frederic Seaman became John’s personal assistant in February 1979, John Lennon's main interest was reading books on religion, psychic phenomena, the occult, death, history, archeology, and anthropology. Specific books Seaman can remember him asking for included Rebel in the Soul: An Ancient Egyptian Dialogue Between a Man and His Destiny, by Bika Reed; Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today, by Margot Adler…Seaman, who was present with John’s sons, Sean and Julian, recalled, “John began working himself up into a tirade against Christianity, saying that it had virtually destroyed what was left of pagan culture and spirituality in Europe-a great loss to civilization.” He then announced that he was now a ‘born again pagan.’”
 
http://wildhunt.org/2007/01/john-lennon-born-again-pagan.htmll
 
I know in my digging, I have found several references in his songs. Songs that were done not long before his death, that is. I point to  "Out the Blue"  where he references The Lord & Lady as well as in "Mind Games" he mentions "Druids" and "Lifting the veil" as well as other things... ~ Leandra
 
Mind Games -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnM66YKHYec
 
Out The Blue -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coPc8Dnzna4

In the book, "Last Days of John Lennon" by Frederic Seaman - he speaks of just this subject.


















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Today, Great Spirit Let me
walk the path of friendship
remember to touch the earth
slow down and live just for today
be gentle, patient and kind

Found this pic on the web and thought of you Three, the power of 3 :D BB
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Earth Bath Spell(Elemental)

4 parts Patchouly
3 parts Cypress
1 part Vetivert
Color: Green

Earth Bath Spell(Elemental)

4 parts Patchouly
 3 parts Cypress
 1 part Vetivert
 Color: Green

For use in attuning with the Earth, or for spells involving money, foundation, stability, creativity, fertility, ecology and so on.
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True Love..

"True love doesn't have a happy ending, 
because true love never ends"
-unknown.

Have a wonderful night everyone!! ♥
Have a wonderful night everyone!! <3


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HAVE FAITH: You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.

Thanks to GSDC member Leif Hovstadius of his GSD Aliyan.  Aliyan has degenerative myelopathy. His neurologist said a week ago that he was surprised that Aliyan is still alive. Usually they dont last longer than about a year after the hind legs stop working. Aliyan has now used his cart for 14 months and counting. <3 As always, feel free to tag or click share. ~cheryl













HAVE FAITH: You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.

Thanks to GSDC member Leif Hovstadius of his GSD Aliyan. Aliyan has degenerativ
e myelopathy. His neurologist said a week ago that he was surprised that Aliyan is still alive. Usually they dont last longer than about a year after the hind legs stop working. Aliyan has now used his cart for 14 months and counting. ♥ As always, feel free to tag or click share. ~cheryl



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This is my Truth about the world population breakdown in terms of character or "roles" people play...

50% Victims
35% Bystanders
14% Critics
1% Heroes

People are not BORN into their roles. They choose them. I will concede that most of the time it is an unconscious choice. But it is still a choice. Here is the cool thing....you can change.

I challenge you to try out the HERO role. It is tougher in some cases, but in my opinion...it is worth it. Risk vs Reward.

Be the Hero!

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This is my Truth about the world population breakdown in terms of character or "roles" people play...

50% Victims
35% Bystanders
14% Critics
1% Heroes

People are not BORN into their roles. They choose them. I will concede that most of the time it is an unconscious choice. But it is still a choice. Here is the cool thing....you can change.

I challenge you to try out the HERO role. It is tougher in some cases, but in my opinion...it is worth it. Risk vs Reward.

Be the Hero!

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Pagan History of the Yule Tree

Yule Trees aka Christmas trees are a central part of the holiday celebrations around the world. Families gather around them to exchange gifts, cities put them up in squares and town halls, you'll find them in nearly every hotel and shopping mall... Although there's some debate as to whether the Yule/Xmas tree as it's used today has Pagan origins, it's clear that several non-christian cultures brought evergreen plants indoors at the time of the winter solstice.

Dating back centuries before Christ, cultures brought evergreen trees, plants, and leaves into their homes upon the arrival of the winter solstice, which occurs in the northern hemisphere between December 21st and 22nd. Although the specific practices were different in each country and culture, the symbolization was generally the same: to celebrate the return of life at the beginning of winter's decline.

Egyptians particularly valued evergreens as a symbol of life's victory over death. They brought green date palm leaves into their homes around the time of the winter solstice.

Druid priests in Great Britain also used evergreen plants and mistletoe in pagan ceremonies, and the mistletoe plant was the symbol of the birth of a god. Celtic Druids and Norseman of Scandinavia also used mistletoe in a mysterious ceremony just after the winter solstice.

Romans had a public festival called Saturnalia, which lasted one week beginning on December 17th, and included a variety of celebrations around the winter solstice. Curiously, the Roman winter solstice was marked on December 25th on the Julian calendar. These celebrations are thought to have merged with pagan practices of hanging mistletoe and the burning of the Yule log.

In Britain, the Yule log was originally seen as a magical amulet, and eventually made it into the hand's of Father Christmas. In Italy the Yule log is still burned for the "Festa di Ceppo". In Catalonia, the log is wrapped in a blanket until Christmas Eve, when it's unwrapped and burned for the custom of "fer cagar el tio". And in Serbia, families bring the Yule log (known as a "badnjak") into their homes on Christmas Eve to be burned along with prayers to God to bring happiness, luck, and riches.

In the mid 1500's, Germans began using evergreen trees as a symbol of hope for the coming of spring. This practice is likely to have gradually evolved from Pagan rituals of past, and merged with the celebration of Xmas leading to the tree's being shared as it were by other religions.

Posted by Lady Abigail
Pagan History of the Yule Tree

Yule Trees aka Christmas trees are a central part of the holiday celebrations around the world. Families gather around them to exchange gifts, cities put them up in squares and town halls, you'll find them in nearly every hotel and shopping mall... Although there's some debate as to whether the Yule/Xmas tree as it's used today has Pagan origins, it's clear that several non-christian cultures brought evergreen plants indoors at the time of the winter solstice.

Dating back centuries before Christ, cultures brought evergreen trees, plants, and leaves into their homes upon the arrival of the winter solstice, which occurs in the northern hemisphere between December 21st and 22nd. Although the specific practices were different in each country and culture, the symbolization was generally the same: to celebrate the return of life at the beginning of winter's decline.

Egyptians particularly valued evergreens as a symbol of life's victory over death. They brought green date palm leaves into their homes around the time of the winter solstice.

Druid priests in Great Britain also used evergreen plants and mistletoe in pagan ceremonies, and the mistletoe plant was the symbol of the birth of a god. Celtic Druids and Norseman of Scandinavia also used mistletoe in a mysterious ceremony just after the winter solstice.

Romans had a public festival called Saturnalia, which lasted one week beginning on December 17th, and included a variety of celebrations around the winter solstice. Curiously, the Roman winter solstice was marked on December 25th on the Julian calendar. These celebrations are thought to have merged with pagan practices of hanging mistletoe and the burning of the Yule log.

In Britain, the Yule log was originally seen as a magical amulet, and eventually made it into the hand's of Father Christmas. In Italy the Yule log is still burned for the "Festa di Ceppo". In Catalonia, the log is wrapped in a blanket until Christmas Eve, when it's unwrapped and burned for the custom of "fer cagar el tio". And in Serbia, families bring the Yule log (known as a "badnjak") into their homes on Christmas Eve to be burned along with prayers to God to bring happiness, luck, and riches.

In the mid 1500's, Germans began using evergreen trees as a symbol of hope for the coming of spring. This practice is likely to have gradually evolved from Pagan rituals of past, and merged with the celebration of Xmas leading to the tree's being shared as it were by other religions.

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congradulations to my students of Dec 3rd class witchcraft I 2012




congradulations to my students of Dec 3rd class witchcraft I 2012

So Mote It Be <3

Santa Claus is coming to town. I hear he’s staying at the Holiday Inn.


Affirmation
I know and I affirm
That no matter how heavy my heart may be
No matter what the day brings
No matter how others treat me and try to bring me down
I am Strong. I am Alive with Love. I Breathe in Magick.
She sends Her Spirits to Guide me.
To Watch Over Me as I weep. To Life me Up when I fall.
There to Protect and Guide me.
So Mote It Be

Lady Patti
Copyright © 19jun2012

Lady of my Heart
So dark and faire
I hear Your gentle sigh
I feel Your warm embrace
Yes in the midst of pain
Yes in the midst of sorrow
Indeed with Love and Laughter
You are There
I am because of You
Blessed Lady of My Heart
Forever I am Your
..…never to part

Lady Patti © 08dec2012




Yule  Rice 
Recipe submitted by Sherily Ontiveros 
to from Latinofoodie.com

A menu staple gets a festive upgrade in this recipe. White rice is cooked in a caramel of soda pop and water, sweetened by raisins, topped off with a salty, savory piece of ham, and adorned with red, green, and yellow peppers.  Feliz Tronco!

1tablespoon unsalted butter
4tablespoons canola oil
1white onion, chopped
1red pepper, half chopped for cooking and other half for garnish
1yellow pepper, half chopped for cooking and other half for garnish
1green pepper, half chopped for cooking and other half for garnish
3cups extra long grain rice
1 1/2cups Coca-Cola
2 1/2cups water
*salt, to taste
1/2cup raisins
1/2cup walnuts, chopped
1/2cup ham, diced

If you want it to be vegetarian then leave out the ham.








Yule Rice
Recipe submitted by Sherily Ontiveros
to from Latinofoodie.com

A menu staple gets a festive upgrade in this recipe. White rice is cooked in a cara
mel of soda pop and water, sweetened by raisins, topped off with a salty, savory piece of ham, and adorned with red, green, and yellow peppers. Feliz Tronco!

1tablespoon unsalted butter
4tablespoons canola oil
1white onion, chopped
1red pepper, half chopped for cooking and other half for garnish
1yellow pepper, half chopped for cooking and other half for garnish
1green pepper, half chopped for cooking and other half for garnish
3cups extra long grain rice
1 1/2cups Coca-Cola
2 1/2cups water
*salt, to taste
1/2cup raisins
1/2cup walnuts, chopped
1/2cup ham, diced

If you want it to be vegetarian then leave out the ham.


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When they "Pull The Plug" on the "Fiscal Cliff" Manufactured out of FRAUD and FAKE Derivative Debt..

Know Who (The .0000001%) Owns the PRIVATE Central Bank that has been Waging Financial Espionage WORLDWIDE, So that they cannot Pose as our Saviors as they attempt Genocide.

Bail out the POEPLE!
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When they "Pull The Plug" on the "Fiscal Cliff" Manufactured out of FRAUD and FAKE Derivative Debt..

Know Who (The .0000001%) Owns the PRIVATE Central Bank that has been Waging Financial Espionage WORLDWIDE, So that they cannot Pose as our Saviors as they attempt Genocide.

Bail out the POEPLE!
Jail The BANKSTERS!

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Iceland's economy recovered from the financial crisis better than most because the government bailed out the people and jailed the bank criminals.

SHARE if America should try the Iceland solution.
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How can you tell when a country is about to get invaded? Listen to the sellout traitor talking heads on television tell you the country has “weapons of mass destruction” or “chemical weapons” and is “about to use them on their own people”..
The Gullible American public fell for it once, the media and government assume it will work again, only will it?

Fool me once, shame on you… It’s amazing the American people are not up in arms over this obvious scam taking place in order to coax the masses into supporting yet another war.

The only thing stopping them (the cabal running our country) from invading another sovereign nation, plundering our treasury, and ending our soldiers lives is an uneducated, gullible public they are counting on it.


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Get ready to celebrate Yule.
Get ready to celebrate Yule.
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It's December, which means if you're one of our northern hemisphere readers, the Yule season is well upon us. Let's look today at some different rites and rituals you can include in your celebrations. Whether you're a solitary observing your first Yule ritual, or the organizer of a large group that's been together for years, we've got a wide variety of Yule ceremonies you can incorporate into the season.

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Ritual to Welcome Back the Sun 
The ancients knew that the winter solstice was the longest night of the year -- and that meant that the sun was beginning its long journey back towards earth. It was a time of celebration, and for rejoicing in the knowledge that soon, the warm days of spring would return, and the dormant earth would come back to life. Read Full Article
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Goddess Rite for Solitaries or Groups 
Yule is the time of the Winter Solstice, and for some Wiccans, it's a time to say goodbye to the old, and welcome the new. As the sun returns to the earth, life begins once more -- some traditions see this as a time to bid the Crone farewell, and invite the Maiden back into our lives. If you're practicing alone, use our Rite for Solitaries, or if you're with a group, try the Goddess Ritual for Groups.
Family Yule Log Ceremony 
If your family enjoys ritual, you can welcome back the sun at Yule with this simple winter ceremony. The first thing you'll need is a Yule Log. If you make it a week or two in advance, you can enjoy it as a centerpiece prior to burning it in the ceremony. You'll also need a fire, so if you can do this ritual outside, that's even better. Read Full Article
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Yule Cleansing Ritual 
Before Yule rolls in, start thinking about all the clutter you've accumulated over the past year. Got pants that are too small or too big? A Chia Pet that never grew? Dishes you hate to use, because they're just butt-ugly? Time to get rid of stuff you don't like, use, or need anymore! Read Full Article
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Circle Sanctuary has been taking part in the Interfaith Awareness Week in Wisconsin every year since it began in 1998. We are among the religious organizations hosting an Open House as well as among those with displays that are part of the World Religions of Wisconsin exhibit in the rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.
Here's a press release with more details. It also is on-line: https://circlesanctuary.org/index.php/interfaith-ministries/interfaith-awareness-week
Contact:      Rev. Selena Fox, – (608) 924-2216 or circle@circlesanctuary.org
                    Rev. Fr. John-Brian Paprock, – 608) 217-8144 or inroads@minister.com
December 3, 2012 - For Immediate Release
People Around Wisconsin Join Together for Interfaith Awareness Week
Madison, WI – This week, people of many faiths and traditions are joining together to celebrate religious diversity at Wisconsin’s Annual Interfaith Awareness Week.
“A variety of religions have holidays in December, and it is a perfect time to celebrate together and learn about Wisconsin’s considerable religious diversity,” said Rev. Selena Fox, Senior Minister of Circle Sanctuary, one of the participating religious communities. “We are pleased to again be part of this important celebration through our participation in the World Religions of Wisconsin exhibits in the Capitol all week and with our Interfaith Open House at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve near Barneveld next Saturday.”
This is Wisconsin’s 15th annual Interfaith Awareness Week. Educational displays will be in the Rotunda of the State Capitol Building from December 3 to December 7, and a multi-faith presentation, the annual Capitol Celebration, will be held at Noon on December 5.
"After 15 years, I see we still have interfaith awareness needs," said Rev. John-Brian Paprock of Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Chapel, founder and co-director of Interfaith Awareness Week. "We need to invite one another continually to the common ground in our communities. We need to invite one another to our houses of worship being good hosts and good guests. We have a need for regular ongoing education about the variety of religious/spiritual groups locally to enable any successful dialogue when crisis occurs. We continue to need multi-faith service responses to our community needs."
In addition to having displays in the Rotunda, a variety of Open House events will be at houses of worship all week.
“We join with people of many religions, spiritualities, and philosophies in praying for peace, understanding and cooperation this month and year-round,” said Rev. Fox, who has been part of the interfaith team organizing this event since it began. “I invite everyone to join us at our Open House and at the Capitol this week to learn, share and celebrate Wisconsin religious pluralism.”

Fast Facts:
• Interfaith Awareness Week (IAW), was founded in 1998 by Rev. John-Brian Paprock, and is coordinated by him and Rev. Anne Wynne of the Madison Eckankar Community. More information including details on Interfaith Open Houses: http://interfaithsociety.blogspot.com/
• This year’s IAW began with Open Houses held on Sunday at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Chapel, Madison Eckankar Community, the American Hindu Association and the Wisconsin Sikh Society – Middleton Gurdwara.
• There will be Continuing Dialogue with the Sikh Community on Wednesday, December 5, at 6 pm at Prairie UU Society, 2010 Whenona Way in Madison. The Madison Eckankar Community will be holding a Community HU Prayer Song at 7:30 pm at the Gates of Heaven, 302 East Gorham Street, in Madison’s James Madison Park.
• The Madison Baha’i Center Open House will be on Thursday from 6:30-9 pm at the Baha’i Center at 324 W. Lakeside St. in Madison.
• Circle Sanctuary’s Open House near Barneveld will begin with a potluck lunch at Noon followed by a multicultural & interfaith Happy Holidays traditions talk by Rev. Selena Fox at 2pm. Call 608-924-2216 or emailevents@circlesanctuary.org for directions. https://www.circlesanctuary.org/index.php/events/happy-holidays-interfaith-open-house-12-8-2012
• Circle Sanctuary also will be sponsoring its 34th annual interfaith and multicultural Winter Solstice Pageant this month. It will be held in the New Auditorium of the First Unitarian Society in Madison on December 21st from 7-9pm. For more information and tickets go to: https://www.circlesanctuary.org/index.php/events/winter-solstice-pageant.html
Please share news with your readers & others who may be interested.
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Beginning tonight, Tuesday, December 4, 2012 Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary will be presenting a series of Winter Solstice programs on internet radio.
Tonight's show will be on Crafting Yuletide and will explore ways to create and enhance personal, household, and community festivities. Listen live, 8-9 pm central. Join live chat and/or call in: (347) 308-8222. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/witchschool/2012/12/05/ptrn-presents-circle-craft-study-and-pagan-priest
Also upcoming, Tuesday nights, 8-9 pm central:https://www.circlesanctuary.org/index.php/events/classes-with-selena-fox.html
December 11: Sacred Plants of Winter Solstice
December 18: Winter Solstice Ritual
December 25: Yuletide Giftbringers
January 1, 2013: Hogmanay & Other New Year Traditions.
In addition, Selena Fox will speak on Celebrating Winter Solstice on Karen Tate's Voices of the Sacred Feminine on internet radio on Thursday night, December 13, from 8-9 pm central. Call in (718) 766-4662.http://www.blogtalkradio.com/voicesofthesacredfeminine/2012/12/14/selena-foxpagan-roots-of-xmas-new-years
Additional Winter Solstice Resources
Selena's Yuletide Planning Guide - rites, chants, articles, morehttps://www.circlesanctuary.org/index.php/celebrating-the-seasons/winter-solstice
Selena's Yuletide Updates - photos, lore, linkshttps://www.facebook.com/SelenaFoxUpdates
Circle Times & Networking News: Tuesday, December 4, 2012


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Operation Circle Care Yuletide gifts packages are already on their way to Pagan Troops serving in Afghanistan and in other places around the world.
More packages are being assembled and are going out next week.
There is still time to contribute to this annual program operated by Circle Sanctuary - but please do so soon.
How to Help:
(1) Contacts Needed. Email names & contact info of Pagans in the US Military serving overseas - include name, postal address, & if known, email address. We keep contact info private.
Please get in names & contact info to us right away & before Thursday, December 13 in order for packages to arrive later this month or early January 2013.
(2) Funding. Donate funds to cover postage & other costs of this program. Donations are tax deductible & can be made on-line at our secure site (select Operation Circle Care):https://www.circlesanctuary.org/index.php/organization/donating-to-circle.html
(3) Networking. Let others know about this program & the need to get us names of possible Military Pagan recipients right away.
Founded in 2007, Operation Circle Care is part of the military ministry services provided by Circle Sanctuary:https://www.circlesanctuary.org/index.php/military-ministries/circle-military-ministries.html
MORE INFO:
Operation Circle Care:
Contact David & Jeanet Ewing, Operation Circle Care coordinators
occ@circlesanctuary.org
http://tiny.cc/operationcirclecare
Circle Times & Circle News Release: Friday, December 7, 2012


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