Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’
The Winter Solstice was celebrated in the ancient world in different traditions. It is known in pagan traditions, and others, as the ‘longest night.’ There are similarities in various world beliefs.
The sun moves into Capricorn at this time and it is the start of the new solar year. This solar occasion is often seen as the rebirth of the sun, symbolized by a Goddess and the birth of her son, celebrated as a festival of light. The ancient cultures of India, Persia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Ireland and Wales all shared the belief of a son, born near the winter solstice on the 25th of December, and who died in the spring.
In pagan Europe, this holiday was known as Jul, which means wheel, or Yule. The ancient Egyptian myths of Isis and Osiris repeats in the story of Mary and Jesus. The modern day celebration of the birth of Jesus, is what we know as Christmas. Read the rest of this entry »
The most overlooked aspect of our Christmas spirit is the giving, especially fruit. And for each fruit there is a symbol as an emblem of divinity or purity, as an anchor to our Earth, honoring our agricultural and farming heritage. In parts of Europe, for example, St. Nicholas would put tangerines into the homes of children to announce the arrival of first Advent.
The apple was used as a symbol of longevity and happiness, and youth and fertility, and thus was used in the story of Adam and Eve as the symbol of temptation. Yet, we must remember that in this infamous story, the snake that tempted Adam and Eve, was the bringer of knowledge and this is the age old lore that presents itself again and again throughout history. Not many people know that it was the Tree of Knowledge, not the apple (or sexuality) that tempted them. And in some ancient texts, they were freed by this knowledge. Read the rest of this entry »
We are thrilled and delighted as always to join you here today helping you to open to more of who you are and who you came here to be. Feel the beautiful energy that swirls around you, moving in and out, up and down and through every cell in your body.
Your energy is best spent this week staying grounded and relaxing into the joy of the holiday season.
We continue our journey of wisdom and healing for many of you during one of the busiest times of your year that often creates much overwhelm in your mind, in your life with much unneeded and unwanted disharmony. We would like to assist you today in staying grounded and connected to your truth, to your soul. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s important this season to remember not everyone is kind, and not everyone cares and is compassionate. I can relate to my clients when they say it is really difficult to be around certain people during the holidays, because of the ego, pride issues that many have. It does little for one’s peace of mind.
I give the same advice I try and bide by myself, which is remembering these people we only have to see once or twice a year. So, try your best to be civil. It’s hard even for those of us that remote view and see how our ‘loved ones’ speak so ‘lovingly’ of us behind our back, and how they focus on the things of this world instead of what matters the most. Read the rest of this entry »
To be perfectly truthful, witch balls freak me out a little bit. I was in a room once where a whole bunch of those hollow spheres of colored glass were hanging from the ceiling… and they all started moving! There were no windows open, no fans, no air-conditioning, nothing in or around the room that could have caused the kind of movement I saw that day. But I’ve decided to confront my fears head on.
If you’ve never seen one, witch balls are semi-transparent glass orbs that look like Christmas ornaments. They typically hang in windows or gardens. Witch balls take on many different forms and names: gazing balls, garden globes, spirit balls, and so forth. What most people do not know is that they originate from an colorful legacy of legend, myth, magic and superstition. Read the rest of this entry »
This year’s final Full Moon is today, on Christmas Day, December 25th, 2015. The Native Americans and the Celts traditionally refer to today’s Full Moon as the “Full Cold Moon” or the “Long Night’s Moon.” Neo-pagans also know it as the “Moon before Yule.”
This year the Winter Solstice took place on December 21st, 2015 – the date on which the day in the Northern Hemisphere is the shortest and the night is longest. Due to the long, dark nights at this time of year, and the fact that the Moon’s orbit travels a high path across the sky, the Full Moon stays in the sky a long time. It is worthwhile to look out for. This is the time of the year when the Northern Hemisphere is held in the icy grip of winter. Traditionally, most of the time around this period was spent in leisure pursuits: teaching traditions to the youngsters, and re-telling the stories of the ancestors. The Celts traditionally have a ceremony welcoming the return of the Long Days. Read the rest of this entry »
I do dream interpretation for many clients. One of my clients dreams is a great example of how I work and how someone could benefit from having the heads up as to what is to come, by way of dream interpretation. Our higher consciousness will often times give us a warning dream before something major happens in our lives.
The client told me she dreamed that she was in an indoor cemetery inside a huge building. As she was leaving and closing it up, she turned around to go back in. Several doors were unlocked and people were coming in and putting presents at the front door of this building, where a gigantic Christmas tree was standing. In front of this huge tree was an enormous bed on which they were putting all of these presents. She said to these people, “This building is closed and you have to go.” They said, “Okay, but first we just want to put these presents on this bed and then we will go.” The people then left and the dream ended. Read the rest of this entry »
The miracles of the recent holiday season will hopefully keep our hearts alive with hope, faith and gratitude throughout the New Year.
Let our souls continue to rejoice with the miracles of joy, hope, faith and love of this most recent Christmas of the Christians; Yule of the Pagans; Candle-mas of the Celts; Hanukkah of the Hebrews; Eid ul-Fitr of Islam; Pan-African festival of Kwanzaa; and Hindu celebration of Diwali.
In the old days, before the reformers came, the Old Oak King conquered the Holly King every year around this time. Mother Earth would then sleep under a white blanket of snow, the quiet ice of still waters, everything waiting for the Summer Solstice, when the Holly King would win the battle in turn. Read the rest of this entry »