A Thought for Today

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This came from one of the most wonderful and positive person I know. I watched her grow from a shy and glangly teen who’s one of my middle son’s best friends into the fantastic, uplifting person she is today.

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Blessing to each of you dear ones.

Midsummer/Summer Solstice

Author: Christina Aubin [a WitchVox Sponsor]
Posted: June 23rd. 2001
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“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” — Maori proverb

Summer Solstice falls at the precise moment when the Sun’s power is at its zenith. It is the time of year when the noon sun appears to be farthest north from the celestial equator. “Solstice” is Latin for “sun stands still” (sol “sun” and sistere “to stand”). Summer Solstice is so named because to the naked eye the sun appears stationary in its northern and southern progression. The sun is directly over the tropic of Cancer at the summer solstice, at which time the sun is 23¡27′ north. The sun travels 23.5 degrees to reach its maximum distance from the celestial equator during both the summer and winter solstice.

It is the longest day and shortest night of the year. From the moment of Summer Solstice, the Sun immediately begins to wane. The journey into the harvest season has begun.

Midsummer has been one of the important solar events throughout the evolution of humankind. It was an indicator that the year was about to begin waning, thus winter would be again returning. Although not all the ancients were as precise in the calculations from an astronomical point, you can be sure that they were keenly aware of the sun’s progression, and did most assuredly know when Solstice was upon them, as the sun appeared to stand still in its northern progression.

The axis of Stonehenge, which aligns with the monument’s entrance, is oriented in the direction of the midsummer sunrise…

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Yule Lore

Yule/Winter Solstice is celebrated December 19 – 23 for Northern Hemisphere and June 19 -23 for Southern Hemisphere.

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Yule, the shortest day/longest night of the year, is a Lesser Wiccan Sabbat and greatly celebrated and known as Winter Solstice, Midwinter, Yuletide, Sun Return, Pagan New Year, Great Day of the Cauldron, and Festival of Sol. This is the time of cold, darkness, rebirth of the Sun God, renewal, and waxing sun overcoming the waning sun.

Representation & Associations of Yule/Winter Solstice: In Midsummer, we have the Oak King representing death; in Midwinter we have the Holly King representing death. Both the oak and holly can be symbols for your celebrations during Yule representing birth and death. A wand, rune set or simply a small piece of each, oak and holly, can decorate your altar all through the year. The Oak is prominant from Winter Solstice to Summer Solstice when the Holly becomes dominant until Winter Solstice.

As this time of darkness on the shortest day of the year, we begin celebrating the return of the sun which can be represented with various sun/solar symbols, yule logs, candles, wheel of the year, evergreens, wreaths, holly, mistletoe, trees and nuts.

Colors for Winter Celebrations are green, red, white, silver and gold.

Gemstones for your celebrations at this time include bloodstone, ruby, garnet, green aventurine, emerald, red jasper and moonstone.

Animals associated with Yule are deer, reindeer, squirrels, chickadees, blue jays, cardinals as well as the mythical phoenix.

Herbs, Resins, Plants and Trees for this time are holly, oak, greens, bayberries, dried rose petals/buds, oranges, cranberries, mistletoe, bay, pine, ginger, valerian, frankincense, cinnamon, and myrrh. This is such a festive time of year and many of the above are combined to make or add to wreaths, bundles and boughs and further decorated with sun and star symbols.

Celebrate with foods from local and personal harvests: pears, apples, oranges, lemons, cranberries, cinnamon sticks, popcorn, nuts, corn, pork, cookies, cakes, wine, cider, mulled cider, ginger tea and various fruit and vegetable pies. Again, at this festive time, many of these foods/spices can be used for decorations, added to garlands and greens as well as to make potpourris and incense.

For the rest of this article please click on this link: http://www.13moons.com/yule-lore

Giving Away Power

With the holidays fast approaching this seemed like a good article to review.  Have to love the synchronicity that the Cosmic Cookie Trail leads me on!  You can read the blog post at the following link:

http://www.dailyom.com/cgi-bin/display/articledisplay.cgi?aid=54643

How many times do we do stuff even though we don’t want to because of the holidays?  Looking at it with the view that we are giving away our own personal power when we do so makes me take a step back and make sure the things I am doing are really what I want to do.  Hopefully you can explore that concept for yourself as well.

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Solstice Sun Wheel Prayer Circle

yule-wreath

The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to the following post today….you can read it at the following link:

http://www.owlsdaughter.com/2016/11/the-first-candle-on-our-solstice-advent-wreath/

Tonight we light the first candle of Yule for Air.  The post goes into some of the meanings for this.

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Yule Log Cake

One of many types of recipes for a Yule Log treat, this one comes from the Betty Crocker website:

Ingredients

Cake

6
eggs
1
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ devil’s food cake mix
1/2
cup water
1/4
cup vegetable oil
1
tablespoon powdered sugar

Rich Chocolate Frosting

1/2
cup whipping cream
1
cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz)
1
tablespoon corn syrup
1/4
teaspoon vanilla

Filling

1
container Betty Crocker™ Whipped vanilla frosting

Directions

For the directions on how to make it please click on this link: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/yule-log-cake/e28d9b7f-1fe1-46b9-94f2-b1045cbfa1a5