Cat’s Morning Bits for December 21, 2021
Good Morning & Happy Yule! Grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.
“So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive,
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us – Listen!!
All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This shortest day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, fest, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
- Susan Cooper, The Shortest Day
Dec. 4 New Moon/Solar Eclipse at 11:43 pm PST/ 12:43 am MST / 2:43 am EDT
Dec. 18 Full Moon at 8:35 pm PST/ 9:35 pm MST/ 11:35 pm EDT
Dec. 19 Venus Retrograde until January 29
Dec. 21 Winter Solstice / Yule
Dec. 24 Christmas Eve & celtic Tree Month of Birch begins
Dec. 25 Christmas Day
Dec. 31 New Years Eve
Spirit Library: Move Fearlessly Forward
It has been an epic journey thus far as the spiralling energies of creation have prepared us for this powerful moment. With the Full Moon this past weekend we have reached the final stages of rebirth and stand now on the brink of a new era. Tomorrow’s Solstice is the moment of our rebirth where we will step fully into the infinite nature of our soul and begin a new journey.
How to celebrate Yule 🌲 5 Yule & Winter Solstice ritual ideas
Spirituality & Health: Ritual for Winter Solstice Magic
BY JULIE PETERS
Set a circle with others (real or virtual) to cast a solstice spell on December 21. Grieve the past year’s losses and invite hopes and wishes for the next.
Learn Religions: Sacred Plants of the Winter Solstice
In most modern Pagan traditions, plants and their folklore are an integral part of belief and practice. In particular, many of the Sabbats are associated with the magical properties of different plants. Yule, the winter solstice, falls around December 20 – 22 in the northern hemisphere, and near June 20 – 22 if you live below the equator. Let’s take a look at Yule, and seven plants that often correspond with the season.
MBG: 8 Rituals For The Winter Solstice 2021: How To Make Your Own Light
Take a deep breath as we enter this time of the winter solstice on December 21 in the northern hemisphere. Think of it as a sacred gateway: an ending and a new beginning. With all the noise of 2021, it is time for some much-needed quiet and inner nourishment. Mother Nature is asking us to reflect, recalibrate, and strengthen our ability to shine in the world.
Exemplore: Seven Crystals for Yule
What Is the Energetic Significance of Yule?
Yule is regarded as a time of reflection, transformation and hope, as well as a time to recognise and acknowledge our blessings. It is a good time for rituals and other workings connected to rebirth, renewal and new beginnings. Other correspondences for Yule include:
Today’s DIY: DIY Yule Decorations Crafted with Oranges – Wheel of the Year – Magical Crafting
Elephant Journal: A Winter Solstice Ritual to Set our Intentions for the New Year
Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year.
We honor this time, just as our ancestors have done since the beginning of time—to honor the cycles and seasons, and to remind us of the ever-changing flow of life that we are part of. The duality of spirit and Earth emerge to bring new life into the old growth.
EarthSky News: All you need to know: 2021’s December solstice
For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the longest nights and shortest days of the year. Meanwhile, the Southern Hemisphere is having short nights and long days. The 2021 December solstice moment – when the sun reaches its southernmost point in the sky – will happen on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at 15:59 UTC (9:59 a.m. CST; translate UTC to your time).
Patheos-Pagan: A Solstice of Stillness, A Moment to Reconnect with the Heart
“The term ‘solstice’ comes from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still). At the solstice, the angle between the Sun’s rays and the plane of the Earth’s equator (called declination) appears to stand still.” – Farmer’s Almanac
Becoming still is not celebrated. In a culture that asks for production, movement, excelling, and competing, the last thing to do is to stop. To rest. To reconnect.
Pagan Playlist: Lisa Thiel – Yule (Winter Solstice Song)
Inner Journey: EXPERIENCE STILLNESS
“My greatest wealth is the deep stillness in which I strive and grow and win what the world cannot take from me with fire or sword.”
— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
If our minds are always busy, they don’t get time to do basic maintenance – to sort, tidy up and take out the trash. If we don’t periodically clear out space in our minds, there’s no room for new ideas to take root.
Where do you find stillness each day and each week? Plan for quiet time, relaxation and stillness daily, even if it’s only for 5 or 10 minutes.
“For peace of mind, we need to resign as general manager of the universe.”
— Larry Eisenberg
A Note from the Universe
Haven’t all the years you’ve spent being Santa Claus, been more fun than all the years you spent waiting for Santa Claus?
And not just for the joy you’ve helped place on your favorite faces, but for your ability to act instead of wait. Acting makes the suspense bearable. It gives you a starring role. Time passes more quickly. And best of all, it makes possible your dance with life as you network and mingle with other dancers.
And so it is in all things including those dreams that have placed their trust in you… act, don’t wait.
Happy Hallelujah, Santa Claus!
The Kitchen Witches Cookbook: Dark Wolf’s Yule Wassail
Wassail Cider is one of my most favorite drinks in the winter, so I figured I would share my recipe with you all!
Magical Correspondences for Yule
December 21 (approximately)
Colors: Red, Green, White, Gold, Silver
Sacred Stones: Turquoise, Peridot, Serpentine
Herbs: All evergreens, holly, mistletoe, ivy, pine/fir cones, cinnamon
Symbols: Yule Log or Tree, evergreen wreaths, holly/mistletoe, cinnamon sticks, bells,
Deities: The Holly King, Odin. Osiris, Hathor, Ixchel, Hecate, the =orns, all winter fae
Food & Drink: Roast fowl, ham, apples, oranges, nuts, mulled cider/wine
“Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life, I find.”
-John F. Kennedy
Whatever we put out there comes back to us. What we give, we get. The energy we create is the energy that we use to propel us forward. When we strive for the best, that’s where we go.”
-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com
Ethony: Yule Tarot Spread
Solstice Blessings to everyone for we are about to experience the longest night of the year. It is the time of year that many religions and spiritual paths celebrate the birth of sun deities and the turn of the wheel that sees the days slowly but surely getting longer.
Yule carries the themes of death and rebirth, reflection, being generous with others less fortunate and being the light in the darkness.
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