Cat’s Morning Bits for Wednesday, December 21, 2022 Yule Edition
Good Morning Beautiful Souls! Grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Yule Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.
“Lighting one candle
from another –
December Events 2022
Dec. 7 Full Moon at 8:08 pm PST/ 9:08 pm MST/ 11:08 pm EDT
Dec. 21 Winter Solstice / Yule and Sun enters Capricorn
Dec 23 New Moon at 2:16 am PST/ 3:16 am MST/ 5:16 am EST
Dec. 24 Christmas Eve & celtic Tree Month of Birch begins
Dec. 25 Christmas Day
Dec. 31 New Years Eve
Moody Moons Blog: Winter Solstice Tarot Spread
Reflect on lessons learned and get insight into the coming year with this Winter Solstice tarot spread.
The Winter Solstice is a time of reflection. Tune yourself into this natural cycle with an end-of-year reflection tarot spread and take some time to contemplate lessons learned.
Magical xmas gifts for witches | Sustainable & low-cost DIY gifts
Spirituality & Health: 3 Druid Winter Practices to Celebrate the Solstice
by Dana O’Driscoll
Try these three druid practices to help you connect with the spiritual significance of the winter solstice.
For those in the druid tradition, the winter solstice has layered meanings. The trees have lost their leaves and the land has been swept bare with frost and cold, resting fallow for a season before spring returns. Though we celebrate the shortest day of the year, we also celebrate the return of the sun—from here, the days grow longer.
Learn Religions: Sacred Plants of the Winter Solstice
By Patti Wigington
Updated on July 03, 2019
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.
“At solstice, the woods were bright in a snowy way, the sky pearl gray above the stately maples and gnarled burr oaks. An Alaskan marooned in the urban Midwest, it took me years to find this nearby patch of relatively undisturbed land where I can sense the power of wildness. Now I go there often, watching the seasons unfold their changeful unchanging patterns in the increasingly familiar forest.
I especially like to walk among the sleeping trees in the half-lit silence of winter dawns. The trail I follow winds and twists, new patches of mixed woodland appearing at every turn. That morning, I reached a point where the path turns sharply left to follow a small ravine. In spring, ephemeral ponds—lively with salamanders, loud with frogs—form in the creases of the forest there. But in frozen winter, I expected nothing beyond silence and wind.
So I did not see them at first, three deer beside three empty larches. When I made them out—gray-dun hides against a gray-dun world—they were motionless, white tails aloft like flags of distress. I stopped in my tracks, thinking how lucky I was to meet the animal my Celtic forebears called the spirit of wildness on that auspicious day.”
Patricia Monaghan, Singing with Deer
Exemplore: Seven Crystals for Yule
CLAIREAUG 3, 2022
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:
EarthSky News: Longest days accompany the December solstice
What is a day? You might casually talk about a day as a period of daylight. Or you could measure a day in relationship to the sun or the stars. Astronomers use the term solar day to describe a day relative to the sun. A solar day is the time from one solar noon
Patheos-Pagan: Return Of The Sun And Symbols Of Christmas
DECEMBER 15, 2022 BY NIINA NISKANEN
Yule Log tradition originates from Norway. It was part of rituals that were celebrated to welcome back the sun. A Yule Log was a Log that was burned in the ashes of the last year’s log. This symbolized the change of the year, from one phase to another. In the heart of winter, the sun turned in its nest and would return back.
Pagan Playlist: Lisa Thiel – Yule (Winter Solstice Song)
THERE’S LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS
“Each difficult moment has the potential to open my eyes and open my heart.”
— Myla Kabat-Zinn
“Even the most daring and accomplished people have undergone tremendous difficulty. In fact, the more successful they became, the more they attributed their success to the lessons learned during their most difficult times.Adversity is our teacher. When we view adversity as a guide towards greater inner growth, we will then learn to accept the wisdom our soul came into this life to learn.”
— Barbara Rose
“No matter what difficulty you are facing, it is coming from Divine Light to bring you to a higher place within. Write down every conceivable reason that this situation can contribute towards your growth. Write down everyway this experience can possibly set the stage for serving to uplift others. When you are complete, and have come to the other side of this experience, you will then know ‘why’ it happened.”
— Barbara Rose
“The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life.”
— Dalai Lama
A Note from the Universe
Hungry for adventure.
The adventure of love.
Tell you what: The more you give of it today to the least deserving on your list, the more your life will change.
Today’s Recipe: Ginger-Hibiscus Sparkler
Bridge tipsy December and dry January with this less-leaded (but no-less-tasty) sipper. Spicy ginger liqueur, nonalcoholic ginger beer, and sweet-tart hibiscus provide all the buzz you need.
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