Archive | December 2017

2018 New Year Full Moon & Blue Moon

Moonlit Newgrange Burial Chamber and Standing Stone, County Meath, Ireland.
Photographer: Tim Hannan

January 1st Full Moon

Are you ready for the Full Moon on January 1st? It’s the Winter Wolf Moon in my Clan. And because the moon is still so close to Earth in its Perigee during December 2017, a lot of folks are also calling this coming full moon the Supermoon for 2018.

Supermoons aren’t anything extra special in the world of science. It’s just a commercial name for when the Moon is closest to Earth during its regular orbit around the planet. Because the Moon is closer to Earth in its perigee, it appears to be bigger than what we’re used to seeing during any other full moon through the year.

For Pagans, these closer moons can mean GrandMother Moon is coming in close to look in on the Children of Mother Earth. Esbat rituals (special observances for the phases of the moon) may give special honor to the Old Crone aspect of the Triple Goddess.

January Blue Moon

To top it off, because the full moon is occurring so early in the month, it allows us to squeeze in a 2nd full moon for this month. A Blue Moon, which graces our presence on January 31st, 2018 at 8:27am.

Many in the media are trying to promote this Blue Moon as a “Blood Moon”. It’s not! A Blood Moon is a very specific time of the year for Pagans. And since the name comes from a Pagan observance, I think we get to say when it occurs.  They need to Stop Mixing Mysticism with Science –  No it’s not a Blood Moon.

There are several articles here on my blog that talk more in-depth about these special phases of the Moon that you might be interested in.

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© 2017 Springwolf, D.D., Ph.D. Springwolf Reflections / Springs Haven, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Happy Solstice and Merry Yule

Happy Solstice and Merry Yule
To You and all of Yours
During this Joyous Holiday Season!

Merry Yule To You and Yours!


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© 2017 Springwolf, D.D., Ph.D. Springwolf Reflections / Springs Haven, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

What is Yuletide?

Merry Yuletide

The Time of Yule

December 21st marks the Winter Solstice for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. Solstice celebrations are expected to be held all around the world, recognizing a variety of secular and non-secular events. But the Solstice also rings in the time of Yule for yet another variety of people, Pagans.

Pagan observance of Yule begin at Sunset
on December 20th, 2017.

Have you ever wondered why we call this time Yuletide? Why is there a Yuletide log? Or what about Yuletide carols? Well of course these are things that evolved overtime. Most are rooted in Paganism, some were co-opted by other religions in an effort to convert Pagans, typically to Christianity. And some have nothing to do with Pagans at all.

Yuletide is a combination word. Yule + tide. It’s the tide part people don’t generally give much thought to in our modern observances. But let’s talk about that for a moment. Continue reading

Today’s Tarot Meditation Drawing: Three of Pentacles – Inverted

3 of Pentacles - Inverted

Mystic Faery Tarot by Linda Ravenscroft

There’s a patchwork of emotions swirling about you today. Stop focusing on the lack and pay attention to the blessings in your life. There’s no reason to reach beneath you or lower your self-worth because you don’t have everything you want. That’s crazy talk. Ignore the whispers and go about your day with joy in your heart.


Additional Insight:

To many people put their value in what they “have”, instead of who they are. What you have doesn’t make a person’s character. It only provides more stuff to clean and dust or clutter up your life. During this time of year, the stress and anxiety can get to anyone. IF you allow it to. Stop putting so much pressure on yourself to make things perfect. It’s really not worth it. So just STOP.

Today is a good day to pay attention to the non-material blessings. A day to live in the moment, keep your thoughts in check and to be Mindful. What you have right now is so much more important than “things”. The grass is always greener on the other side. Don’t you think your time is better spent in your own yard, where you can spread your wings and feel the spirit of Mother Nature all around you? Continue reading

Today’s Tarot Meditation Drawing: Ten of Wands

10 of Wands

Mystic Faery Tarot by Linda Ravenscroft

Don’t get too tied up in the details, it’s liable to bog you down. But don’t worry too much, there’s someone there to help you get out of the situation. You’ll be able to move and enjoy some freedom, before the day is over. 


Additional Insight:

You don’t have to go it alone or struggle over an issue by yourself. Stop thinking that everything is on your shoulders alone. Everyone has a part to play and there’s plenty of people to share the labor. All it takes is a little coordination and you’ll get through the details.

For today, keep you head in the game and don’t panic. You’ll only make things worse. So make sure you stop, take a deep breath and relax. The stress will only divert your attention from the task at hand. Keep your anger and frustration in check so you can think through the situation and untangle the problem. Even if it’s a lot of little problems, you’ll find a way out. Continue reading

Today’s Tarot Meditation Drawing: Seven of Pentacles

Seven of Pentacles

Mystic Faery Tarot by Linda Ravenscroft

Stay in budget this week. Money doesn’t grow on trees and you have enough to bring joy and happiness to your fold. Don’t allow others to push your buttons and use guilt trips to go beyond your means. They’re not the one who will deal with the consequences.


Additional Insight:

Remind yourself that you’re doing the best you can. And right now, that’s good enough. You have a budget, you’ve made a plan, now stick to it. Others closer to home, are depending on you. The people who truly care about you, won’t push you into doing something you don’t want to do. Those that will try emotional manipulation, aren’t interested in you, they’re interested in what they get out of deal. Some only care to appear more important than they actually are.

Be cautious of those who offer aid. Make sure they’re not asking for something you don’t want to give in return. Not everyone has your best interests at heart. So watch out for the thorns that may come along with an unexpected gift. You don’t need to compromise your values, morals or beliefs. Nor should you fall for the attempts to shame you into reciprocating. Continue reading

Time To Write Your Abundance Check

wolfmoneyNew Moon Energy Reminder for December

The New Moon for December occurs on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 1:30:00 am EST U.S. 

My friend Rev. Lyn Williams sends out a reminder every month on FB to Write Your Abundance Check.

I think many of us could use this, so I’d like to share it with you. It’s a great way of putting your hopes, faith, dreams or desire for abundance into physical action.

I love Rev. Lyn’s ritual, but I did change it a little to implement some Pagan specific perspectives. If you need some abundance in your life, give it a try. You’ll find the full step-by-step ritual here: Sunday Homily: Writing Your Abundance Check.

You can visit Rev. Lyn’s website and learn more about her at The Woman Exec. And follow her on Facebook where she shares some wonderful insight and suggestions to make positive changes in your life.

Enjoy the ritual!

Spring

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© 2016 Springwolf, D.D., Ph.D. Springwolf Reflections / Springs Haven, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Today’s Tarot Meditation Drawing: The Lovers

The Lovers

Mystic Faery Tarot by Linda Ravenscroft

Be careful with your reputation, you don’t want to be branded as a snake. Your word must be your bond, full of honesty and infused with integrity. Do what you say, and keep your promises. Your character can be a benefit to your life, if you treat it with respect and reverence.


Additional Insight:

Say what you mean, and mean what you say.
Or don’t say anything at all.
~ Springwolf 🐾 © 2000

Twisting the truth to fit your narrative shows a lack of integrity and defines your character as a manipulator. Having the reputation of a snake will impact all your relationships, personal and professional. It may work briefly. But such actions will catch up to you and make it harder to win friends and influence people. Continue reading

Today’s Tarot Meditation Drawing: Knight of Swords

Knight Of Swords

Mystic Faery Tarot by Linda Ravenscroft

Rest, but stay vigilant. Keep your eyes on the details, as well as, the entire landscape. A shift in movement is occurring and you need to be aware of those changes. If only to plan your next move for the weekend or coming week.


Additional Insight:

There’s no need to continue fighting, you’ve taken on the latest challenge and won. But that doesn’t mean you can sit back and rest on your laurels. You still need to keep up the effort to move forward and not become stagnate or complacent. Doing so could hand the momentum back to the forces trying to hold you back or cancel out all the ground you’ve gained.

You have earned the right to feel confident. Allow that feeling to bring you a little peace through the rest of the week. But stay ready to pick up your banner again next week. There’s still much to do.

The Raven tells us we’re going through a metamorphosis and change dominates the terrain. But we must continue to look through the fog and see what’s really going on before us. We must attain clarity in our vision. What we see, hear and think may not be the truth or what’s really going on behind the scenes. There’s a difference in what we want to see, what we’re willing to hear and the truth. Continue reading