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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Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year!
May 2018 bring you Blessings, Joy and Happiness
All The Year Through!

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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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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