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    The Holly and the Oak King

    The Holly and the Oak King     Each holds sway and hand of might Upon the year’s Great Wheel. In each domain one shall be King As wax and wane of Light Move within nature’s cyclic ring. Solstice Kings, though brothers, they In battle determine solar fate. The Oak holds fast to Growing light as Holly Brings his shadow near. The time between held in Equinox Gate and season’s turn Tips finely calibrated scales. The Light holds fast the Oak marks time Flanked by strength and sundial’s grace. The Holly answers with response A dance of calculated pace. At sunset’s call, he strikes his final blow As Oak in…

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    Mind, Body, Soul- Winter Solstice with Norma Clark of Forevrgoddess Boutique

    Mind, Body, Soul- Winter Solstice with Norma Clark of Forevrgoddess Boutique A Witchy Approach For a Spiritual Llife, Magickal or Non   Hello, I’m Norma Clark from Forevrgoddess Boutique. This is my little article about finding Mind, Body, and Soul – during the Winter Solstice Season, using a witchy approach for spiritual life or a non magickal approach. Winter solstice or the return of the sun, was truly a cause for celebration among our ancestors. Yule is called Winter Solstice Dec 21, Mother night. At Yule the Goddess Shows her Life-In-Death aspect. In this season she is the white Lady Queen of Cold darkness. This is her moment of giving…

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    Book Review: The Lunar Gospel – The Complete Guide to Your Astrological Moon by Cal Garrison

    Book Review The Lunar Gospel – The Complete Guide to Your Astrological Moon by Cal Garrison Another astrology cookbook, sigh, I thought as I opened this book. How wrong I can be! Cal Garrison is an astrologer of maturity and subtlety and brings her experience and discernment to this very useful, well written guide. As Garrison herself points out in the introduction, “To answer the question of whether we need another astrology book, I am here to say, ‘Yes, we do.’ We need a book that takes the basic information to a place that actually shows the aspiring astrologer how to translate the sings and symbols into a language that…

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    Mindful Meditation

    Winter Solstice Meditation (Photo by Georgia de Lotz on Unsplash) The Winter Solstice has been a time of celebration, merriment, and relaxation across cultures for millennia. The shift into winter has always brought a turning inwards for myself. The change from Sagittarius to Capricorn is a great way to use this energy for forward movement, instead of downward spiral. This is a great meditation for the Solstice, the couple of days before or after, or whenever you need a boost of inspiration and drive. If you are solitary and prefer to listen to the meditation, you will find that option below. Find a comfortable position where you won’t be disturbed.…

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    Yule Correspondences

    (Primitive Witch Hat Tree Topper, “Winter”, by Loren Morris of PrimWitchery on Etsy.)   Lesser Sabbat – Winter Solstice, circa Dec 21 Other Names: Jul (“wheel”, Old Norse), Saturnalia(Rome ~December 17 & 18), Yuletide(Teutonic), Midwinter, Fionn’s Day, Alban huan, Christmas (Christian~December 25), Xmas, Festival of Sol, Solar/Secular/Pagan New Year Animals/Mythical beings: yule goat (nordic), reindeer stag, squirrels, yule cat, Sacred White Buffalo, Kallikantzaroi-ugly chaos monsters(greek), trolls, phoenix, yule elf, jule gnome, squirrels, wren/robin Gemstones: cat’s eye, ruby, diamond, garnet, bloodstone Incense/Oils: bayberry, cedar, ginger, cinnamon, pine, rosemary, frankincense, myrrh, nutmeg, wintergreen, saffron Colors: gold, silver, red, green, white Tools,Symbols, & Decorations: bayberry candles, evergreens, holly, mistletoe, poinsettia,mistletoe, lights, gifts, Yule…

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    GoodGod!

    Meet the Gods: Mithras, the Pagan Christ Child   (This figure of the Persian god Mithras is at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.)   Merry meet. Mithras, god of the sun in ancient Rome, was born around the winter solstice and experienced a resurrection around the spring equinox. The ancient Persian-Roman religion called Mithraism thrived before Christianity, dating back some 4,000 years. It gains attention because the similarities between his story and that of Jesus are numerous. He was born of the virgin Anahita on December 25. He was, according to an article on truthbeknown. com by Acharya S. and D.M. Murdock, “wrapped in swaddling clothes, placed in…

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    Review of The Queen of the Moon Oracle Deck Created by Stacey Demarco

    Review of The Queen of the Moon Oracle Deck Created by Stacey Demarco     The Queen of the Moon Oracle is an Oracle deck created by Stacey Demarco, an author and animal activist known as The Modern Witch and the creator of Natureluster, a group which educates people about and connects people to the powers of nature. The Oracle comes in a nice sturdy 4” x 5½” cardboard box with color images on the front and a bit of information about the Oracle on the back. Inside the box are the 44 6” x 9” cards of the deck and the companion guidebook. This hauntingly beautiful Oracle and guidebook…

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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Christmas Cactus  Oh no, not the C-Word! That’s right, my fellow Pagans, I said it. Christmas. Love it or loathe it, come December the 25th, possible birthday of Dionysus and Mithras (but unlikely to be the birthday of Jesus) the nation, nay, the world goes Christmas mad and we shake our heads. Don’t they know it’s just another solstice celebration? Or at the very most, an adoption of the festivities of Roman Saturnalia? Well, it might surprise you to know that I love Christmas. Yeah, it’s a touch annoying when people deny the Pagan roots, but I’m a sucker for seeing other people happy. And Christmas…