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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: The Christmas Tree     Straight away, I know many of you will be wondering why I’m bringing Christmas to the table, when most of us are looking forward to Yule or the Winter Solstice. Well, it’s because I absolutely adore the tradition of the Christmas tree. And, despite what many people think, it’s not an inherently Pagan symbol, although there are definite Pagan roots, pardon the pun. Christmas trees are so popular today that they are grown in all 50 American states, including even Hawaii, and most other places in the world. From candlelit trees in Germany in the 1800s to fiber optic light shows…

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    Solstice is…

      Holly sharp sting, Red blood like Berries, red, white Mistletoe hang Deadly dart and Baldur’s curse Druids’ king seeking potion Now a kissing spot Love instead Shown through gifts Wrapped mysteries Ribbons hiding Hearts’ desires Wrap the day in a bow But presents wait Wait for me:   The mother and priestess Down in the woods At the sacred crossroads Of birch and oak The mysteries of Male and Female And everything in between And beyond.   Here I find the altar That no one knows of But I I lay the offerings Salt Offal Nothing to scar or litter Nothing to damage or drain Leaving only footprints For…

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    Modern Yuletide Tales

      **This is an excerpt from my first book, A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors. The Winter Solstice has always been an incredibly magical time for me, despite not being (as far as we know) typically a Celtic festival. Here are some of my more mysterious experiences during the shortest day and longest night.   My most precious memories of the winter solstice all seem to be of going to a specific lakeside on the longest night. I remember it always feels later in the day than it is, because despite it only being early evening it is already pitch black, and once you move away from the roads there…

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    The Origins of the Yule Log

    (Photo Credit: pastemagazine.com) While the origins of the Yule log are attributed to the Scandinavian countries or to Germanic paganism, most would say the tradition started in Ancient Rome, where entire trees would be burned in an effort to keep away Kallikantzaroi. Silent prayers would be offered while the tree was burning. Kallikantzarois was a demon/goblin, who lived underground but who would surface during the 12 days of Christmas to wreak havoc. Legends surrounding him were also found in Southeastern Europe and Anatolia (Turkey). In France, the tradition was that the peasant would bring a gift to their Lord, hidden under a log and prayers would be offered when the…

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    Pixie Witch Kitchen

    Spicy Crispy Yule Stuffing This is my favorite stuffing recipe that my mom taught me to make years ago. It’s just something she did one day and it was amazing. I changed it up a bit to make it spicier but if you don’t like spicy foods just don’t add the pepper. Most stuffings are soft and soggy but this one is nice and crispy. My friends and family always ask me to make it during holiday dinners. So now its time to share it with you and I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we do. Its also vegan friendly just change the butter into the cooking…

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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times for December 2019 (Photo by Osman Rana on Unsplash) Bright Blessings! The Winter Holidays are upon us, and it seems there are as many different celebrations as there are different kinds of people circle in our Pagan Communities. No matter what you celebrate, though, it is undeniable that Christmas somehow influences you at this time of year. Whether you are like me and get sick to death of it all very quickly, and decry the fact it lasts so long, or you are somebody who enjoys it all, it is very much a part of our culture. One thing that strikes me is…

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    Yule Correspondences

    (Pictured: Yule Pack Celebration – Printable Book of Shadows by Chiara Torsi of the etsy shop Paper Cat Lab.)   YULE 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:…

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    This Month’s Freebie From Artist Chiara Torsi of PaperCatLab on Etsy

    Yule Coloring Page From Artist Chiara Torsi of PaperCatLab on Etsy     Download Your Free Coloring Page PDF Here:   yule free coloring page   Chiara Torsi is an italian artist, writer, painter and illustrator. She had the chance to grow up in an artsy family because her father is Maestro Luciano Torsi, a professional painter. She is a doctor in experimental psychology. In April 2017 published an essay book (currently on sale) about artificial intelligence and affective computing (“Emozioni umane e Affective Computing“) but she never stop making art. In the middle of a bad time of her life, she felt the need to share her art with…