Dec 262011
 

Yule 20111 Celebrating the 12 days of Christmas

Our Fireplace – Decorated for the Holidays

Celebrating the 12 days of Christmas – Yule – Winter Solstice.  The time between Christmas and New Year’s we are fortunate to have the time off from work and school to be together.  We will be visiting with friends, going to see a movie, and enjoying other fun things together.   I am also using this time to clear away the old, plan ahead for the future, and energize my motivation for continuing to improve my inner landscape and future spiritual goals.

The days following the Winter Solstice (Yule, Christmas), the longest night, are an inbetween time, filled with centuries of traditions and magic from many cultures and religions, a time that is not a time (out of the ordinary, existing outside the day to day rules and routine).  In ancient Babylon, these days were seen as the time of a struggle between chaos and order, with chaos trying to take back over the world and many traditions for this time of year are associated with driving away evil spirits for the start of the new year.

The origin and counting of the Twelve Days “is complicated, and is related to differences in calendars, church traditions, and ways to observe this holy day in various cultures.  in most of the Western Church are the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany  (January 6th; the 12 days count from December 25th until January 5th). In some traditions, the first day of Christmas begins on the evening of December 25th with the following day considered the First Day of Christmas (December 26th). In these traditions, the twelve days begin December 26 and include Epiphany on January 6.”

No matter which days one decides are best for celebrating the 12 days of Yule it is an good time for reflection, gaining wisdom from the previous year and setting goals and magical intentions for the upcoming new year.

Rather than making “resoultions” that if not met by year’s end or are abandoned within a few weeks of the new year’s start which can lead to giving up, guilt and negative feelings of self worth, I will be focusing on small, doable steps that are part of a broader overall plan. I will also allow myself to be flexible, realistic, and adapt as life unfolds and circumstances warrant.

What I will be doing during the 12 days of Yule:

An overall life review – what have I neglected, are there goals I need to discard or new ones I want to add; what habits and practices are positive and life affirming for myself and family, which ones need to be discarded, added or tweaked.  Followed by a simple new year’s eve ritual to give thanks for the previous year (embracing the mistakes, the ups and downs, both the good and bad times, releasing the old hurts, stress, negativity) and blessings for the new year (clearing the way for a fresh new year and welcoming the new lessons to be learned, the good and the bad times, opening heart, mind and spirit to wisdom and love).

Setting a focus for 2012 – to add meaning and overall purpose for the upcoming new year, I will be focusing on a theme for the year and settting an overall flexible plan that is on going to manifest my overall them and positive steps forward. I will kee my plans reasonable, with doable small steps for the upcoming year, and visualize and set forth intentions, followed by real world activity to manifest my goals.

My overall theme for this year is organizing – this has been my goal for decades, and in the past I’d always feel bad that I didn’t “finish” getting my entire house done and my life organized.  But realistically in the past my health and pain levels and lack of time (since I work full time and other life demands that require my time) made it impossible to get the entire house and my life organized to perfection, so I was setting myself up for failure.   This year my health is much better and since losing over 170 lbs my pain levels are very low.  However time constraints and the massive amount of organizing that needs to be done are still obstacles.  But rather than set a goal of getting the entire house done I will set as my goal to consistently work on  much smaller tasks that I can achieve, such as a bookshelf at a time or a few boxes sorted each month, etc.  Each small accomplishment will one more step to the larger goa, and I can feel positive about each one along the way without beating myself up if the house isn’t “perfect” and completely organized within a self-imposed deadline.

Tips For Resolutions and Goals:  keep goals simple and doable (break down big goals into smaller tasks); make sure your goals are realistic within the time frame you’ve set  (i.e. don’t set a goal like save a $10,000 dollars in a year if your expenses and debt are overwhelming – instead set a goal of paying down debt and creating a budget; don’t set a goal of building a website in a year when you don’t know anything about computers – instead set a goal of taking a computer class); don’t overwhelm yourself with too many goals and tasks; create categories to organize your goals (i.e. self improvement, home, work, family, spiritual, community, etc.) with only one or just a few goals in each category; be gentle with yourself and adjust your timetable as needed. Build in positive feedback and rewards for yourself along the way.  For example to help change your inner landscape and clear away inner obstacles create daily positive affirmations, inspirational music to listen to, inspirational amd empowering books to read.  Create positive feedback in the physical world, for example take a big positive step to start off the year that will create a positive environment for smaller changes to continue reaching an overall goal; create a symbol of your goal that you see daily; give yourself positive rewards along the way as you complete tasks.

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy new year filled with bright blessings, Lady Rose

Dec 242011
 

Holda Holda the Yuletide Goddess

Holda

As with many ancient goddesses, Holda is complex. Also called Hulde and Frau  Holle, she goes by a variety of names and takes different forms, depending on  locale and culture. In her form as a beneficent and noble White Lady, Holda is  beautiful and stately, with long, flowing golden hair, which shines with  sunlight as she combs it. She wears a white gown covered with a magical white  goose down cape. At Yuletide, she travels the world in a carriage and bestows  good health, good fortune, and other gifts to humans that honor  her. She not only is connected with Winter Solstice itself, but also with the holiday season that continues many of its customs, the 12 days of  Christmas–from December 25 through January 6.

Wishing everyone a safe, joyful, healthy and blissful holiday blessings, Lady Rose

 

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Dec 222011
 

13 Holiday Greetings 13 Holiday Greetings

Holiday well wishes to one and all

  1. Blessed Yule,
  2. Joyous Winter Solstice,
  3. Io Saturnalia!,
  4. Happy Humanlight,
  5. Seasons Greetings,
  6. Happy Holidays,
  7. Happy Kwanzaa,
  8. Happy Hanukkah,
  9. Merry Christmas,
  10. Feliz Navidad,
  11. Joyeux Noel,
  12.  Joyful Boxing Day,
  13. and a Happy Festivus for the rest of us! (Seinfeld fans will get that last reference).

And for something really unusual there is always Krampus Day (he travels with Santa)!

Bright blessings and Yuletide Joy to all, Lady Rose

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Dec 162011
 

MoonWater Protection Spells

A blog reader asked: Somone at work has been attacking me for 15 years and lately has ramped up the attacks. Not sure what this person has against me (possibly jealousy) but it’s been BAD lately. It’s been about a month now and the funny thing is that shortly before the first attack, I had a really BAD feeling; and felt it was connected to work, which at the time I thought was RIDICULOUS but now feel was my psychic instincts, which are not that great, letting me know trouble was ahead.  What can I do?  ANY help you can give on any level is greatly appreciated.

Write the name on a piece of paper, put it in an ice cube tray with water and freeze it (or a small plastic container filled with water and freeze.  As you do this – visualize the person being completely frozen in their tracks in regards to any attacks on you.

Go to the dollar and get a cheap mirror – keep it on your desk with the mirror facing in the general direction of where the person sits.  Each morning visualize anything they send to you bouncing off the mirror and back to them.

Stones and crystals are very protective – doesn’t have a to be big expensive pieces and you may already have some – keep one or more in a bag on your person or on your desk.  Some common stones for protection: Amber, Amethyst, Black Obsidian, Black Tourmaline, Malachite, Smokey Quartz Crystals, Sugilite, and/or Tourmalinated Quartz – there are others too.  If you have a quartz crystal point you can bring it to work and create a circle of protection around your work space – holding it in your hand pointing the crystal outward “draw” in the air and in your mind a protective circle around your self and your cubicle  (when you leave at night just say “the circle is now open” and visualize the energy going back into the ground),  then redo it it in the morning.

For long term protection continue to be spiritually open and transforming your own life.  As your ability to gather and circulate qi (life force) increases and expands the negativity (vibrations) of others will have less and less affect on you.  We can not change someone else, but we can protect ourselves from those who wish to live their focused on spitefulness, jealousy and other negative emotions.  Being filled with calm, loving energy benefits you and everyone around you even if the person choses to continue to be negative – you can chose not to feed into the cycle and focus on love and light filling your aura (which will naturally reflect all negativity).

Namaste, Lady Rose

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Dec 082011
 

Thurs13 Yule 13 Gods Associated With December 25

Wishing every one a happy, healthy, joyous holiday season (regardless of one’s religion or non-religious choices).  This Thursday 13 I thought it would interesting to explore the origins of the holiday.

Here is a list of some of the of Pagan gods that had “birthdays”  or are associated with December 25th:

  1. Apollo
  2. Attis
  3. Bacchus
  4. Dionysus the son of Zeus
  5. Helios
  6. Hercules
  7. Horus
  8. Jupiter
  9. Mithras
  10. Nimrod (who eventually came to be worshipped as Baal) – According to ancient Babylonian tradition, Semiramis (later known as the goddess Astarte/Asherah/Ashtoreth/Isis/Ishtar/Easter in other pagan religions) claimed that after the untimely death of her son/husband Nimrod, a full grown evergreen tree sprang up overnight from a dead tree stump. Semiramis claimed that Nimrod would visit that evergreen tree and leave gifts each year on the anniversary of his birth, which just happened to be on December 25th.  This is the true origin of the Christmas tree.
  11. Perseus
  12. Sol Invictus (The “Unconquered Sun”)
  13. Tammuz

 “By the time the Roman Empire legalized Christianity in the 4th century, most of the other religions in the empire were celebrating the birth of their gods on December 25th.  Leading up to December 25th in ancient Rome, a festival known as Saturnalia was one of the biggest celebrations of the year.  Saturnalia was a festival during which the Romans commemorated the dedication of the temple of their god Saturn. This holiday began on the 17th of December and it would last for an entire week until the 23rd of December.  Saturnalia was typically characterized by gift-giving, feasting, singing and lots and lots of debauchery.  The priests of Saturn would carry wreaths of evergreen boughs in procession throughout the pagan Roman temples. Later on, the Romans also started holding a festival on December 25th called Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, which means ‘the birthday of the unconquered sun.’  Basically it was a way for the empire to consolidate all of the December 25th ‘sun god’ birthdays throughout the empire into one holiday.”

List is from Mysteries of the World article: The Mystery Of The Pagan Origin Of Christmas: Jesus Was Not Born On December 25th But A Whole Bunch Of Pagan Gods Were.

Wishing everyone blessings and good cheer this holiday season, Lady Rose

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FYI:  I respect ALL religions and positive spiritual paths, and I respest all who decide to not follow any religion or spiritual path.  That being said I also enjoy learning about history and the origins of religions and traditions.  The above list is for information and enjoyment purposes only – it is not an attack on Christmas or any other holiday.

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