Happy Winter Solstice!
Named for: “Decem”, meaning ‘ten’
Birthstone: turquoise, zircon
Flower: holly, narcissus, pointsetta
December Moon Magick:
Stones: lapis, smoky quartz, lazulite
Scents: violet, patchouli, frankincense,
Colors: red, white, black
Trees: pine, fir, holly
Deities: Hathor, Hecate, Athese
Astrological Influences for December:
ruled by Jupiter, projective/masculine, mutable/fire
ruled by Saturn, receptive/feminine, cardinal/earth
Winter Solstice...the longest day of darkness in the year; and with the darkness comes the promise of light, the rebirth of the Sun. It is no wonder, because of the importance of this date to the ancient pagans and the symbolism involved, that the Roman church chose this date to celebrate the birth of Christ.
This is the time that the brothers battle-- the Holly King & the Oak King. The Oak King will win this fight with his brother, and light and warmth will return to the Earth.
Herbs: frankincense, myrrh, sage, bayberry, rosemary
Altar Flowers/Herbs: holly, mistletoe, pine cones, evergreen, thistle, cedar
Feast Foods: fruitcake, gingerbread, cranberries, dried fruit, eggnog, cider/wine
Animals: white buffalo, stag, weasels, owls, squirrels, blue jays, cardinals, doves
Incense: bayberry, cedar, frankincense, myrrh, orange, sage, rosemary
Rituals/Spells: hearth and home magick, lighting the Yule log, hopes and dreams spells, wishes
(The information above is from, "Natural Magick the Gray Witch Way", by Amythyst Raine)
© Natural Magick the Gray Witch Way, Amythyst Raine, 2011
Finally!...a book of magickal correspondences for the gray witch.
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I'm happy to announce that I've signed a contract with Moon Books, an imprint of
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I wanted to close this last newsletter, not with monthly spells and recipes, but more with parting thoughts-- albeit sometimes seemingly random thoughts:
1. If you can suddenly decide one day that you no longer want to be friends with someone, but you haven't had a falling out or even a disagreement...odds are that you were never really 'friends' to begin with.
2. The best lovers are those that begin as friends.
Magick & Witchcraft
1. People get so upset about the fine line between 'black' magick and 'white' magick. There really isn't any line at all. The intensity and direction of our magick depends upon our boundaries and how deeply we will allow someone to encroach upon our territory, our person, our life...when these boundaries are broached, that's usually when magick begins to take on shades of gray...and in that case, it winds up being about protection and self-preservation.
2. What kind of witch am I?...The 'me' that I normally am naturally slips into the witch that already exists. If you are a normally bitchy person, you're going to be one fine and mighty bitchy witch. If you are a passive individual, so shall you be a passive witch. The witch that you are is so wrapped up with the psyche that is 'you' that it is one and the same-- indistinguishable from the rest of your humanity.
1. The best writing that I've ever done is writing that I get lost in.
2. Literature Classes...The most idiotic thing-- this teacher in a Literature class in high school had us read some prose, and then she had us tell her how we interpreted it. So I read it, and I told her. I don't remember today exactly what it was I read, but I do remember the intensity of feeling it created and the enthralling layers of personalities and possiblities that unfolded.
When I finished telling this teacher my breathless interpretation of this prose, she quietly and unceremoniously told me that I was wrong.
"Now", she begins, "this is what it really means..."
I was stunned and crestfallen-- had everything that I had experienced during my reading been false?
Some people should never teach art or literature...those people who are trapped inside an invisible box they can't see out; those people who are trapped in small minds and small lives; those people who can only justify their existence by feigned superiority; those people who insist that everyone must view the world through their eyes; those people who color all flowers red and all leaves green; those people who only see the sky as blue.
1. The older I get, the nearer the past seems.
2. Life doesn't slow down as you get older, it winds itself up tighter so that you have to run faster.
~ Amythyst Raine
A special "thank you" to all of my readers, those people who have followed my newsletters for some time now. I've always put these newsletters out for you. Knowing that you were there, knowing that you enjoyed these little publications, and that you would touch me back with comments and input always gave me the determination and impetus to get it out on time!
Bright Blessings to you all.
"Magickal Connections with Lady Amythyst"]
Because of other writing obligations, my newsletter will be going out quarterly in 2011. Thank you so much for your support & your enthusiasm. Be sure to check out the archived newsletters at the bottom of this list.
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This is "Baby", standing guard on our deck.
The black cat above, drinking from the birdbath, is "Pyewacket"-- the same cat that's in my FB profile pic.
This section includes news, videos, links, books, and work by pagan authors, artists, activists, and other unique individuals:
Blog of the Month:
About the author: [Quote]..."Ayla has been facilitating sacred space for women to gather and learn about the Sacred Feminine, Feminist Theory and Wise Woman Ways since 1998 and is completely devoted to helping women awaken to their Sacred Divinity by remembering HER story, experiencing ritual and honoring their Sacred Cycle Wisdom. She helps Women reawaken to this Wisdom by guiding them back to reconnect and reclaim the Womb Wisdom of Fertility Awareness, Empowered Pregnancy & Birth, Conscious Menstruation and Menopause Metamorphosis, while re-establishing the connection between Mother Earth, Grandmother Moon, the Sacred Feminine and the Woman Self.
She currently leads monthly Women’s Circles, guides women through a nine month long Women’s Wisdom Apprenticeship and Circle Initiate Program, has attended home and hospital birth as a Certified Doula, creates organic, handcrafted Herbals for all of Women’s Sacred Cycles and was the creatrix and publisher of the BIRTH PAGES (a local resource for holistic prenatal & birth services) and CYCLES (an E-zine honoring the Sacred Cycles of Goddess, Earth, Moon & Woman Self).
She continues expanding her knowledge and experience in Wholistic Well Woman care and Womb Medicine Wisdom as taught in the Wise Woman Way, expanding her herbal gardens and passionately pursues her dream of developing a Wise Woman Center on land in the foothills of Calaveras County.
Personally, she loves growing flower/veggie & herb gardens, belly dancing, yoga, making herbals with the green allies, devouring books, and continues to strive for a self sufficient, sustainable, cyclical and community oriented life."
Red Tent Temple
About Alisa: [Quote]..."ALisa Starkweather is the founder of many powerful women's initiatives; the Red Tent Temple Movement, Daughters of the Earth Gatherings, the Women's Belly and Womb Conferences, the women's mystery school, Priestess Path Apprenticeship and co-founder of the international women's initiation, Women in Power. She is a Shadow Work and breathwork facilitator as well as a keynote speaker and lifecoach. She is launching soon her own web TV show that will come out in 2011 based on women's lives. Over twenty-five years of dedication to women's empowerment gave her a reputation where she is known for her passionate archetypal work that focuses on transformation, healing, community, ritual and the rebalancing of the sacred feminine." Read on for more information on how you can be involved...click Here
This Month's Book:
About this book: [Quote]..."Village Witch describes life as a Village Wisewoman in the wilds of West Cornwall. The first part of the book documents the tortuous and sometimes harrowing journey to achieve this unusual occupation. It is a tale that ultimately moves through surviving and into thriving. Cassandra’s past experiences directly inform her present practice and are intrinsic to being a wisewoman – she acquires wisdom from actively experiencing and observing the vagaries of life. As part of her work she travels around the country giving talks about her profession, and without exception is asked each time what brought her to become a village wisewoman."
To purchase "Village Witch",
Meet the author of this book, Cassandra Latham Jones, an authentic "Village Witch", in the video below:
Video of the Month:
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"The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells" by Judika Illes
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