December 1st starts tomorrow. That’s right, TOMORROW! Where has the time gone? For those who celebrate the holidays (as there are so many) let’s take the time to also remember Winter Solstice – Yule. There are so many religious holidays being celebrated in December and many are advertised in the stores and on TV, except little old Yule. (Unless you are in the northern and western Europe section) Probably because many people are nervous to mention the holiday for fear of being called a witch! How wicked! Thankfully hangings are frowned upon as of 1996 (where the last one took place in Delaware).
Anyone and everyone can appreciate Yule even if you’re, not a …witch. 😉 Yule: December 21, 2017, @ 11:27am EST (#YULE) (Northern hemisphere only – Since due to seasonal difference the southern hemisphere will be celebrating the Summer solstice.) This day will be the longest night of the year. Winter solstice celebrates the returning of the sun and darkness into light. The days only get longer from here guys.
As you go about your everyday routine, keep a lookout for traditions that were adopted from Yule. Such as the Yule Log, which can now be found in the center of many tables with three candles. Hung mistletoe in doorways, poinsettias, wreaths, Yule trees and of course Gift Giving.
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Andrea & Krista
As we finish off the Month of November (I can’t believe I’m saying that as I just got used to writing 2017 on my checks!) I propose we make gratitude our new attitude. I know this is weird coming from me because everyone knows me to be sarcastic, but this past weekend (you know the last 4 days) caught me off guard.
Let me set the scene for you….we were all sitting around the table for Thanksgiving Dinner. As everyone was saying what they were grateful for, my older son and middle son were very sarcastic with what they were thankful for, perfect timing my youngest son chucked a piece of turkey across the room, causing his plate to hit my wine glass which then fell into the bowl of creamed pearl onions. I sat there and thought why me until my two older sons said yep that’s our crazy family. I quickly realized they were mimicking me. Those were my words, words I say out loud in frustration. Words that I know realize were being drilled into my boys as facts. That was never my intention. I never want my boys to grow up too fast and or lose the magic of the moment.
I spent the next three days keeping still and not reacting. The first day, I was asked if I was feeling ill as I didn’t even scream when my youngest tried to swing the kitchen chandelier during dinner. I merely smiled and said, “you boys always make me smile”. I thought the food was going to fall out of their mouths as they sat there. I wasn’t even angry. We laughed a little and continued eating. The mood changed and we were happy and I thought, is it truly that simple? Finding something to be grateful for during those tough times. Well, it has been that simple and I love the feeling.
So, I woke up today and before I let the Mondy Blues take over…I caught myself and said today was going to be a Magic Monday. Additionally, today is Cyber Monday! While you cozied up inside be sure to check out our website @ http://www.blessedbegarden.com and use coupon code “Gratitude” to get 20% off everything! Don’t forget, we offer free shipping in the USA. We are grateful for all of you.
Just another Magic Monday!
Blessed Be, Andrea & Krista
The idea of being a “hermit” is not supported in our society, but in the realm of tarot hermits are highly celebrated and valued creatures. Through meditation, solitude and stillness they bring wisdom to all. It is time to stake a step back from the business of day-to-day life and focus on your inner realm. Become more self-aware. If your intrigued by meditation, start now. Spend time by yourself. Your inner fire is ready to be lit… it will shine for all to see.
Blessings and Light.
Three Of Cups
Friendship, Joy, Bounty
The three of cups is a lovely card. It foresees you in the company of amazing friends, creating memories together that you will forever hold dear. These are not just any friends, they’re people whom you feel a rare connection. With them you feel truly “yourself”. Enjoy each minute of their company. This card can also indicate an upcoming celebration.
The High Priestess
Mystery, Physic Wisdom
The high priestess sits in stillness. From there she is able to access realms other pass by without noticing, the vast world of intuition, dreams and mystery. She uses silence and non-action to harness this power. Sometimes this card appears to remind you to listen to your inner voice more closely. Other times it’s a sign to look past the obvious, to find what’s being kept secret or hidden within a given situation. Acknowledge the shadows.
Nine of Swords
This is an extremely dark card, it reveals the deepest shadows of the self. It indicated insomnia, nightmares and worries in the midnight hour. Often these states are accompanied by guilt, despair or even depression. You’ll be battling with yourself, so turn to others for help. Find joy. Reach out.
Does this card speak to you? If so how?
Sunday’s are suppose to be a day of relaxation and recuperation, yet so many of us spend the entire day running around doing last minute things we were unable to finish during the week since we were at work. It is important to remember on the weekends to take some time out for yourself to recharge and reconnect. Tonight we will be working on spell work and recharging to get ourselves ready for the week. With a new moon approaching on Thursday, there is lots to do to prepare. Goals must be decided, obligations must be met. What are some things you do to recharge with yourself to mentally prepare yourself for the week ahead?
Obstacles | Frustrations | Restrictions
Loss of Control
Reversed will represent you accomplishing a difficult time in your life. (This card was reversed when picked from the deck)
The Eight of Swords suggests that you are being held back by others. Stop becoming frustrated over this. Find your inner peace and break free from these restraints.
When this card is drawn to represent your past…you have allowed others to dominate you for fear of hurting them. You must not allow others to have such power over you.
When this card is drawn to represent you present…an outside influence is your obstacle. Believe in yourself and you will overcome this.
When this card is drawn to represent your future…do not depend on the beliefs of others. Follow your own instincts.
The Eight of Swords is a No card and significant to Air signs.
Virtuous | Intuitive | Wise
Reversed will represent someone who is emotionally dysfunctional and depression
The Queen of Cups suggests a acknowledging your emotions and learning to use them to grow.
When this card is drawn to represent your past…your emotions are in check but remember to strength is also gained from learning to balance your emotions.
When this card is drawn to represent you present…you will gain valuable insight from a strong woman in your life. Keep your heart open to be influenced.
When this card is drawn to represent your future…your emotions will lead you. Seek a mother figure for advice.
The Queen of Cups is an inconclusive card and significant to Air & Water signs.