Tag Archive | Winter Solstice

Card of the Day-11 July 2017

This past full moon was a wonderful opportunity to reflect and take an honest look at what was no longer serving us so that we may release it in order to continue forward on 20170711_100243-1our paths and in our lives. We set goals and intentions that we hope to accomplish within the next few months which wouldn’t be necessarily as easy to accomplish should we have continued carrying that heavy load we were still carrying from the past.

As the work week begins and we start getting back into the humdrum of daily tasks and whatnot, we’re being gently reminded to reflect on our goals, our reasoning behind why we want them, and what we must bring into our lives to achieve them. We may find ourselves grumbling about how hard this is going to be or even doubting ourselves—thus wanting to return to the very things we released since that is what we are comfortable with. While this might be tempting, it isn’t the way. Reflect on what root issue is making you feel this way and how instead you can work to shift that mindset. Also, remind yourself of your goals, your reason why, and your plan. How are you going to do this? That way, when those self-doubting thoughts do arise, you can easily combat them because you CAN do this because you have a plan!

Our egos like to bite at us, belittling and scaring us. Meanwhile, our spirit is what gently supports and reminds us that we deserve all the abundance, happiness, and love in the world. We can do anything if we truly have the will and the desire. Just know, if it’s for your highest good then it will manifest.

So, just take some time and really reflect. Yesterday may have been an emotional day in which we got deep into our heart chakras and allowed our emotions to run a bit more freely than normal. Now is time to get back into our minds a bit. It is only through the unification and balance of mind and heart, ego and spirit, that we are able to achieve our goals, dreams, and desires.

 

Blessed Be.

The Autumn Witch

 

This card is from the Earth Magic oracle deck by Steven D. Farmer.

 

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Card of the Day-22 Dec 2016

Card of the Day

8 of Wands
If you needed to tie up lose ends or finish a project then today’s a good day, my friend. There’s a swift moving toward completion which is nice as December is beginning to draw closer to the end as well as this being the second day of Yule which is a good time for purification. This is a fast-moving energy so any creative ideas or endeavors are best undertaken. There’s a newfound inspiration in us which may have been triggered by the Winter Solstice-mine was! 😊

Card of the Day-21 Dec 2016

Card of the Day

Fire (Passion)
During this time of year its easy to feel down and just disconnected. Though we are preoccupied with parties and getting ready for the holidays, we can still succumb to feelings of disinterest and depression. The Fire card reminds us to find what brings us alive. What lights that inner spark and inspires you? When we are passionate it’s easier for us to remember that we’re alive! We tend to be happier and wanting to enjoy all that life has to offer. Today is the first day of winter which is a holy day for Pagans as they celebrate the rebirth of the sun God. As we bring His light into this season of darkness, this reminds us that we must also rekindle our own flame–our own inner light. 

I challenge you today to find what brings you alive? What are you passionate about? Find ways to bring that into your life more! Especially during this time of year when we can suffer from the seasonal blues. 

Have a wonderful day and a very blessed Winter Solstice! 

(From the Earth Magic deck by Steven D. Farmer)

Brightest of Blessings! 

The Autumn Witch 

The Darkest Night of the Year

Happy Solstice Eve! I meant to write this post Sunday which is the day I typically assign for posting the week’s post but this week has been absolutely chaotic, including me losing my drive for a bit. It’s back though and I’m ready to go! 🙂 As you know, Yule focuses on the rebirth of the Sun God who gave His life during the harvest season so that we may survive the winter. It’s about bringing light back into the dark and from tomorrow until Litha, the daylight will begin growing with the sun once more peaking on the Summer Solstice which is the longest day of the year. Then we repeat the cycle.

However, to really embrace this spirit of rebirth and renewal, we must be prepared to do the necessary work tonight. It definitely helps that Yule lasts for three days which allows others the comfort of being able to celebrate on one of the other two should they be unable to celebrate on the actual Winter Solstice day itself. I’ll be taking advantage of this three day span to fully release, purify, and invoke–all of which I’ll discuss momentarily. 20161220_085920-1.jpgInstead, we must do the prep work and really observe and notice our Shadows which is good for tonight. I’m always reminded of The Moon card of the Thoth Deck which almost seems to me to be asking whether we’re prepared to enter this darkest night, do the Shadow work, so that we may emerge into the light renewed and prepared.

Not only must we face our Shadows but its also important to remember that now is the time to determine that which no longer serves us. What have we been conditioned into believing and accepting that doesn’t fit? This has always been my major issue as I’ve always desired to conform to the ideals of my family as I wanted nothing more than to be accepted. I’ve always been eccentric and drawn to the occult, to witchcraft, and to things considered odd in my family. Growing up, I was always the outsider who very much wanted to belong which led me into the Shadow of people pleasing. I was terrified to embrace myself as that goal would never manifest. As I grew older I learned how silly this was–if they wouldn’t accept me unless I forced myself to deny my own personality then I had no use for them. This is one of my goals for 2017: to stop people-pleasing!

The entire month of December can be devoted to this as it can definitely take some time to do and December is great for tying up loose ends while releasing before we start the new year. Even nonmagickally inclined people tend to do this! 🙂 Once we’ve grown aware of what needs to be banished, we may do so. The first day of Yule this year, personally, will focus on this after I celebrate the Divine Birth of the Sun. I’ll add some sort of releasing into my ritual–which I haven’t written yet! 😮 Talk about waiting until the last minute! I may for once do something spontaneous instead of pre-planned…who knows! Regardless, 20161220_085955-1.jpgthe first day will focus on releasing this while focusing on love and gratitude. Though the lessons learned and experienced were difficult, filled with many tears and heated words, they nonetheless have allowed me to glean more knowledge from them. Transformation occurs here for me as I think of the old saying, “dying to the old to welcome the new!”. How true! This is why the Death Card ended up in my reading for today! Transformational Energy, Baby (Hopefully you read that in Austin Power’s voice!) 😉

After releasing, it’s always beneficial to purify before invoking anything you desire. This can be done by smudging, taking a salt bath, or by a myriad of other methods! I always prefer to purify after releasing anything  as I feel it leaves a vacuum for anything to enter so after the initial releasing, I’ll probably do a small purification before invoking on the first day. The second day will be spent de-cluttering and purifying my space and life to welcome in the new. So, quick recap-1st day: Releasing with a small purification of self and invoking what I want to emanate this coming year–such as being more joyful, led by spirit…etc. 2nd day: Purifying my life and space so I can invoke my intentions for this coming year. Day 1 was really about releasing my own personal demons which means I need to invite blessings to feel that space I’ve created within myself. This purifying I’m discussing for the day is to cleanse the rest of my space. I hope that isn’t confusing…

Day three will be a day to invoke my intentions for the year. Since joy is my chosen word for the year, I’ll do things throughout the day that bring me joy. By staying aware of this20161220_090016-1.jpg each time I feel that vibration, I’ll be capable of attracting more of it throughout the year. I could decide upon two, three, or as many as I want but the most important aspect is feeling them! You have to raise your vibrations to match! This helps lead to a new
beginning, a rebirth, as now you’ll feel fresh and rejuvenated. Ah…so nice! 🙂 I’m not sure about you but 2016 has been one heck of a doozy that I can’t wait to leave behind! This makes this Yule celebration particularly crucial as I just feel heavy with the energetic grime of the year! 2017 is a 1 year in numerology as well which is all about NEW BEGINNINGS so let’s make it one hell of a year, hmm? With all of this talk about the personal aspect of Yule, it’s good to remember to also celebrate the rebirth of the God, spend time with our loved ones, as well as drink and be merry!

I wish you all a blessed Yule full of love, light, health, and joy! May we face this darkest night to emerge renewed on this day of rebirth! ❤

The Autumn Witch

 

*All the cards featured are from the Thoth Deck and if you follow my Card of the Day posts will be familiar 😉

 

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Card of the Day-20 Dec 2016

Cards for today:

The Moon, Death, and the Fool

I didn’t draw a card as normal for today because I instantly had these three come to mind as soon as I woke. Tonight is Yule Eve, with tomorrow being Yule or the Winter Solstice–the rebirth of the God (the Sun). In order to be reborn ourselves and really work with these themes, we must be willing to face the longest, darkest night of the year. We must face our shadows so that we may release and let go all that which no longers serves us. 
This is why I chose the moon card first off as the imagery perfectly represent this necessary will to traverse between the pillars, into the darkness, so that we may emerge into the light renewed and energetically cleared. The moon also allows us to peer through the illusions and into those dark places so that they may be illuminated. It is no use to merely sweep the shadows beneath the rug and ignore them because eventually you will have to face them.

 As we do this necessary work, as we release and banish that which we no longer want, deserve, or need, we must also purify ourselves so that we may welcome the new. This is a great time of transformation which is why the Death cars came to mind. We are dying to the old so that we may be reborn to the new. As within, so without. We’re extensions of what is occurring in nature at this time. 

Lastly, this is a time of new beginnings and of fresh starts. For some Pagans, Yule is the new year instead of Samhain so once more do we return to the fool as he begins a new cycle, though if we’ve done the proper work, we’ll be all the wiser. Life is full of endless cycles of endings and new beginnings but it’s important to remember its also a spiral as we’re never in the exact same place as before. This may be Yule, which occurred last year just as it always has and always will, but we’re not the same people we were last year. We have grown,  fallen, and learned more than the previous year which makes each time a new experience. 😊

I wish you all a very blessed Yule. May we delve deep within on this darkest Solstice Eve night so we may all emerge into the light with open hearts and minds. ❤

(Carda from the Thoth deck) 

Brightest Yule Eve blessings!

The Autumn Witch

Card of the Day-13 Dec 2016

Card of the Day

Milky Way (Perspective)

As we prepare to face the longest, darkest night of the year, we must release that which no longer serves us. However, to do this we need to shift our perspective wo that we objectively are capable of viewing and understanding what all that entails. There is no blame, no regret, no self-scolding but think instead of this being an act of self-care. Just take a deep breath and step back. Shift your point of view. It’ll help.  This can and should be applied whenever possible and would be one way to help ease any holiday anxiety. 
From Earth Magic by Steven D. Farmer
Brightest of Blessings, 

The Autumn Witch