December 2014 Spiritual and Magical Properties of Essential Oils, Fragrance Oils, and Herbs
Spiritual and Magical Properties of Essential Oils, Fragrance Oils, and Herbs
Moon in Gemini
Friday, December 5th – Sunday, December 7th
Full Moon in Gemini – Saturday, December 6th
excerpted from We’Moon 2014 p. 16
Can you feel the tension, truth and emotions rise? This is the last full moon of the year and often gives way to a lot of emotions we have hidden!
The Full Cold Moon December 6, 2014. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun. This full Moon is also called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes. It is the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark.
The MOON is at her fullest and this one is a biggy! It’s all about our feelings being expressed and verbalized. Your head may feel a little busy and our sub-conscious is out on full show. What was hidden is now revealed and you will need to deal with it! We will all react differently to this. Some may feel exuberant and free, others tired and teary, some are hiding under the sheets, others shouting to the rooftops. So embrace whatever comes your way this night!
The December Full Moon is also known as Oak Moon, Cold Moon, Winter Moon, and Wolf Moon. This is the time of the Dark Lord, with the Oak being his symbol. It is the time of rebirth. The zodiac association is Sagittarius.
Nature Spirits: Snow faeries, storm faeries, winter tree faeries
Herbs: Holly, English ivy, fir, mistletoe
Colors: Blood red, white and black
Flowers: Holly, poinsettia, Christmas cactus
Scents: Violet, patchouli, rose geranium, frankincense, myrrh, lilac
Stones: Serpentine, jacinth, peridot
Trees: Pine, fir, holly
Animals: Mouse, deer, horse, bear
Birds: Rook, robin, snowy
Full moon blessings,
by your genes, or your karma.Or you think
that childhood experiences
are more important.Maybe you believe
it’s really a matter
of the food you eat.
Or subtle things
like magnetic waves
and ghosts and planets.
Or you sense how
others’ thoughts, words
and actions affect you, even your own!
Maybe you are convinced it’s all in the effort you make.
Or—all in God’s hands.
Well, She has sent a poet to say: It is all of the above—
and below—and beyond.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
December 21, 2014
December 21, 2014, 6:03 PM EST marks the solstice—Winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon which marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Winter solstice occurs for the Northern Hemisphere in December and for the Southern Hemisphere in June.
The winter solstice is a time of reflection, during the darkest and longest night of the year. A time to spend with family and friends. A time to imagine what the coming year will bring.
Herbs: Holly, mistletoe, pine cones, pine needles, oak leaves, Yule log ashes, fir, birch, hazel bark, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, wintergreen
Colors: Red, green, white, gold, silver
The winter solstice, the rebirth of the Sun, is an important turning point, as it marks the shortest day. Yule is deeply rooted in the cycle of the year, it is the seed time of year, the longest night and the shortest day, where the Goddess once again becomes the Great Mother and gives birth to the new Sun King.
Here are some wonderful suggestions to start winter solstice traditions — feed the wildlife, eat by candlelight, release the old and welcome the new.
- String cereal onto thread and drape it across the bare branches of trees for the wildlife to share… some apples too, hung on a thread. This is a wonderful gift to the creatures that share our world in the night, the longest night of the year.
- Welcome the return of the sun by eating in only candlelight and firelight… thank the sun for all of its strength and energy, and for bringing light into our lives.
- I feel one of the most important things that you can do is write out your hopes and dreams for 2015 on slips of paper, then light them on fire by candles or fireplace and watch as the paper transforms to smoke… carrying your intentions out to the universe. Your energy and intention is not unnoticed.
- You can also use this ceremony to release any old thoughts, patterns or unwanted energy from 2014. Just write down whatever comes, draw a picture. Sometimes words are not needed.
The history of the Winter Solstice and Stonehenge. Stonehenge is carefully aligned on a sight-line that points to the winter solstice sunset. It is thought that the Winter Solstice was actually more important to the people who constructed Stonehenge than the Summer Solstice. The Winter Solstice was a time when most cattle were slaughtered (so they would not have to be fed during the winter) and the majority of wine and beer was finally fermented.
The Winter Solstice is the most important day of the year at Stonehenge and a truly magical time to be there. For many the impulse to arrive at Stonehenge in time for the Solstice is a little like all those people drawn to the strange rock in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It’s akin to a spiritual experience for those that attend.
Please light a candle (white, gold, or silver) and spend at least 5 minutes in mindful mediation.
Make sure you take time to enjoy this sacred day in some special way.
Winter solstice blessings,
A Winter Solstice Oil
Blend together the following essential oils with 1 ounce of carrier oil:
23 drops of Pine
11 drops of Frankincense
11 drops of Myrrh
Swirl gently to make sure all the oils are well blended before each use.
Use this blend in the bath (8 – 10 drops), Wear as a Body Perfume (5 to 8 drops), and/or use in an Aroma Lamp, Diffuser, or Oil Burner (3 – 5 drops added to water).
Debra Mauldin, Certified Aromatherapist
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