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Spiritual and Magical Properties of Essential Oils, Fragrance Oils, and Herbs

December 2014

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Moon in Gemini

Friday, December 5th – Sunday, December 7th

Full Moon in Gemini – Saturday, December 6th

We’Moon

When the Moon’s in Gemini we need to talk it all out. The mood is funny, open-minded, nervous, versatile, restless, and good for multi-tasking, if not for concentration. Cross-pollinate, share information, edit, weed, network, just keep the heart engaged and avoid gossip. One born under a Gemini Moon is a born communicator. She may have eclectic tastes, appreciates diversity and can help disparate people understand one another. While her fast, curious mind can synthesize and scintillate in the broad view, her challenges are to calm her nervous system and to quietly deepen her mind.
Heather Roan Robbins © Mother Tongue Ink 2013
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,
Cherokee Billie

https://cherokeebillie.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/the-full-cold-moon-december-06-2014/

We’Moon

Leo

Moon in Leo — Tuesday through Friday
December 9th – 12th
Maybe you think you are determined
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
from phones
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.

Causes © Janine Canan 2012, from We’Moon 2014 p. 177
The following Leo Oil Recipe will help keep you active and clear thinking. It will have enthusiasm working in your behalf.
Blend together the following essential oils into 1 ounce of your chosen carrier oil:
23 drops Petitgrain
11 drops Lime
11 drops Orange
Swirl gently until all oils are blended before each use.
This blend can be used in the bath (8 – 10 drops), worn as a body perfume (5 – 8 drops), and/or used in an Aroma Lamp, Diffuser, or Oil Burner (3 – 5 drops added to water).
1 A Happy Winter Solstice
I would like to take the time to wish all of my readers and followers a Happy Winter Solstice, Happy Yuletide, and a very Merry Christmas! No matter what your faith, it is a joyful time of year!
Happy Winter Solstice

 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

December 21, 2014

Winter Solstice & Sun in Capricorn — Sunday
Winter has swallowed us, taken us deep. In the chill of ice, trees stand stark as bones, the land is cold iron, frost slows all movement so Gaia is still as death. Only the brilliant stars in the black sky remember the rhythms of earth as they wheel through the night. All is connected. As stars bloom and die, as flowers fall to seed, as bone becomes nurturing ground, the wheeling universe lives in its Beauty and pattern. We are stardust, born of the Great Goddess, and in her is all hope. Even in the most severe terror of darkness and cold that Kali brings, the Spark flares again to ignite the perfect miracle of life. When all seems lost, the mystery of the universe begins to lift us into light and renewal once more.
— Rose Flint © Mother Tongue Ink 2013, excerpted from We’Moon 2014 p.179

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,
Cherokee Billie

CherokeeBillie.com

Winter Solstice

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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References:
LLEWELLYN’S COMPLETE FORMULARY OF MAGICAL OILS by Celeste Rayne Heldstab
Aromatherapy Blends and Remedies by Franzesca Watson