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Tis’ The Season

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Yule is fast approaching, here in the Southern Hemisphere.
I am almost ready, apart from all the cooking I have ahead of me!

I have decided to attempt making a Yule log, the edible cake kind.
I have made a few technical cakes before, so here’s hoping I can pull it off.
Though I am hoping that it isn’t as hard as it looks to make.

Apart from the cake, I am cooking a lamb roast with all the trimmings.
The good old roast is an easy one, not to mention a tasty one.

One of my favorite aspects of the Sabbats, is decorating my altar.
I set my Yule altar up tonight, and it looks amazing!
So bright and cheerful.
It just needs a few finishing touches, then I will post some pictures. 

Yule is an especially lovely Sabbat.
The lights and sparkle is so beautiful in the midst of the cold and dreary depths of winter. 

In the Southern Hemisphere, the Christians got their religious holidays so awfully wrong.
Christmas is in December, summer, the height of Litha.
Easter is in autumn.
It just doesn’t work.
Celebrating fertility as the earth is winding down, nope, sorry, I just don’t feel it.

It’s funny, though, how Christmas in July celebrations are really catching on here. 
Our Pagan roots must run in our blood, buried deep.

I can certainly say, that turning these holidays on their head, in line with nature, feels so right.
Yule, in line with the Winter Solstice, is the way to go.
Although we will never experience a white Christmas where I live, it is cold and dark, so the cheer and light of Yule is most welcome.

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Daily Tarot

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Drawn from the Halloween Tarot, Four of Imps and Ace of Pumpkins.

The Four of Imps (Wands) is a joyful card indeed. Representing celebration, happy homes, self-expression and achievement.

The Ace of Pumpkins (Pentacles) is opportunity, investment and material manifestation. Like all Aces, the Ace of Pentacles is a seed of potential.

The connection between these cards is home and joy. The Imps celebrate an achievement, the four poled canopy behind them represents the stability and joy of a happy home.
With the Ace as a material beginning, these cards could represent the purchase of a new home, or renovation of an existing one.
The celebration could also be for a milestone or success of a member of the family. A new job or promotion, a health goal or recovery from an illness.

For me personally, these cards bring to mind two things. My Husband and I celebrate our second wedding anniversary today, which also coincides with Hubby taking a short holiday from work. So this will be a day of celebration for us.
In this context, the Ace could represent the yard work and improvements we will finally get done in preparation for winter, as Pentacles represent physical, material and practical considerations. Gardening could certainly fall under this Ace. The ‘seed’ in question could represent the autumn bulbs that I have to plant this weekend. Sometimes the Tarot can pick up on our little everyday activities, and take on a very literal meaning. Sometimes a seed can literally be a seed.

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Daily Tarot

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From the Steampunk Tarot, we have the Ten of Cups and Four of Swords.

Ten of Cups is a happy family life. A family that provides love, joy, happiness and support. You have a lovely home, filled with love and laughter. There is a lot of  happiness and contentment in this card.

Four of Swords is rest, recuperation, comfort and contemplation. It represents a quite period, a time of rest and quiet reflection.

Combine these cards and we see a very peaceful and laid back home environment. Your home is your sanctuary, a place to rest and escape from the troubles of the world. Your family members are at peace, everyone is relaxed and happy. Your home is a wonderful place of peace, harmony and love. Appreciate all you have and dont take it for granted, you are one lucky person indeed.

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Daily Tarot

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Freedom, carefree and great enthusiasm for the adventures of life.

On the verge of a new creative exploration or stage of life, you are full of enthusiastic wonder at the possibilities ahead. Don’t hold back, follow your heart, your passions, wherever they may lead you.

Don’t be afraid to express yourself or your individuality. Share your enthusiasm with anyone that will listen, your lust for life is infectious and a joy to be around.

 

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Daily Tarot

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Wonder, delight and Inspiration. - Page of Cups - Witches Tarot -

I draw the Page of Cups a lot. I think it is because I am a very creative person, taking a lot of my inspiration from the earth and elements. 

The Page of Cups is filled with the wonder and delight of childhood. Take some time out of your day to try and recreate that magick for yourself.  Take a walk through the bush, go to the beach. Marvel at the natural beauty that surrounds you. Find inspiration in the shapes of the clouds, the bark patterns of a tree. Feel the simple joy of finding small crustaceans in a rock pool.
When you return home, write, paint, draw what you have absorbed. Really harness the energy of this Page and gift your creation to a friend or family member. 

Alternatively, take joy in the small things. Be happy to be alive, to feel the sun on your skin, to play with your pets.

Joy, delight, wonder and happiness is the order of the day.

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Litha

Litha, Summer Solstice, the height of the days of summer. Fire, the sun, rules this joyous time. The days are long, hot and filled with light.

In Australia, Litha coincides with Christmas celebrations. Family get-together, holidays in the sun. It is a time of eating and drinking too much, and sleeping it off during the heat of the afternoon.

The bright, festive atmosphere of Christmas, combines with the celebration of light, that is Litha

The bright, festive atmosphere of Christmas, combines with the celebration of light that is Litha

The Goddess now, is both lover and mother. Pregnant again, with the young God. As the Earth, she is pregnant with the crops, the harvest to come. The God is strong, virile, powerful. He is at his peak, his power felt in the heat of the Sun and the long days. The days are now longer than the nights.

Together, their love is passionate, undying, blazing heat. Though they both carry the knowledge that soon the God must turn away, return to the underworld. Give his life for the changing seasons.

Blazing summer sun

Blazing summer sun

For me, I combine the Summer Solstice into Christmas celebrations. Personally, I celebrate the Sun, the Summer, the culmination of another secular year. It is nice to be able to celebrate such a bright and happy solstice with the sparkly trimmings of Christmas, spending time with family, Christmas feasts and exchanging presents. A really nice way to spend such a bright, happy and joyful Solstice.

Check out my take on the other Sabbats:   https://spinningwebbs.com/category/the-sabbats/

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Two of Cups

A big welcome to my first guest blogger, Drew. She is 15 years old and currently in a relationship with her first boyfriend. She is also my daughter!

Who better to relate the rush of first love than a teenage girl. Enjoy..

Love and happiness - The Two of Cups   -Witches Tarot-

Love and happiness – The Two of Cups -Witches Tarot

The Two of Cups is a card I can personally relate to. It represents my experience of falling in love for the first time. Particularly, it represents the day I began my relationship with my boyfriend.

Once a year, the show (or carnival) rolls into town. I had made plans to go with a boy I’d recently struck up a friendship with. In the days leading up to the event, my stomach was swarming with butterflies.

Finally, the big day arrived. We spent the day riding the sideshows, scoffing fairy floss and soaking up the atmosphere. I couldn’t believe it, I was falling in love.

There was one particular ride, absolutely terrifying, that I had no intention of going on. Although, my companion was strangely insistent on giving it a go. In the end, his persistence won out and I found myself upside down, fifty feet in the air, clutching my harness for dear life!

At its highest peak, the ride momentarily stopped, giving us a brief chance to admire the view of the lights of the fairground. It was at that moment that my companion, and now boyfriend, asked me out.

I was out of breath, my hair was a mess, gravity was certainly taking its toll. I was surely not looking my best!

“Really?” I asked. Though I knew he had meant what he had said, he wasn’t kidding. “Yes!” I said, quickly, as I felt the ride tipping again to the point of descent. I felt a rush of excitement, adrenaline and happiness, and not solely from the rush of the ride!

Security, joy, excitement, anticipation, love and happiness. I now associate these feelings with the Two of Cups.

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Cards for Christmas

We’re now, truly, heading into the Christmas period. The weather is warming up, finally. The shops are packed, shopping is a nightmare! Thankfully, I have most of mine done now. Houses are festooned with lights and the school year is winding down.

All this Christmas spirit got me thinking about which Tarot cards represent Christmas. I picked out a few, then narrowed them down to four. Four cards that embody the true spirit of Christmas for me.
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Nine of Cups and Four of wands. These two cards represent the family gatherings, celebrations and feasts. Both are joyous, celebratory cards. In the Nine we see our Hostess preparing her party. The table is laid, drinks are poured. The cauldron behind her, could well contain Christmas dinner.

The Four of Wands, another card of celebration. The joy of this card is quite evident, and being in the suit of Fire, Wands, it also brings to mind the unrelenting heat of an Aussie Christmas. Cooking a roast in forty degree heat is a traditional part of Christmas in Australia!

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The Ten of Cups represents the ties of family. Christmas is a time that brings us all together and reminds us of the bonds that we share. A time to raise a glass to having made it through another year. It is also a time of sadness for those we have lost, for that empty seat at the table.

The Page is the true spirit of Christmas. The delight of a child on Christmas morning. For children, this is a most magical time, when all is filled with wonder. It is sad that we lose this as we grow older, but we do rediscover it when we have children of our own and watch their delight as they rise to discover Santa has paid a visit.

I didn’t include the following two in my original post, but have found these cards coming up a lot in the last week. Actually, I was surprised I didn’t include the in the first post.

The Eight of Wands. Rushing around, fast, hectic, a storm of activity. This Eight embodies the spirit of the pre-christmas rush. Christmas shopping, preparing and buying food. The lead up to christmas is always hectic. But being an Eight, it also indicates this is soon to come to an end, which it does when Christmas gives way to the holiday season.

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Next up is the Six of pentacles, a card of giving as well as receiving. Another big part of Christmas, presents. Sadly, I think some get too caught up in the gifting aspect of Christmas. Kids have no qualms asking for, and expecting, top of the range electronics. Parents spend the rest of the year in debt, paying off the Christmas credit card splurge. The whole spirit of the season gets lost in materialism.  But there is no denying the joy of watching your loved ones open their gifts on Christmas morning. I love giving more than I do receiving, especially this year, having little kids to buy for. This is also a good time to make donations to charity, to help those less fortunate to also enjoy the day. But this card is not just about giving money. Go and ask the old man next door to join your Christmas lunch, the person that would, otherwise, spend the day alone. The spirit of giving encompasses so much more than just giving money.
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Celebrations, parties, feasts, friends, family, the excitement of children and the spirit of giving. This sums up Christmas for me.

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