21st December - Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice spendour and blessings,from the dark into light. Things are
moving and changing spiritually and politically. Its time to have a go. Time
for magic..alllove.....

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Winter Solstice Blessings, 2011 Jamie Reid


Onwards and Upwards!

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Silbury, 2005 Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, December 2014
Full Moon – December 6, 12:27
Last Quarter – December 14, 12:51
New Moon – December 22, 1:36
First Quarter – December 28, 18:31


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CURRENT MOON

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Allotment under frost, Liverpool 2010: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
O Oriens
Petrus Canisius
Thomas the apostle

Festival:
Winter Solstice
Divalia, in honour of Angerona, (Roman Empire)
Sanghamitta Day
Ziemassvētki (ancient Latvia)
The first day of Pancha Ganapati, celebrated until December 25 (India)

Flowering Now by Saul Hughes: Common Ivy, Plant of the Winter Solstice.
Hedera Helix.
Family: Araliaceae.
Gaelic Name: ‘Eidheann’, ‘Faithlah’ and Aighneann.

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The winter solstice is the time when we have the shortest day of the year and the sun is reborn. The longest night of the year is celebrated as the dark womb of the Goddess that gives birth to the sun and the plant Common Ivy is used as her representation and the Holly is used to represent the God who ruled over the dark half of the year.

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Ivy was held in high esteem by the ancients for its ability to prevent intoxication and was the crown of the Roman God of wine Bacchus and was the wreath of poets, and ivy was widely carried to aid fertility.

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It was used medicinally to treat dysentery, jaundice and even to remove sunburn.
Ivy provides food and shelter for the birds during the harsh months of winter.*

Also on this day:

69 – The end of the Year of the four emperors: Following Galba, Otho and Vitellius, Vespasian becomes the fourth Emperor of Rome within a year.

1844 – The Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement.

1937 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated film, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theater.

1965 - Abolition of Death Penalty bill introduced by left wing Jewish MP Sidney Silverman (who held his seat as member for St Annes' Ward, Liverpool for thirty three consecutive years. Bravo Sidney).

1968 – Apollo program: Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew performs the first ever manned Trans Lunar Injection and become the first humans to leave Earth's gravity.

1970 – Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon meet in the White House.

1995 – The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control.


* All information regarding the uses of the plants is exactly for that informational purposes only, and that the author and owners of the web do not encourage anyone to be eating, or disturbing wild plants, but merely to admire them in their natural environment and to ponder on their rise and fall within human culture.