23rd 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:
Abassad (Coptic Church)
John Cantius
O Emmanuel
Psote (Coptic Church)
Thorlac Thorhallsson, patron saint of Iceland; The last day of preparations before Christmas.

Festival:
Birthday of the Queen Silvia, an official flag day (Sweden)
Festivus
HumanLight
Larentalia, in honor of Larenta. (Roman empire)
Night of the Radishes (Oaxaca, Mexico - also popular in Toxteth)


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:

1493 – Georg Alt's German translation of Hartmann Schedel's Nuremberg Chronicle is published.

1893 – The opera Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is first performed.

1938 – Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa.

1957 – Ian Craig of Australia becomes the youngest Test cricket captain in history at the age of 22.

1972 – The 16 survivors of the Andes flight disaster are rescued after 73 days, having survived by cannibalism.


* 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.