24th 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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After a winter ritual, Liverpool, 2007: 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 in winter chill, Liverpool, December 2010: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Adela and Irmina

Festival:
Aðfangadagskvöld, the day when the 13th and the last Yule Lad arrives to towns. (Iceland)
Feast of the Seven Fishes (Italy)
Jul (Denmark)
Nochebuena (Spain and Spanish-speaking countries)
Present-wrapper tearing-frenzy in Austria, Colombia Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and the Dominican Republic

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:

1777 – Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook.

1826 – The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy begins that night, wrapping up the following morning.

1906 – Radio: Reginald Fessenden transmits the first radio broadcast; consisting of a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech.

1942 – World War II: French monarchist, Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle, assassinates Vichy French Admiral François Darlan in Algiers.

1968 – Apollo Program: The crew of Apollo 8 enters into orbit around the Moon, becoming the first humans to do so. They performed 10 lunar orbits and broadcast live TV pictures that became the famous Christmas Eve Broadcast, one of the most watched programs in history.


* 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.