Pagan Calendar: December 24 – 25, 2016

1be5ebdda63b6357-2016_05_14-02_02_56-utcSaturday: Day of Reckoning
Saturn, the Roman god of the harvest, rules this day of the Jewish Sabbath. The French word for Saturday, sumedi, also suggests a link to Saturn. Saturday is seen as the day of reckoning – a time to summon energy for wisdom, legal matters, knowledge, and karma. It is associated with magic dealing with banishing, change, death, motivation, reincarnation, understanding and wills.

Astro Aspects: All times CST
6:20 pm
Transiting Saturn Trine Transiting Uranus
Out with the old and in with the new is the catchphrase now. It might take a while to get the right balance but you can do it!

Color of the Day: Brown
Earthly, balanced color; for rituals of material increase; eliminates indecisiveness; improves powers of concentration, study, telepathy; increases financial success; locates objects that have been lost.

Deities of the Day: Hecate (Greek), Saturn (Roman)
Hecate was the daughter of Perses and one of the original Titans. Even after Zeus had defeated the Titans, he kept Hecate in power to assist the mortals. Zeus honored Hecate greatly by granting her a share of power over the earth, sky, and sea.

Mortals who were favored by Hecate received great blessings, as she could increase the size of their herds or help fishermen who prayed to her haul in huge catches of fish. Originally considered a generous and compassionate ancient fertility goddess, in later myths, Hecate became associated with darker and more frightening magic. She developed into the patron of sorcerers and became linked with the underworld, dark mysteries, crossroads, and graveyards. Hecate became known as the Queen of the Witches and the guardian of the crossroads.

Hecate was frequently pictured as a triple-faced deity. There are a few variations on her name as well– Hecate Trivia or Hekate. She is often part of another trio of Greco-Roman goddesses: Persephone the Maiden, Demeter the Mother, and Hecate as the Crone.

Hecate was thought to be all-seeing and wise. When Demeter searched everywhere for her daughter Persephone, who had been kidnapped by Hades into the underworld to be his bride, it was Hecate who finally told Demeter where she was.

Today, Hecate is a powerful and protective deity for Witches. Whenever you feel the need to defend yourself, your property, or your family, Hecate is the one to call upon. Associations for Hecate include three-way crossroads, black dogs, snakes, owls, ravens and crows, bats, and toads– a symbol of conception.

Her festivals include August 13 and November 16, called “The Night of Hecate” in Greece, which began at sundown. There is also a Hecate’s day in Rome, celebrated on December 31.

Also known as the ancient Roman god “Father Time”, Saturn was called the ruler of the Golden Age and the Father of the Gods. Saturn was considered the “great lesson giver,” as he required people to learn their lessons through karma. Saturn was also a god of agriculture and fertility, and he was married to a fertility goddess named Ops.

There is a Roman festival named after him called the Saturnalia, which began on December 17 and ran until December 23. Saturnalia was similar in nature to the New Orleans, Louisiana version of Mardi Gras. This 7 day midwinter festival was a time of gift-giving, feasts, and partying. Traditional gifts on Saturnalia were candles, clay figurines of the gods, and silver. Decorations included wreaths and fresh garlands hung above doorways. With an “eat, drink, and make merry” type of attitude in place, the wine flowed freely, and the slaves were given the holiday off. Schools closed, and the military was given leave.

The god Saturn was described as a man with a half-bared chest, holding a sickle and a few ears of corn. This image of Saturn eventually evolved into our “Father Time,” a popular image at New Year’s Eve. The sickle became the scythe, and the hourglass symbolized the passing of time and Saturn’s control over it. Saturn is not a frightening god– he is a teacher, a spiritual influence that grants tranquility and calmness in your later years. Saturn is the guardian of time.

Goddess Focus of the Day: Mother Night (Europe)/Eguski

Themes: Femininity; Birth; Renewal

Symbols: Dawn; Daylight

About Eguski: In Basque tradition, this daughter of the earth is the solar disk and the eye of God, being beautiful, warm, and welcoming. Eguski continues to embrace her mother in golden arms each day, gathering us in the glow.

Source: ‘365 Goddess: A daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess’, by Patricia Telesco

Herbals of the Day: Cypress, Myrrh, Patchouli

Saturday’s Spell: Anoint a black candle with one of the above-mentioned essential oils. Cast your circle in your usual manner, then return to your altar and light your spell candle and say…

By the day’s energy, I banish troubles away,
This spill will bring security for many a day.
Herbs of Saturn, add your strong energies to mine,
I am protected, safe, and secure for all time.

On this Date: Celtic tree month of Beth commences
The birch tree month, corresponding with the ogham letter Beth, is a time of purification and new beginnings.

Source: ‘The Pagan Book of Days: A Guide to the Festivals, Traditions, and Sacred Days of the Year’, by Nigel Pennick

Tarot Card Associations of the Day: Temperance (for help in finding or restoring balance), Two of Swords (for balance and restored peace), Knight of Swords (for dealing with conflict or arguments with others, overcoming obstacles, breaking negativity, and attempts in dealing with others fairly).

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cmasctp002-2016_05_14-02_02_56-utcSunday: The Day of the Sun
The day of the Sun, honoring the God in general Pagan terminology is also the Christian sabbath, or “day of the Lord”. This makes Sunday a traditional day of rest, reflection, and worship. It is believed that babies born on this day are destined to be lucky. In general, Sunday is a day to inspire joy, peace, and happiness and to focus on growth, healing, and male health issues. It is associated with magic dealing with authority, divine power, friendships, healing, learning, reason and world leaders.

Astro Aspects: All times CST
1:20 am
Moon goes void of course

7:22 am
Transiting Venus Trine Transiting Jupiter
Follow your bliss. Now is the time to discover your true heart’s desire. This could be a person, a vocation, or an artistic hobby. Enjoy!

10:35 am
Transiting Venus Sextile Transiting Uranus
An exciting creative person or project suddenly comes to light. Your path is unpredictable. Go with the flow.

12:32 pm
Transiting Venus Sextile Transiting Saturn
Inhibitions which preserve stability: loyalty, duty, economy. Diplomacy. Good judgment. Business agreements. Conservatism.

9:18 pm
Moon enters Sagittarius
Expand your mind. Create space for adventure. Explore new pathways. Aim high. It is time to broaden horizons.

Color of the Day: Amber
Fosters understanding and attracts the power of cosmic forces; beneficial in rituals intended to bring about fast money or riches.

Deities of the Day: Brighid, Helios, Sunna
The Celtic goddess of the hearth and flame, Brighid is a triple goddess of light, inspiration, and healing. She is often associated with smithcraft, well-being, and poetry. There are many variations on the name Brighid, including Breed, Brigid, Brigit, and Brigantia. This goddess was also known as the “Bright One” or the “Bright Arrow.” Often depicted as a woman with long, braided, red-gold hair, this beloved goddess of the Celts once had a sacred fire that was tended in Kildare, Ireland. In medieval times, abbey nuns tended the perpetual flame. In ancient times, it was Brighid’s priestesses. Recently, Brighid’s flame was relit. This goddess of Erin (Ireland) will always bring illumination to those whom seek her out.

Brighid keeps the home fires burning. She is the guardian of the hearth and the goddess of flame, light, and the Sun. If you have a fireplace in your home, she is the deity to guard it. If you don’t have a fireplace, a good alternative would be your kitchen stove.

Helios was the Greek god of the Sun. He was thought of as the physical representation of the Sun. He was portayed as sometimes wearing a golden helmet or having a golden halo. He was often characterized in art as a handsome man draped in a white, sparkling tunic and cloak. Helios drove his blazing sun-chariot across the sky from east to west, every day. The golden chariot was pulled by his four white horses, named Pyrois, Eos, Aethon, and Phiegon.

Sunna drives her horse-drawn chariot across the daytime sky. According to Norse mythology, the horses’ names are Allsvinn and Arvak, which mean “very fast” and “early rising.” Sunna is the divine representation of the Sun, and she was much loved by the Norse people as a giver of life. Sunna is chased across the daytime sky by the wolf Skoll. From time to time, Skoll catches up to her and takes a bite out of the Sun, which appears to us here on earth as a solar eclipse. Sunna is characterized in modern art as a beautiful woman with golden hair. Traditionally, she was simply viewed as the Sun in the sky.

Goddess Focus of the Day: Christmas/Yule (Various locations)/Hertha

Themes: Rebirth; Kinship; Health; Longevity; Tradition

Symbols: Dormant trees; Snow

About Hertha: In ancient times, on this day people venerated Hertha, the Teutonic goddess of fertility, domesticated animals, magic, and nature. In Germanic tradition, Hertha descended through the smoke of any fire today and brought gifts, much like an early Santa Claus figure (giving her solar associations, too). Her connection to nature has survived in the name for our planet: earth.

Source: ‘365 Goddess: A daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess’, by Patricia Telesco
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Herbals of the Day: Bergamot, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Orange, Rosemary, Saffron

Sunday’s Spell: Anoint a yellow candle with one of the above-mentioned essential oils. Cast your circle in your usual manner, then return to your altar and light your spell candle and say…

By today’s bright glow of magic and success,
May my spells now rapidly manifest.
Herbs of the golden sun, lend your energies to mine,
Bring positive change and happiness for all time.

On this Date: Christmas Day/Goddess month of Astraea ends
The observance of Christmas contains many elements from a number of differenct religious sources. The many ceremonies and religious sources of the day make it the most important festival of the year.

Source: ‘The Pagan Book of Days: A Guide to the Festivals, Traditions, and Sacred Days of the Year’, by Nigel Pennick
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Tarot Card Associations of the Day: The Chariot (for strength and determination), the Sun (for help on focusing on high ideals and encouragement to be strong while pursuing your ambitions), Ace of Wands (for help in obtaining career goals and personal ambitions).

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