Happy Yule Pagan celebration

Yule, Capricorn, Pagan, Goat, Saturnalia

Yule, Pagan, Druid, Ancient sun worshipping ceremony.

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YULE is one of the four major gateways in the 8 spoked circle of the Pagan/ Druid year.

It’s CAPRICORN time. Ruled by Saturn, the planet/God of Time, testing, maturity, old age. The ancient Romans celebrated this tradition as the Saturnalia. A time of revelry, when slaves were free and became the masters, everyone was celebrating the Return of the  Light, the King, in infant form. The Christians overlaid the story of Jesus onto the ancient worship. Everything we associate with Christmas are ancient pagan symbols -the holly, the mistletoe, the Yule log, the tree.

Paganism is the fastest growing “religion” in the U.K. and the U.S. Actually it is not an organized religion at all per se, it is a practice of spiritual immanence with Nature, the Goddess and the God, with All That Is. Paganism is more of a group spirituality which can be practiced alone. It has nothing to do with devil worship. The popularity of Harry Potter has also certainly brought back its popularity. Pagans worship nature, Druids worshipped trees.

So it’s Capricorn time. The sun is on the Tropic of Capricorn 23.26 degrees South of the Equator.  The Tropic Of Capricorn has many countries worldwide which it runs through. Five in Africa, North of Alice Springs, Queensland, Australia, and four countries in Brasil.

YULE pronounced EWE-elle is the name for the shortest day of Light in the Year, the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. It is when the dark half of the year dies to the light half. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day. Known as Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, the sun’s “rebirth” was celebrated with much joy. Our ancestors celebrated the rebirth of the Oak King, the Sun King, giver of Life. From this day forward, the days would become longer. As the people participated in the mystique of the turning of the wheel of Life, their participation and prayers to honour this propitious time was all important. For if the Goddess did not bring rebirth to her Son the sun, and the Sun’s Light did not return then that signalled the death of all life on the earth.

Bonfires were lit in the fields, and crops and trees were ‘wassailed” with toasts of spiced cider. Children were escorted from house to house with gifts of clove spiked apples and oranges which were laid in baskets of evergreen boughs and wheat stalks dusted with flour. Apples and oranges represented the sun. The boughs symbolized immortality (evergreens were sacred to the Celts who worshipped trees because they did not “die” thereby representing the eternal aspect of the Divine). The wheat stalks portrayed the harvest, and the flour was the accomplishment of triumph, light, and life. Holly and ivy not only decorated the outside but also the inside of homes, in hopes Nature Sprites would come and join the celebration. A sprig of Holly was kept near the door all year long as a constant invitation for good fortune to visit the residents. Mistletoe was also hung as decoration. It represented the seed of the Divine, and at Midwinter, the Druids would travel deep into the forest to harvest it.

The ceremonial Yule log was the highlight of the Solstice festival. Traditionally, the log must either have been harvested from the householder’s land or given as a gift… it must never have been bought. Once dragged into the house and placed in the fireplace it was decorated in seasonal greenery, doused with cider or ale, and dusted with flour before setting ablaze by a piece of last years log, (held onto for just this purpose). The log would burn throughout the night, then smolder for 12 days after before being ceremonially put out. Ash is the traditional wood of the Yule log. It is the sacred world tree of the Teutons, known as Yggdrasil. An herb of the Sun, Ash brings light into the hearth at the Solstice.  The World Tree, Yggdrasil is the one in which ODEN is suspended from in the tarot Image of the HANGED MAN. This is where the Nordic RUNES came from.

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Winter Solstice 2018

Capricorn fine art Napoleon Brousseau Tara Greene

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Capricorn energy. Siberian Charcoal drawing by Napoleon Brousseau 

Capricorn energy starts December 21st @ 2:23 pm PST/ 5:23 pm EST/ 10:23 pm GMT as Sun enters Capricorn. The Sun sits directly over the Tropic of Capricorn on this day. This is what Tropical western astrology is all about.

Its Capricorn time/ The Devil #15 in the Tarot is here. Capricorn is Feminine earth. Ruled by the ringed planet Saturn. 

The Winter solstice/YULE to Pagans is the shortest day of light in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere where summer begins.

This important cardinal event marks the beginning of one of the 4 seasons a major Gateway in the year. Our ancestors celebrated the death and rebirth of the Light from before the beginning of recorded time.

December 21 is the longest night of 2018 this is the most feminine night. The dark is the realm of the Goddess. Spend December 21 communing with the Goddess with the void directly, with the wise Chrone, with the death bringer Goddesses. The goddess is eternal and her husband/ liver/son is reborn through her labor’s on this night. Christians Annexed these ancient pagan ways into the myth of Christmas. The birth of the Sun/son a pun and is what Jesus supposed birth is based on. Happy return of the light after the sun appear to standstill for 3-days on the solstice which is what the word means Celebrate the transition from the feminine to the masculine half of the year.

This year energy is very busy. Coming right after the SUN URANUS trine- bright chaos- the stock market in the US sunk in one of its biggest sell-off days since the depression.The Dow Jones index closed below 23,000 for the first time since October 2017. 

The SOLSTICE astrology chart can be used as forecast chart for the next 3 months until Spring 2019.

The Moon is in GEMINI all day indicating a rapidly changing dialogue and mutable energies. The Moon is very quick-witted and busy today.

Moon opposes Mercury and Jupiter in Sagittarius in the wee hours 

Feelings, thinking and inspiration are opposed. 

Moon inconjuncts both Saturn in Capricorn and Venus in Scorpio 

The Moon is always the mood of the people and this can indicate money woes and restrictions. Venus in Scorpio is finance and Saturn in Capricorn is seniors, senators and higher-ups in corporate and government.

Moon squares Neptune in PISCES

Mercantile markets will continue to fall because of oil prices. Gemini rules marketing and merchandise and Neptune rules oil and delusions and debt. Watch out.

VENUS in SCORPIO TRINES NEPTUNE in PISCES @ 13 degrees

This is an upbeat romantic idealistic energy at its best. Neptune ins the Higher Octave of Venus. It’s Very spiritual and compassionate. You can fall in love with love easily today. 

This is the best day of the year for Acting artists creative types to put their work out there under the Venus Neptune trine.

Venus in Scorpio is money, secret money, power money, death and rebirth, sex, power and secrets. Sexual predators will continue to be unveiled, also drug deals big Pharma and any big financial shenanigans being opened up.

Use this energy to do a lot of meditation, creative channeling and positive intentions setting for yourself and in 2019. Be careful of maintaining boundaries.

MERCURY CONJUNCTS JUPITER in SAGITTARIUS at 9 degrees conjunct ANTARES

This is another super-powered aspect. ANTARES, the rival of Mars is also Angel URIEL the DIVINE PROTECTOR. Speak your truth, aim higher, fight for justice, make your words inspire others Teach what you know. This is the perfect balance to the High romance energy. Mercury leaves its retrograde shadow period today as well.

SUN enters CAPRICORN at times above and we are grounded at the foot of the mountain. Sure-footed, little kids, prancing.

Gemini moon incojuncts PLUTO in Capricorn in the latter part of the day

Political disagreements are big. People will bait and switch dont get dragged into it and ruin the holiday spirit.

Moon squares Mars in PISCES in PST/ DEC> 22 in EST and GMT

Your dreams may be action-packed under water. Aggressive drunks. Be careful of imbibing too much as Mars in Pisces just wants to ease the pain with addictions.

Full Moon at 0 Cancer Dec. 22 I’ll write about that soon. I am behind in my schedules.

Got to get all my 2019 predictions out and some writing deadlines.

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