winter Solstice, Yule,

WINTER SOLSTICE/Summer Solstice down under, arrives Dec 21 @ 2:44 am PST/5:44 am EST/ 10:44 am GMT. Happy WINTER. Happy SUMMER to all my friends down under.

stonehenge winter Astrology yule

This is the shortest day of light where we are north of the equator and the longest night and vice versa. This is the rebirth of the SUN! which Christmas is based on.

Solstice. The word means Sol=Sun, stands still. The Sun appears to rise and set at the same location on the horizon for three days. It really should be spelled SOULSTICE.

It is an ancient wiccan/ pagan/Germanic tradition called YULE. Al indigenous peoples celebrated in the participation of the turning of the wheel of time. It is the REBIRTH of the LIGHT, in the northern hemisphere. The Christian religion couldn’t eradicate the ancient practice, so they made this into the day of Jesus’s birth -Christmas. This time also marks the ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia.

 

 

WINTER SOLSTICE is one of the 4 Main power gates and 4 cross- quarters in the Year.

Zero degrees Capricorn marks the WORLD POINT. The SEEDING of all consciousness for the next year. It is a time of great HOPE, the SUN IS REBORN. An ancient pagan festival, Christianity overlaid its religious tenants over the ancient knowledge.

We are in the middle of the Ancient festival of SATURNALIA which the Romans celebrated. Red and Green colours were worn and candles were lit to SOL INVICTUS the SUN which is reborn on the Solstice. There was major partying and revelry, slaves were allowed to be equals, It was quite a wild time.

YULE Ancient Pagan/WICCAN  Winter Solstice Festival is the basis for Xmas.

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 honor 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 signaled 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 worshiped trees, because they did not “die” thereby representing the eternal aspect of the Divine). The wheat stalks portrayed the harvest, and the flour was 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 set 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 Teutonic God ODIN, was hung upside down on Ygdrasil the World Tree to receive a vision of the RUNES. He is the symbol of the HANGED MAN #12 in the tarot. 

 

2016’s Solstice features Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn, conjunct Pluto squaring Jupiter in Libra and squaring Uranus, Eris, and Ceres in ARIES. The Cardinal Cross is very tense and we are trying to find a balance. Jupiter in Libra contrary to what you would think historically produces exaggerated dictatorships and not peace makers. 

The Moon is in LIBRA and inconjuncts NEPTUNE in PISCES later today

disappointment in relationships and dashed dreams. Moon squres Mercury in PDT later tonight.

What do we need to learn from The Hanged Man now?

The Hanged Man symbolizes surrendering the ego.  Allow, simply allow, The Universe has another path in mind. BUT don’t be a martyr either. 

MEDITATE at the SOLSTICE and plan the next 3 months till spring. Rest, it is an intense three days and then its Christmas and Chanukkah this year too.

I will be doing ceremony with my family. I have come down with a head cold.

Blessings of the season to you and yours.

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WINTER SOLSTICE SONG   LISA THIEL

 

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Meaning of Thursday,Good luck,

Thursday is named in honor of the Scandinavian God Thor, it’s his day. Thor is the thunder and lightning God, the head honcho. Known for his mighty strength, protection of mankind, healing and fertility. He is associated with and was worshipped as the Mighty Oak Tree. He is like Hercules. Thor wiled his hammer of justice in Viking Nordic mythology. His name is associated with the ruin in punraz, also called Donar or Thunar.

Thor's Battle Against the Jötnar (1872) by Mårten Eskil Winge

Stan Lee’s cartoon character has become very popular portrayed in recent films by Australian actor Chris Hemsworth bring the charisma of Thor as the hero into modern culture. Thor is the planet Jupiter the largest planet in our solar system. Jupiter is equivalent to Zeus in Greek Mythology the head of Mount Olympus also throwing his lightning bolts and his weight around. He is a variation of Yahweh, Marduk to the Babylonians and Amon to the Egyptians. Known as Ahuramazda “the greatest of the gods” In India Jupiter is Shiva. Called JOVE by the Romans, the root word for jovial, or good natured.  The primordial element Thorium #90 is named in honor of Thor. 

Jupiter is considered lucky, optimistic, expansive. Jupiter in Astrology symbolizes far distant travels, higher education, taking risks, gambling, philosophy, judgement, teaching and honesty. Jupiter rules two signs traditionally SAGITTARIUS his Masculine sign and PISCES his Feminine sign. Jupiter is considered on an esoteric spiritual level to be the planet of the master teachers. 

The day is either names after the fourth day or the fifth in various religions and cultures. 

If you were born on a Thursday, you have an innately optimistic outlook on the world and are a lucky person. 

In the Tarot JUPITER is associated with Major Arcana Trump Card #10 

 wheel of fortune tarot Tara Greene

COSMIC TAROT WHEEL OF FORTUNE TRUMP 

The Wheel of Fortune is the Wheel of Karma and Time, infinitely spinning round and round, circling and circling, the circle game, merry -go -round or a game if chance. Fortune means strength, forte. 

Make a wish every Thursday. Call upon THOR/ZEUS/ JOVE to grant you wishes, boons and luck. 

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Double the Luck o’ the Irish Charm, St. Patrick’s Day Truth,Mercury Direct Astrology

How was that  beautiful TAURUS Moon Trine PLUTO in Capricorn  March 15? Did you reap some rewards?

Moon enters GEMINI March 16 @ 11:09 pm PDT/ ST. Paddy’s day March 17 @ 2:09 am

March 17 MERCURY GOES DIRECT @ 1:03 pm  PDT/ 4:03 pm EDT

YAY it s been a bruiser of a Retro. being in Pisces there was lots of unconscious slip ups

technically it takes till April 7 till Mercury is really getting ahead  of 19 degrees 52 minutes of PISCES which was the Retro turn about point.

Moon goes VOID OF COURSE on Sat MARCH 17 @ 4:11 pm PDT/7:11 pm EDT

The Luck of the IRISH is definitely gonna happen March 17

to find out the TRUTH About St. Patrick’s day

see my former articles about the History of St. Patrick’s Day http://taratarot.com/id175.html

 

Medusa Caravaggio Tara Greene

HEAD OF MEDUSA by Caravaggio 1597

 St. Patrick was famous for driving the snakes synonymous with PAGAN Goddess worship and the beginning of “official” Catholic rule in Ireland. In a Black water Snake year- the snake like energy of MEDUSA will be turning the green tides on St. Patrick.

Good thing that New Pope didn’t call himself Pope Patrick or Patricio.

Luck O’ the Irish RITUAL   You don’t have to be IRISH to benefit.

The Moon makes 8 aspects- as definitely BEFITS a flitty airy double duty GEMINI Moon

Especially for Mutable signs GEMINI SAGITTARIUS and PISCES by ancient Rulership

BECAUSE the Moon and Jupiter conjunct at 6:48 pm PDt/ 9:48 pm EDT

Hearty, hale , much singing and bantering,boisterous, fun, lively, up beat, over the top.

Strong possibility of getting really SOUSED with the Jupiter/Pisces connection.

JUPITER the great Benefactor – will double your LUCK

4 Leaf Clover Luck, Tara Greene

Here’s a double the luck Irish Charm for St. Paddy’s day

Cut out 2 four leaf clover designs -this  is GEMINI

Call in all the Irish Ancient Gods and Goddesses, the bards,

the Dagda, Brigid, Lugh,

use some OGHAM if you know it, similar to Nordic Runes, Gaelic is good too,

there is a similarity between Gaelic and Hebrew letters

Recite the IRISH good luck charm over it 2 times

One leaf is for fame,
And one leaf is for wealth,
And one is for a faithful lover,
And one to bring you glorious health,
Are all in the four-leaved clover

Do an Irish jig, drink some Great IRISH whisky

sing Danny Boy, read parts of Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce as an incantation

or the WHITE GODDESS by Robert Graves, listen to U2 at Least.

and Trust to Jupiter and the Luck o’ the Irish.

Have a great St. Patrick’s Day

More about St. Patrick, the Kings of Tara, the origin of the name Tara https://infinitynow.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/st-patricks-daygreen-tara-blessings-from-tara-greene/

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Critical Pisces New Moon,Grand Trine preview, Elemental shift Astrology

March 11 Pisces New Moon @ 21 degrees + @ 12:51 pm PDT/3:51 pm EDT/7:51 pm GMT is the last one before SPRING Equinox only 10 days away

Moon conjunct Neptune Mercury & Chiron Xact on the 10th and conjunction lingers on the NEW MOON

Moon conjuncts Venus on 11th @ 4:33 am PST/ 7:33 am EST Before the New Moon

and MARS at the critical 29th degree of PISCES= FOGGY

7 planets in the last sign of endings, karma, the unconscious, spirituality, self-undoing, Bliss, denial, martyrs, addictions, drugs, oil, glamour, creativity, self-undoing, secrets, institutions, art, photography, actors, musicians, sound, healing, artists, poetry, water colors, gurus, spiritual lessons,

intuition, telepathy, ghosts, mediums, psychic energy, ashram, spas, sensitives, the Oceans, the feet, Divine Love, soul mates, Oneness,

Source, the Void, compassion, charity, forgiveness. selflessness, non-ego, non- attachment, reflexology, tsunamis, drowning, hydrotherapy,

swimming, boats, whales, dolphins, Tsunami’s, hurricanes, hidden enemies.

NOTE all the COMETS as COSMIC MESSENGERS

Mars is where the action is- the very last degree of the ZODIAC means this is a very important time to GET the spiritual lessons NOW!!

This is an almost unheard of amount of planets in WATER SIGNS 7 + Saturn and North Node in Scorpio = 9

Only Jupiter in Gemini, Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries are the only 3 major players in the outfield.

this NEW MOON is a preview to the JULY 20 GRAND TRINE IN WATER FEATURING 8 PLANETS IN WATER, JUPITER ENTERS CANCER June 25

in the YEAR of the Black Water SNAKE –  The DIVINE FEMININE IS RETURNING we are shedding our old skins and washing them away

in this Sparkling opportunity, a PISCES OCEANIC Flood

a WATERSHED,  TSUNAMI, WATERLOGGED, FLOODED, INUNDATED, DROWNING, BAPTISM, SATURATED, SOGGY,

DRENCHED, OVERFLOWING, DELUGED in WATER,CRY ME A RIVER, crying in the rain,

WATER is going to come up as the most important resource this year and in many years to come.

Time to emotionally and spiritually connect to the  SOURCE,

In old symbolism WATER is consciousness.

Do some random and hidden act of kindness for someone with no expectation of return.

we need to be MERMAIDS and MERMEN, SIRENS;  like AQUAMAN, sing AQUALUNG by JETHRO TULL

Bette Midler as Mermaid

to get into the mode.

YES People please it is so critical to surrender our ego’s and feel what we are truly- SOULS HAVING A  DREAM OF BEING HUMAN

We ARE Spiritual beings, soul is all that matters, eternal soul, our soular logos remembers, the Eternal, Infinite Self knows everything we have done, we need to cleanse all our old karma and reset, renew, revive our SOULS>

NEPTUNE is sitting on Fixed STAR Fomalhaut- Archangel Gabriel who blows the trumpet on Judgement DAY

so we KNOW we are being guided by the ANGELS

I had an amazing dream year ago. PISCES is all about THE DREAM

This LUCID dream occurred in the early 90’s.

In it I went to visit my first cousin Carol Karasik, she is a writer who used to live in Washington D.C. I was walking through the street and went to her house, it was full of beautiful old antiques. This was a dream house, not her actual one. I walked through the house, but she wasn’t there. I sat down in front of a TV set and turned it on. It is very rare to be watching TV in dreams because it is another level of visioning, at least for me. I was watching a show on MTV and it showed Bette Midler wearing black, singing and dancing.

In the next scene Andy Warhol is lying on a bed, sort of catatonic. Bette gets into bed with him and makes love to him and they exchange sexes. She becomes Andy and Andy becomes her. Then Andy/Bette  gets up and walks out through a wall.

The 3rd scene in the play is Bette Midler wearing a black tux, top hat and tails like in the old 1930’s movie musicals. She has a chorus of women also  dressed in  black behind and around her. It is a courtroom with a judge on a stand and a jury.  Bette Midler sings and then says “I stand before you to plead my case” .. There is  a pause, it seems the jury has to decide her fate.

The next scene is Bette Midler dressed in white smiling and beaming saying I WIN! Trumpets sound and  everyone is dancing around. And then the narrator appears and says Bette Midler don’t you just love her?” It was a LUCID dream and I felt elated. I’d passed my own judgement day and won.

I wish for YOU to feel the same elation.

AND all this PISCES energy will ebb and flow away momentarily, later that same day!

MARS ENTERS ARIES @ 11:25 PM PST/March 12 EST @ 2:26 am

MARCH 12- big huge elemental shift things start to heat up and the fog begins to burn off

MOON enters Aries @ 4:17 am/7:17 am and FIRE element starts to burn

MOON conjunct MARS @ 4:35 am PST/7:35 am EST-

ARIES MOON CONJUNCTS URANUS @ 6:06 pm PST/9:06 pm EST-WAR, Aggression, explosions,

March 13 ARIES MOON SQUARES PLUTO @ 1:02 am PST/ 4:02 am EST then goes Void of course.- ATOMIC EXPLOSIONS! North Korea attacks?

For Pisces Peeps -surrender to the Bliss you remember in your cells

ITS EASY for all water signs, CANCER & SCORPIO  and all earth signs, TAURUS, VIRGO,CAPRICORN

For GEMINI and SAGITTARIUS who are squared by all the PISCES Energy well JUPITER is helping as Jupiter rules PISCES traditionally

so the duality of GEMINI- THE LOVERS in the TAROT is actually a PISCES singularity.

For other FIRE SIGNS – ARIES &  LEO-for LEO it is hardest- quincunx- the ego and non-ego states don’t mesh

ARies has URANUS burning up the illusions and demanding revolution for all Aries born in early to mid degrees .

For other AIR SIGNS – LIBRA and AQUARIUS

Libra & Pisces also rub each other the wrong way, Libra can be too superficial and fear real intimacy.

Aquarius is so detached, but not in a difficult aspect to PISCES itself.

Each of us has PISCES somewhere in our charts – which house is the PISCES bottleneck  happening in? That will show you what  areas in your life are needing to be cleansed by SPIRIT and made whole again.

It’s the HANGED MAN in the TAROT

an emotional  Baptism it shows ODIN hung upside down by Ygdrasil the WORLD TREE, that’s how Odin received the RUNES

allow your mind and ego to be  inverted, one needs to be still, in the heart,

YOUR mind is not you and not in control that is the illusion of the ego.

Surrender to BLISS, you are never alone, have faith, TRUST

Blessings TARA

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