December, 2015 – January, 2016
A Mystical Advent Calendar Gift For You Astrologers and Pagans
A Guide To The Journey Through Yuletide
By Dikki-Jo Mullen
November’s last days are here, the Full Moon of the Frost Giants on November 25, 2015 has just passed. Wonderfully and mysteriously the autumn fades toward winter and each day is shorter than the last. The winter holiday season casts its universal magic. There is a special something in the manner that the times begin speaking in the ancient and traditional language of candlelight, fragrance of pine, familiar carols and other holiday traditions and rituals. Black Friday, said to be the busiest shopping day of the year, really relates to businesses operating at a profit or in the black, rewarded after a year of hard work. Expenses are met and now it’s a time of reaping rewards for workers and businesses. On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, I usually spend time harvesting wild mistletoe to be decorated with ribbons and given as gifts. This year as I awoke from a Black Friday dream, a reverie among the images of the vision I recalled is an exquisite old time Advent Calendar. Its tiny windows, meant to be opened as Christmas approaches, day by day revealing the secrets of the religious holiday of Christmas enchanted me. Having grown up in a Spiritualist and Pagan rather than a Catholic home, the whole idea of Advent seems rather remote, even foreign. However, the thought of honoring the daily journey toward the glory of the solstice and Christmas was suddenly irresistible. My dream revealed a New Age Advent Calendar developed for Astrologers, Pagans, Spiritualists and Christian Mystics. The idea evolved into this holiday gift for you. The First Sunday in Advent is November 29, 2015. This customized Advent Calendar spans December 1, 2015 through Twelfth Night, 2016.
Holiday Advent Calendar
The Sun is in Sagittarius
Tue. December 1
Moon in Leo – Mercury is trine Neptune today. Theres a hyper sensitive yet charitable mood afoot. Call upon Poseidon (Neptune) God of the Sea. Savor a glass of pure water, interpret dreams, do a deep meditation about the holiday season ahead. Send greeting cards to or telephone those who might be sad and lonely as the holiday season looms on the horizon.
Moon in Virgo – Ask for favors – Reach Out. A Japanese Goddess of needlework, Hari No Kuyo, presides over today. Can you crochet, stitch or knit a few tiny holiday gifts?
Last Quarter Moon – The Goddess Bona Dea presides and the Romans allowed only women to celebrate today. Serve hot chocolate or mulled pomegranate juice during a get together of sister and mother figures. Share photos of Christmas past.
Moon in Libra- Shop for clothes and art objects and jewels tonight.
Decorate, wrap gifts. Wear dark rose, the color of love, perhaps light a rose-red candle. Arrange holiday decorations.
Make time to initiate changes, release old regrets. Remember, one definition of insanity is to repeat the same thing and expect a different outcome.
This is St. Nicholas Eve. Watch for the jolly old elf to visit bringing small gifts of fruits and nuts, hinting at delights to come. St. Nick is the patron saint of horses. What about scheduling a trail ride at a local stable?
Moon in Scorpio
Force some paper white bulbs to bloom by placing them in water supported by tiny stones, blossoms should appear in 2 weeks. Share a holiday ghost story, many spirits and shadows are floating about and haunting the cool evenings.
The Sun is trine Uranus. Issues of justice and injustice can be resolved. Today belongs to Astrea, a Grecian Goddess of Justice. Light a purple candle to her and make your case for retribution. Let any need for vengeance be left to her. Forgive. Give any lingering enemies plenty of rope, they will hang themselves.
Moon in Sagittarius
Restlessness is afoot, elements of the unexpected are at work. A Mexican health mother, Tonatzin, is honored today with apple dishes. Bake an apple crisp or prepare a fresh apple salad. Enjoy an apple for health. An apple a day
Mars is oppose Uranus
The working of the cosmos are is fraught with conflict. Strange weather and conflicting stories are afoot, sort through details before making decisions. Let others be independent.
New Moon in Sagittarius
Create a holiday mood. Bruma, a European Goddess of Winter is honored today. Appreciate the special stark beauty of winters wonderland, if possible walk in the snow. Make cut paper snowflake ornaments. Include them in greeting cards or attach to gifts.
Moon in Capricorn
On this date in 1531 Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared in Mexico and caused flowers to bloom out of season. Light a blue candle for faith and the reality of miracles in her honor. Make a special prayer request. Seek a Christmas cactus.
In Sweden Santa Lucia, Lucy of the Light, is honored today. A daughter of the household would dress all in white and wear a crown of lit candles while serving saffron rolls to loved ones. This is a Solstice Sun Goddess, about to bring light to the world. Prepare fruit cake, Christmas cookies and other holiday breads.
Moon in Aquarius
Soyal, A Hopi Indian Spider Goddess, blesses today. Make a dream catcher, do some drumming or dancing. Use your imagination to weave a web of magic. Collect fallen feathers for magical use. Mercury is sextile Neptune, creative potentials are at a peak.
Gather mistletoe today, while the trees are dormant it stays fresh and green. Mistletoe is one of the most mysterious, magical and sacred of plants. Since earliest times it has been called a bestower of health, a protector of love and generator of passion. Leadership, invulnerability and protection from storms are also among mistletoes many attributes. Tradition tells us that mistletoe must be plucked without a blade and never allowed to touch the ground to preserve its powers. Spread a white cloth on the ground to protect the mistletoe from making contact. Hang the fresh mistletoe leaves high in the home at Yuletide (do this by January 6, also known as Epiphany and 12th Night). The leaves can be gathered into a bit of cloth, then tied with yarn or ribbon. Leave it there for an entire year, then toss it on the hearth fire at the end of the year while giving thanks. Replace last years discarded leaves with the fresh bundle of mistletoe at once.
Moon in Pisces
Among the various celebrations linked with Saturnalia and Yuletide, December 16, known as Fairy Queen Eve, attracts curiosity. Fairy Queen Eve can be celebrated on many levels. There is a Celtic tradition with a tie to Queen Maeve (or Medb). The days leading up to the winter solstice mark a cycle when the gates to fairyland, the Other World, can be more accessible to mortals. Maeve presides over her court, overseeing the preparations for the cross quarter day of Yule, the longest of nights.
December 16 specifically marks the beginning of a nine day period of grace and waiting in the early Catholic rituals of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Universe. A time of reverie, of sacred anticipation, begins at 4:00 AM on December 16. For nine successive mornings, until Christmas Day, the enigmatic energies of a predawn Mass are dedicated to The Fairy Queen. Sometimes she is portrayed as a wretched old crone, an elderly fairy. On other occasions, she is royal, a beautiful and a radiant being, glowing with the Dew of Heaven. One of the most holy times of joy and penance, Fairy Queen Eve is most familiar today in the traditional Catholic cultures of the Philippines and Puerto Rico. December 16 is the start of the Mass or Misa de Aguinado. Aquinado is a Spanish word meaning a unique holiday gift. In Puerto Rico the Mass is a completely musical one. There the Aguinado becomes the gift of holiday songs.
To call in The Fairy Queen, whether you see her as Maeve or Mary, withered or youthful, obtain a bell and a snow white or silver gilt candle. During the dark hours on December 16 ring the bell nine times and light the candle. Ask for her blessing. Be observant, for either the old woman or the lovely lady will likely appear to you. Most likely this will be briefly and from a distance, as you round a corner, during an outing before midwinters day has passed.
Venus is sextile Pluto- It is rewarding to share experiences to benefit others. A kind work or act of charity can change the world, making it a bit better and more beautiful.
Saturnalia, the Lord of Misrule, begins his reign. Humor and silliness are healing. Share a joke and honor the inner child. Have a sip of grog or ale if you are safely at home or have a designated driver.
First Quarter Moon
Moon in Aries
Initiate things, promote progress.
In Latvia a legend exists of four winter spirits appear bearing gifts. Watch for and appreciate the small and delightful favors the universe is offering.
Mercury conjoins Pluto. Opalia, a Roman goddess of agriculture, is honored today. Weave ornaments of winter grasses or wheat. Enjoy the fragrance of bread baking. Shop for antiques and vintage Christmas items.
Moon in Taurus
Its a night for lucid dreams and runes. A Norse goddess, Mudda Nacht- or Mother Night – watches over this evening of deepening shadows. Consult the runes, prepare an herbal dream pillow, perhaps stuffed with Mugwort. Answers to questions are provided if you sleep on it. Think of important questions you need help with as you fall asleep. Note dreams and impressions upon waking. Inscribe a rune on a favorite stone or square of paper to carry as a charm for healing any ills of the body or spirit.
Read the Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, this timeless drama of the magic of seasonal shifts reaches a peak on this Solstice Eve. Eat pretzels, the twisting shape reflects the path of the Sun turning back to the light on the solstice. The pretzel shape was supposedly invented by a monk in Medieval times to illustrate the change of the seasons.
The Winter Solstice is at 11:49 pm EST on December 21 and The Sun enters Capricorn.
Burn bayberry candles to draw upon the magic of Yuletide. If candles made of bayberry wax are burned between the Winter solstice and Twelfth Night great blessings can be enjoyed all year. The old rhyme says:
“Bayberry Candles Burned to the Socket
Bring love, good health and Gold in the Pocket!”
Moon in Gemini
This evening favors sending last minute holiday greetings. Multi task to stave off boredom.
Today coincides with an annual Roman festival of death, sacred to Lares, the ancestors. Let things go. What is dead weight stale and useless in regard to your possessions, relationships or habits? Release it all, lighten your load you carry on your personal journey
Christmas Eve -Venus is sextile Jupiter Share a cup of hot cocoa with Santa Claus and sing some Christmas carols, perhaps while strolling through the neighborhood dressed in a favorite ugly Xmas Sweater.
The Celtic Tree Month of the Birch Tree Begins – This is a purifying and cleansing cycle to clear away of dark corners cycle as The Sun/Son is reborn. Birch is a bath herb, prepare a tub with fragrant salts and soaps and soak by candlelight.
Christmas Day brings a Full Moon in Cancer.
Emotions are riding a powerful wave with this holiday lunation. Home and family life are sensitive issues. The divine birth of the Christ consciousness is celebrated. The poinsettia, revered for generations as a holy day flower, were thought to have been a gift to baby Jesus by a poor boy who wished for something to offer the divine child. Cherish the beauty of the poinsettia and reflect upon this little poem written by a member of my family long ago.
“Poinsettias are red
Holly is green
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year
With Joy In Between”
Arrange poinsettias to make a bright centerpiece for the holiday supper table.
This day is a time of sharing, celebrated in England especially. Left over food and extra, duplicate or unwanted gifts are boxed up and offered to the poor. Its a traditional day off for your household servants. Cheerfully offer a helping hand. Give someone who has been working hard a break.
Moon in Leo- The sign of the great cat/ Lion
The Norse Goddess Freya is thought to have been born on this day. A deity of love, Freya traveled in a chariot drawn by white cats. Celebrate unconditional love by appreciating a special cat. Perhaps a new feline companion appears in your life to bring love and companionship. Share nuts and sweet fruit dishes with those whom you would befriend.
Today is thought to be unlucky for any work, called Bairns’ Day, its a time to be playful, like a child again. Bairn is an old word for child.
Moon in Virgo
This is a wonderful day to express appreciation. Write thank you notes or make calls. Look through holiday cards and answer the thoughtful messages they convey. Organize the envelopes of greeting cards received in alphabetical order to keep ready for next year to make a holiday mailing list.
There is a Sun-Moon trine in Earth signs today. This fortunate celestial pattern has been called the darling of the gods aspect. It favors constructive activity. Today is also Cake Day. Share holiday fruit cake ( I love fruit cake and get peeved at all of the bad fruit cake jokes circulated each holiday) with hot white chocolate. Prepare this delicious white chocolate drink by gently heating cream, milk and melted white chocolate. Dust with nutmeg and serve it in a mug, add a candy cane.
-Moon in Aries
New Year’s Eve is called Hogmagog or Hogmany in Scotland. This last day of the year favors opening doors and windows to release the spirits of the old year. Sing Auld Lang Syne. Build a fire, perhaps using some dried branches broken from a Christmas tree. Write a wish for something you would desire to manifest and another wish concerning a situation to be released on two separate papers. Burn them and cast the ashes into the wind. Watch the ashes of the wishes drift heavenward to be granted by the angels. Noise makers are used at midnight to scare away any remaining demons lingering from the old year. Masks and songs are incorporated into the festivities. Read the crystal ball or tea leaves. Its a marvelous time for divining the future or having a séance.
Moon in Libra.
New Years Day – take note of your first visitor today, called the first footing, this offers an omen of times to come. A red haired stranger is the most fortunate visitor. For dinner prepare Hoppin John, a dish of rice, black-eyes peas, green peppers and bacon (vegetarians use soy bacon). In the Southern parts of the United States this simple dish is eaten on New Years day to attract luck and money during the year ahead. What is done today sets the pace for times to come, so be cheerful and positive. It is another day which is very favorable for divination. Read your horoscope or the Tarot Cards.
Last Quarter Moon
The highly symbolic Christmas Carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas, offers an intriguing meditation for reflection as the holiday season winds down.
Today is the 8th Day of Christmas.
On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…
Eight Maids A-milking
The eight Beatitudes: 1) Blessed are the poor in spirit, 2) those who mourn, 3) the meek, 4) those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 5) the merciful, 6) the pure in heart, 7) the peacemakers, 8) those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.
Moon in Scorpio
Its the 9th Day of Christmas.
On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…
Watch the Quadrantids Meteor Shower. Wish upon the falling stars in the night sky.
Its the 10th Day of Christmas
On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…
Mercury turns retrograde at 8:06 am EST in Aquarius. Electronics can need some repair or replacement. A sense of dejavu occurs. History repeats itself. Events unfold in a round about way, allow extra time for travel, verify appointments and plans to avoid confusion.
Its the 11th Day of Christmas.
On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…
Eleven Pipers Piping
(The eleven Faithful Apostles)
Moon in Sagittarius
Today is Epiphany also celebrated as Three Kings or Twelfth Night. The season of holiday revels concludes. On this night the Three Wisemen or The Magi (who were astrologers), Casper, Melchoir and Balthazar, followed the Star of Bethlehem to visit the Christ Child. Inscribe their initials like this with the numbers of the New Year, 20 + C+ M + B + 16, on the inside of your front door sill with ink to bring the blessings of the mysterious Three Kings to your own home during the New Year ahead.