December is the month of the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. This traditionally falls on December 21. The pagan Scandinavian and Germanic people of northern Europe celebrated the winter solstice with Yule (also called Julblot). Did you know that many of our modern Christmas traditions date back from Yule? The Christmas tree, wreaths, and yule log all date back from this pagan holiday. With holidays like Hanukkah and Christmas, generosity runs high in December and we all get into the spirit of giving gifts to our family and friends. Take time out of your day to show your loved ones how much you appreciate them! The zodiac signs for this month are Sagittarius and Capricorn. December’s flower is the narcissus. Its birthstones are the turquoise, zircon, and tanzanite.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays!
Spiritual Uplifts Magical Moon
The December Full moon is called the “Full Cold Moon,” or the “Full Long Nights Moon.” During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term “Long Night Moon” is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Mon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.
Ritual: Plan for a ritual to help you remain steadfast in your convictions.
Make a list of your values and convictions and place them on your altar.
Oil: Frankincense or myrrh
Say: “I stand by my convictions and values without judgment. I bless and confirm on pray-er from the highest good and love.”
This month study at Spiritual Uplifts
Crystal of the month: Peach Moonstone: Provides soothing relief to emotional issues, such as depression or anger. Soothes worry or anxiety, and brings out the best in people. Promotes hormonal balance, strengthens the immune system and brings peace to the wearer.
Herb of the month: Skullcap: A comforting herb. It is used to promote emotional well-being and relaxation during times of occasional distress.
Oil of the month: Wintergreen Oil: This slightly sweet oil is used as relief for digestive issues as well as pain relief for headaches, cramps, arthritis and other maladies. It is a naturally calming scent that can aid in relaxation and alleviating anxiety.
Book of the month: Everyday Clairvoyant by Cyndi Dale: the wisdom and guidance of this book is presented in three categories: relationships, work/destiny, and health. This easy-to-follow Q&A format is a heartwarming, humorous, and surprisingly down to earth book that offers tips and techniques for developing your own intuitive gifts, while offering insights to questions most of us have asked at one point in our lives.
Quote: May you never be too old to search the skies on Christmas Eve- Anonymous.
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Last month, we learned that the names of people, objects and things can help us understand the energy they give us. Figuring out the numerical value of the months of the year can often indicate the vibration of that specific month. It always fascinates me how the energy of the number relates to events that take place in that month.
We are now entering the month of December, the last month of the year. The letters in December equate to the number 1, which is the number for new beginnings. As we approach the end of this month, we will start thinking about what we want to accomplish in the New Year. Our resolutions.
For many, December is the time for the celebration of Yule. Interestingly, the numerical value of the word “Yule” is 9, the number of completion and celebration. It is also the number for compassion and generosity. Yule is a time of celebration and feasting, as well as giving back to others.
As we embark on our individual life cycles, we are rewarded in the ninth month for all of our hard work. De-cember is no different. This is a month of celebration for the effort put in throughout the year. Enjoy the fruits of your labor and spending time with loved ones. See you next year!
Monthly Horoscope - December 2018
Aries - Honor your need for personal space! Spa time.
Taurus - The energy around you gave you tunnel vision. Apologize if you need to.
Gemini - Strong emotions come in waves. You may need time to process them.
Cancer - If you have gotten out of sync with someone you will be able to reconnect.
Leo - You will meet someone this month. This is a soulmate bond. Could be a love interest or friendship.
Virgo - Avoid being around self-absorbed people. Stay Zen during the holidays.
Libra - Make sure you are not obsessive this holiday or things will be scattered.
Scorpio - This is the month for you to be in charge.
Sagittarius - Go with your gut feeling on whether you feel it’s a game or not.
Capricorn– You will be able to make your point this month in a nice way.
Aquarius - Manage your stress. Try not to take your anxiety out on others.
Pisces - There may be a spontaneous invitation this month.
In 2018, Mercury will only be retrograde during the date ranges of:
November 17 to December 6
During this time there are problems with communication, travel delays, contracts, automobiles, and electronics. Make sure all contracts are signed before. Allow extra time for travel and avoid signing any contracts. Try not to make any final decisions.
Retrograde means moving in the opposite direction of flow. That is why we feel out of sort during mercury in retrograde. I usually load up on crystals that helps make the transition easy. For instance, Cherry quartz is good for anxiety, vision, healing, Amazonite is a soothing stone good for seeing both sides and different points of view. During this time I also journal. Now that we are out of retrograde I will take my journal out and go over the lessons I made during the retrograde period.
Spiritual Uplifts Green Nook
Thankfully for our gardens, Florida’s winter season promises a chill in the air without the threat of snow. Just remember to check on freeze warnings and cover your plants accordingly! While winter is typically the time for many plants to go dormant, it doesn’t mean that you cannot go work in your garden. This is an excellent time to go out and prepare for the spring if you need to build raised beds or add mulch around your trees and shrubs. Reliable cool season vegetables include cabbages, collards, beets, and broccoli. Pansies, petunias, and snapdragons can add a splash color in winter gardens. Nothing says Christmas time quite like a poinsettia. These beautiful plants prefer up to six hours of indirect sunlight and need to be watered when the soil feels dry to the touch. When cared for properly, their blooms can last for around four to six weeks indoors. Poinsettias are mildly toxic for cats and dogs, so keep out of reach of animals if you have them in your home. Happy holidays!