“True magick is neither black nor white. Its both because nature is both loving and cruel all at the same time. The only good is in the heart of the witch. Life keeps a balance on its own.”— Lirio, The Craft
“We say the time of waiting is over. We say that silence has been broken. We say there can be no forgetting now.. We say Listen. We are the bones of your grandmother’s grandmothers. We have returned now. We say you cannot forget us now. We say we are with you And you are us.”—Patricia Reis
Everyone knows that “the moon on the breast of new-fallen snow gives the luster of mid-day to objects below.”
That is, except during a lunar eclipse.
The luster will be a bit “off” on Dec. 21st, the first day of northern winter, when the full Moon passes almost dead-center through Earth’s shadow. For 72 minutes of eerie totality, an amber light will play across the snows of North America, throwing landscapes into an unusual state of ruddy shadow.
The eclipse begins on Tuesday morning, Dec. 21st, at 1:33 am EST (Monday, Dec. 20th, at 10:33 pm PST). At that time, Earth’s shadow will appear as a dark-red bite at the edge of the lunar disk. It takes about an hour for the “bite” to expand and swallow the entire Moon. Totality commences at 02:41 am EST (11:41 pm PST) and lasts for 72 minutes.
If you’re planning to dash out for only one quick look - it is December, after all - choose this moment: 03:17 am EST (17 minutes past midnight PST). That’s when the Moon will be in deepest shadow, displaying the most fantastic shades of coppery red.
Coincidences (UPDATED): This lunar eclipse falls on the date of the northern winter solstice. How rare is that? Total lunar eclipses in northern winter are fairly common. There have been three of them in the past ten years alone. A lunar eclipse smack-dab on the date of the solstice, however, is unusual. Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory inspected a list of eclipses going back 2000 years. “Since Year 1, I can only find one previous instance of an eclipse matching the same calendar date as the solstice, and that is 1638 DEC 21,” says Chester. “Fortunately we won’t have to wait 372 years for the next one…that will be on 2094 DEC 21.”
This excerpt is taken from Laurie Cabot’s Celebrate the Earth:
Here is a game we often play during the Yuletide ritual. Each participant is given a wrapped crystal. Some are beautiful cut crystals and some little more than dirt! Every time the silver branch rings, you give whatever package you…
Oh, Santa Claus is Pagan too, just like all the rest, And if you are a merry Witch he’ll bring you all the best, So get that star up on the roof, and bake those cookies, too, For Christmas-time is really Yule, and Santa’s Pagan too!
“The Goddess is first of all earth, the dark, nurturing mother who brings forth all life. She is the power of fertility and generation; the womb, and also the receptive tomb, the power of death. All proceeds from Her, all returns to Her. As earth, She is also plant life; trees, the herbs, and grains that sustain life. She is the body, and the body is sacred.”—Starhawk