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December - Yule

Honey, whose passion and ferility-enhancing properties have long been touted, may owe that reputation to the hexagons of the honeycomb, six being the sacred sexual number of Aphrodite.

Nuts are great for communicating; if you are having trouble talking with a friend, lover, or colleague, charge a nut mix and pass it on as a hormony offering.

Place mistletoe above an interior doorway as a Yule adornment; leave as an homage to peace and goodwill until next Yule (for those of you who have animals and/or small children, be warned that mistletoe is very harmful if eaten and can be deadly).

Scatter black cohosh leaves in the corner of a room to evict a negative energy force.

Often worn as an amulet and placed in cradles, mistletoe was thought to prevent babies from being kidnapped by fairies.

Spearmint strenghtens mental powers and grants protection during sleep.

Yarrow grants courage and protection.

DECEMBER DATES:

1st - Birthday of Anodea Judith, President of Church of All Worlds.

5th - Papal bull "Summis Desierantes Affectibus" issued by Pope Innocent VIII in 1484, removing obstacles to inquistors in their prosecution of witches.  Death of Aleister Crowley, 1947.  Birthday of Robert Hand, astrologer.  Planting Day.

6th - Death of Jacob Sprenger, co-author of the "Malleus Malificarum", 1495.  Birthday of Dion Fortune, member of the Golden Dawn, 1890.  Planting Day.

7th - An ABC of Witchcraft by Doreen Valiente is published, 1973.

9th - Birthday of Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch of the West in "The Wizard of Oz", 1902.  Death of Cecil Williamson, 1999.  Planting Day.

10th - First Gardnerian Coven formed in America, 1963.  Planting Day.

12th - Appearance of the Virgin of Guadalupe to Juan Diego at the site of a former temple to the Aztec goddess Tonantzin, 1531.  Full Moon (Long Night Moon).  Harvesting Day.

13th - First papal bull against black magic issued by Alexander IV, 1258.  Planting Day.

14th - Birthday of Nostradamus, 1503.  A.E. Waite's tarot deck is published, with art by Pamela Coleman Smith; this deck later became known as the Rider-Waite deck, 1910.  Planting Day.

15th - Harvesting Day.  Vesta comes out of Retrograde (11:33 pm EDT).

16th - Harvesting Day.

17th - The Samuel Family of Huntington, the benefactors of several poor families, one of which accused them of witchcraft, is hanged, 1592.  Planting Day.

18th - Planting Day.

21st - Yule/Winter Solstice.  Sun enters Capricorn.

22nd - Hanukkah begins.  Celtic Tree Month of Elder ends.

23rd - Between (Celtic Tree Month).

24th - Christmas Eve.  Celtic Tree Month of Birch begins.  Harvesting Day.

25th - Christmas Day.  Feast of Frau Holle, Germanic weather goddess.  Harvesting Day.

26th - Kwanzaa begins.  Dr. Fian (aka John Cunningham) arraigned for twenty counts of witchcraft and treason.  Harvesting Day.

27th - Birthday of Gerina Dunwich, Wiccan author, 1959.  New Moon.

28th - Janet and Stewart Farrar begin their first coven together, 1970.

29th - Death of Thomas A. Beckett, Archbishop, 1170.  Hanukkah ends.  Islamic New Year.

31st - New Year's Eve.  Saturn enters Retrograde (1:08 pm EST).

EST = Eastern Standard Time.

Copyright ©All information was taken from Llewelyn's Witches' Calendar December 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008.  To purchase a Witches' Calendar published by Llewellyn, Please go to the following: Impressions By Lirica Broom Shoppe

 

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