December 11 – Daily Feast

December 11 – Daily Feast

When peace is scattered, imagine a flock of gentle sheep and lambs feeding in sunny meadows. Their slow gentle gait across the slopes and among the grasses is so peaceful that the whole atmosphere is laced with serenity. And then think what it is when a few goats get in with the sheep. Mischief begins. It is not the nature of goats to graze peacefully. They move among the sheep causing restlessness until the whole flock is ill at ease. There are goats among us. They cry and nip and bite, they stir up activity that is not congenial, and it is a real job to separate the sheep from the goats. And more than this, we have to make sure we are not one of the goats.

~ Selfhood is ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence. ~

OHIYESA

‘A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II’ by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

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Your Ancient Symbol Card for Dec. 11th is The Tree

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

The Tree

The Tree symbolizes spiritual health and growth. The healthy tree is rooted in a rich, nurturing medium, has a strong trunk from which leaf laden branches fan out to capture the sun’s energy. The Tree represents a healthy spirit entrenched in experience and strengthened by wisdom. It is a spirit that is happy with itself, but continues reaching to become even wiser, more complete, happier, stronger. While The Tree represents a strong and independent spirit, it is also a life-force that owes much of its strength and growth to being surrounded by other healthy spirits.

As a daily card, The Tree denotes a time when your spiritual self is especially powerful and open for further growth. Now is a time for you to seek out streams of wisdom and knowledge that you can not only draw from but contribute to as well. Don’t disregard sources that seem improbable, as they often produce the most profound revelations and spiritual expansion.

Calendar of the Moon for September 11th

Calendar of the Moon

13 Muin/Boedromion

Day of the Aspen

Color: Scarlet
Element: Earth
Altar: Upon a scarlet cloth set a vase of aspen twigs, a single red candle, a pot of soil, seeds of some rare medicinal herb, a bowl of water, and a bell.
Offerings: Plant seeds. Deal with a situation that cannot be solved by black-and-white thinking.
Daily Meal: Vegan

Invocation to the Green Man of the Aspen

Hail, Green Man of the Autumn!
Aspen tree, shield-maker’s joy,
Poplar wood that breaks and snaps,
You come in black and white,
As if to remind us that there are
Two sides to everything,
And yet you are one, and there is
Very little difference.
You made the rod used to
Measure corpses, showing that to
Measure something out is to make it dead.
You make the shield for protection,
Which saves us from the hard blows,
And is laid on the breast of the fallen warrior.
You are the tree of loss of hope,
Teaching us that even when hope is dead,
We must do without it and go on,
Finding some grimmer emotion
To sustain us in our battle.
Whistling Swan with your mourning cries,
You expect no mercy, and give none.
We hail you, sacred aspen tree,
Green Man of the Autumn,
At this the time of your decline.

Chant:
When hope falls then honor calls
When passion yields honor be your shield
(Each comes forward and plants a seed in the pot of soil, saying, “Hail Green Man of the Earth!” Water is poured onto the pot, and then the rest is poured out as a libation. Ring bell and dismiss.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]

W is for A Wishing Pod Spell

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A WISHING POD SPELL

You will need to gather:

A seed pod from any tree

1 piece of paper, pictures or drawings to represent your wish

To make your dreams come true, take your seed pod or eggshell and on you piece of
paper write down what your wish or dream is. Decorate it with the pictures of your wish.
Make sure to put your intention behind what you want by making it as real as possible.
Place the paper in the pod and bury it in a young pot plant or a new tree.

Now let the Gods and Goddesses take over.

The Witches Spell for January 10: Simple Broom Purification Spell


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THE BROOM PURIFICATION SPELL

Before dawn, take a branch from any tree. Thank the tree for its gift and leave a coin or semi-precious stone at its base in payment.

Next, obtain several brightly colored flowers on long stalks. Tie these flowers to the branch to fashion a sort of broom, then sweep the floor in every room of the house, visualizing the flowers of the broom absorbing negativity and “evil” as you work.

Then, still before sunrise, leave the broom at the crossroads.
Traditionally this ritual is repeated at the first of each month.

A Wishing Pod Spell

A WISHING POD

You will need to gather:
A seed pod from any tree
1 piece of paper, pictures or drawings to represent your wish.
To make your dreams come true, take your seed pod or eggshell and on you piece of
paper write down what your wish or dream is. Decorate it with the pictures of your wish.
Make sure to put your intention behind what you want by making it as real as possible.
Place the paper in the pod and bury it in a young pot plant or a new tree.
Now let the Gods and Goddesses take over.

10 Ways to Recycle Christmas Trees

10 Ways to Recycle Christmas Trees

 

In the late 1800s, when decorating a tree for the holidays became popular,  evergreens were bedecked with such Earth-friendly decorations as strings of  popcorn, gilded nuts and luminous candles. Today, millions of people carry on  this tradition by bringing Christmas trees into their homes, adding an element  of splendor and festivity to their own celebrations — but also an element of  waste.

After the parties are over and the season has passed, the once-splendid  tree transforms into a browning living-room behemoth, and the job of disrobing  it of its trimmings and tossing it carelessly outside becomes just one more  household chore. Before you follow this unfortunate holiday tradition, take  heed: There are several ways to recycle your Christmas tree, giving new life to  both it and your New Year’s resolutions to live lighter on our planet.

1. Living Christmas trees that come with their roots intact  can, of course, be planted and enjoyed for many years. Pack the earth ball  containing the roots in a bucket with sawdust, potting soil or other mulch. Keep  the soil continually moist. Plant outdoors as soon as possible after  Christmas.

2. A whole Christmas tree makes an excellent bird feeder for your backyard.  Stick the tree in the ground or leave it in its stand. A wide variety of birds  will be attracted by suet, cranberry and popcorn strings, stale bread and dried,  chopped fruit in mesh bags. If you grow sunflower seeds, simply hang the whole  sunflower head on the tree. Your family will discover that chickadees, song  sparrows, cardinals and a host of other birds come for the food and stay for the  shelter.

3. Cut off all the branches and use the trunk to edge a garden. The trunk can  also be strategically placed in your garden as a resting spot for birds,  squirrels and other little critters.

4. Place whole evergreen boughs on perennial beds or nursery rows to protect  them from winter freezes and spring thaws. The boughs provide the steady  temperatures that most plants need. Or, just use the boughs as post-Christmas  house decorations.

5. Many communities throughout the country have tree-recycling programs, in  which trees are collected from residents and then chopped up and used as mulch  for plants in community parks and gardens. To find out if such a program exists  near you, call city hall. Or, have your tree chipped at a local garden center  and use it yourself for ground cover or mulch. (Or promise the gardener in your  life this belated gift!)

6. The trunk can be sawed into logs and burned in your fireplace. Note: Don’t  burn the branches, since they can send off sparks.

7. Both trunk and branches can be used by woodworking hobbyists to make any  number of items, such as Christmas reindeer, birdhouses, candlesticks or  paperweights. Feeling boldly confident? Try whittling your family portrait!

8. Use the needles to make aromatic potpourris and sachets to enjoy year-round. After  removing the decorations, strip branches of their needles, which will retain  their pungency indefinitely in brown paper bags.

9. If you still have your Christmas tree out in the yard when warm weather  appears, there’s still a use for it. If permitted in your community, burn the  branches and spread the ashes in your garden. The branches contain valuable  nutrients and minerals that can enrich the soil and help yield better flowers  and vegetables.

10. Last but not least: You can have a tree for the holidays without spending  money or needlessly destroying an evergreen if you make your own! (OK, so this  isn’t exactly recycling.) You may have plenty of evergreens in your yard in need  of pruning. Simply bundle a few large, pruned branches together and arrange,  tree-like, in a watertight container.