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December 2023 ~ Tarot, Flower, Crystal and Spirit Animal

December

In sharing the meaning and changes of the Months, it is my hope that it plants seeds of awareness, that the calendar we currently live by is only a marking tool for mankind. It is not a true reflection of our planets natural calendar. Remember we are part of nature not apart from nature.


December word origin:

Middle English, December

Latin, decem meaning ‘tenth month’


Did you know according to history, December had 30 days once, until Numa Pompilius when it had 29 days, and then until Julius when it became 31 days long.


In latin December means 10 month. So December has not always been the twelfth month.


December got its name from the Latin word decem (meaning ten) because it was originally the tenth month of the year in the calendar of Romulus c. 750 BC which began in March. The winter days following December were not included as part of any month. Later, the months of January and February were created out of the monthless period and added to the beginning of the calendar, but December retained its name.


In the southern hemisphere December 22 marks Summer Solstice, also known as Alban Hefin or Litha the peak of Summer, signally then that the sun is at his highest and thus the turning point back towards Winter Solstice


The tilt of the earth orbiting the sun dictates the seasons and daylight and nightlight hours. The solstices are the PEAK and occur MID SEASON and the Equinoxes are the BALANCING POINTS BETWEEN.


For more information on the Wheel of The Year follow this link: https://www.mysticpathways.net/sabbaths


Welcome to December 2023

Well here we are. The final calendar month for the year 2023.


And what a year it has been.


2023 was a year of getting clear through conflicts and challenges. The paradox of being human. Through fear we find courage, through confusion we find clarity, through conflicts we find peace.


For it was through those conflicts and challenges that we are gifted experiences to find clarity, but only if we choose to self-reflect or contemplate hindsight and choose to do things differently.


It is the paradox of existence and aligns with the Hermetic Universal Principle of Rhythm and Polarity.


“Everything flows out and in: everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right, is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates” - The Kybalion.


The Principle of Rhythm embodies the truth there is always an action and reaction; an advance and a retreat; a rising and a sinking.


So no matter what comes your way, sooner or later it will give rise to the pendulum swing to it's polar opposite.


So know what helps you navigate your way through the challenging and intense times, so when the time comes for ease and grace you will rise to the occasion.


'Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.' Anonymous

6 Wands - December Tarot

Wands in general:

Key word: Creative

Element: Fire

Plane: Spiritual

Area: Career/Work


The symbol of the Wand is related to the Staff of the Magician, who through the mysterious power of the IMAGINATION can conjure things into being and perceive connections which the ordinary mind cannot.


Wands are the conception or ‘seeds’ through which the tree springs forth. They are the original thought, intention or primary element of growth.


Wands is associated with VISION and INTUITION, the action of the WILL and the element of FIRE. This in turn is linked to the world of creative visualisation, imagination & fantasy.


6 Wands~ Victory, Success, Accomplishment

This card depicts achievement and well deserved success. The commitment to overcoming obstacles has paid off.


Recognition for creative work, hard work could come in the form of a promotion.


Negative conditions will end and positive ones will be established, but your success has been well earned. Take a deserved rest before new challenges present themselves.



Holly - December Flower

The Druids regarded Holly as a symbol of fertility and eternal life, and thought to have magical powers.


Holly brings life and creativity during difficult and challenging times. As an evergreen, holly reminds us of our inner strength and endurance so we may achieve our goals and make them real.


Holly reminds us to believe in ourselves and to connect with our inner strength as we move through difficult times in our life. By knowing that everything eventually comes full-circle we can see the potential that lies ahead. This is a time of positive action and endurance that will actually help us achieve a long-term goal.


Turquoise- December Birth Stone


Mind: stimulates communication skills.Brings peace of mind and goodness to the wearer.


Body: strengthens the body, aids in rejuvenation, increases circulation and helps alleviate headaches.


Spirit: Can help balance male/female energies and help dissipate negative energies at the physical, emotional and mental levels.


Turquoise is perhaps the oldest stone in man’s history, the talisman of kings, shamans, and warriors. It is a stone of protection, strong and opaque, yet soothing to the touch, healing to the eye, as if carved from an azure heaven and slipped to earth. Its unique shade of blue, often blue-green, lends it name, Turquoise, to all things of this tranquil hue. The delicate veining or mottled webbing in cream or brown is inherent to the stone and serves to enhance its character.


Kookaburra - December Spirit Animal

The key word for Kookaburra is Laughter.


The presence of kookaburra indicates that it is a time of signals and omens. Kookaburra is a strong, bold energy which tends to resonate with god energies. Pay attention to opportunities around you, and listen to nature and to the world around you, you may find that you are being given some important messages at this time.


The kookaburra encourages us to use laughter as a form of healing. Laughter can be a positive force for the body, even when we force it and we don't really 'feel' it. Laughter between people is a way that reinforces bonding and helps us to enjoy life even when things are very tough. Look at how much you laugh every day, chances are if kookaburra has flown into your life you could stand to laugh a little more. It is time to turn your hurt into happiness, and the power of laughter is a great road to doing just that.


Kookaburra has a very powerful healing energy, and its presence in a reading or in your life can indicate a time when profound healing is occurring. This healing is not just happening to you, but to people around you, and creates a more healthful ripple effect that creates positive changes to come. Kookaburra can indicate that the querent has reached the end of a difficult journey, and new healthful growth has already begun.


The best way to end old patterns that no longer help us, is by confronting why we developed them in the first place. Often we develop bad habits or negative thought patterns because of fear and insecurities. Kookaburra is the energy of conquering fears and in turn, ending old patterns that aren't nourishing. If there is a particular habit that you're not happy with, working with kookaburra energy can help to dissolve it.


Everyone has personal truths, these might be thoughts, or ethics that particularly resonate with who you are as a person. A personal truth for example, might involve recognising that you are an artist or a healer at heart, or could indicate that you will stand up for your beliefs, gender, race or sexuality. Kookaburra helps you to hunt down your truths, and these truths enable you to recognise your own inner strength. In turn, you are able to teach your truths to others, and also aid others in finding and recognising their own truths.


The Shadow Aspects:

Kookaburra's shadow energy is very confrontational, and can teach harsh and abrasive lessons. Kookaburra teaches us the value of family. Kookaburra forces you to confront issues relating to 'family,' either by constantly bringing family drama to the surface, or by highlighting how lonely you feel without a strong sense of what it is to have a family. Family is not always BLOOD related.


Kookaburra Symbolic Meanings Key

  • Laughter

  • Relationships

  • Omens and Signals

  • Self Reflection

  • Value of Connections

  • Family

  • Patterns




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