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What’s Your Life Purpose Symbol for 2019?

Life purpose is a choice rather than an experience. It’s something we decide about life.” – Dr. Eric Maisel

Just coming off the Christmas/Yule holiday, many have watched the perennial favorite It’s a Wonderful Life. (Were you among them? I admit I’ve never watched it all the way through. I need to remedy that!).

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Witch Craft: DIY Wreath for the New Year

Oftentimes, your kitchen is the heart of the home. Something about cooking and sharing food brings people together. An herbal wreath hanging on the kitchen door can be a source of love and luck. You’ll need the following for your creation:

  • Freshly cut herbs of your choice
  • A wire wreath frame, available from most craft stores
  • Either string or florist's wire, ribbon, and a hot glue gun

This is truly one of the simplest craft projects you can ever make - simply use the wreath frame as a base, and use string or the florist's wire to anchor the fresh herbs into place. Finish it off with a colorful ribbon, or other magical decorative touches you may want to add.

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Trust: Scorpio Moon Dec. 30-Jan. 2

Mama Moon enters the Fixed, Water sign of Scorpio on Dec. 30 at 5:23 pm pacific time until Jan. 2, 2019.

Organization is emphasized during this Moon-Time and with Jan. 1 looming large, why not?!

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Yule Man

Odin is well-known for his many bynames and, interestingly, one of them—Jólnir—specifically associates him with Yule.

Jólnir  (YOLE-neer) is hard to translate. "Yule-man"? "Yule One"? "He of Yule"? "Yule-er"?

The title clearly derives from Jól, Yule. -Nir is an Old Norse suffix of agency. An English equivalent would be -er, but unlike -er, which attaches to verbs, -nir pairs with nouns. Interestingly, it is a common element in Old Norse name-creation:

Sleipnir, Odin's eight-legged horse = “slip-er,"

Skírnir, Frey's attendant = “shine-r,”

Gleipnir, the chain that bound Fenris-wolf = “open-er,”

Grímnir, another title of Odin = “mask-er” (or “hood-er”), and, of course, mostly famously of all,

Mjöllnir, the name of Thor's Hammer: “mill-er.”

So maybe “Yuler” would be the most accurate translation, though it's hard not to think of the German Weihenachtsmann, the “Yule Man.” (Modern German pagans have taken to calling Yule Weihenacht—which is an older form of the word—to differentiate it from Weihnacht, “Christmas.”)

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Inner Heart Tribe Healing: Moon in Libra Dec. 28-30 + Lefty Card Reveal

Mama Moon enters the charismatic, oh-so-charming sign of Libra on Dec. 28 at 12:23 pm pacific time until Dec. 30.

We are also entering Waning Moon-Time; good for gearing down as we watch Mam Moon rise later and later in the sky after Papa Sun sets.

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  • Meredith Everwhite
    Meredith Everwhite says #
    Being an Aries with a Cancer Moon, I absolutely do not hide my emotions and they are usually very strong. More than once I have be
  • Kathy Crabbe
    Kathy Crabbe says #
    I just found Beth's Merpreneur Archetype Quiz and am taking it now - thanks again for writing in and so glad you enjoyed the Lefty
  • Meredith Everwhite
    Meredith Everwhite says #
    Thanks! And you're very welcome, I'm glad you found it! Was just logging on to tell you about it. Very curious to know your result
  • Kathy Crabbe
    Kathy Crabbe says #
    I just got my results and I'm a "Maternal Leader MerPreneur" - someone who "is a way-shower and doesn't mind getting out front and
  • Kathy Crabbe
    Kathy Crabbe says #
    Thanks for writing in and sharing! I looked up Beth and was curious to know how you discovered that you were the Mermaid archetype

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The Bad Luck Wassail

One guy had a heart attack.

A house burned down.

Some bad neighbors got evicted.

Really: don't make us sing the Bad Luck Wassail.

Through the long nights of December, the wassailers bear joy and blessing. (“Wassail” means: “Be hale!”) Out of the dark we come, singing the Sun's rebirth. It's a traveling party. People set out a Yule board, fill our glasses. We sing together, laugh, tell stories, and before we leave, we sing a song of blessing on the house for the year to come.

Do you have any bad neighbors? we ask before we go.

Mostly the answer, thankfully, is No. But if it's not, well...there's always the Bad Luck Wassail.

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  • Tyger
    Tyger says #
    I'll sing this one with you. I may not know the words, but I'll find some that fit.
  • Murphy Pizza
    Murphy Pizza says #
    Oh how.funny!!!

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Justice Symbolism

According to the Merriam-Webster website:

Our Word of the Year for 2018 is justice. It was a top lookup throughout the year at Merriam-Webster.com, with the entry being consulted 74% more than in 2017.

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  • Meredith Everwhite
    Meredith Everwhite says #
    In the case of confusion over Justice vs. Judgement, I have found a strong hint in both the order of the cards and of course the v
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    Wonderful insights, Meredith! I love your last two sentences, especially. To what card/s do you attribute legislation and law enf
  • Meredith Everwhite
    Meredith Everwhite says #
    Why thank you! I'm rather partial to them myself, especially as I realized, right after I posted it, that those last two sentences
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    Totally agree. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts!

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