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December 2008

   

 

~ The Winter Solstice Brings In the Yule Season. Come Celebrate With Us ~

 

Solstice Greetings and Warm Wishes for a Blessed Yule Season

Welcoming the return of the light into the world!

In the spirit of the Winter Solstice, we're planning our first ever teleseminar for January 15, 2009.

The dynamic duo of Lissa and Randy Boles (life coaches and the 'go-to' guys
on finding your true callings) will be sharing some of their secrets with us.

You're invited! So mark the date on your calendar. More details below.

But if you just can't wait to get to the bottom of the page, go ahead and click here right now:

Callings and Resolutions


The Winter Solstice starts a magical season . . . marking the journey from this year to the next and the journeys of the spirit from one world to the next -- a metaphor for the death of the 'old, unsatisfying ways' and a rebirth to 'new', fulfilling and invigorating patterns in our lives.

At the Winter Solstice the longest night of the year is reborn as the start of the new solar year, marking the 'rebirth' of the Sun and the lengthening of the days. Hence the solstice is celebrated by festivals of light throughout the world.

In ancient Europe, this night of darkness was called Yule, from the Norse word Jul, meaning wheel. The celebration grew from the myths of The Norse goddess Frigga who sat at her spinning wheel weaving our destinies and envisioning the paths that our individual lives would take. The Christmas wreath is a symbol that originally represented Frigga's "Wheel of Fate".

Note: By definition, the Yule Season occupies the space between the Winter Solstice and the start of the New Year and encompasses celebrations that cross many geographic, cultural, and religious 'divides' but share the theme of the rebirth and light.

Meet me under the mistletoe and learn about the pagan origins of
kissing balls, Christmas trees, jingle bells, and much more:
Yule Traditions


The Yule Season

marks the time when we all are called most strongly to:

~ imagine.  The Winter Solstice and the Yule are the time of the year for when your dreams and visions are the most active and accessible.

Rhiannon, a Welsh incarnation of the Celtic goddess Epona, gallops through the dreams of her people by night, taking them to the place between the worlds where they can create their own visions of a life that fulfills them and helping them to make their dreams come true.

In Scotland, the last night of the year is called Wish Night, a holiday when wishes made for the coming year are at their most powerful.

So what do your hopes and dreams and visions of a better life have to do with the the Yule Season?

ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY EVERYTHING!

Why?? Because your hopes and dreams are your wisest self trying to get an important message through to your head . . . to guide you to the life that your were always meant to live.

~ illuminate.  The Winter Solstice and the Yule also urge us to anticipate and to plan for a life of abundance.

Throughout the world in ancient times the gods and goddesses of light were being born. These were the sons and daughters who would share the light of the sun with us so we could clearly 'see'.

'Seeing', in mythology is used as a metaphor for the knowledge, learning and understanding that makes our actions powerful and potent.

The Hopi Kachinas return to the Earth and the Deer mothers dance for the fertility of the earth.

I believe that the Goddess wants you to know that your life's calling, the path to your fulfillment, has   already been set in your soul. The only question now is whether or not you will listen to it.

But do you know why were you put on this earth? To imagine, illuminate and ignite the person Who You Really Are.

Georgia, a counseling client of mine, told me:

I floated through life, doing just enough to satisfy, not following my dreams and never really standing out. My grandmother, bless her soul, called it a sin.

"Your potential," she said, "is God's gift to you. But what you do with it, is your gift back to him."

According to her, my life's purpose was unique and my potential given to me and me alone. My sin was using only half of it.

~ ignite.   Light the candles, stoke the fires and burn the logs -- It's time to get centered and to wake up your passion and purpose!

The artist Michelangelo once remarked that "The great danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it."

Think of the sacred flame of the Greek goddess Hestia. Tended constantly so that the flame would never die out, it represented the 'life force'. Should the flame ever be extinguished, a cold and barren existence would be all we could hope for. Each year at this time, the fires were rekindled from a the living flame of the previous year.

Now Hestia was the most 'centered' of the goddesses yet she was also one whose life was devoted to the well-being of the community. She reminds us to guard our integrity by remaining true to our selves and our callings through constant attention to our inner lives.

Maybe it's the archetypal energy of the Yule season, but most of us are drawn this time of year to start paying attention to these weighty issues. And therein lies the rub of our . . .

New Year's Resolutions!

Ever wonder why so many of your resolutions are destined to end up back on that danged to-do list for the NEXT new year? (No matter how heartfelt your desire or how strong your intentions are.)

What kind of magic would it take to make your resolutions really happen? To find out, just . . .

Join me and long-time Goddess Gift friends Lissa & Randy Boles, the True Callings Coaches™, for a free, 60-minute tele-seminar Callings & Resolutions on Thursday, January 15th at 7pm EST.

You’ll learn the 5 critical things that muck up the works and make most resolutions and intentions unworkable, unattainable and unlivable despite ‘the best of intentions'!

Hint: you'll also understand why it's sooo important that your intentions are in alignment with your calling and life's purpose (not to mention your goddess gift -- your personality).

So go ahead and get signed up for that call! (If you've registered you can get access later to the recording of the call, so go ahead and sign up even if you can't be on the call that day.)

Register Now for 'Callings and Resolutions'


Will be back next month with a brand new goddess that we all already love and adore (tho' few of us have ever even heard her name). Telling her story was one of my New Year's resolutions for 2008, but hey, I'm getting there!

It will also be time to announce the next fun-filled Annual Goddess competition.

In the meantime, celebrate life!

 Relax and smile as you view this wonderful slideshow.

Solstice Blessings,
Have a Cool Yule (regardless of which holidays you choose to celebrate)
and, most of all,  a Happy New Year!

In closing,
   a reminder to...

Celebrate life. Celebrate light.
And remember to shine YOUR unique light
out into the world.

Sharon

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