The Winter Solstice is a time to celebrate the ending of one year, the beginning of another when the decreasing days give way to increasing light and life as we celebrate the rebirth of the sun.
It's an important turning point in the year as it marks the shortest day, when the hours of daylight are at their minimum. It also sets in motion the start of the increase in the hours of daylight until the Summer Solstice.
The longest night of the Winter, the dark night of our souls. It's now when we can dream of new beginnings, spark new ideas as the dark gives way to the light.
To celebrate the Winter Solstice it is traditional to decorate your home with evergreens such as holly and mistletoe and use themed colours including gold, dark green and red.
It's an ancient practice to light a Yule Log and make a wish for the coming life cycle. To create your own Yule Log you need a piece of wood, part of a cut branch, to which you need to fix a candle. Or for those non Handy Andies simple buy a chocolate Yulelog and stick a birthday candleon the top of it. Light the candle on the Winter Solstice, making a wish as you do so. Ask. Believe. Succeed.
Master of Misrule
The Winter Solstice is a time to let your hair down and have fun. Ensure this magical day is filled with fun and frolics as it will set the tone for your coming year. Why be a misery when you can be the Master of Misrule?
Wine & Dine
It's traditional to eat plum pudding on the Winter Solstice. This is said to bring you good luck, fertitlity and longevity. This sweet and rich delicacy is usually washed down with a glass of mulled wine or, for a contemporary twist, a hot chocolate spiced with a pinch of ground cinnamon and a shot of your favourite liquer.
The Wheel of Fortune is the card drawn for the Winter Solstice. It shows that life is cyclical, there will be good times and bad times. The key is to appreciate the good times, never be complacent, because things can change. When times are bad, do not be discouraged because out of the dark comes light. Things can only get better.
This card also suggest that we are all Masters of our own Universe. We do not have to simply stand still and accept what life deals us. We can remain on the upside of the wheel by facing our fears, speeding up any recovery period, to get us back on track.
Try not to worry when faced with challenges. Bad times happen in order for us to learn and grow and to make sure we fully grasp and make the most of when the good times roll.
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Today (November 14) will witness a truly spectacular sight: A supermoon. Not just any full moon in the night sky but one that will shine brighter and appear larger than it has in the last 68 years.
This rare November supermoon is one for the record books, not since January 25, 1948, has a full moon come this close to Earth. And there won't be another one until 2034. So make sure you get out there and bask in all its lunar glory.
So what does the supermoon have in store for you...
Today's supermoon will occur when the sun is in Scorpio and the moon is in its opposite sign of Taurus. These two heavyweights find it difficult to get along, with the intense energy of Scorpio jostling for supremacy against stability-craving Taurus. This clash will produce a burst of energy that you can either embrace or oppose. We suggest you plump for the embrace option, otherwise there could be some serious struggle ahead.
All full moons tend to bring out the emotional side in us but the extreme closeness of this supermoon will end up supercharging our feelings. To be forewarned is to be forearmed - so if you suddenly feel like howling at the moon - or your partner - then we advise you go and take a long hot bath to calm those sudden urges.
With emotions running high this is the ideal time to heal any rifts with family and friends. You'll feel a lightness within yourself and will wonder why you ever fell out with that person in the first place. Make the most of this supermoon and bury the hatchet. Life is too short to bear grudges.
Re-evaluate your goals
This is an opportunity to take stock of where you are in your life and to work towards your goals. You may need to make some minor adjustments to plans, to keep them within grasp. But the practical side of Taurus will help you to make the right decisions.
Word of warning, this is not a time to get ahead of yourself, to let your ego overtake. Its important to stay grounded and to be conscious of how you are presenting yourself to others. Be confident without being arrogant.
Kick back and relax
Taurus is the sign of stability and security so with the moon in this sign it's the perfect opportunity to enjoy home comforts. You'll feel that you won't want to venture too far, preferring to hunker down, stay home and relax. This is the perfect excuse to catch up on that Suits Box Set, Sophie Kinsella novel or cuddle up with your nearest and dearest.
Ditch the bitch
The supermoon urges you to break free from toxic people in your life. The psychic vampires who drain you of energy, the frenemies who smile while stabbing you in the back. Any relationships that are damaging you or holding you back need to be fully re-assessed. Don't be afraid to cut all ties if you find that someone is not worth the time, effort, or stress they cause you.
So by understanding and working with the shift in energy this supermoon brings you should find that life runs that little bit more smoother. Sometimes, it takes something heavenly to make sense of things, to remember that we are all simply passing through.
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Q: One of my female work colleagues has sprouting facial chin hairs. I don’t have a problem with it but a few of the guys in the office have started to make jokes about it. How do I politely tell her? Carly, Canary Wharf
A: I’ve tapped into her energy and I’m not sensing that she’s intending to channel her inner Chaz Bono (who we have to admit being a little in love with) or trying to save money on a Hallowe’en costume. It may be that she needs to get her eyes tested or to buy a bottle of Windex to clean her home mirrors in order to clearly see the sproutage.
You could leave a few subtle hints on her desk like a Gillette Mach3 turbo razor, a box of Veet ready-to-use wax strips or a copy of Rufus Cavendish’s The Little Book of Beards.
Alternatively, hide the office wastebasket from the cleaner, fill it daily with rotting fruit and half-eaten sarnies. The office will soon be deluged by flies. This is when you “come to the rescue” with a roll of fly paper.
Pretend to trip over when you’re standing next to the Bearded Lady holding a sheet of the paper. As you put your hands out to steady your fall aim for her chin with the paper, apologize, stand up and then quickly yank - R.I.P you wiry little suckers.
So Mote It Be
The Witch of the Wharf is a published writer, regular columnist for The Wharf newspaper and blogger