Divination Method: The Goddess Guidance Oracle
Card(s) Drawn: Ostara, Green Tara
Key Word(s): Fertility (Ostara), Start Delegating (Green Tara)
Ostara – “It is the perfect time to start new projects, access new ideas, and give birth to new conditions.”
Green Tara – “Ask others (including me) to help you, instead of trying to do everything yourself.”
This coming week includes both the Winter Solstice (Yule) and Christmas, and it seems to me that this reading falls very much in line with the returning of the Light, and the Birth of the Son/Sun (depending on your spiritual path).
The days will be getting longer again in the coming days, and with the return of the Light, we shall also have the return of IDEAS!
Make note of all the wonderous thoughts and plans that occur to you this week…some may be able to be set into motion now, while others may have to wait their turn. In either case, be sure to nurture them so that they may grow.
Now, here’s where Green Tara comes in. Don’t try to do everything yourself. I know, I know, I’m not the best example when it comes to this bit of advice, but I am getting better. 😉 ANYWAY, ask for the help you need in order to make these new plans and ideas come to fruition…or even help in prioritizing which can be put off, and which should be dealt with with a bit more immediacy. Too many cooks may spoil the pot…but a farmer cannot till his fields on his own. Not very effectively anyway.
So go on, get to idea brewing and plan making…just don’t forget to do it with a little help from your friends.
About a month ago I sat in my livingroom half-watching TV when a commercial comes on. I hear a bunch of 20-somethings chanting a cheerleader like holiday themed cheer:“Go Christmas! Go Hannukah! Go Kwanzaa! Go Solstice!” …What was that??? “Go Solstice???” AWESOME!
I didn’t even know what the commercial was for…and I just didn’t care! It was the first vastly multi-cultural ad campaign I had seen since Virgin Mobile’s “Happy ChristmaHanuKwanzaakah” Campaign (circa 2004). THIS was even bigger though, as it actually mentions the Winter Solstice, thus acknowledging the Holiday that multitudes of Wiccans and Pagans celebrate.
Who was this visionary all inclusive company?? The GAP.
I was a Happy Pixie 🙂 And it seems I was not the only one! A discussion popped up on Sacred Mists, and the number of comments that echoed my feelings appeared in droves.
Then…we heard that certain Christian groups had their knickers in a twist about it. Really??? Aren’t there bigger fish to fry in the world? *Ughhh* Anyway, it seems that the American Family Association feels that the commercial is undermining the ‘sanctity of Christmas’. Before the commercial even aired, the AFA called for a boycott on The GAP, along with the company’s other stores Banana Republic & Old Navy, citing “the company’s failure to use the word “Christmas” in its advertising to Christmas shoppers.” as it’s reason.
On November 11th, the AFA claimed a small victory after the ads airing because of the use of the word “Christmas”. And yet, they were less than satisfied. The following letter appears on their website:
Gap has responded to AFA’s call for a Christmas boycott of their Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic stores with a commercial that takes a cavalier approach towards Christmas.
The video entitled Ready For Holiday Cheer features a group of people dancing and chanting:
Two, Four, Six, Eight, now’s the time to liberate
Go Christmas, Go Hanukkah, Go Kwanza, Go Solstice.
Go classic tree, go plastic tree, go plant a tree, go add a tree,
You 86 the rules, you do what feels just right.
Happy do whatever you wanukkah, and to all a cheery night.
Did you notice it? Gap compares Christmas to the pagan holiday called “Solstice.” Solstice is celebrated by Wiccans who practice witchcraft!
Gap also encourages you to “86” or “dismiss” traditions and “do what feels just right.”
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It is very important that you forward this alert to your friends and family members.
Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association
I, personally am tickled that they are horrified that Christmas is compared to Solstice. It SHOULD be compared to the Solstice, since that is where many of the beliefs and traditions of Christmas are taken from.
What disappoints me, however, is that a blog by Cathleen Falsani, a religious contributor to The Chicago Sun-Times, touts Christmas as better than the other holidays mentioned.
But this year’s Gap “holiday” ad campaign just rubs me the wrong way.
In its effort, I would surmise, to be inclusive and inoffensive, the Gap has made the mortal advertising (and cultural) error of being twee. Not to mention spiritually facile.
While they all occur around the same time of the year, Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa and Winter Solstice hardly carry the same spiritual weight.
While each of these holidays, for lack of a more universally applicable term, is significant to different groups of believers (and nonbelievers, for that matter) they are not spiritual equivalents.”
She repeatedly points out that Hannukah is a lesser Jewish Holiday while portraying Christmas as the ‘ultimate’ Christian holiday. This is not so. The highest of all Christian holidays is Easter, not Christmas, and Good Friday is also pretty high up on the ladder. Christmas just gets more focus by those who call themselves Christians. Yet, in the many religious discussions I have had with friends and co-workers thoughout my life, they all say that, while the Birth of the Savior is obviously important, his Crucifixion, and his Rising at Easter hold much more spiritual weight.
The Winter Solstice is MUCH more than just “…the shortest day of the year and the longest night of the year and is for many pagans and neo-pagans the symbolic and spiritual rebirth of the year.” as Falsani states.
The Winter Solstice, or Yule, celebrates the rebirth of the Sun God. The Sun God, regardless of the Pantheon, is the Bringer of Life. He is the one who warms the Earth so that she may bear fruit from the seeds that have been lying dormant in her womb throughout the Winter. It is a time for introspection, planning for the future, family togetherness, and Peace and Tolerance.
So, I would like to say to anyone that may be reading this: Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and Happy Kwanzaa. I also wish many Blessings for Alban Arthuan, Saturnalia, Soyal, Rohatsu, or whatever you may be celebrating this time of year.
And last, but certainly not least…GO SOLSTICE!