Friday, May 13, 2016
Celebrating the rich history and divinatory quality of the Rider-Waite Tarot this set contains the full Wait Deck, The Key to the Tarot and a divinatory chart. 160 page book by A.E. Waite with a forward by Liz Greene included. 78 cards. Card stack is 4 3/4" x 2 3/4" x 1 1/8"
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Did you know that Winter solstice traditions are remarkably similar around the world? And did you know that most of our Christmas traditions come from those winter solstice traditions? In this article, we shall explore the various winter solstice traditions around the world.
Winter begins with the winter solstice, on the 22nd day of December in the Northern hemisphere, the day when the sun is lowest in the sky and daylight is shortest. The word "solstice" is a compound word from Latin meaning "Sun stands [still]." Starting on December 22, and lasting three days, the sun literally stands still from our perspective. Then, on December 25, it starts to rise higher in the sky, as if it had been born again. That is why Christmas is on December 25. Since the sun is the literal light of the world, and since the Christ was the metaphorical light of the world, it seemed appropriate to the founders of Christianity to set Christ's birthday on that auspicious day.
Almost every culture has had a winter solstice tradition. My personal favorite winter solstice tradition is the Mongolian tradition. So, let's start with that one. Mongolians call the winter solstice the Uvliin Toil. Uvliin means winter's; and Toil means both (a) climax; and (b) pole. Interestingly, Toilakh means to be at the end of one's rope, to become completely exhausted. To me it signifies a double entendre: The sun has reached the end of its rope, and it is exhausted from its work.