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Astrological YULE significance (December 21st)

Today is the 21st of December- the winter solstice of the Northern Hemisphere and summer solstice of the Southern Hemisphere.

It is also the last day of Sagittarius Sun, and the days are now growing longer in the Northern Hemisphere, and the nights are becoming shorter.

In astrology, the soltices represent the transition of Gemini to Cancer on June 21st, and Sagittarius to Capricorn on December 21st. Notice how these are sister signs? (Gemini/Sagittarius, Cancer/Capricorn).

On December 21st, the winter solstice, the transition from Sagittarius to Capricorn represents our transition from the carefree spirit to the steady soul. The beginning of a new year (with respects to the Earths move on its axis, not the 12 month calendar) means that there is now a need for foundation-building. The last day of Sagittarius pushes us forward and the coming Capricorn will allow us to look back at the past year and make adjustments that will last, and keep us going strong.

Being the heart of winter, Yule marks the last ‘push’ (Sagittarius) to get us through and new strength to carry us (Capricorn) to the warmer months.

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Today I had brunch with my best friend and went outside without a coat or scarf for the first time in months and found my band’s name on a Treefort poster and built my own terrariums full of precious plants and rode with the windows down and cried because even good days are hard. Time hurtles toward me and the nights get shorter and we grow and grow and grow. 🌱🌥✨

Midsummer Ideas

I’ll be going camping with the fam till mid next week, so I’ll leave you with some Midsummer/Litha celebration ideas for until I get back.

-It’s the longest day of the year, so you can create an altar for light, fire, and/or the sun with candles, a fire bowl, sparklers, stones and herbs associated with the sun, reflective objects, a gold altar cloth, etc.

-If you’re more into night and darkness, wait for sunset and do a little ritual to welcome the returning night, as now for the next six months, the nights will be growing longer and the days shorter. Light a gold candle shortly before sunset and extinguish it when the sun is gone, bury it and replace it with a black or silver one. Leave offerings and prayers for dark deities. 

-The sun enters Cancer this day, which is a water sign, so you can honor that too by swimming, visiting the ocean, pegging water balloons at those who have wronged you, taking a ritual bath/shower…

-Drum circles and other music making. (You can also include making the drums and shakers in your festivities, especially if you have kids).

-Making and leaving treats for the fairies because either a.) you genuinely like them, or b.) to give them a peace offering so they won’t hide your stuff or fuck up your house.

-Do research on sun deities.

-Meditate on the Sun’s energy. (*whispers* work on your tan.)

-This year it’s on the same day as the full moon, so take advantage of this glorious blend of solar and lunar energy. Work magick to promote harmony, healing, bringing much needed motivation, energy, or inspiration into your life, bringing in new relationships, or strengthening already existing bonds. 

-Watch Avatar: The Last Airbender, Book 3: Fire, Chapter 13: “The Firebending Masters.” I’m not entirely joking, this episode gives a nice commentary on the properties of fire and the sun.

-Wildly dance around the bonfire like the heathen you are.

-BURN DOWN DONALD TRUMP’S MANSION

-Gardening.

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Title: For you, I wil fight (Bonus chapter) 
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Summary: Sasuke doesnt know how to quell his desire to see the person he’s trying to change for the most, the only thing he does know is that just a few hours with her will never be enough. He wants a lifetime. 
a/n: This was practice for writing sasuke but now its a bonus chapter, and it can be read as a stand alone without reading the whole story. I also a little tempted to write a bonus chapter about how little salad was made (hehe) 
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Chapter 2.5  

He thinks of her more and more as the nights grow shorter. The warmth in the air mimics the warmth in his chest when her face flashes through his mind.

This will be his second spring without her, if he lets it.

And Sasuke must let it.

He can’t give up now no matter how tempting running back to Kohona is. He almost thinks it’s impossible that just a short time ago he wanted to destroy it.

Almost.

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Banana & Pumpkin Spice Bread with Dark Chocolate

There is a word in Swedish that specifically describes that warm, comforting feeling you get when cozying up to a fire, tea cup in hand, and the taste of sweet baked bread lingering in the tongue. Fika is only specific to northern countries where days become shorter and nights colder during the long winter months. Growing up in Puerto Rico there was no need to cozy up to anything. We were sweating through the day; findings respite in shaded spaces, with just enough sea breeze to easy all troubles away. When moving to the states, I discovered the power of tea in negative digit temperatures and the gratifying effects of well-spiced cookies. Banana bread gained a whole new meaning and so did ginger cookies. These previously irrelevant treats now seemed essential to survival. They magically warmed up the bones and soothed the mind.

Fall baking should feel like a warm hug: always be spicy, mildly sweet, and decadent. This quick bread is a delicious hybrid of banana and pumpkin bread. The secret ingredient is butternut squash. When mixed with a ripe banana, almond flour, and oatmeal, butternut squash pure serves as a super moist base to a super moist bread. It is seasoned with fresh ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, and cloves, the topped with rich dark chocolate. Gently sweetened with maple syrup and a few dates, this cake is decadent without being overtly sweet. The balance between the aromatic spices, sweet bananas, and savory cake, against bitter chocolate makes for one tasty treat.

Perfect for breakfast, this recipe is best when served warm with a tall mug of steamy tea. Cozy up!

Banana & Pumpkin Spice Bread with Dark Chocolate

Cook time 60 minutes

Serves 8 

  • 1 large extra ripe banana
  • 1 cup roasted butternut squash or pumpkin puree
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 dates
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger
  • ¼ tsp. cloves
  • 1 ½ cups almond flour
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda 
  • ¼ cup chopped dark chocolate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a loaf pan with coconut oil. Line with parchment paper. Set aside.

Add bananas, squash puree, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla,coconut oil, and spices to a blender. Pulse until smooth and well incorporated. Add dry ingredients and pulse until well incorporated.

Pour batter into greased pan. Add chocolate chunks over the top. Bake for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for another 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool completely before transferring out. Tastes best warm.

SSS Call for Fic: Baby It’s Cold Outside! (December 13th Edition)

As the temperature drops for us here in the Northern Hemisphere**, and the days grow shorter and the nights longer - we need some lovin’ to warm us up and keep us happy.  Thus the call for fic… Let’s cuddle up to some warm, cozy, and sexy fic.  

Guidelines:  Tom Hiddleston smut.  (Tom or his characters) NSFW, 18+, Rated M.

Theme:  Cold Weather, Winter Holidays

Submissions: A link to your fic, the Tumblr name to credit, a short summary

Deadline:  December 13, 4 p.m. Pacific time.

Send to:  hiddleslores@gmail.com

** you peeps in the Southern Hemisphere are welcome, too!

The Irony of Winter

These days the sun feels more distant
scientists ascertain it is this time of year
while poets see within each falling leaf
an orange yellow tie died mother’s tear

Spring’s arrival signals life and renewal 
winter’s icy touch feels heavy with death
ironically though her grip holds us close
sharing I love you sighs in every breath

There’s a certain sadness to the season
her days ever shorter her nights colder
yet blankets and bed grow more inviting
your arms are warmer and love is bolder

The 2016 Spring Equinox

Today is the Vernal Equinox and the first day of Spring. We made it!

The length of a day and night are nearly equal on the occasion of an equinox. In this case, the days have grown longer and the nights shorter. After today, the hours of daylight will exceed that of darkness at night. 

To me, an equinox represents a tipping point. Although the nights have been growing shorter and the days longer ever since the winter solstice, it’s not until after the equinox that you really feel the change in season. I’m already starting to feel an uptick in energy as the spring seems to be awakening early this year. 

Use this day’s equinox to reflect on what balances have been shifting within you. Does something need re-centering? Or is something new growing within you? What is it time to let go of?

For me personally, I have been very preoccupied with outer responsibilities and tasks over this winter. Medical school applications and disappointments, new jobs, new relationship, and so on. At this point I feel as though I have found a solid balance with all of those things. I can keep up with them smoothly. Now I find that my attention is returning to the teachings of enlightened sages and gurus. 

I can feel a time is coming in which I will deepen my practice once more. Today gives me an opportunity to acknowledge this for myself and honor its unfolding. 

I wish you all a very merry and prosperous Spring!

Namaste :)

                           “And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
                                   They danced by the light of the moon.

     The scientists have graciously built a beautiful ballroom in sector six, cobblestone and flowers leading to the front doors. Inside, the ballroom is decorated in the colors of striking blue paired alongside regal silver flourished with accents of gold. Balloons modelled like stars are scattered about the room, along with exotic plants that are as otherworldly as they are beautiful. The most noticeable decoration is not however on the glittering walls or floor, but the ceiling itself. Where one may expect to see crystal chandeliers, hanging down from the structure were stars. The ceiling is littered with moving galaxies, shifting and changing to the music. It almost appears alive to anyone who watches closely. The mesmerizing cloak of space twinkles above the heads of dancers as the night carries on and one curious star shall grow brighter and brighter the night drew closer to midnight…

     As the days grow shorter and the nights become longer, the year comes to a close just as it has for an eternity. The stars and planets shift into orbits they have trailed since birth, and are once more starting on their journeys. Living in the Hive is it’s own journey, and every single person pulled from home into this seemingly diabolical place has their own story to tell. Tonight shall be another chapter in their story to tell as New Year’s Eve sparks a grand event that aims to bring joy and celebration to their lives; the Winter Ball. 

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