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December 2020 Advent Draw 10

December 10, 2020 Advent Calendar Draw: The Star. Click to embiggen
December 10, 2020 Advent Calendar Draw: The Star. Click to embiggen

On the tenth day of December, my solstice advent gave to me… The Star.

I was wondering when The Star would come out of the bag. And here it is on day 10. The Star is a wonderful symbol of hope and light. It’s no wonder our ancestors looked to the stars in this time of year. Many people also add a star to the top of their trees, where the light glows brightest. The star gives us wishes and we tell it our hopes and dreams and watch them to help it comes true. 

The days continue to get darker and colder and I am enjoying the heat from our fireplace. Our neighbor decorates their tall evergreen with a huge star and we can see it from our living room window. It’s a reminder of how interconnected we are to one another and how hopeful I am for the world to return to a better place in the coming months. 

What brings you hope in this winter season? Do you still wish upon a star? Drop me a line, I’d love to know.

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December 2020 Advent Draw 9

December 9, 2020 Advent Calendar Draw: Temperance. Click to embiggen
December 9, 2020 Advent Calendar Draw: Temperance. Click to embiggen

On the ninth day of December, my solstice advent gave to me… Temperance.

From the desire to gain new perspectives from a sacrifice comes the true integration of balance in our every day lives. Temperance is one of my favorite major arcana cards. I love how it takes two sides, light and dark, good and bad, positive and negative, and blends the two seemingly different items into a who new third item. This is what it is to integrate items into a true personality. 

One of my other loves is productivity. I love trying to clear the clutter and distractions so my workflows run smoothly and get me the output I desire. This is one result of Temperance, where I use my brain, my life and the tools I use to synthesize a new pattern out of it all. Temperance is a fantastic idea and card to move yourself forward from accepting the past you, to understanding what you need to carry on in the future, to making a change and putting it into action. 

As 2020 comes to a close, how did you adapt to this crazy year? Was there anything you learned to blend into your personal life or productivity habits? How does Temperance influence your life? Please let me know by emailing me.

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December 2020 Advent Draw 8

December 8, 2020 Advent Calendar Draw: The Hanged Man. Click to embiggen
December 8, 2020 Advent Calendar Draw: The Hanged Man. Click to embiggen

On the eight day of December, my solstice advent gave to me… The Hanged Man.

The Hanged Man is one of my birth cards. I have grown to love and accept the messages from the images in my decks. For me, this is a card about gaining new perspectives when you sacrifice something else. My life is a delicate balance of foraging ahead with new perspectives and writing them down. I have cultivated a narrow band of focus in what I want to write about and project. This helps me stay focused and keeps the distractions at bay. Sometimes, I work too much and my relationships suffer. Conversely, I often procrastinate and allow distractions to rise up when I need it.

Today the Hanged Man asks me to let go of outdated thoughts and a rigid schedule. I will meet my obligations in the moment and enjoy what moments throw at me. As for the holidays, I am looking forward to staying home and enjoying a quiet solstice with my love.

What sacrifices are you making this year for the holidays? What perspectives will this give back to you? I’d love to know so, please, email me your thoughts.

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December 2020 Advent Draw 7

December 7, 2020 Advent Calendar Draw: The Fool. Click to embiggen
December 7, 2020 Advent Calendar Draw: The Fool. Click to embiggen

On the seventh day of December, my solstice advent gave to me… The Fool.

And here we are. Back at the beginning, or is it the end. That’s the fantastic thing about The Fool: they can go where ever they want. They delight in every new thing. The Fool stays in the moment. They are forever in motion, seeking out new adventures where their whim takes them. ‘Tis the season to seek out and search for connection. 

My eyes are finely tuned to the world outside, and it gives me a strange sense of wanderlust in my own home. A small flicker of moment catches my eyes; they dart to the branches or tree trunks. They lock onto the grass. They catch a glimpse of the raven sitting on the mailbox.  I see my squirrel buds twitch their tails as they continue to forage. Sometimes I’m lucky, and a squirrel will rest on the fence, letting me get their picture. As I get better from being sick, I want to do more, explore more as well. 

Today I was being asked to stay in the moment. To do each task with full attention and let me do deep dives in work I was doing. I went from daydreaming to recording a video/podcast for STAARcon to writing and then back to podcasting. In between, I found moments of stillness, where I could once again look at my squirrel buddies and connect with the outer world.

Where do you desire to go while it’s cold? What items do you keep in your backpack? I’d love to know so, please, email me your thoughts.

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December 2020 Advent Draw 6

December 6, 2020 Advent Calendar Draw: The Devil. Click to embiggen
December 6, 2020 Advent Calendar Draw: The Devil. Click to embiggen

On the sixth day of December, my solstice advent gave to me… The Devil.

All hail the trickster, the one who tempts us all. In another fitting synchronicity, today is one of Krampus’s festivals. He’s a devilish figure who would come out to frighten children who acted horribly. In some stories, Krampus takes the children away; in others, he leaves them sticks or stones instead of presents. No matter which myth you believe, I smiled when The Devil arrived on my tree today.

Traditionally, this time of year would bring me lots of tempting sweets and treats. I have a huge sweet tooth and would indulge in my favorite pumpkin pie or holiday cookies. We’ve been pretty lucky this year with the treats. No pies to tempt me with, and we ate the one bag of “Tabi cookies” gifted to us by Kendra’s family. Mmmm, Tabi cookies are the best. While I’m feeling better, I’m still going to do my best to lay down and do nothing for one more day. Although, I’m tempted to return to life full blast! Thankfully, I know my body better and that if I return to a life fully lived now, I will have to stay down a few more days.

What are your favorite holiday temptations? Please email and share them with me.