Greetings Sisters &
Brothers, this is our January newsletter. Happy New Year to all.
We would like to take this opportunity to Congratulate Kiarna Steart
CHT. and family on the birth of Sophia.
Next month we have
Candlemass - Ritual of Air coming up on 2nd February. Our Candlemass
ceremony marks the midpoint of winter, half way between the shortest day
and Spring Equinox. We light candles all through the Temple and our homes
at the first signs that Spring is starting to appear, when the Sun is born
again and all of nature springs back to life.
Snowdrops appear in February as a symbol of hope that the Sun will
once again appear.
"The Snowdrop in purest white array. First rears her head on Candlemas
Also known as Imbolc, the Feast of First Milk, occurring when the first of
the lambs would be born and provide some fresh milk.
Candlemass in the Northern Hemisphere is when the sun reaches
fifteen degrees of Aquarius. As the ritual is in Aquarius this is our
ritual of Air. Our elemental rituals always honour that element more than
the others during that time.
We now hand over to Kathleen A Flyke CHT. our Guardian of Capricorn, who
will tell us more about this months sign.
Birthday: December 22-January 19, Beginning on or around the day of the
Winter Solstice. Darkness to light.
Capricorn is the 10th sign of the zodiac, one of the four cardinal signs.
Ruling planet: Saturn
Colours: Dark Sapphire, Black Pearl, Onyx, Jet Black.
Flower: Nightshade. Hemlock, Ivy, Heartsease, Amaranthus.
Trees: Aspen, Elm, Pine, Willow, Yew.
Best partner matches: Taurus, Virgo, Aries.
Worst partner match: Libra.
Modern day diet for the Capricorn is one of the well rounded farmer,
meat, dairy, grains, seafood can usually all be well tolerated by the
healthy, strong Capricorn. Robust long life-spans are usually enjoyed by
this sign, often coming into their own at an advanced age. It is not
unheard of to see a robust Capricorn live well into the nineties or even
hit the 100 year mark. Time is definitely on your side.
Early Babylonian literature explanation and character origin of
the 'Sea-Goat' is thought by some to represent the rising from the
sea (bottom half fish) to the top of the mountains (the top half the
strong determined mountain goat), thus representing the rise of the
powerful two cities co-existing and rising from Tigress. Its important to
remember the Capricorn is not only the earthly goat, but also very much
part of the sea.
Personality traits: Capricorns are the "doer's", the "hard workers",
and frequently come off as the "ambitious achiever" type with their peers
for the most part, what is commonly misunderstood though is that this
drive does not come from a desire for adulation and praise, it comes from
a deep seated inner drive to be at their best & to live up to their own
perception of high expectations, goal achieving & having success in their
field and being well thought of and respected professionally & socially.
This sometimes can result in habitual, self-critical analysis that can
cause self-loathing and depression at times, not much is up to the high
standards of the Capricorn, for others or themselves unfortunately.
Capricorns as co-workers or supervisors are known to be somewhat
demanding, serious & very, "cut to the chase" and "lets get things done in
a timely manner", type of demeanour. You will seldom find a "slacker" type
Capricorns may seem short tempered, and impatient...they are patient
but like to get on with things, complete tasks and cannot be bothered
with flighty, lofty idealistic banter, they enjoy much more the actual
applying of things into actuality and consider that what matters most in
the end. The Capricorn has very little time or patience to sit and talk
about philosophical random ideas for any length of time, they want to
implement and get things done. Frivolous, lazy, behaviour is not exhibited
or usually appreciated by the serious Capricorn at work. Capricorns are
usually put into supervisory positions due to this, fortunately they are
actually quite practical and pragmatic by nature and this leader role fits
them well, and they are usually well thought of by both employee and
higher-ups. In times of war or battle the Capricorn is frequently the
commander or general leading the way, discipline and reliability are the
Capricorns best traits, a natural born leader.
On the negative side of the Capricorn nature is the unrelenting feeling
of negativity that arises due to pressure to be the best at what they do,
it is their ultimate undoing at times. Capricorns have a predisposition
to depression and can be somewhat disabled by it...picture the
Capricorn writer hard at work, yet constantly ripping up their text
because..."its just not good enough"...constant self criticism leads to
anxious depressed nature that is also prone to perfectionism & can lead to
depression & ultimately withdrawal & self-medicating. Capricorns must be
aware that their predisposition to anxiety and depression can lead to
addiction of substances, mainly alcohol.
People involved with the Capricorn person will also be held to
high standards as well, there is no reason to not be at your best to a
Capricorn, this can lead to strained personal relationships at times.
Capricorns have to remember it is not their place to judge and critique
others so often...luckily this earth sign will regain its practical way of
thinking and ease up on those they judge harshly, as personal
relationships are just as important as work relationships to the Capricorn
in the end. The Capricorns best trait is their extreme loyalty to those
that they meet and choose to surround themselves with, they are very
determined to support and maintain close personal relationships. The
Capricorn usually has a small circle of real, close authentic lifelong
friends. The Capricorn if married will usually wish to never divorce, they
will work hard at a bad relationship just as doggedly as do their work at
a job. Sometimes this is good, sometimes not.. Capricorns must learn to
walk away when things are not good for their soul, not saveable, instead
some withdraw in a bad relationship and "stick it out" too long, not
wanting to "fail" in their and societies view.
Capricorns are loyal, trustworthy, will be very good friends partners
and neighbours. They at times just need to remind themselves to "lighten
up" a little. Earthbound creatures they are.
That is all for this month.