Today we do bid Hail to our beloved Holly King
With these ancient carols, we do again sing
He who is called Father Christmas is returning yet again
As the Solstice’s longest night has finally begun
We await you, Santa Claus, Lord of Winter
To honor you on this day that you always were
Saint Nicholas, patron of children on Gaia’s sphere
This invocation, we pray you do hear
Come bless us, upon this season of the Yuletide
Great Holly King as you fly upon your sleigh ride
Whether your gifts to us be physical or spiritual
We know that they will always be most magical
Grateful, because we know your blessings’ great worth
We offer a blessing of our own — Peace on Earth!
by Ginger Strivelli
Today celebrates the feast day of Saint Nicholas of Myra, a fourth century Byantine bishop who is widely revered for his generosity, kindness and compassion. In many European traditions, the night before ‘Saint Nicholas Day’ is when children display their shoes in prominent positions, like in front of their bedroom door or by the dining room table. The story goes that in order for Saint Nicholas to fill those shoes with gifts, the little ones had to be fast asleep. Feng Shui says that your shoes can also bring you another gift when positioned in a specific manner. This philosophy says that you can walk into excellent opportunities for a new job if you turn around all around the shoes in your closet. Simply position them so the toes are pointing as if the shoes were going to walk out on their own. The shoes should be put in pairs and those that are outdated or never worn should be weeded out and given to someone who can use them. Following in the footsteps of generous old Saint Nick, acting charitably while also activating your intention is the probably the best gift of all!
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
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