A new year is here! (and the rest of my 12 days of yule)

A new year is here. And like John said, "and what have you done"? Did you manage to acomplish all you set yourself to do at the beginning? Did you lose those extra pounds? Did you travel? Did you get out of the Broom Closet? I sure didn't! (hah! and you thought I was going to go all wise and divine here on you, did cha?) I think I actually GAINED the pounds and traveled as far as my job here and there... but what I did do was to get out of the broom closet and it was the most stress-relieving thing E-VER.

But this year things are different. I can just FEEL it. As Yule came to a closing, the light of hope shines upon us once more and brings us to that point in life where we have to think about the things we want to achieve this coming year. And again, we think that we want to be healthier, that we want to loose those pounds, that we want to be closer to our family, that we want to travel... but do we really REALLY want to achieve all this or is just a way to trick ourselves onto doing something --- like, doing something just to make it seem like we are DOING something rather than just waste time away?

How about instead of wanting to be all that... how about just looking in the mirror every day and saying ONE THING you LOVE about yourself? Sure! We want OTHERS to tell us these things, but when it comes to you telling YOU, "hey there, gorgeous! I couldn't go through this day without YOU!" it takes on a completely different spin, doesn't it? Why? How come we believe what others tells us about US instead of giving us the cheery cheer? I say... SCREW IT!! I will not be subjected to other's telling me when to feel good about ME!! Try it. Take it for a test drive for this month. Then, write to me and tell me how this affirmation made you feel. Trust me, the more positive thinking you do on your behalf, the better the chances your aura and energy fields are open to the world and good things will come your way.

Plus, it will make spells come a lot easier! ;)

So, my project this month is "TELLING MYSELF HOW MUCH I LOVE MYSELF AND LETTING ME KNOW THAT I AM A TRUE MOONBEAM" Purifying my aura with the fresh moonlight of January and the sunbeams of the just born God of Light will aid me in my endeveours and I hope they do yours too.

But, enough of my rambling.

How was YOUR day??

I have still to finish my Days of Yule things. I mean, posting them. So, I thought that today was going to be such a day. I shall proceed to post the rest of the Days of Yule as I have them written on my personal journal.

5th Day of Yule – Remembering the Noble Virtue of Honor
December 24th
Honor is the ability to hold your head high in all situations. We set standards for ourselves and live according to those standards. We are not encouraged to set low standards, rather, set high standards and work toward them continually, even behind closed doors.

Le Integrite!

These are words that Marjonie's grandmother said to her in the movie Persepolis. The one thing you have, the one thing no one can take away from you is your honor. This is the thing that make others rely on you, and see you as a trustworthy person. To have a set of values -- a code if you will, in which you balance good and evil perfectly (because you cannot be good all the time, com'on!). This is why the wiccan rede sets it very clear:

To Harm None.

Reach your goals without harming people/nature along the way. Have respect for others. Have respect for your mother nature, your father time and your brothers and sisters. And never set yourself for failure. That, to me, is honorable.

6th Day of Yule – Remembering the Noble Virtue of Fidelity
December 25th
We must remain loyal to who and what we are. Those around us need to have the ability to take us at our word, and our word needs to be our bond. Our handshake needs to seal the deal. The devotion to our deeds has to be of the uttermost importance.

Positively speaking, When we lose ourselves, we lose the sense of who we are. And as soon as this happens, our place in this world is unbalanced. And unbalanced energy only brings unbalanced waves our way. Be true to you, be true to others and never allow what others might think or say about you change who you really are. People around you who love you and respect you will Love and Respect you NO MATTER WHAT. The moment you change to please others you destroy that essense the Goddess and God have made for YOU. Remember, YOU are UNIQUE in your OWN WAY. Why try changing that? 

(I say "positevely speaking" because there are some people who do need to change their ways -- for the better, such as alcoholics, drug additct, etc... those people who bring harm to others)

7th Day of Yule – Remembering the Noble Virtue of Hospitality
December 26th
Welcome those into your house and your life as you can. In today’s world, we cannot trust everyone with whom we come in contact, but we can exercise caution and be as welcoming as possible. Similarly, be a proper and respectful guest when you are welcomed.

Juarez people are known throughout Mexico as being the most hospitality-giving people. Or at least, we were known as that before all the madness started going on here. And even when, we still manage to be welcoming.

A few months ago I had the opportunity to welcome people from Mexico City to my town. They came to apply a teacher certification exam and it was their first time here. As they always do, they called and told us when they would be arriving. We offered the hotel stay and the transport. The day came, I went to pick them up at the airport and told them to be calmed as there are a lot of military check points along the highway. Then drove them to the hotel, asked them if they were hungry and as such told them to settle in, and be ready two hours later to go out for dinner. Took them to dinner at one of Juarez' most delicious restaurants, and then we agreed that I waas going to pick them up to go to the examination place the next morning. Examination came and went and afterwards I took them to luch and told them that the teachers wanted to take them out for dinner that afternoon. Since their flight back to Mexico was set for the next morning, they had no problem in accepting, so we ended-up having dinner, kareoke party and a frew drinks that evening. As I was driving them to the airport the next day, they both said that they were leaving with a different impresion of what Juarez is like. They had pictured us to be rude, violent people... but they saw an entire different scenario from the TRUE Juarez people: warm, welcoming, and willing to make their city change.

It is hard to have this virtue nowadays, but when you practice it, it comes back to you three times fold. I cannot tell you how many times have examinors, tutors, or conference people come over to my town and just by being polite, and welcoming I have made lots of friends! I have homes to arrive to whenever I want to visit Mexico City, Mazatlan, Puebla, Vallarta.... and it's all because of the little details such as the ones I described for the two examinors above.

8th Day of Yule – Remembering the Noble Virtue of Discipline
December 27th
Our Way is not an easy way. In many aspects, we fly in the face of the society around us. Stay True to the ideals of Ancient Celtic Ways, as they unfold in your life. Be diligent in the study of your beliefs. Stay True to the goddesses.

I am, by far, one of the most un-disciplined person I know. Honestly. And it's a fault I am working very hard to turn around. It's not been an easy road, I'll tell you that, but I am trying... and slowly I think I am acheiving this goal.

Discipline, in all aspects, is what in the long run will bring you all that you plow. But you have to be consistent, orderly, and know that, like anything in life, you have to dedicate yourself to whatever you're passionate about.

9th Day of Yule – Remembering the Noble Virtue of Industriousness
December 28th
Life requires that we work hard. Never sit back and take the easy way out in regards to your ability to create a lifestyle for yourself. No matter the lifestyle you choose, know that your elevation in life, or lack of it, may (but not always) be the direct result of your depth of diligence. Do the best you can, and know that your efforts have been suitably rewarded.

 I think that, like Discipline, being Industriousness comes along with the turf. We work hard to obtain what we desire. Even rock stars and movie stars have to work hard to get the success they have... yes, even Justin Biever had to work hard at some point in his life to achieve what he has right now. Working hard in what we like to achieve a point of sucess in life makes the road sweet and light. Sometimes we might not like our job, but we must not take it as a burden. Remember: there are others who are not that lucky and wish they could work to have something to bring home.

10th Day of Yule – Remembering the Noble Virtue of Self-Reliance
December 29th
Do not create codependent relationships in any way. Do not let your happiness, or your success, be determined by anyone else. Be responsible for yourself. Rely on your own efforts to secure your needs.

 Read the beginning of this blog... You'll see what I mean....

11th Day of Yule – Remembering the Noble Virtue of Perseverance
December 30th
If you give up, you die. It really is simple, isn’t it? No matter what you are doing, see it to its conclusion. Even if you try and fail, realize that the only real failure is not trying. Failure is evidence that someone has tried. Success is failure defeated.

Never give up. Sometimes the gold is at the bottom of barrels of crap! Had I ever given up, I would have never brought the Cambridge Certification to my school. Had I ever given up, I would have never started an MA in Education. Had I ever given up, I would have never be at this point in life, telling you to never give up.

"Shoot for the Moon. Even if you miss, you'll still land amongst the starts!" -- Les Brown

12th Night
December 31st
Thus ends the season of Yule as we prepare for the upcoming year. It's a time to remember from whence you came as well as a time to make plans for the near future. Take oaths, make promises, hold inventory so you know your present position in relation to where you want to be. Remember, "Luck often enough will save a woman (or man) if her (or his) courage holds” (The Celtic Warrior).

I promise to make my life more complete. Never giving up to achieve my goals and never harming people along the way.
I promise to myself to be stronger and not let anyone else tell me what to think, to do, or to feel. I promise to myself that I will always love me, no matter what happens.
I promise to be more patient, disciplined and diligent in my studies, both in witchcraft and in my MA
I promise that this year I will make an effort to get out more. I want to travel to other parts of my country and leave a little bit of my energy there. 
I promise I will stop cheating myself out of being happy and I will no longer sabotage myself to dig a hole on the ground from which later I have to climb out of.
I promise to be patient with others, as they will not always be as positive-filled as I hope they are. People sometimes show you their worst face but in the long run, they always show a positive light. 
I promise to clean my car!
I promise to be patient with Suzie -- she's still in training.
I promise to allow the Goddess into my life more. I promise to honor her, to honor the God in his sabbats, and to walk the path they have set for me with honor and respect towards all living things.
I promise to live.


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