Yuletide Cheer, Continued

Had such a lovely Christmas this morning! We had presents from my parents and my man’s family. It was so nice, as we couldn’t get out East this holiday. Also made a delicious feast today… turkey, potatoes, turnip, homemade stuffing, gravy cranberry sauce and a delicious pumpkin pie with dream whip. It’s simple, but incredibly comforting and recalls memories of Christmases past.

Dan's playing Skyrim. That's our little, shiny tree on top of the tv, and my magazine trees. On the chair are our prezzies from our peoples, and there's Pippa being adorable 🙂

I got more canvases and decided I really like the gold knotwork one I did with the Holly, so I painted another 🙂

Month of the Holly


We are now enjoying the month of the Holly, Tinne, from the 8th of July to the 4th of August. Awesomely enough, the new place we are living in has a nice Holly tree in the front yard! They are beautiful trees to say the least and hold a lot of mythological and magical history.

Latin Name:
Ilex aquifolium (English Holly)
Ilex opaca (American Holly)

Parts Used:
Bark, berries, leaves

Herbal Usages:
Holly leaves have been used in infusions as a diaphoretic (induces perspiration) for fevers. The juice of the leaves also aids in jaundice.

The berries are a very strong emetic and purgative, and therefor should not be ingested unless vomiting is needed. In which case, only a few should be taken.
The berries in powder form is also used as an astringent for swelling and to check bleeding.

Associations:
Fire; Holly King; spear; Odin; Mars; Ares; feminine; life, death and rebirth; dark half of the year.

Magic(k)al Workings:
An incredible protective wood, it is used to ward off negative energies, evil spirits, poisons, angry elementals and lightning. It is also used in dream magic(k), placing a piece of holly under your pillow is said to bring prophetic dreams. It works very well in fertility magic(k) too.

It is very useful in magic(k)s that overthrow the old to bring in the new; to bring success to a new stage of development; and when seeking for a successful business endeavour.