These are the underlying scope and themes for December 2022. Make sure to also check out Sagittarius Season 2022 for mini-tarot readings for each sign of the zodiac and astrology highlights.
The following decks, Tarot Assembled and Tarot Disassembled 2nd Edition, explore the traditional symbology of the Rider Waite Smith Tarot and were created by Jennifer Steidley of Ferocious Ink. Both are currently on Kickstarter until December 13th, 2022; these decks are genius and one you'll want to have your hands on!
Tarot Card of the Month: Queen of Swords reversed
Be mindful of being unable to think or articulate ideas clearly or take decisive action, making emotional rather than rational based decisions, acting manipulative, being easily influenced or dependent on another/others, and being overly analytical and critical to the extent that you appear bitter, cold-hearted, and possibly even cruel.
Healing Crystal of the Month: Green Actinolite
Actinolite's name comes from the Ancient Greek aktinos, meaning “beam” or “ray” after the stone's radiated crystal structure. Nephrite, one of the two forms of Jade, is often composed of green Actinolite. It is a stone of the heart, and healing and protection of the emotional body. This is a stone to use during times of emotional pain, fear, lack of confidence or certainty, and indifference. Interestingly, it was also used by the ancients to heal the kidneys which are responsible for removing waste and toxins, and excess water from the bloodstream. Perhaps it’s time to do some deep cleansing and toxin removal, particularly as it relates to the emotional body. Caution to the wise: Fibrous actinolite is a form of asbestos.
Crystal Affirmation: I am surrounded by a protective shield of positive energy.
Numerology of the Month: 9
Nine is a number of Universal Spiritual Laws, spiritual awakening and enlightenment, being of service to humanity and charity, self-sacrifices and selflessness, strength of character, inner wisdom, and life purpose.
Sacred Symbol of the Month: Rose
The rose is a symbol of manifestation and the attainment of enlightenment, perfection, and Divine love. Its imagery similar to the lotus of Asia represents the immortality of the soul and ultimate forthcoming resurrection from the dark. Roses have been the favorite of alchemists for centuries and explains why there are so many titles bearing its name and images depicting its symbol. To do the Work is to Know the rose, to be initiated into the mysteries and reborn.
Angel Number of the Month: 786
Your intuition has steered you in the right direction, with resultant blessings in your career and finances. Keep going!
Sacred Herbs & Plants of the Month: Olive
Botanical Names: Olea europaea
Olive is a masculine plant associated with the Sun and Fire, and a symbol of peace, luck, healing, fertility, passion and protection. Olive wreaths (crowns) were given to the winners of Olympic games in ancient Greece and are associated with different deities. Read tarot? Pull out a Rider Waite Smith (RWS) tarot deck and see how many cards show a crown. Of all of the cards that depict a crown in any form, how many include or potentially include olive leaves? Look at the symbolism of the olive plant above and then the meaning of the tarot card for additional clues to its inclusion. Interestingly, the olive was sacred to Athena, who was born on Rhodes, the Island of Roses.
An olive branch hung above the threshold of a home protects against evil, and when worn on the body it invites luck, prosperity and fertility to flourish.
I could really take a deep dive here, but I will stay limited to the olive branch. Look at the Seal of the United States, what does the American Bald Eagle holding an olive branch in it’s right talon tell you?
Never underestimate the power of olive oil, it is incredibly potent and has a wide range of uses. Some of my favorite ways of using olive oil are making oil burning lamps, anointing oils, and scalp/hair treatments. Olive oil has a long history of being burned in lanterns, particularly in ancient temples. Bring that tradition into your home with a clean major jar, organic and ethically sourced olive oil, and a nontoxic 100% unbleached cotton wicks. When it comes to anointing, the possibilities are endless with what you can inside the oil with. The same applies to scalp and hair oil treatments, I like to mix 40 drops of lavender + 40 drops of tea tree into ½ cup of oil for a nourishing scalp and hair treatment used 2-3 times per week. Make sure to use high quality and ethically sourced oils like those from Mountain Rose Herbs, and to do a test spot application beforehand to check for a possible reaction. I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, I am only sharing what I do. Likewise, I am not a major proponent of essential oil use and use them very sparingly.
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Uncredited images from my personal collection or stock images
*Angel Numbers 101 by Doreen Virtue
*Crystal Affirmations from Healing Crystals Oracle