- Celestial: Sun Sagittarius/Moon Gemini
- Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Grand Bois
- Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Cane, Palmetto, Spanish Moss, Yohimbe
- Cards for Today: Magician
- Haitian/Vodouan: Day of Grand Bois - a Vodouan holy day of observation for Grand Bois (meaning great wood) - he is also called Grans Bwa, Bran Bwa, Ganga-Bois. An elemental, nature-oriented loa closely associated with trees, plants and herbs - Grand Bois is the Green Man of the Vodouan realm. The “Big Wood” is the “Master of the Sacred Forest of the Island Below the Waters”, which is the place the loa call home. It is the land to which the newly dead travel. He is the protector of all wild animals, knows the secrets of herbal medicine and the secrets of magic hidden within the herbs. Likened to Saint Sebastian (also recognized in December)and Saint Christopher in the Catholic tradition, Gran Bois is known as a very loving loa with a great sense of humor and he is known to be full of advice. He is represented as prominently endowed and eternally erect. It is claimed he is proud of the fact that he always has a big, stiff penis and encourages men to relish their vital organ and the pleasure and health it may bring them. He is petitioned for healing, prosperity, fertility/virility and general advice. Offerings to him on his day of remembrance include leaves and herbs, honey and spiced rum. As a Petro Loa of the wilderness he can be fierce and unpredictable in some aspects but is always loved for his pure, primal nature. Grand Bois and his colleagues, Maitre Carrefour (Master Crossroads) and Baron Cimetière (Baron Cemetery) form the Triad of Magicians. They represent the journey of life - Grand Bois represents the rich earth that man springs from and the dark woods he stumbles through, Maitre Carrefour represents the various roads and paths one chooses to travel on the way and Baron Cimitière represents the end of the trip.
- Roman: Lux Mundi/Light of the World - the ancient festival was held annually on this day in honour of the Goddess of Liberty - Libertas. Light of the World is among the first of the festivals of light traditionally held in the weeks before the northern winter solstice; and one of many goddess festivals of peace and freedom held in early December, before the more raucous events (Saturnalia) occur.
- French/European: Festival of the Goddess of Liberty/Libertas - from the heritage of the Lux Mundi - Libertas, the goddess of light (illumination) remains celebrated in Europe on this date especially in France, where this day commemorates her as the paragon of liberty whose Statue was presented by France to the United States. From 1793, the observation has included the figure of the Goddess of Liberty represented with a large candle signifying that Liberty is the true light of the world.
- Native American/First Nations: Inuit/Eskimo Bladder Festival/Feast of Sedna/Festival for the Souls of Dead Whales - On this night (approximately), The Inuit celebrate the Bladder festival to propitiate the souls of the animals (seals/whales) they have hunted for communal use during the year. As well, they honour and appease Sedna, spirit/goddess of the sea and underworld. Men undergo a five day purification ritual in a special building called a kashim in which they prepare the inflated bladders of all the animals taken that year. Under the full moon at the end of the five days, the men cut holes in the sea ice about a quarter mile from the shore to return the bladders to the sea. After leaping through the flames of a bonfire awaiting them in the village upon their return, they retire to the kashim again for a final sweat bath and contests of strength. This observation has been performed in the Arctic coastal regions of North America for hundreds of years.
- Native American: Hopi New Year - the most significant holy day in the Hopi calendar. It lasts four days and correlates with the following observational practices -
1) Native American: Soyala (28/11 - 17/12) - among the Hopi and Zuni peoples, these are the days of Soyala, the annual festival of purification and renewal beginning on the New Moon and lasts a approximately a month over the Winter Solstice, the return of life to the world. Celebration of creation dedicated to Spider Woman and the Hawk Maiden ceremony of rebirth.
2) Native American: Shalako (27/11 - 11/12) - the Hopi and Zuni festival rites of cleansing the kivas and images in preparation for the Kachinas.
3) Native American: Wuwuchim - (1/12 - 9/12) ritual of emergence begins at sunset and last 8 days.
- Egyptian: Hathor Goes Forth - Day of the going forth of Hathor as the white Goddess brings life, stability, well being to all followers.
- Egyptian: Great Cow Day - the Great Cow (Het Heret or Nuit) is established in Ra’s majestic presence. It was advised not to drink milk on this day but observe it by inbibing other beverages and eating honey.
- Jainism: Maunajiyaras - on this day, Jainists fast, remain silent and meditate on their 24 great religious masters, known as the Tirthankaras or Pathfinders. The birthdays of some of the Tirthankaras are also celebrated on Maunajiyaras.
- Greek: Poseideon Noumenia - another date shown in some sources as the first day of the Greek month of Poseideon.
- Celtic/Druidic/Wiccan: Oak Moon - this December Full Moon is called Oak Moon. It is also called the Moon of the Long Nights, as it is often closest to Mother Night, coinciding exactly with it this year.
- Sufism/Turkish: Mevlana Festival (7-17 December) - The annual festival to mark the death (on 17/12) of the great poet and mystic Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi takes place in the city of Konya, Central Anatolia in modern Turkey. Rumi is a 13th century Muslim saint and Anatolian mystic known throughout the world for beautiful poems and words of wisdom, which have been translated into many languages. He was Muslim , a Sufi - but not orthodox. His doctrine advocated unlimited tolerance, positive reasoning, goodness, charity and awareness through love. To him all religions were more or less truth. His peaceful and tolerant teachings have appealed to men of all sects and creeds. Mevlana died on 17 December 1273 and was laid to rest beside his father in Konya, in present day Turkey. A shrine, the Mevlana Moseleum was erected over their remains, which is now a museum and place of pilgrimage. Every year at this time, pilgrims and followers celebrate with remembrances including the Sema - the dance of the “Whirling Dervishes” which is a part of the inspiration of Mevlana and has in turn become part of Turkish custom, history, beliefs and culture. Sema represents a mystical journey of man’s spiritual ascent through mind and love to “Perfection”. Whirling towards the truth, his growth, through love, deserts his ego, finds the truth and arrives to the “perfect within”. He returns from this spiritual journey as a man who has reached maturity and greater perfection, so as to love and to be of service to the whole of creation, to all creatures without discrimination of belief, race, class and nationality. Pilgrims from all over the globe visit the tomb at the Mevlana Museum during the festival and take part in the hypnotic Sema ceremonies.
- Astronomical/Astrological: Full Moon in Gemini opposite Sun in Sagittarius - this Full Moon is typically one of the year’s most festive and joyous, combining as it does the hearty enthusiasm and cheer of Jupiter, ruler of the sign of the Archer, and the quick communicativeness of Mercury, who rules Gemini, both aligned at the feast-while-you-can moment just before the onset of winter. This Full Moon is eventful. The North and South Moon’s Nodes conjoin the Sun and Moon, while Mars in Virgo is at a 90° square to both. Thus the possibility of tension and even breakage is high in our relationships now, and resolvers of conflict are worth diamonds at this Full Moon.
- Lunar: Eclipse - a total Lunar Eclipse at this Full Moon presenting the stunning sight of the Red Moon.
- Anglican/Catholic/Christian/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) - St. Eulalia’s Day
- History: Declaration of Human Rights (1948) - Day the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted, and fundamental rights were recognized world-wide.
Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.