by Robert Bly
Darkness is falling through darkness
Falling from ledge
There is a man whose body is perfectly whole.
He stands the storm behind him
And the grass blades are leaping in the wind.
Darkness is gathered in folds
About his feet.
He is no one. When we see
Him we grow calm
And sail on into the tunnels of joyful death.
Tonight is the second night of our Solstice prayer-spell. Tonight, preferably around sunset, take a moment to create sacred space and a peaceful spirit for yourself. When you are ready, light the first candle (that you lit last week), calling once more the energies, wishes, visions with which you charged it.
Now, light the second candle. Whether it is the candle you have designated for the Guardian of Fire and the South, or some other quality that you wish to invoke for yourself and the world, may your heart be true, may your desire be clear.
Meditate for a time upon the flickering light, as well as the darkness all around it. When you feel that your rite is completed, gently extinguish the second, and then the first candle.
As you have said it, so it shall be.