Darkness is only driven out with light, not more darkness.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
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 and your family. When you are ready, light the first candle that you lit last week (but if you’re just now getting started, that’s fine, too!) calling once more the energies of East, Air, or whatever wishes and visions with which you charged it.
Now, light the second candle. Perhaps it is the candle you have designated for the Guardian of Fire and the South. It would then embody qualities such as passion, movement, energizing, growth, or, in the Witch’s Pyramid *, “to will.” Or it may represent some other gift or quality that you wish to invoke for yourself and the world.
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.
* The Witch’s Pyramid, sometimes called the Hermetic Quaternary, is a very old construct that has been called the foundation of magical principle. Corresponding to East/Air, South/Fire, West/Water, and North/Earth, it is “to know,” “to will,” “to dare,” and “to keep silent.”
Hecate © Katlyn Breene
And remember that, being the last day of the month, this day is sacred to Hecate. As November departs and the fearsome spirits of the Wild Hunt return to the Underworld, we remember that She, too, is the great psychopomp, who gathers and guides those crossing to the lands of the dead.
Hecate is the Goddess of Witches and Guardian of the Crossroads, from all mundane road crossings to the ultimate crossroads between life and death. She is the Triple Goddess in Her most ancient form, the trinity of Artemis the Maiden, Selene, the Mother, and by Her own name, Hecate, the Crone.
On this night, leave food at a crossroads in Her name. The wise will choose a crossroads where She can see to it that the hungry may eat it, whether they know it is in Her name or not.
And so blessed be.