Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful.
— Lao Tzu
Today is the third Sun-day of our group spell/prayer/meditation, as we prepare to welcome the rebirth of the Solstice Light! If you are just now joining us, it does not matter if you missed out on the last two Sun Days. Your energy and good thoughts are still welcome, and indeed, I believe they are absolutely necessary.
To find out the particulars about what you need to do to join in weaving this prayer-spell, click here. It is incredibly simple really, and takes very little time. What matters is the awareness of your spirit, not the name of your religion or the erudite complexity of words and rites (although if you are into that, go for it and enjoy!).
Tonight at sunset (or whatever time works best for you), take a few quiet moments to be fully present as you stand before your wreath. First, light the candle from the first week. For Pagan participants, this would be the candle for Air or East, and for many Christian traditions it represents Hope. As you light it, think quietly of your own
Next, gaze at the second candle – the one we lit for the first time last week. This one is in the direction of South and represents the element of Fire: passion, will, magic, desire, energy. For Christian traditions, this candle represents Love. Notice how both interpretations are so compatible – we really have more in common with one another than those who build barriers of condemnation and intolerance (on both sides) would have us think. Let your gratitude for the warmth and light of Fire, and the Life Force of Love fill your awareness.
Then, tonight, we light for the first time the third candle. This candle is for West, the Element of Water, and in many Christian traditions, it is the candle for Joy. Pagans know that Water is the Guardian of our emotions, intuition, empathy, compassion and is sacred to Autumn and the setting sun. As we contemplate our beautiful candle, we honor the many feelings that flow through us: the ups and downs that can be tumultuous at times, strangely prescient, that open our hearts and sometimes break them, that bring cleansing tears and joyful laughter. What a sacred gift it is to feel our feelings!
In addition, I would suggest that you might give thanks for the healing presence of abundant clean water. More priceless than oil or gold, drinkable water is an increasingly rare commodity in many places. Here in the U.S. where we’ve always taken it for granted, we are learning to treasure our water, for in recent years, many of us have suffered through unprecedented droughts, watching helplessly as trees and crops succumb, beloved ponds and streams go dust dry, and hearing government officials count in days the amount of remaining water to supply our cities.
May we take more seriously our stewardship for Earth’s source of life itself.
When you are ready, give thanks and gently extinguish the third, the second, and the first candles.
May we never forget the gifts and lessons of Water. May our Waters be blessed, and like Water, may we learn to heal, to bless, and to flow. May Joy shine from our hearts, each of us, to one another.