Love is the vital essence that pervades and permeates, from the center to the circumference, the graduating circles of all thought and action. Love is the talisman of human weal and woe — the open sesame to every soul.
— Elizabeth Cady Stanton
I want to take this moment to give thanks to each and every one of you that comes to visit here. As you may recognize, this blog is my love offering to you. Each day, I am deeply aware of what a blessing you give me, by including me in your busy routine. I am honored when you share your own wisdom, your struggles, your breakthroughs, your humor, and all that you give back here.
I am richly blessed by the friendships we are forging here, and the magic, enchantment and transformation that, together, we are weaving. May this day, and all of your days, give back to you three times three, the joy and delight you have so generously given to me. Thank you, thank you; with all my heart.
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And as we honor the spirit of gratitude, this is the traditional beginning of the Yule holiday season in the U.S. And this Sunday, we are only four weeks from Solstice. That means it’s time once again to get ready for our annual Yule Spell.
If you have been a regular reader of mine in past years, you know that during this period at the end of November, I invite all my visitors, regardless of path, to join together in a virtual prayer circle, or spell weaving, if you will. Inspired originally by Beltane Papers founder, the late Helen Farias, and continued by Waverly FitzGerald, I have found this a gentle, inclusive, yet powerful practice. Over the years, many of my readers have agreed that it is a deeply meaningful ceremony for them as well.
You can easily adapt this ritual to be in harmony with your own dreams, desires, and beliefs. So I encourage you to join others throughout the world, and to share it with your friends and beloveds.
When: Starting this Sunday, Nov. 29, we will begin preparing for the return of the Light. We will continue each Sunday, through Solstice, or Christmas, as you prefer.
Why: Now, as we move into the darkest time of the year, as we honor the gifts and lessons of the night, we also begin the preparations for the rebirth of the Sun. This ritual is based on the Christian practice of lighting candles around an Advent wreath, which, in fact, was copied from older Pagan practices surrounding the advent of the Winter Solstice.
The Christians call this season Advent, referring to the coming birth of their God. But “advent” simply means “to come.” All northern hemisphere cultures throughout history have made merry in this time of preparation for the great miracle of rebirth in the heart of the longest night. At the Solstice in December, our long descent into the darkness ends, and the daylight begins to lengthen once more.
Thus, we join together to prepare for the joyous rebirth of the Light, the coming of the shining Child of Promise.
What: Between now and Sunday, you’ll need to get your Solstice Sun Wheel and candles. The Solstice Sun Wheel is simply a small wreath laid horizontally upon a table, altar, or other special place. Evergreens are a nice touch, but holly berries have lots of rich magic, or it could be grapevine, or whatever materials you have on hand. The wreath will have four candles around its periphery, one for each of the Sun’s sacred days (Sun-days!) leading up to Solstice. And I suggest a fifth candle for the Center, which you can then light on Solstice night, or Christmas.
The Christian Advent wreath traditionally is made with four candles in a circle of evergreens. Three candles are violet and the fourth, which is lit the last Sunday before Christmas, is rose pink.
My Witchy suggestion would be either five white candles (tea lights work fine) for simplicity, or a yellow candle for East (Air), a red candle for South (Fire), a blue candle for West (Water), and a green candle for North (Earth) with a fifth candle in the center for Spirit (Mystery). A black, white or purple candle might be a good choice for this.
Our Intention: Let our intention be that we will shine with the Light of peace and wisdom. Let our Light awaken what is best in our human family and help us to restore truth, honor, kindness, balance, beauty, and good will among all beings. Let the Light of Peace guide our hearts and hands to act courageously for the healing of our Mother Earth.
The actual ritual is very simple. Check back this Sunday, and I’ll outline it for you!
And I will post a separate page in my Articles section, so you can easily refer back to these instructions as the season progresses. You’ll see it on the pull down menu under Articles.