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, compassion, 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.
— Beth Owl’s Daughter, 2009
Tonight, we begin our Solstice Sun Wheel prayer circle. This can be a beautiful family tradition, with loved ones participating, or you can do it as a solitary practice. The complete instructions can be found here.
This evening, Sunday, Nov. 29, ideally at sunset, take some time for a quiet ceremony to light one candle, for the Guardians of East, or the Element of Air (or whoever your tradition invokes first, when casting a Circle). Or if you follow a different spiritual path, you may wish to assign other meanings to the candles. For instance, in many Christian traditions the first candle in the Advent wreath symbolizes Hope.
Perhaps you might wish to meditate for a moment on the fact that (based on the many emails I’ve gotten each year) there are untold hundreds of other people, in many different time zones, circling the globe, who will be participating in this with you.
Envision how, as the shadow of sunset moves over our globe, one by one, a candle is lit in friendship, hope, and intention. All of our hearts are joined in this act of both acknowledging the dark, and yet recognizing our power to light a candle of hope and renewal.
As you light your candle, consider what qualities of the Element of Air you seek for yourself, your loved ones, your community and our planet? Since we, in the U.S. are concluding our Thanksgiving holiday, perhaps instead of listing your needs or wishes, you might instead speak, chant, or sing aloud all that you give thanks for, so that your gratitude may be sent out as a healing prayer-spell. Focus perhaps on breath, song, poetry, memory, thought, discernment, the hope in a new day dawning.
If you have words or a prayer to share aloud, please do. Bask in the beautiful candlelight, giving thanks in whatever ways your heart speaks to you. As you do this, be mindful of how you, yourself, shine with your own unique, beautiful light.
Then, when you are ready, give thanks and gently extinguish your candle.
Peace to you and your loved ones.