Today is the second part of our group spell/prayer/meditation for the rebirth of the Light at Winter Solstice. It does not matter if you are just now joining us, or if you missed last Sun Day. Your energy and good thoughts are most welcome whenever you join, and indeed, I believe they are absolutely necessary.
To find out the particulars about what you need to do to join in the festivities, click here. It is incredibly simple really, and takes very little time. It is the energy and meaning that come from your heart, not the esoteric complexity (although if you are into that, go for it!).
Tonight, preferably (but not necessarily) at sunset in a darkened room, take a few quiet moments to be fully present as you stand before your wreath. First, we are going to light the candle that we lit last week. For most Pagan and Craft participants, this would be the candle for Air or East. For some Christians, last week’s first candle represents hope, or it may be in honor of Isaiah and other seers and prophets.
If you are none of the above, that is totally fine, too. Let it represent whatever speaks to your spirit as right.
As you light your candle, think quietly of all it represents to you. If you have words or a prayer song to share aloud, please do. If not, simply focus on how this one candle, alone and in an instant, changes the darkness to light. That is our desire for our world. Bask in its beautiful light, giving thanks in whatever ways your heart speaks to you.
Next, gaze at the second candle – this is the one we’ll light for the first time tonight. This one is in the South and represents the element of Fire, if that is how your tradition honors the Guardians of the Directions (if your order calls in some other way, by all means, do this according to your practices). For Christian traditions, this is sometimes the candle that represents preparing the way for their God, or else it is in thanks for their holy books.
So tonight, contemplate the meaning of Fire and what Fire gives you. Consider the ways that you and your loved ones will take action to spread the dawning new light and spread Fire’s cheer. Fire is the quickening of life. It cleanses, transforms, burns away what must be given up in order to feed the life force.
What might you give to the Fire, to make way for renewal? What stirring of the life force is your desire for the year ahead?
Our passion is referred to as our Fire, and we all experience physical desire as a flaming energy. Fire is our creativity, our welcoming hospitality. Fire warms and illuminates. Fire feeds us, and we feed the fires in our lives. It is the gift of Prometheus, it is the sacred blessing of Brighid.
Tonight, light your candle in thanksgiving for the gift of Fire in your life — the electrochemical stream that is the life force itself. Visualize the bonfires lit upon ancient hilltops, signaling in times of need or celebration. Think of the hearths of our ancestors, soup bubbling, children gathered round in warmth and love while icy winds blast outside. Know that our Fire candle tonight, being lit by others across town and across the world, chases the gloom, the dank, and the cold dark secrets that have chilled our hearts for too long.
Light your candle now, and gaze upon it. Combined with the first one, look how much brighter things are! This is how we will see change happening in the coming year. And even more power still to come!
Celebrate that Fire — let it warm you. Sing to it. Dance to it, if you wish. Or just gaze quietly, feeling its energy within you. When you are ready, gently, reverently bid it farewell and extinguish it, and then the first candle.
In this rite, you are joined by many, many others around the world. Know that as we so say, so shall it be.