Thus, beginning at Winter’s Solstice, may our own Light grow. May we awaken what is best in one another and restore honor, compassion, balance, wisdom, and good will among all beings. May our Light of Peace guide us to work together with one another, and courageously serve the healing of our Mother Earth.
— Sun Wheel Advent Wreath Intention 2010,
Beth Owl’s Daughter
Every Sunday between now and Yule, you are invited to join our annual Solstice Sun Wheel prayer circle. In this global spellworking, each week before Solstice, on the day of the Sun (Sunday), at dusk, wherever you are, you will light a candle for the coming of the Solstice. All the preparation details and background can be found in the drop-down menu under my Articles link at the top of my website pages, or else by going here.
This is a simple, but powerful ceremony that you can share with your family, or enjoy as a solitary, knowing you are joining with countless others around the world.
And it easily adapts to many personal traditions. So if you prefer, instead of Solstice, you can light your candles for each Sunday of Advent, leading up to Christmas.
Tonight, we will light the first candle.
This evening, Sunday, Nov. 28, 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 or the power of Hope you most desire 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 (and you would be most welcome to post them here!).
Then, quietly 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.