We are a circle
Within a circle,
With no beginning,
And never ending…
— Circle Chant by Rick Hamouris
It’s time once again to join together every Sunday through Yule (or Christmas) for our annual Yule Prayer-Spell. This coming Sunday will be the first part, so you should gather your materials now.
If you have been a regular reader of mine in past years, you know that starting in late 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 others, including the wonderful Waverly FitzGerald, I have found this to be a gentle, inclusive, yet powerful practice. Over the years, many of my readers have agreed that it has become a deeply meaningful tradition for them as well.
This ritual may remind you of the Christian practice of lighting candles around an Advent wreath. In fact, that tradition was copied from older Pagan practices surrounding the advent of the Winter Solstice.
So you can easily adapt it to be in harmony with your own path and beliefs. In this way, all traditions and beliefs can join one another, throughout the world, to make this month-long prayer celebration.
Of course, you can adapt this to your own personal desires and visions. But I love that this can be a world-wide prayer-spell, woven across time zones together. As one of my visitors described it, it’s a prayer version of The Wave, circling round the globe.
This year, I suggest that our intention be that we will be the living Light of hope, peace and wisdom. Let our Light awaken what is best in our human family and help us to restore honor, compassion, balance, wisdom, and good will among all beings. May the Light of Peace guide our hearts and hands to work together with one another, and courageously serve the healing of our Mother Earth.
First, make an Advent wreath, or call it a Solstice Sun Wheel, or whatever is appropriate to your beliefs. You’ll be lighting one candle on each Sun Day prior to the Solstice, starting this Sunday Nov. 28. Either on Yule night, or on Christmas eve, depending on your preferences, you’ll light the final, fifth candle.
Your Sun Wheel is simply a small wreath, the sacred Circle of the Divine Feminine, laid horizontally upon a table, altar, or other special place. Evergreens are a nice touch, but it can be of holly berries, or grapevine, or whatever materials you have on hand. The wreath should have the four candles around its periphery, and a fifth candle in the Center.
The colors and type of candles are up to you. The Christian Advent wreath traditionally is made with three candles of violet, and a fourth, which is lit the last Sunday before Christmas, of rose pink. In some churches, a center pillar candle of white is also included, lit on Christmas or Christmas Eve.
My suggestion for non-Christians is to use five simple white candles (tea candles perhaps), 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 would be a good choice, but let your heart be your guide.
The idea is that each Sunday before Solstice, ideally on the threshold between day and night, at sunset, you join us, wherever you are, in a quiet ceremony as you light a new candle. This first Sunday (Nov. 28, 2010), you will light one candle only, the one for East. The next Sunday, December 5, we again light the East Candle, plus add the South candle. And so on, until the final candle, either Solstice night, or Christmas, depending on your preferences.
Stop back by on Sunday, and I’ll have more about our first lighting. But for now, I invite you to prepare your wreath and the sacred place you and your loved ones will keep it. And then, please join us. Blessed be!