Tonight is the second candle lighting of our advent celebration for the rebirth of the Light at Winter Solstice (or Christmas, if you prefer).
It does not matter if perhaps you missed last Sun Day, and are just now joining us. Your energy and good thoughts are most welcome whenever you join, and indeed, I believe you have found your way here for a reason. Your help is 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, enjoy!).
Tonight’s rite may be especially powerful, as it comes at the dark of the Moon, traditionally a very powerful time for setting an intention, making wishes, and planting seeds for dreams and desires. For more details on this New Moon of Sagittarius, please read today’s preceding article.
At sunset in a darkened room (preferably), take a few quiet moments to be fully present as you stand before your wreath. Think quietly of all that this sweet dark time represents to you. Consider how darkness nurtures, as well as challenges. Then realize how you hold the ability in your hands to transform the dark into bright warm illumination. If you have words or a prayer song to share aloud, please do.
First, we are going to light the candle that we lit last week. For Pagan 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.
As you light your candle, bask in its beautiful light, giving thanks in whatever ways your heart speaks to you.
Next, gaze at the second candle – the one that is in the South and represents the element of Fire (or in some Christian traditions, it represents their holy book, or the written wisdom handed down across the centuries).
Contemplate the meaning of Fire and what Fire offers. I love that in this darkest time of the year, on this darkest, Moonless night, we are lighting the Fire of transformation, warmth and illumination.
Fire cleanses, transforms, burns away what must be given up in order to feed the life force. Passion is often referred to as our Fire, and we all experience physical desire as a flaming energy. Fire is our creativity, our welcoming hospitality. Fire feeds us, and we feed the fires in our lives.
It is the precious gift of Prometheus, it is the sacred blessing of Brighid.
Tonight, light your candle in thanksgiving for the gift of Fire in your life. Perhaps you may think of it as the electrochemical stream that is the life force itself. Or you might 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 is being lit by others who have joined in this rite across the globe. Together we will chase the gloom, the dank, and the cold dark 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.
Celebrate that Fire, let it warm you. And when you are ready, gently, reverently bid it farewell and extinguish it, and then the first candle.
Know that this magical New Moon night, you are planting a powerful seed for the future. As you so say, so shall it be.