For some of us, our love of the world is so passionate that we cannot ask it to wait until we are enlightened.
~ Joanna Macy, World as Lover, World as Self
Tonight we celebrate the second Sunday of our Advent Solstice Sun-Wheel prayer circle.
Advent simply means the coming of. So every Sunday between now and Solstice or Christmas (or other Winter holiday you celebrate), people around the world are joining together wherever they live to celebrate and prepare for the coming rebirth of the Light.
All you need is a wreath with four candles in a circle, and a fifth candle in the center.
Please Note: Even if you missed out last week, it does not matter. You can begin any Sunday, since we go back and re-light the previous candles from prior weeks. Please join us — your energy and good wishes are most welcome.
To read the additional particulars about what you need to do to join in this powerful prayer-spell, click here.
The gist of it is that tonight, preferably at sunset (but more important is that it is when you have time and peace), take a few quiet moments to be fully present as you stand before your Sun Wheel.
First, we are going to light the candle that we lit last week. For Earth spirituality participants, this would be the candle for Air or East. (While I am primarily going to address this for working with the Directional Elements, I want to include our Christian friends. So for you, the first Advent candle is usually associated with prophecy, particularly the Book of Isaiah).
As you light your candle, think again of the fears and shadows that have to do with information, thoughts, imagination, our narratives, our judgments, communication, knowledge and understanding.
Now, light the candle for East and see, know and forgive the ways those types of fear exist. If you have words or a prayer to share aloud, please do.
If not, simply focus on how this one candle changes the darkness to light in and of itself. That is our desire for our world. Bask in its beautiful light, giving thanks in whatever ways your heart speaks to you. Send out healing for those fears you have thought of.
Next, gaze at the second candle – the one that is in the South and represents the element of Fire (in Christian traditions, this candle often represents the Bible, the principle of knowledge, or the manger in Bethlehem).
Contemplate the meaning of Fire, and the fears that might be ruled by Fire.
For example, Fire is energy, action, power, passion, creativity and change. In what ways are these matters sparking fears and distortions in our world?
You might consider the geopolitical power struggles for domination; issues around global warming and climate change; the wars being fought over fossil fuels; the resistance to change; or out-of-control growth. If you are Christian, how have conflicts over the Bible and its interpretations brought anger, hate, or grief to your faith?
On a personal level, how do the distortions of Fire impact you? Does your job have a power hierarchy that stifles creativity or innovation? Have you ever thought about the differences between “power over” and “power with?” Do you have fears about stepping up as a leader or creative person? Do you fear change?
With clarity and compassion, as the evening descends, notice the energy that comes from these fears. Feel the ways that these dramas may have hurt you, your loved ones, and your community.
And then, using your focus as a magical tool, when you are ready, light your candle now, and gaze upon it. Combined with the first one, look how much brighter things are now! This is how we will see change happening in the coming year.
As you gaze upon it, feel the energy of how Fire cleanses, transforms, burns away what must be given up, while also feeding the life force. 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 home hearth of Hestia, and the sacred blessing of beloved Brighid.
Give thanks for the gift of the healing Fire in your life, for it is the electrochemical stream that is the life force itself. It brings the genesis of civilization.
Visualize the bonfires lit upon ancient hilltops, signaling in times of need or celebration. Think of the hearths of our ancestors, tended nightly with ceremony, with families gathered round in warmth, sheltered with love while icy winds would blast outside.
Know that our Fire candle tonight, being lit by so many others across town and across the world, will re-align and heal the goodly power of Fire. The current “World on Fire,” of greed, force, consuming, competition and war can be eased and returned to a life-sustaining hearth of welcome, where there is energy, magic, creativity, and plenty for all.
Celebrate the candles of Air and Fire and let them warm you. Move and dance with the flames, laugh with your beloveds. Then, when you are ready, gently, reverently bid the Fire candle farewell and extinguish it, and then the first candle. Know that as you so say, so shall it be.
Blessings this night to one and all!