Wordsmithing Magic from the Crossroads

Descending Into the In-between, the Solstice Sun Wheel Turns Eighteen

A collage of 17 Sun Wheel altars submitted by past participants

Join us! Join us! Join us! Starting next Sunday, Nov. 27. 2022!
Spread the love and the magic!

Welcome to all people who come in peace. Though your spirit may be troubled (perhaps especially if that is so), know you are in glad company here.

The Wheel of the Year turns, and that means that, as the longest night of the year approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s almost time once more to meet together every Sunday through Yule (and/or Christmas) for our annual Advent Sun Wreath Circle, (or Yule Prayer-Spell, if you prefer).

If you have been a regular reader of mine, you know that starting in late November, I invite all my visitors, regardless of their spiritual path, to participate in a virtual prayer circle, or spell weaving.

Praises and Blessings! This year, we are celebrating our 18th year together!

This is an advent practice for all faiths, creeds, paths, beliefs, traditions, and allegiances. All seekers and people of good will are embraced here.

On every continent on our planet (except Antarctica — so far!), in every time zone, we gather each week in devotion and unity. Here, in this annual practice, our separations of time and geography melt away, and we become a living Circle of Love.

So, come all who wish to unite with us. And please spread the word!

Accompany us, if you will, on this journey into the velvety night of the year; then kindle with us the growing light that some know as the Child of Promise.

Origins and Roots

The word “advent” is from the Latin that means “to come.” So it is the coming of.. Christmas. Or Winter Solstice. Or Yule. Or Midwinter. Or Dong Zhi (Chinese). Or Shab-e Yalda (Iran). Or Shalako (Zuni Native American). Or Alban Arthan (Druid).

And countless other names and traditions, because the Winter Solstice is possibly the oldest and most universally recognized celebration of humanity.

The Advent Sun Wreath Circle ceremony was originally inspired by the founder of The Beltane Papers, the late Helen Farias, and then adapted by the late Waverly FitzGerald.

From my earliest days in the Goddess spirituality movement, I followed in their footsteps, for I found this annual ceremony to be a gentle, inclusive, yet very powerful tradition. Thus, I began sharing it on my first tiny website on The Well back in 2004 and have adapted and published it each year since, with an exponentially growing number of participants around the world.

Over the years, my readers have told me that it has become a very meaningful and beloved practice for them and their families, too. Some have also noted that it feels like we are doing “The Wave,” as you may see at sporting events, except that we are offering heartfelt, globe-circling prayers.

The Concept

It’s very simple. You only need a wreath (any kind you like) and five candles. Starting next weekend, on SUNDAY, Nov. 27, around dusk wherever you live, you’ll light one candle, spend time in quiet or prayerful observance, then extinguish the flame. The next week you will light the first candle, and then a second one.

Watercolor Christmas candle with holiday decor. Hand painted floral composition with eucalyptus leaves, bells, pine cones and berries isolated on white background. Botanical illustration for design.And so on, each Sunday, until the final candle on Winter Solstice, or Christmas, or both.

That’s it. Super simple. (Although many people like to embellish by inviting family or friends to share poetry, special foods, songs and music, and various kinds of storytelling).

This ritual may remind you of the Christian tradition of lighting candles around an Advent wreath. That practice is probably descended from older Pagan Winter Solstice observances.

Some of the loveliest magic, besides the vital importance of making quiet time during this sacred season, is in the knowledge that across the globe there are many thousands of others participating with you, all from within their different time zones. Our Facebook group alone has over 1,300 people, and believe it or not, not everyone is on Facebook, or has found their way to the group!

I promise you an amazing realization once you tune into the love and power moving across the planet as we join together!

You can easily adapt this to be in harmony with your own dreams, desires, and beliefs. I encourage you to join the countless families and individuals throughout the world, Christians and non- , and to share it with your friends and beloveds. (I’ll post some specific suggestions for our first lighting in a few days).

So…A Few Words About 2022

After the horrific year we had back in 2021, I am sure we all felt that by now things would have gotten better. The pandemic would recede, and under new leadership, the U.S. would once again step up as a beacon of equity, justice, and freedom for all. While there have been a few hopeful stirrings, our democracy and the rule of impartial justice still hang by the most tenuous of threads.

And all throughout, the reality of global climate catastrophe is clearly taking its toll. We know from both astrology and from hard science that we are in a period of degeneration that always accompanies transformation.

And yet…

Every single year, the planet itself grows dark. The hours of daylight dwindle, and there are many places that only barely see the Sun before night cloaks all once again.

It would be easy to believe that the dark will just get worse and worse, and snuff out all life as it goes on forever. All the evidence points to it. Ever since June, one could truthfully argue, the sunlit hours have diminished, and now, they are so minuscule, there are lands in this world where the Sun no longer rises at all.

This Darkness Got to Give

But as our ancient ancestors long ago realized, that is the way of sacred, cyclical Nature. There is a moment when the decline pauses.. and a waiting.. and then..

A miracle! The diminishing of the light stops.

And then, a moment or two more daylight. And then a few more. And then more, adding up to hours, marching to the radiant climax in June again (all this in the Northern Hemisphere. Below the equator the same thing happens, only in the opposite timing).

It is a promise, a truth, a golden fact that we can count on, no matter what. This is the shining thread to weave into our purpose.

You and I Journeying Together

Thus, although our hearts may be weighted by the darkest of shadows, we stand at a crossroads of infinite potential. Looking within and to one another, we can recognize our commonality.Final candle lit in 2019

Despite the horrors we are witnessing in the death throes of the Old Ages, hold fast. For those whose vision sees beyond the mundane, let us take one another’s hands and recognize there is something more beautiful, more authentic, more brave and right unfolding at the same time.

And if your faith is shaky, and your spirit falters, lean in. Take our hands even more firmly. We are vast, and we will support you, exactly as you are. Light your candles anyway.

Make no mistake, my dear friends. There is no rescuer coming from elsewhere. You and I are the necessary, awaited ones who are birthing this vision.

Be Ready. The Birthing Is Near

So once again this year, coming together each week, let us in perfect faith and love spark and tend the flames of a rebirth that is just as sure as the promise of the coming Light, though cold and dark may be the days ahead.

From our homes all across the sweet body of our Grandmother Gaia, holding sacred space with one another, it is time to prepare. On Sunday, Nov. 27, we will join together to begin our final descent into the dark of the year. And in our re-emergence together, our vision will open to a new kind of light.

And as if in an extra blessing from Time and Cosmos, this year, we are all in sync: the countdowns to Solstice and Christmas begin on the same night. How divine!

As we consider what our stated intention may be for this most powerful global prayer spell, I welcome your thoughts and suggestions regarding your own magical objectives. And please stay tuned for additional information and updates.

Blessed be.

(The featured image at the top is a collage of Solstice Sun Wheel photos that some of you have sent me. Thank you for your beauty and for sharing. I look forward to lots more this year, as we celebrate together!)

20 Luminous Sparks… add one

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nofixedstars November 19, 2022, 1:17 pm

i will be joining you, beautiful beth. thank you as always for preistessing this wonderful magic of hope and unity.

Beth November 19, 2022, 2:28 pm

It is my great honor.. Thank YOU for being an essential part of it. 🌲

Beth Thomas November 19, 2022, 2:03 pm

This will be my 5th participation in this ritual. It means a great deal to me. This is a new beginning, an awakening of spirit. Thank you💕

Beth November 19, 2022, 2:30 pm

Oh, Beth. This warms my heart. Thank you for telling me. I love knowing you are there with all of us. As the years go by, it just seems to get deeper and more meaningful, doesn’t it? It sure does for me! Bless you! 🕯

April November 19, 2022, 2:21 pm

I am so looking forward to this! I truly treasure this practice, it has become a foundational element of my holiday celebrations. Thank you so much for all you do.

Beth November 20, 2022, 10:05 am

I cherish knowing this, April. I think it is such a beautiful practice in a time when we so desperately need simplicity and peace, as well as a quiet connection to people of like mind. May your holidays be beautifully blessed. I am glad we will be together in this way.

Elizabeth November 19, 2022, 5:15 pm

Loving friends have shared you, with many blessings

Beth November 20, 2022, 10:11 am

Welcome dear Elizabeth! Please thank them for me, because I celebrate each and every participant! I hope you will find our quiet global celebration nurturing for your spirit.

Sharon Circle November 19, 2022, 10:07 pm

Thank you for these reminders. I used to live in Asheville, and 1st went to spiral heart in 2002. I wonder if we’ve met

Beth November 20, 2022, 10:41 am

Oh, Sharon! We surely must have! I think 2002 was my first as well (I’d have to go look it up 🤔 ). And my last one was at Claymont.

Welcome and merry meet!

Margaret November 20, 2022, 4:51 am

I’m just a novice reaching out, evolving & growing inside & out. It would be an honor to be involved/be a part.💙

Beth November 20, 2022, 10:44 am

Dearest Margaret, welcome, welcome! You have found a huge, but intimate community where your new discoveries and experiences are embraced and celebrated. I look forward to hearing how it goes!

Phae November 20, 2022, 7:26 am

Thank you for the blessed accompaniment as we spiral further into the dark. Holding each other in sacred community of loving beings, supporting, guiding, we become the light we seek. This light, we are.
Spiraling into the center with you with returned blessings,
Phae

Beth November 20, 2022, 10:45 am

Beautiful and wise words, Phae. Welcome welcome as we dance in the spiral of light and dark.

Kajira Djoumahna November 23, 2022, 9:55 am

TY for holding this sacred space for all of us around the world! I look forward to participating.

Beth November 23, 2022, 11:01 am

Thank you, Kajira! I am delighted you’ll be joining us.

I should have been asking all of the “Luminous Sparks” where they are located. If you’d care to share, we’d all love to know!

Heather November 24, 2022, 8:33 pm

I look forward to this every year. It has been part of my practice for over a decade. Thank you for this

Beth November 25, 2022, 9:44 am

Wow, that is wonderful Heather. It just gets better and better doesn’t it? So glad you’re back.💚

ASh Wolf Crow November 26, 2022, 12:29 am

thank you so much

Janeen November 26, 2022, 10:26 am

🙏

The thankful receiver
bears a plentiful harvest.


~ William Blake
Wishing you and your beloveds
a blessed Thanksgiving.

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