Last weekend I had the pleasure of hosting pagan songstress Wendy Rule and her equally talented husband Tim, in town from their new home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
I hope you are also blessed with a Yule season filled with music, laughter and good conversation with friends.
This is the longest night of the year, the time when the Goddess gives birth to the new spark of hope. Hope for the return of the light to the world, conceived during the rites of Ostara.
The season is for celebrating the rebirth of the sun. The Sun God, who dies at Samhain, is reborn from the Maiden aspect of the Pagan holy trinity: Maiden, Mother and Crone.
On this longest night, the Goddess gives birth to the sun child, when hope for new light is born.
Tonight I am attending a Yule celebration with friends at the Irish Cultural Center. This will be my first time for this event, and we are all excited to participate in the meditation and ritual.
I hope you, too, will have an opportunity this week to contemplate the stillness of the longest days.
She's not Wiccan or pagan, but she has agreed to accompany me to my Reclaiming group’s gathering on Saturday. She doesn’t know it yet (hi Lisa!), but we volunteered to smudge the group.
That’s an easy introduction to ritual, right?
Our Reclaiming theme this year is, "Find Your Light in the Dark of Night," based on the beautiful poem above by one of our members.
Happy winter solstice all. May the flame of compassion fill your hearts.
May the fire of hope burn bright in your soul.