Hello Companions. It's a while - and some - since I posted anything but it's Midwinter Eve and I wanted to wish everyone a very happy solstice which I hope is indeed filled with the seed of light and potential that this time of year signifies.
I wonder if DF did celebrate any of the seasonal festivals. She was certainly very connected to the Green Ray so I would like to think that she at least acknowledged some of them. I think the solstices are the most well known points of the seasonal year. Midwinter Solstice is so soon followed by Christmas with such closely related meanings - rebirth of the sun or son/Divine Child (in druidry the Mabon Child) signifying the return of the light. So I will be lighting a candle for the seed of light within the dark and its promise of growth and potential. And I will first stand awhile in the dark and contemplate what has gone before and in that stillness think about what my own potential is for the coming year as the days slowly lengthen. And it's the stillness that is important too. Solstice means literally the standing still of the sun. For a few days the days stay pretty much the same; the sun's apparent spiral path has closed into a tightly wound spring like the winding of an old clock, poised, still and quiet and yet pregnant with all possibility... It's that stillness I feel it is important to connect to, for within lies the seed of hope and everything is possible. It's a good time to pause, turn the lights off, do honour to the moment, giving thanks and turning aside from the bustle and frantic rush of the pre Christmas preparations and allowing a few moments just to Be and then light the candle in the dark remembering and celebrating what that signifies.
Although the actual solstice is on the 21st December that stillness lasts for a few days before the spring begins to unwind and the light begins to fill our lengthening days. So it doesn't have to be on the dot tomorrow. The sun enters Capricorn at 16.27 GMT on the 21st which is the astrological point for the solstice but it doesn't always follow that it is the shortest day which is another harbinger for the Solstice. Check your diaries out or online to see the times of sunrise and sunset to see how the length of the days shifts and trembles a little in that no time between the worlds before the spiral really does begin to open.
Whatever you do I hope your solstice is beautiful. It would be good to hear from people as to how they honoured the Midwinter solstice if you did so. I was hoping to join some friends for a ritual on Friday but alas the day job got in the way.
Now it would be good to finish with a great Solstice quote from DF but I've never found one. So here is the Mabon song
I am the Mabon I am the child
I am he of the golden bough
I am the dart that the Yew lets fly
Three pure Rays the pillars of light
I am the wren the King of birds
I am bard and teller of lies
I am the song within the heart
I am the light that will never die
I am the stars within the void
I am the Eye of the Aeon..
Lots of seeds of light and magic in there.
Blessings to all