YULE and the rebirth of Hope
It exists in the giving heart, a magickal place where unconditional love and gratitude, joyous laughter and the promise of hope thrive. From here the honest soul sees the good in all things. In this place the best parts of us grow stronger. In this the season of Giving, the Yuletide reflects all that we have to gain from the coming year.
Just as the Universe gives space and time a place for miracles to occur, so may we allow ourselves the sacred space and the sacredness of time to nurture our intentions.
As Modre Nacht, Mother Night approaches, the shadow of the longest night of the year stretches across sky, land and sea. Evening air grows crisp and cold. Precious moisture is seen curling upwards in the night air, spiraling prana lit by moonlight and street light. Silently the presence of the Winter Solstice is felt about us.
With lofty stealth the Summers gone and Autumn gives way to the grave of the harvest season. Here we plant the seeds of future blessings. From Lammas to Samhain, late Summer to late Autumn we begin to reap what we have sown. Now by fire light and frozen earth we challenge our fears. We start to sow what is to be. Intention, focus, the memories of loved ones passed to inspire, these are the lights that shine within us.
Strung along both hearth and home the decorative faerie lights and holiday lights illuminate our world through the dark nights of the year. Their reflections of color tickle our eyes with wonder and bring a sense of subtle power to our fantasies.
The power of change and transformation warmed by our fires of hope, brought to light by our appreciation and brilliant attention to compassion takes root. We find joy in the company of friends and family. Our fellow human beings each beam respect and for a time acceptance for one another, thus do we drive the hard winter away.
Embracing the cycle of life, death and rebirth is our admittance into the unseen worlds of the midwinter revels. The mysteries of the past, present and future connect us to the Super – Natural forces at work in our lives. They guide us through introspection and deep personal work. Spirits of the unseen world, ancestors and the energies of nature are all inviting us to participate in a great change. Their influences at work even now in our lives; we begin to ask ourselves about the shift we feel and its influence in our lives.
What are those agreements, choices and relationships which no longer serves us or our highest good? What are our responsibility to grow and commit to being better stewards to our family, our community, our selves? We honor and revere the past year and all that must be done to groom the present for a better tomorrow.
December the 21st in the northern hemisphere and a new day dawns. The Sun’s return to us, more and more, longer and longer the light of of the risen Sun brings the vitality of life to the surface. The predawn light that echos back to the horizon in the east heralds the oncoming of brilliant color and stunning display. Light stretches and yawns its way at first through wispy clouds and the fading blue of night. Frost covered landscapes begin to respond, waking with eager hunger for a start at the new day. Sounds of chirping among the winter berry and confer trees, most still slumbering, cozy in their coats of purest white.
The chittering and chattering from the birds of winter becomes the playful music to the still melting ice. Each drop, a bit of brand new hope and light. One after the other they gather and fall to the reward of green come spring. Sun light suspended by water and the past years thoughts, the weighty sound of settling snow, the quiet truth of clarity only midwinter brings, it is the start of all things fresh and new. Of all things full and waiting…
The Winter Solstice is unique among days of the year — the time of the longest night and the shortest day. The dark triumphs but only briefly. For the Solstice is also a turning point. From now on (until the Summer Solstice), the nights grow shorter and the days grow longer, the dark wanes and the Sun waxes in power. From the dark womb of the night, the light is born.
Many of the customs associated with the Winter Solstice (and therefore with other solar festivals such as St Lucia’s Day, Saturnalia, Hanukkah, New Years and Twelfth Night) derive from stories of a mighty battle between the dark and the light, which is won by the light and made sacred by the great celebrations and deep intentions of the people and animals of ancient lore and traditional rites.
Our souls uplifted and our hopes invested, we set forth in diligent conviction to greeting each day after the Winter Solstice with courage and intention. Goals supported and our strengths and skills all shiny and new we spend the time over the coming months adapting to our choices and setting intentions for the fertile season to come.
We carry the traditions of our hearts, our families culture or the geographical imprint for area we live in. The customs and beauty we express through the seasons for each of us impacts our character and our ability to open up to the primal alchemy of life. The gift that comes from celebrating the world, the universe, the seasons and our humanity is the gift of change and choice. The free will to trust, love and reflect the light of hope back at each other. Sharing the experience of being alive here and now is the bond of man, woman and child. The love and hope shared through the lives and connections year to year change the world and better the future.
This Yule, may the gifts of spirit and the hopes of all good things blossom in you’r life.
Blessed Yule and Happy Holidays.