Yule Moon and Solstice   4 comments

Some three weeks away, now, there’s a Full Moon on Christmas Day, at 6:11 am, Eastern Standard Time (U.S.). It will set less than an hour later where I live, so I won’t obsess over exact astronomical details or feel any need to rouse myself on a dark winter morning to witness it, but instead enjoy it the evenings before and after.

The Solstice, however, is different, and merits a different welcome. While I’m not sure I’ll keep the traditional night-long vigil through the longest night to greet the dawn, I will be up late, laying one last charge of wood in the woodstove, and contemplating the coming new year. And the afternoon before and after I’ll take part in a Solstice ritual in two different towns.

Why? Do the seasonal festivals really matter?

woodpile

Yes, this is a pile of sticks and small branches in an old orchard and pasture near where I live. You can see the long shadows of the tree-trunks — it’s late afternoon in November, a week ago. The owner cut a dying tree from the treeline that stands to the left, outside the picture. He’s already chopped, split and picked up the firewood, and gathered the remainder here.

Is it useful? No. It’s just brush. Burn it or dump it in a gully.

Is it useful? Yes. It’s kindling for a whole winter, and twigs for wreathes and crafts.

Is it useful? Who knows? That depends on how someone uses it.

Sometimes I find you have to ask the same question at least three times to get enough answers to work with.

Follow through on each answer and you get a different outcome. Is one of them the “right” answer? Who is asking?

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One of the suggestions for solitary celebration of the Winter Solstice that I’ve adapted and adopted from OBOD is this simple rite:

On the longest night, go through the house and turn off all lights. Spend time feeling and acknowledging the darkness. Then light a single candle, and go from room to room, lighting a candle in each one. Say what feels right for you to say.

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4 responses to “Yule Moon and Solstice

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  1. Reblogged this on hocuspocus13 and commented:
    jinxx♦xoxo

    • You’re very interesting soul, i feel that you’re old, nonetheless i am old in a different way, as to being reborn as child with no memories of past, until the recall is needed, where as i see knowing the travel you have taken throughout your past..

      Do i make sense, or does sound like non-sense?

      • Chris, thanks for visiting and for your comment. I find such impressions potentially valuable but usually tricky to defend as anything other than “UPG”: unverified personal gnosis. That said, however, I find I can learn from almost the UPG I receive 🙂

      • What an interesting concept..

        And a new word for me (gnosis) spiritual mysteries…

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