Spirit Message of the Moment – A Poem for Samhain 2013

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In the season leaves should love,
since it gives them leave to move
through the wind, towards the ground
they were watching while they hung,
legend says there is a seam
stitching darkness like a name.

Now when dying grasses veil
earth from the sky in one last pale
wave, as autumn dies to bring
winter back, and then the spring,
we who die ourselves can peel
back another kind of veil
that hangs among us like thick smoke.

Tonight at last I feel it shake.185390_399473976785902_987418826_n
I feel the nights stretching away
thousands long behind the days
till they reach the darkness where
all of me is ancestor.

I move my hand and feel a touch
move with me, and when I brush
my own mind across another,
I am with my mother’s mother.
Sure as footsteps in my waiting
self, I find her, and she brings

arms that carry answers for me,
intimate, a waiting bounty.
“Carry me.” She leaves this trailfbe99e50b9f503832413a11c8ec84faf
through a shudder of the veil,
and leaves, like amber where she stays,
a gift for her perpetual gaze.

– Anne Finch
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Spirit Message of the Moment – Love Springs Eternal

LOVE SPRINGS ETERNAL
“The foundation of a solid relationship is one of the joys of a happy life. In the beginning of love, lovers see the best, unflawed version of each other. They are focused on the intense emotion and exhilaration of bein644540_481956661858873_1710478935_ng in love. As love matures, lovers see each other with their eyes wide open. They see the other’s strengths and weaknesses. They let each other’s strengths shine and grow; they provide help and guidance in areas of weakness. They stand in amazement to see how they really do fit together.”

“While in romantic love, we are sometimes worried about it ending, about falling out of love, about becoming bored. As true love grows, it becomes more confident. Through the ups and downs of daily life, love becomes familiar and dependable, giving us strength. And as time goes by, it never loses its luster. You get a twinkle in your eye as a smile is shared; your heart jumps when you catch an unexpected glimpse of your lover; a scent in the air brings back a memory, and your insides turn to jelly.”

“Two fairies stand confidently before each other, holding each other, as if promising eternal support. The sun shines on them, illuminatinfairy_journal_love_springs_eternal_eap3857g their world and each other. They can see each other clearly; nothing is hidden. Even knowing the other’s weaknesses or faults, they love each other more than ever. They stand on a bridge, showing how their relationship has joined two lives. The trees behind them form a heart, surrounding them in a deeply rooted love. The white flowers show the purity of their love that has stood the test of time. The glittering jewels on her dress represent the sparkle of passion that binds them still.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“This love can only be the result of time. This is a love with roots that go deeply into the earth and branches that reach toward the sun, always seeking truth and opportunities to grow. This is a love that focuses on being the best partner you can – that allows you to be the best you can be and provides a safe place for you to grow. Is that where you are at? Is it where you want to be? If you are in a relationship that isn’t quite there yet, this card indicates that it is possible, but it may need a little attention and nurturing.”

Today’s message is from Enchanted Oracle by Jessica Galbreth and Barbara Moore.

MESSAGE FROM SPIRITBLOGGER
405368_10150500037554734_1317162623_nA friend recently reminded me – Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you. To me, this means a good relationship is not only about being with the right person, but more importantly being the right person. A person can only love another if they first love themselves. They can only give to another if their cup is already full of life, joy, laughter, abundance, and light. A great and significant partner can only add to your current life and happiness, not create it for you.

A great quote on creating love I recently came across:
“We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. this is a precious moment, but it is transient. It is a little parenthesis in eternity. If we share with caring, lightheartedness, and love, we will create abundance and joy for each other. And then, then moment will have been worthwhile.” – Deepak Chopra

Wishing you all the best.
With light and love,
Angela

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Spirit Message of the Moment – Celebrate Your Surrender to Change

THE PHOENIX
“This card represents resurrection and a surrender to change. The Phoenix appears as your Ally to celebrate your journey and to ensure your ultimate success. This is true even if it appears that you’ve just passed through a metaphorical experience of phoenixdeath or are currently enduring a perception of failure in your life.”

“Death and rebirth are related when you enter the realm of the Phoenix. Seen in this light, nothing truly dies, but rather changes from one ending directly into new beginnings. The Phoenix is constantly reinventing itself and rises up whole and new and even more powerful with every death it experiences. This could signal an end of a relationship, or of a dynamic within one, or an end of a job, a project, or even a life. Perhaps no failure is involved, but it’s time for a complete overhaul of your circumstances. You may be tired of what you’re doing, or you may know intuitively that it’s time to move on, make a change, or try something new. Whatever the case, a death of the old and a celebration of new life are called for! Whatever you do now will indeed be a successful endeavor, for a rebirth is imminent!”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“When the Phoenix challenges you, it’s really just a gentle reminder to let go and let what doesn’t work fall away. Maybe you’re holding too tightly onto the present and not allowing things to change because you’re more comfortable with the familiar, even if you know that it’s not the best you could create for yourself.”

“Fear of change is a crippling experience, as it works against Nature itself. The task at hand is to allow for an ending, as it’s timely and right that you do so for the highest good of all. In surrendering to the fundamental purposeful change, you will most definitely find yourself in better circumstances. The action needed is allowing. A rebirth is assured.”

MESSAGE FROM SPIRITBLOGGER
405368_10150500037554734_1317162623_nThe significance of the Phoenix card reminds me that the one thing we can always count on – is change itself. Things, people, places, and circumstances are always in a constant state of flux and experiencing cycles of various changes. I think it’s important that we find a way to gracefully accept, adopt, and move with these changes which bring our future closer to us, if we are truly learning, expanding, becoming more aware, and growing as an individual.  While it’s critical that we learn to fully enjoy the moment we find ourselves currently in, it’s also as important to develop a skill set that both allows us to happily resonate with our state of being, mind, body, and emotions – and look ahead with a clear vision to what lies just ahead on our life journey; so we can choose what’s next for us. After all, each change we’ve gone through and experienced, has helped to create who we are today.

A great book comes to mind called Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach. The forward I’d like to share with you includes a beautiful parable about the importance of Letting Go and accepting change to go with the flow. To me, it serves as a great Zen reminder to be like water, be fluid to move through life and all of its changes, obstacles, and tough circumstances. Water is a powerful and strong source, but can also be soft and yielding in its strength.
– Angela
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raging river

Letting Go

Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river. The current of the river swept silently over them all — young and old, rich and poor, good and evil — the current going its own way, knowing only its own crystal self.

Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current was what each had learned from birth.

But one creature said at last, “I am tired of clinging. Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall let go, and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom.”

The other creatures laughed and said, “Fool! Let go, and that current you worship will throw you tumbled and smashed against the rocks, and you will die quicker than boredom!”

But the one heeded them not, and taking a breath did let go, and at once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks.

Yet in time, as the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more.

And the creatures downstream, to whom he was a stranger, cried, “See a miracle! A creature like ourselves, yet he flies! See the messiah, come to save us all!”

And the one carried in the current said, “I am no more messiah than you. The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure.”

But they cried the more, “Savior!” all the while clinging to the rocks, and when they looked again he was gone, and they were left alone making legends of a savior.

– Richard Bach, Illusions

 

Spirit Message of the Moment – Celebrate Spring – Ostara 2013

OSTARA – THE SPRING EQUINOX
Spring has finally arrived! March has roared in like a lion, and if we’re really lucky, it will roll out like a lamb. Meanwhile, on or around the 21st of the month, we have Ostara to celebr417698_337457816374324_2025417188_nate. It’s the time of the vernal equinox of you live in the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s a true marker that Spring has come. There are many different ways you can celebrate this Sabbat, depending on your tradition. First, you might want to read up on: Ostara History

Spring Folklore and Customs
Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal as the earth comes back to life. Why not celebrate the themes of the season with a little bit of spring magic?

From Egg-Laying Bunnies to Mad March Hares
Spring equinox is a time for fertility and sowing seeds, and so nature’s fertility goes a little crazy. The rabbit — for good reason — is often associated with fertility magic and sexual energy.

So how did we get the notion that a rabbit comes around and lays colored eggs in the spring? The character of the “Easter bunny” first appeared in 16th-century German writings, which said that if well-behaved children built a nest out of their caps or bonnets, they wo67382_483721251677082_336937576_nuld be rewarded with colored eggs. This legend became part of American folklore in the 18th century, when German immigrants settled in the eastern U.S.

In medieval societies in Europe, the March hare was viewed as a major fertility symbol — this is a specific species of rabbit that is nocturnal most of the year, but in March when mating season begins, there are bunnies everywhere all day long. The female of the species is superfecund and can conceive a second litter while still pregnant with a first. As if that wasn’t enough, the males tend to get frustrated when rebuffed by their mates (go figure) and bounce around erratically when discouraged.

Ever hear the phrase “mad as a March hare”? There’s a reason for that — this is the time of year when rabbits tend to go a bit bonkers. Although the phrase itself is often attributed to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland adventures, it actually appears much earlier. A similar expression is found in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, in the Friar’s Tale:

For though this man were wild as is a hare,
To tell his evil deeds I will not spare.

Later, it appears in both the writings of Sir Thomas More, and in a 16th-century book of proverbs.

So how can you channel this frantic, fertile energy into a magical working? Let’s look at some possible uses for some of that “mad March hare” energy in magic.

  • Fertility rituals: place a rabbit skin under your bed to bring fertility and abundance to your sexual activities. If you’re opposed to the use of real fur, use some other symbol of 431971_445949118758549_1234673876_nthe rabbit that you’re more comfortable with.
  • The obvious one — a rabbit’s foot is said to bring good luck to those who carry it, although one might argue that it’s not so lucky for the rabbit.
  • To bring yourself boundless energy, carry a talisman engraved or painted with a rabbit’s image.
  • If you have wild rabbits or hares that live in your yard, leave them an offering of lettuce, shredded carrots, cabbage, or other fresh greens. In some magical traditions, the wild rabbit is associated with the deities of spring.
  • Rabbits and hares are able to go to ground quickly if in danger. Add a few rabbit hairs to a witch bottle for protection magic.
  • In some legends, rabbits and hares are the messengers of the underworld — after all, they come and go out of the earth as they please. If you’re doing a meditation that involves an underworld journey, call upon the rabbit to be your guide.

Correspondences: Spring Flower Magic
As spring arrives, our gardens begin to bud and eventually bloom. For hundreds of years, t312301_518339054855101_1553234333_nhe plants that we grow have been used in magic. Flowers in particular are often connected with a variety of magical uses. Now that spring is here, keep an eye out for some of these flowers around you, and consider the different magical applications they might have.

  • Crocus: This flower is one of the first you’ll see in the spring, and it’s often associated with newly blooming love. The crocus is also known to enhance visions and bring about intuitive dreams.
  • Daffodil: The bright petals of the daffodil are typically found in shades of white, yellow or even pale orange. This flower is associated with love and fertility — place fresh ones in your home to bring about abundance. Wear this flower close to your heart to draw love and luck.
  • Dandelion: The leaf of the dandelion is used for healing, purificaiton, and ritual cleansing. To bring positive change about, plant dandelions in the northwest corner of your property. The bright yellow flowers can be used in divination, or placed in a sachet to draw good energy your way.
  • Echinacea: Also called purple coneflower, this garden mainstay adds a little bit of magical “oomph” to charmes and sachets. Use it for prosperity related workings. Burn the dried flowers in incense, and use on your altar during ritual as an offering to deities.
  • Goldenseal: This sunny yellow flower is often found growing in thCrocus6e wild, alongside roads and in fields. Use it in money spells, or for business dealings. Work it into charms connected to matters of financial gain or legal issues.
  • Hibiscus: This lusty flower incites passion — use it to attract love or lust, or for prophetic dreams about your lover. Burn in incense, or carry in a sachet to bring love your way.
  • Hyacinth: This flower was named for Hyakinthos, a Greek divine hero who was beloved by Apollo, so it’s sometimes considered the patron herb of homosexual men. Hyacinth is also known to promote peaceful sleep, and guards against nightmares. Carry in an amulet to help heal a broken heart or to ease grief when a loved one dies.
  • Lily: The Easter lily or Tiger lily is associated with all kinds of Spring connections — fertility, rebirth, renewal and abundance.
  • Narcissus: Named for another Greek figure, the Narcissus helps promote polarity and harmony. Its calming vibrations bring about tranqviolet-flowersuility and inner peace.
  • Tulip: The tulip appears in many different colors and varieties, but is typically connected to prosperity. You can use the different colored variations in color magic — use a dark strain such as Queen of the Night for full moon rituals, or bright red flowers for love magic.
  • Violet: In Roman myth, the first violet sprung from the spilled blood of the god Attis, who killed himself for Cybele, the mother goddess. However, today the violet is associated with tranquility and peace. The leaf offers protection from evil, and can be sewn into a pillow or sachet for a new baby. Carry the petals with you to bring about luck and enhance nighttime magic.

Important: Remember that some plants can be toxic to pets. Before you plant or pick any of these, be sure to check to make sure it won’t be harmful to your furry companions. A great resource to check is on the ASPCA website at Toxic & Non-Toxic Plants.

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Although for Wiccans and Pagans this time of year is known as Ostara, many other cultures and belief systems embrace the Spring Equinox as a time of celebration. Learn about some of the many holidays and festivals held around the world. Read Full Article.

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Spirit Message of the Moment – Ideas to Honor and Celebrate Imbolc 2013

IMBOLC – A SPIRITUAL SABBAT
By February, most of us are tired of the cold, snowy season. Imbolc reminds us that spring is coming soon, and that we only have a few more weeks of winter to go. The sun gets a little brighter, the earth gets a little warmer, and we552996_437260819678953_875035806_n know that life is quickening within the soil. There are a number of different ways to celebrate this Sabbat.

Rituals and Ceremonies
Depending on your particular tradition, there are many different ways you can celebrate Imbolc. Some people focus on the Celtic goddess Brighid, in her many aspects as a deity of fire and fertility. Others aim their rituals more towards the cycles of the season, and agricultural markers. Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying. Imbolc is a time of celebration and ritual, often honoring Brighid, the goddess of the hearth. This is also a time of new beginnings and of purification. Celebrate the Imbolc season by performing rites and rituals that honor the themes of the end of winter.

Imbolc House Cleansing Ceremony
Many people have gotten into the habit of doing a spring cleaning, and it’s a good way to get yourself inspired. Once you’ve done a physical cleaning, invite your loved ones to join you in a spiritual cleansing as well.

Hold an Imbolc Candle Ritual (for Solitaries)
Imbolc is also known as Candlemas, and is considered a festival of fire. If you practice as a solitary, this ritual is a good one to do if you want to honor the aspects of fire and light that are observed on this day. Celebrate Imbolc with this fiery (yet simple) ritual.

Hold a Farewell to Winter Ritual
Tired of the snow and cold weather yet? At Imbolc, you and your family can do this simple rite to say goodbye to old man winter, and encourage the spring thaw to come along a bit sooner.

Imbolc Prayers – Prayers for the Imbolc Sabbat
If you’re looking for The Goddess Brigidprayers or blessings to celebrate the Sabbat of Imbolc, here’s where you’ll find a selection of devotionals that bid farewell to the winter months and honor the goddess Brighid.

Imbolc Meal Blessings
Imbolc is the celebration of the hearth goddess Brighid. Use one of these meal blessings as part of your Imbolc celebrations.

Brighid’s Fire Meal Blessing
Use this meal blessing to celebrate the fires of hearth and home.

Giving Thanks to Brighid Meal Blessing
Use this meal blessing in ceremonies honoring Brighid, the Irish goddess of hearth and home.

End of Winter Meal Blessing
Use this meal blessing in your ceremonies celebrating the end of winter.

Smooring the Fire – A Prayer to Brighid
The folklorist Alexander Carmichael collected hundreds of poems in prayers in his Carmina Gadelica. This is one variation on the theme of smooring the fire at Imbolc.

Brigantia, Keeper of the Forge
In her aspect as a goddess of the forge, Brighid is often seen as Brigantia, a warrior protectress of those who would swear her loyalty.

Brighid, Bride of Earth
In her role as the bride, Brighid is the patroness of domesticity and home. She also is associated with the Fae and the Tuatha de Danaan in Irish legend.

Brighid, Keeper of the Flame
Pay tribute to the hearth goddess Brighid, with this prayer honoring her role as the keeper of sacred flames.

Imbolc End-of-Winter Meditation

Say Farewell to the Dark Half of the Year

This meditative journey is one you can read ahead of time, and then recall as you meditate, or you can record yourself reading it aloud, and listen to it as a guided meditation later on. You can even read it alo2022_183499725124907_505103386_nud as part of a group ritual. The ideal place to perform this meditation is somewhere outside — try to pick a day that’s warm, or at the very least sunny. Go out in your garden, or sit under a tree in a park, or find a quiet spot near a stream.

Visualize yourself walking along a path. You are traveling through a forest, and as you walk, you notice that the trees are covered with the vibrant hues of autumn. There are reds, oranges, and yellows everywhere. A few leaves have fallen on the ground beside you, and the the air is cool and crisp. Stand for a moment, and take in the scent of fall.

As you continue down the path, you see the sky getting darker. The air has become more brisk, and the leaves are gently falling around you. Soon, the trees are bare, and there is a crunching sound beneath you. When you look down, the leaves are no longer bright with autumn’s colors. Instead, they are brown and brittle, and there is a light touch of frost on them. Winter has arrived. Breathe deeply, so that you can smell and taste the difference in the air.

The darkness is full now, but above you there is a full moon lighting your way. A snowflake falls in front if you, drifting down ever so slowly. Soon anoth8003_235841496519175_503883171_ner drifts down, and another. As you walk further, the snow begins to fall heavily. The crunch of your feet on the leaves is muffled, and soon you can’t hear anything at all. A blanket of pure white snow covers the forest floor, and everything is quiet, and still. There is a sense of magic in the air — a feeling of being in some other, special place. The real world has vanished with the sun, and all that remains now is you, and the darkness of winter. The snow glistens in the moonlight, and the night is cold. You can see your breath before you in the moonlit air.

As you continue through the forest, you begin to see a faint glimmer of light ahead. Unlike the silvery light of the moon, this is red and bright. You are beginning to get colder now, and the idea of warmth and light is promising. You walk on, and the red light draws closer. There is something special about it, something of relief and change and warmth.

You walk through the snow, up a steep path, and the snow is now up to your knees. It is becoming more difficult to travel, and you’re cold. All you want, more than anything, is a warm fire, and some hot food, and the companionship of your loved ones. But it seems that there is nothing but you and the snow and the night. It seems as though the light has grown closer, and yet is still unreachable. Eventually, you give up — there’s no reaching it, and you just keep walking through the snow.

As you come over the hillside, though, something happens. The forest is no longer surrounding you — in fact, there are only a few trees left on this side of the hill. Off in the distance, to t197321_430962586966295_1439268241_nhe east, the sun is rising. You continue on the path, and the snow fades away. No longer are you walking through great drifts — instead, you are on a muddy track, crossing an open field. In the meadow are tiny buds. Grass is peeking up from the dead, brown earth. Here and there, a cluster of bright flowers appears beside a stone, or beside the path. As you walk, the sun rises higher and higher, bright and orange in its glory. Its warmth embraces you, and soon your night of cold and darkness is forgotten.

Spring has come, and new life abounds. Flowers and vines are beginning to grow, and the earth is no longer dead and brown, but vibrant and fertile. As you walk in the sun’s warmth, you realize that winter has truly left you, and that you are renewed and reborn once more. Stand and bask in the light for a few minutes. Meditate on what sort of abundance you are looking forward to this season. Think about what you will plant in your own garden, and what new life you will bring forth.

Imbolc Traditions, Customs and Folklore
Ever wonder why we celebrate Imbolc the way we do? From the ancient Roman festival of Februalia to the legend of St. Valentine, this time of 538612_484567574933186_1050278486_nyear is rich in custom and tradition. Learn about some of the folklore and history behind today’s Imbolc celebrations.

Lupercalia: Celebrate the Coming of Spring

The ancient Romans celebrated the festival of Lupercalia in the middle of February. Learn how this Pagan celebration was an early version of Valentine’s Day.

Februalia: A Time of Purification

As times and spiritual needs changed, a number of different gods and goddesses were honored during the celebration of Februalia. This is a time of purification and cleansing, as well as of making offerings to the divine.

The Festival of Sementivae

Learn about the Roman festival of Sementivae, which falls every year during the Imbolc season.

All About Brighid

Brighid was an Irish hearth goddess who is still celebrated today by many Pagans. Learn about the different myths and legends associated with her, as well as rituals, prayers, and craft projects you can do in her honor.

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Spirit Message of the Moment – The Snow Goose Fairy

WOODLAND WISDOM – The Snow Goose Fairy
“The Snow Goose Fairy is dressed in white goose down and varies the shape of her wings according to the type of flight. For long flights she follows the geese south in the winter she lengthens her wings along her body into a snail shape. She is seen in more norThe Owl Queen by Brian Froudtherly countries in the summertime.”

“The Snow Goose Fairy says, ‘You are about to feel better about what you do. The thoughts that have held you back in the past are undergoing a change. You are now a more determined person, so allow this to stimulate a better future. Do not try to escape the need for authority in your life, but take it and enjoy the love that it brings you and those around you’.”

“‘Are you aware of your need to move on or have you been allowing yourself to feel that it was not yet necessary ? The time has come to prepare yourself to move forward in all ways. You will not flounder if you align yourself with the full power of the fairies. They are by your side to help you move forward.'”

Today’s message is from Woodland Wisdom Oracle Cards by Frances Munro and Peter Pracownik.

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Spirit Message of the Moment – A Winter Freeze

THE SEASON OF WINTER
“Winter is the perfect time for reflection, transition, and release. This card is asking you to take a moment to retreat inside to discover a truth about the matter at hand and d399242_398614763548194_1438693769_niscover what steps you need to take. Do not move into action at this time. It is time to draw your energies inward for introspection and reflection. Keep any plans or projects you are thinking about on the shelf.

Winter heralds the dying off of that which does not serve you. The leaves of a tree are shed in order to make room for spring’s buds. You, too, need this time to rest and release the old. With this release, you allow the new to bloom when the timing is right.

Incubate your plans, ideas, and energy until it’s the best moment to share them with others. Work with the crone sage aspect of yourself in order to impart wisdom, compassion, and truth. Enjoy a life review. Reflect back on your past to appreciate the lessons you’ve gained this year.”

Today’s guidance is from Doreen Virtue & Melissa Virtue: Angel Dreams: Oracle Cards

Spirit Message of the Moment – Celebrate Winter Solstice 2012

Hold a Family Yule Log Ceremony
“For people of nearly any religious background, the time of the winter solstice is a time when we gather with family and loved ones. For Pagans and Wiccans, it’s often celebrated as Yule, but there aFirebonfirere literally dozens of ways you can enjoy the season. If your family enjoys ritual, you can welcome back the sun at Yule with this simple winter ceremony. The first thing you’ll need is a Yule Log. If you make it a week or two in advance, you can enjoy it as a centerpiece prior to burning it in the ceremony. You’ll also need a fire, so if you can do this ritual outside, that’s even better. As the Yule Log burns, all members of the family (and friends) should surround it, forming a circle.

Here’s How:

  1. If you normally cast a circle, do so at this time. This first section is for the adults – if there is more than one grownup, they can take turns saying the lines, or say them together:

The Wheel has turned once more, and
the earth has gone to sleep.
The leaves are gone, the crops have returned to the ground.
On this darkest of nights, we celebrate the light.
Tomorrow, the sun will return,
its journey continuing as it always does.
Welcome back, warmth.
Welcome back, light.
Welcome back, life.

  1. The entire group now moves deosil – clockwise, or sunwise – around the fire. When each member has returned to his or her original position, it is time for the children to add their part. This section can be divided amongst the children, so that each gets a chance to speak.

Shadows go away, darkness is no more,
as the light of the sun comes back to us.
Warm the earth.
Warm the ground.
Warm the sky.
Warm our hearts.
Welcome back, sun.

  1. Finally, each member of the group should take a moment to tell the others one thing that they are thankful for about their family – things like “I am happy that Mom cooks us such wonderful food,” or “I’m proud of Alex because he helps people who need it.” When everyone has had a chance to speak, walk sunwise once more around the fire, and end the rite. If possible, save a bit of this year’s Yule log to add to the fire for next year’s ceremony.

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Wish Ritual for the New Year
Place a piece of holly bush on your altar for the Yule celebration, in keeping with Pagan traVariegated-Holly-Bush-821312dition. After the celebration, before dismissing the Quarters and taking down the Circle, write down a wish or wishes on pieces of parchment paper and tie them to the holly bush branches on your altar. You can write down as few or many wishes as you desire. However try to keep it simple. Bury the holly bush limb with your wishes attached to it during the next full moon, giving thanks to the Lord and Lady, to assure that your wishes will be realized during the coming year.

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Spirit Message of the Moment – Movement is Critical

THE RIVER – A Time for Movement
“The softened light from the sun falls upon this meandering river, the sparkles reflecting the gentle movement taking place in the river’s body. She moves easily around the curves and rocks, sometimes gently, and sometimes quite rapidly and intensely. Still, the river’s movement will always eventually land her in the bosom of great Grandmother Ocean. Some of her water will evaporate along the way to feed the waters of the sky – just as it takes place in any other bodies of water – and bless the land and the seas with replenishment in a perfectly natural cycle that helps the planet sustain itself. Water is our lifeblood, a nutrient more essential than food. The flow of water throughout our own bodies serves as a metaphor for how Life itself flows through us and expresses as us.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“Fighting or blocking the flow of your Life Force can lead you to feeling spiritually void and disconnected from Source.  Just like the metaphor of the river, it does not work to force or fight this compelling movement. When you simply pay attention and observe the flow, it becomes easier to navigate your experiences and see what lies ahead, or at least get a sense of what is to come by the ever-changing geography that unfolds as you cruise along.”

“Your resistance is hampering your ability to make a choice in this matter. Surrender to the movement of Life, be grateful, and you will see signs along the shore and in the river itself that offer you clues about what direction your egoless Self is to be making. ‘Go with the flow’ is more than a trite aphorism here. It is essential that you do so now. Breathe, relax, and you will know.”

Today’s guidance is taken from Earth Magic Oracle Cards by Steven D. Farmer.

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Spirit Message of the Moment – Reveal Your True Self

THE DRAGONFAE GODDESS CHUMARA
– Web of All Life

“Beyond the mask we all wear of identity, beyond the construct of who we have been conditioned to believe we are, lies your face, your self. This face is tender and new in so many ways, as you have not shown her to the world before. This face has been protected because the world has seemed and proved indeed at times to be dangerous and unkind place, where those of us who feel different are proved to be so as we brave the taunts and finger pointing. But i now tell you that your protections, your armor and your shield can be removed safely with me. Do not discard her, as you may need her yet in certain situations.”

“But know now she is your armor and her role is to protect your true being. To you, I now reveal myself. See? Many have recoiled in horror at who I truly am. I am a Dragonfae Maiden, a Spider-Woman, a being of webs and change and destruction, and re-creation. Each day I must remake my world…I feel along its sensory threads to see what needs reconstruction and what needs to be let go of. For I am, as you are, part of the new web of life – a web of life that embraces our differences and yet understands that we are one. I ask you today to look at the webs in your life that must be remade and rewoven.”

ABOUT CHUMARA
“Chumara is a Dragonfae Goddess from this world and beyond who presents as a spider, as she is a powerful weaver of energies, dimensions, and time. She is healing the rifts in dimensions and time and we can assist her by understanding who we truly are and by working on our own individual weavings with consciousness and peaceful power. She holds together the strands of all four directions and creates ripple effects along them so we can communicate with worlds beyond this one known as Gaia.”

“Chumara is the creation energy which brings together nations and tribes, peoples and families, from this world and beyond, from other dimensions and times. Thus she is our mother of time and is often present when we have past life memories and experiences, when we receive premonitions about our future, as she weaves together the strands that hold past, present, and future in place. she knows they are all linked and that a ripple in one can be felt, no matter how far apart we seem, because we are all linked by the web of life.”

“She communicates via energy and sound, and thus you may hear a high-pitched ringing in your ears when she connects with you, as this is the vibration of the galactic web. Her role is to assist us in moving beyond our notions of economic short-term thinking, and moving into galactic environmentalism…not simply for Gaia, but for all with which she is connected. She wants us to see the Universe as our home too. She wishes for us all to remove the mask that says “I am this,” and to know we are that, but we are also so much more.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“Coming out about beliefs, revealing more of your true and vulnerable self to family; beginning to work in groups; understanding cosmic consciousness; finding a new family, understanding connections; making meaningful relationships that have far-reaching impact; learning more about people’s true selves. Revelations about cultural heritage and family and personal histories may be forthcoming when Chumara makes an appearance in your life. she also represents strides being made on a global and cosmic level on peace, communication technologies and understanding sixth sensory experiences, dream experiences, astral travel and time travel.”

WORKING WITH CHUMARA
“Gently revealing who you are in safe environments; exploring more about galactic consciousness; understanding your own personal and cultural history; bloodline vibrations and exploring your ancestry; being honest in situations where previously you may have kept silent; refusing to engage in falsehood for false peace; being who you are; becoming more sensitive to vibrational communication and higher vibrational living; creating a new family based on values and beliefs that are sacred to you; being in integrity with your beliefs; understanding your true self is beautiful, powerful and loving; activating the web in your life, working with the powers of the four directions, being open to the concept of communicating with beings from beyond our solar system.”

Today’s guidance is from Lucy Cavendish: Oracle of the Dragonfae.

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