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Thursday, 14 January 2010

The Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice Image
At the Winter Solstice we celebrate by bringing warmth, light and cheerfulness into this dark time of the year. Holidays such as this have their origins as "holy days". They are the way human beings mark the sacred times in the yearly cycle of life. On this shortest day of the year, the sun is at its lowest and weakest, a pivot point from which the light will grow stronger and brighter. This is the pivot point of the year. The Romans called it" Natalis Invicti "the BIRTHDAY OF THE UNCONQUERED SUN.

A simple way to celebrate this day is with a small candle lighting ceremony. The purpose being to celebrate this time of renewal in our lives, to give thanksgiving for the past and the present and to offer a blessing for the year to come.

HOW TO: Create a small sacred space. Decorate it in a way that feels cheerful, warm, and bright. In the center place a white candle. As the sun sets on this day, light the candle, and say a few words about bringing the light forth in your life, in the lives of your family and loved ones in the coming year. Either allow the candle to burn out of it's own accord, or relight it every evening until Jan 1st.

Books in PDF format to read:

Howard Phillips Lovecraft - The White Ship
Leo Ruickbie - The Winter Sabbat

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