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Thurs. Dec. 21, 2017: Winter Solstice

December 21, 2017

winter-solstice

Thurs. Dec. 21, 2017
Waxing Moon
Uranus Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and cold
Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice is one of my favorite holidays, especially now that I live in a house and have a fire place.

I observe a tradition that the group with whom I worked in New York City observed – we let the sun set completely on Solstice, without turning on any lights, until it’s completely dark. Then, we light the Needfire first (here, it is the fireplace; in New York City, if outside, it was the Sacred Hibachi, or, if inside, the candles floating in the cauldron). We speak a blessing about the return of the light, and then we go around and light all the other candles, put on the tree, etc. throughout the house.

It’s lovely, quiet, and, truly, magical.

I like to joke that I celebrate everything from the end of October through the 6th of January. I have many happy memories of St. Nicholas Day, and Christmas, and all the rest. The fact that I mark Solstice doesn’t negate those good memories, and I build on them.

I wish you blessings and abundance and all that is good.

Have a wonderful holiday.

There will be a new full moon meditation on Cerridwen’s Cottage for January 1, our next full moon.

Blessings and peace.

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