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Winter Solstice Meditation

Close your eyes, relax, and breathe deeply. Let your breathing become slow, deep, easy. Relax and continue breathing deeply and gently as...We enter the time of the greatest dark.

It is the dark of the longest night.

...the dark of the cold universe between the stars and planets.

...the dark of the sea,

...the dark of the womb.

Wrap this darkness gently about you like a comfortable blanket.

Float gently now in its depths.

(Pause)

Grow here, nourished by an invisible cord that connects you to the Source of all life.

Floating gently in the dark...

Softly rocking in the dark...

(Longer Pause)

And though it is dark, we realize that what surrounds us is not empty, but -- like the womb -- full of life. Take a moment now to sense the swirling, nurturing energy of the dark.

(Pause)

And now, as the energy increases, it gives birth to the smallest spark imaginable, the spark of new life.

See that spark now as it glows, watch that spark now, watch it as it grows. Glowing brighter and brighter, it grows into a flame. And as you look at this flame, its light fills you with warmth, with love. And as you feel increased love and warmth within you, the visible intensity of the flame slowly diminishes and as it does, in its place, slowly becoming visible, is the outline of a present. This gift becomes more solid, until you can see its form clearly and see that it is wrapped in a glistening filament of light.

This gift has your name on it, inscribed in the glistening material. Still from some distance, you see your name now, on this gift. Even if you are near-sighted you have no trouble making out the letters, for you now have perfect vision.

Is your name written in a special color? Is the inscription special in any other way?

Approach your wrapped present now more closely. What shape is it? How big is it? What color is its wrapping?

Pick it up: is it light? heavy?

And now you unwrap your gift. How easy or difficult is it to unwrap?

You finish opening it now and you receive your gift.

What is it?

(Pause)

Look at it carefully. Experience it fully.

Accept it. Accept your gift with joy. Feel your heart warm with the love with which this gift is given to you.

And now, from your heart, send out gratitude for this gift, send out thanks for this gift to the Goddess, to Our Great Mother, to the Universe: to the Goddess who is the Universe -- both the dark and the light. Send out your thanks for this gift.

(Pause)

Now, if you wish, find a place to keep this gift, a place to put this gift, so you can keep it with you during our ritual now and, if you wish, take it with you when you leave the circle.

And now, bringing your special gift with you, be fully present in our circle.

Move your body. Open your eyes. Come back to this place and time.

 

By Judith Laura - From She Lives! The Return of Our Great Mother, 10th Anniversary Edition. Copyright 1999 by Judith Laura. Used with permission.

 

 

December 16, 2011 at 1:32 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Azhdaya Ravenwolf
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YULETIDE MUSIC & CAROLS

Go a-Wassailing For Yule!

By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide

 

The tradition of wassailing (pronounced to rhyme with fossil-ing)is hardly a new one. In centuries past, wassailers went from door to door, singing and drinking to the health of their neighbors. The concept actually harkens back to pre-Christian fertility rites -- only in those ceremonies, villagers traveled through their fields and orchards in the middle of winter, singing and shouting to drive away any spirits that might inhibit the growth of future crops. As part of this, they poured wine and cider on the ground to encourage fertility in the crops.

 

Eventually, this evolved into the idea of Christmas caroling, which became popular during the Victorian era, and is still seen today in many areas. If you think your family or friends might enjoy starting up a new, musical tradition, why not gather them together to go out a-wassailing for Yule? The following are traditional, secular wassailing songs which were performed back as early as the days of King Henry VIII. Although some are Christian in background and make references to "God" in their original form, I've made Pagan-friendly substitutions in some places. You can always change these to accomodate a particular deity of your tradition.

 

After you get home from your night of singing, relax by your fire with a pot of spiced wassail or hot buttered rum!

 

 

The Wassail Song (traditional English)

Here we come a-wassailing

among the leaves so green.

Here we come a-wand'ring

so fair to be seen.

Love and joy come to you,

and to all your wassail, too,

may the gods bless you, and send you

a Happy New Year,

the gods send you a Happy New Year.

Good master and good mistress,

as you sit beside the fire,

pray think of us poor children

who wander through the mire.

Love and joy come to you,

and to all your wassail, too,

may the gods bless you, and send you

a Happy New Year,

the gods send you a Happy New Year.

Bring us out a table fine

and spread it out with cloth;

Bring us out a farmer's cheese,

and some of your Christmas loaf.

Love and joy come to you,

and to all your wassail, too,

may the gods bless you, and send you

a Happy New Year,

the gods send you a Happy New Year.

Gloucestershire Wassail

(multiple versions available, believed to be Saxon in origin, Middle Ages)

 

Wassail, wassail all over the town

Our toast it is white and our ale it is brown,

We bring a bowl made of the white maple tree,

and with the wassailing bowl, we'll drink to thee!

So here is to Cherry and to his right cheek,

the gods send our master a good piece of beef

and a good piece of beef that may we all see.

With the wassailing bowl, we'll drink to thee!

And a toast to Dobbin and to his right eye

pray the gods send our master a good Christmas pie

a good Christmas pie that may we all see.

With the wassailing bowl, we'll drink to thee!

So here's to Great Big Mary and her great big horn,

may the gods send Master a good crop of corn,

and a good crop of corn that may we all see.

With the wassailing bowl, we'll drink to thee!

And a toast to Moll and to her left ear,

may the gods send our master a happy New Year,

And a happy New Year as e'er he did see.

With the wassailing bowl, we'll drink to thee!

And here is to Auld Colleen and her long tail,

may the gods guard our master that he never fail,

a bowl of strong beer! I pray you draw near,

and our jolly wassail it's then you shall hear!

And here's to the maid in the lily white smock,

Who tripped to the door and slipped back the lock,

Who tripped to the door and pulled back the pin

For to let these jolly wassailers in!

Apple Tree Wassailing (Somerset, 18th Century or earlier)

Hurray, hurray, in our good town

The bread is white, and the liquor brown.

So here my old fellow I drink to thee,

and the long life of every other tree.

Well may you blow, well may you bear,

blossom and fruit both apple and pear.

So that every bough and every twig

may bend with a burden both fair and big.

May you bear us and yield us fruit such a store,

that the bags and chambers and house run o'er!

 

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December 16, 2011 at 2:02 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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