The journey to Yule begins right after Samhain. Nights are growing longer and your instinct is to hibernate. Given to that instinct. Follow the spiral slowly and quietly as it turns inward. By now, you have arrived. In silence, in the deep snow, you have found peace, solitude, and silence that can only be found in the depths of the heart.
Some years, my spiral inward is fraught with distractions and I’m impatient to find the silence and hear my hearts own voice. Some years, I arrive unprepared and do not have an easy time understanding the message. I didn’t know what to expect this year. I have been very tired, and has been learning to cope with doing familiar thing in unfamiliar ways. I have been reading a great deal about Hygge, that Danish custom seeking cozy well-being. I think it has helped the journey.
It has helped me understand the message: it is NOW.
That’s a short message, but a very rich way of looking at life. How often do we brush through the now, intent upon some other thing, we miss the clarity of the moment and the true sense of now? I have to slow down, especially when typing or my fingers end up in a confused pile of letters. I have to slow down, and think about things because haste makes more ways than ever, whether it be at the loom or in life. I want to slow down, savor each delicious minute, and then go to the next.
It’s been an awful year. The government is incredibly fucked up and that isn’t anything I can do about it, not alone anyway. All we can do is hope that president. goes away sooner than expected–I don’t care how–and begin to put the pieces back together again. I have faith in humanity, despite horribly selfish examples that he and his party set. We are better than that.
However you celebrate your solstice ritual, remember that we are better than that and visualize the world as it should be, not how it is.
I wish you health and prosperity, Progressive thinking and liberal views. We will prevail, because evil can only hide for so long and then it’s seen as it truly is.
Blessed Yule, my friends