Cleansing Crystal Balls

Cleansing Crystal Ball


It is crucial that crystal balls and scrying glass are kept cleansed, both physically and spiritually. A dusty crystal ball reveals nothing. A crystal ball covered with negative spiritual debris may reveal distortions.

Cleanse with the following:

* A blend of spring water and vinegar.

* One of these charged waters: Holy Water, Marie Laveau Water, Notre Dame Water.

* A water-based herbal infusion made with dried mugwort and/or anise seeds.

* Mugwort hydrosol

Add flower essence remedies as desired to any of the above formulas. Mugwort flower essence remedy enhances the crystal ball’s powers; Dr Bach’s Rescue Remedy or a similar emergency formula will remove and assimilate disturbing or traumatic visions seen within.

SCRYING, Crystal Gazing

SCRYING, Crystal Gazing  
Scrying or crystal gazing is to use a crystal ball, a seer stone ,or other crystal as a divining tool . One seeks to receive visions or information about issues, the future, a present situation or to foretell events , discover hidden knowledge , prophecy, or perception by intuition and instinctive foresight.

Traditional crystal gazing is something I don’t often do because it seems easier for me to receive information by using an imaginary ball or screen which I see in my mind or which appears before me .

Sometimes this occurs while I am holding a crystal. On the occasions I have received information while crystal gazing, the information has not appeared in the crystal but in front of my brow chakra or in my head . So to me the
crystal is like a meditation tool ,something that you use as a focus while you reach the mental openness that allows you to perceive information .

Many people do see visions in the crystal. Some see or sense symbols, colors or shapes that they interpret. Other people actually see images or events unfolding as though viewing a movie.

The process of gazing is quite similar to other psychic reading and meditation techniques .
While tools may help with scrying, the knowledge and ability to do this work lies within the seeker rather than in the tools. Many people have had visions and gotten information while holding a crystal or gazing into a crystal but possibly as many or more have the same experiences without gazing into a crystal .

Crystals are amplifiers and transmitters and receivers of energy. This gives them the capacity to assist seekers in scrying and other divination. The choice of a crystal scrying tool is entirely up to each individual. Some people prefer a clear crystal ball or a seer stone which is frosted on the outside with a clear polished internal center area. Others people prefer
crystals or crystal balls with inclusions or rainbows which act as points of focus, These inclusions are often called doorways. Some people use window crystals or place a crystal cluster in a bowl of water. The clear or included quartz crystal is the most commonly used scrying stone but other stones including black or other dark obsidian can also be used .

The process of learning to scry consistently can be a long one so patience is of importance.
While some people are able to scry as soon as they try, most people find that it may take several weeks of of at least 20 minutes practice daily before they begin to get results.

There are several different traditions of scrying. The principle differences are often in the set up and lighting surrounding the crystal . The best lighting for beginners seems to be a dimly lit room. Neutral light, such as that of north light or an overcast day or twilight is usually less distraction than brighter light. Some scryers prefer that light be behind them and over their shoulder . Others prefer to place a candle behind the crystal ball or other scrying crystal.

You want to have your gazing crystal in a place where it is comfortable for you to gaze into it for quite a while. You do not want to have reflections of surrounding objects visible in the crystal. If you have a light box you may find that placing your scrying tool on it is perfect as the crystal is completely lit from beneath. If you do not have a light box the crystal is often placed on a stand on a black or dark blue silk or velvet cloth or on a dark covered pillow.

Your gazing crystal may want to be cleared before and after each use by your preferred method. I recommend clearing with shakti from the Crystal Empowerments if you have been attuned to that system or a shakti from another energy system or with breath. Other clearing methods also work well if not as swiftly. Clearing crystal balls is more about removing influences from previous work than about clearing the crystal itself.

Many crystal reader and scryers prefer that they be the only person to touch their gazing crystal because another person’s energy might be absorbed by the crystal and effect readings . A few scryers do have the querant ( person being read for) hold the crystal before reading. This is in order to fine tune the crystal to that persons energy.

Most people probably try too hard when learning to scry. Their own effort to see something in the crystal interferes with the process. Relax and allow yourself to be open to the experience. Begin by Communing with the crystal and grounding and centering yourself. Connect with your high self and or spiritual source. Deep breathing can help with this connection. This will eliminate any possibility of contact by or with entities that might be considered hostile or negative.
This should not be a problem but should you have specific issues with protection or fear of psychic attack by all means surround yourself with a circle of light, call in your angels or use a simple protective method of your choice before beginning. I presume anyone reading this would never seek contact and information from destructive entities. (energy follows attention).

Whatever gazing or other divination method is being used people get clearer results when they have a clear reason for scrying. It is good to have prepared a question or questions or formed a clear intention to receive information about a particular subject or situation rather than to read the crystal just out of curiosity .

Decide your intention and purpose for the reading , (which initially will probably just be to learn how to scry). Gaze into the crystal with a soft visual focus and a mental openness.
This is just like a basic meditation when your attention wanders bring it back gently to focus on the center of the crystal.

Gaze into the ball, but do not stare. Some people suggest you try not to blink but blinking will not interfer with your reading. Do not focus on your blinking while you are gazing. Just relax and gaze. Most people do not get results the first time or first few times they sit with the crystal .
Eventually you may notice a small cloudy glow in the center of the crystal or in front of the crystal. This is the focusing area where your visions will appear. Often beginning readers are so startled by the initial appearance of images or colors that they lose focus completely. When you practice persistently you learn how to maintain clear focus .

You might see easily understood images but you may see clouds or colors or symbols. Often it helps to have a pen and paper at hand to keep a quick log of symbols or words and other impressions Though not everyone can maintain focus and take notes .

There is no absolutely uniform system for interpreting the meaning of symbols and colored clouds. Dream books and color healing guides can have suggestions for traditional interpretations of symbols . These tools help you awaken your intuition about the meaning of the patterns and images you see. The degree of turbulence and movement in clouds may
indicate the intensity of the event referred to or its nearness in time .

There are traditions that many readers use. Here is one set of interpretations ,but it is not definitive, use your intuition .

Blue clouds may symbolize success of career or business,
Gold clouds symbolize prosperity, steady cash flow and possibly new romance.
Gray/Dark gray or Black may symbolize sadness or ill fortune.
Green clouds symbolize health, happiness .
Orange clouds may symbolize hidden aggression and anger, or troubled emotions.
Red clouds symbolize danger to come.
Silver clouds symbolize troublesome times ahead followed by good times.
White clouds symbolize very good fortune ahead.
Yellow clouds symbolize upcoming obstacles.

I recommend that if you have a set of color meanings and correspondences that you are already familiar with see if those work for you in scrying before you work at learning another system. There are quite a few books and web sites about crystal gazing and other scrying methods if you want to explore this area more thoroughly

Scrying for Visions

Scrying for Visions  
First, light 2 black, white, or silver candles.
Sit or stand in front of the mirror so only your face shows.
Repeat the following:
“Spirits of fortune, spirits of the inner eye,
remove the veil of the future tonight!
Spirits of the future, spirits of the divine,
let visions show in this mirror’s sight!”
Afterwards close your eyes and remove all thoughts from your head.
Say, out loud, the inquiry for your scrying. (EX: How will tomorrow proceed?)
When you feel cleared of distractions, slowly slit your eyes open to full view.

Your inner eyes will now open, and the journey into the mirror begins. Remember that the inner eye sees inside the mind. Most people when scrying do not see the images appear with the physical eyes on the mirror’s surface but see within the mirror and in the mind’s eye. The mirror acts as a focal point, a gateway within.

You may need to repeat this action many times.

Symbols, images, and even moving scenes may play out for you.
Make sure to keep a mental note of what you see and write it down quickly when you’ve finished.

Daily Aromatherapy Tip – Helichrysum

Daily Aromatherapy Tip – Helichrysum
Helichrysum for it’s skin-rejuvenating properties. Botanical name Helichrysum italicum
Add two to three drops of Helichrysum to your favorite skin care products.
It has remarkable effects on sensitive and inflamed skin.
More anti-inflammatory than German Chamomile, more tissue regenerating
than Lavender, more cicatrisant (helping the formation of scar tissue) than Frankincense.
Use Helichrysum for: Wounds and scar tissue – Helichrysum is the oil of choice
for healing scar tissue, whether from a recent wound, operation, or tissue that
has been scarred for years. It stops bleeding, helps a scab to form and tissue
to repair itself. It can be added to a carrier oil and applied to stretch marks,
acne scars, surgical scars, and wounds of all kinds. Enjoy!

Spell Of The Day – First Day of Carnival

Spell Of The Day – First Day of Carnival
January 7th, 2003

Yesterday was the Feast of Epiphany, and by the old system of reckoning today is the second day of Carnival. The final day will fall on the eighth Tuesday from today, which is called Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday). As tarot scholar Gertrude Oakley has pointed out, the festivities associated with Carnival are very likely a source for imagery in the tarot. Today is an excellent day for a tarot reading, especially one that prepares us for the events of the upcoming year.
By: Robert Place

Ancient Customs on this Day


Ancient Customs on this Day


Jan 7 Nanakusa (Seven Grasses)

The Japanese eat a stew of rice gruel and seven fresh herbs to ward off disease during the upcoming year. In the Chinese calendar, which is still lunar, a similar holiday is celebrated on the 7th day of the 12th moon (see Jan 20).

Funk and Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend, Maria Leach, ed., Harper 1984


Jan 7 Grandmothers Day

In Bulgaria, boys duck the girls in the icy waters of rivers and lakes, an ancient custom which is said to bring them good health in the coming year. Like the customs described above on Epiphany, it seems to promise a fresh new beginning.

Source:Spicer, Dorothy Gladys, The Book of Festivals, The Womans Press 1937


Jan 7 Fire-Saving Day (Eldbjorgdagen)

In Norway, eldbjorgdagen means fire-saving day but a Saint Eldberga was later invented to explain the holiday. A report from Seljord in 1786, tells that the mistress of the house celebrates the return of the sun by drinking a draught of ale before the hearth, throws something into the fire and then says: “So high be my fire that hell is no higher or hotter.” Then the rest of the household sat around the hearth, with their hands behind their back, and drank ale from bowls which were drained then tossed behind them with a toss of the head. If a bowl landed face down, the drinker would die within the next year. Another custom was to toast the members of the house and the king. In Skedsmo, this was said to be the day the hibernating bear turns over in his sleep.

Source:Blackburn, Bonnie and Holford-Strevens, Leofranc, The Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999


Jan 7 Distaff Day
Partly work and partly play
Ye must on St Distaff’s day
From the plough soon free the team
Then come home and fodder them
If the Maids a-spinning go
Burn the flax and fire the tow
Bring in pails of water then
Let the Maids bewash the men
Give Saint Distaff all the right
Then bid Christmas sport goodnight
And next morrow, every one
To his own vocation.


Source: Herrick, Hesperides 1648


Sometimes said to honor a mythical St Distaff, this is the day when housewives could begin spinning again, after the break from the usual routine represented by the midwinter holidays. In 1745, a woman at East Dereham, in Norfolk, England spun from one pound of wool, 84,000 yards of thread, earning a mention in the Proceedings of the Royal Society.


GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Source: Wilson’s Almanack and School of The Seasons


Daily Feng Shui Tip for January 7th

It certainly seems apropos on ‘Old Rock Day’ to take a look at the mystical properties associated with this month’s precious gem of a birthstone, the beautiful and blood red garnet. In fact, there are countless cultural beliefs regarding the blessings and benefits the wearer of the garnet will reap. In medieval times the symbolism of color played an integral part in recommending the use of specific stones for special ailments and diseases. In the case of these red stones, garnets were thought to be the remedy for hemorrhages and inflammatory diseases. This stone was also worn to promote or enhance strength, endurance and vigor. It was said the garnet grants men a healthy reproductive system and promotes hormonal balance for women while also addressing diseases of the blood. It has also long been held that wearing a garnet will ward off evil spirits and nightmares. It inspires truthfulness and fosters friendships and can also attract success to the wearer. Any size crisis is turned into a much smaller challenge under the garnet’s influence, as it also dispels depression, melancholy and detrimental mood swings. Old or new, it appears this mystical ‘rock’ can certainly bring blessings and boons whenever it’s worn!

By Ellen Whitehurst for

The Meaning of the Number 3

The spiritual meaning of number Three deals with magic, intuition, fecundity, and advantage. The number Three invokes expression, versatility, and pure joy of creativity. Three is also a time identifier as it represents Past, Present and Future. Consecutive Threes in your life may symbolize the need to express yourself creatively, or consider your present directional path in relation to past events and future goals. Three may also represent promising new adventures, and assurance of cooperation from others whom you may require help. Three typically symbolizes reward and success in most undertakings.


The Spiritual Meaning of Numbers

Your Daily Number for January 7th: 3

Your creativity continues to manifest in every area of your life today. A sense of excitement permeates your daily routine, and at times you may lack focus. Clear communication is important today.

Fast Facts

About the Number 3

Theme: Expansive, Sociable, Dramatic, Diversified, Creative
Astro Association: Venus
Tarot Association: Empress

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for January 7th is 3: Difficulty at the Beginning

3: Difficulty at the Beginning

Hexagram 3

General Meaning: Difficulty at the beginning. The birth of anything new – including any new venture or relationship — is an entry into the realm of the unknown. Strange new feelings can seem to be rushing upon you, and confusion can easily take over. But even chaos is full of potential if you harness it properly. Don’t rush things. Do not let events overwhelm you. Stay calm and persevering, but do take the first step. And get whatever help you can.

Challenges lie ahead. Now is a time to gather your strength and find courage. Like a newborn fawn, the opportunity for rapid development is real, but only by being determined can the fawn rise to its feet and survive to grow to full stature. Keep going despite difficulties and you will manifest the success you desire. One primary challenge is maintaining personal clarity. Avoid lunging at seemingly perfect solutions; wait until a good practical course of action becomes clear. Do not start a new venture before thinking it through. A careless step in the beginning can easily cause events to spin out of control later. Enlist the aid of experienced people.

Today’s Runes for January 7th is Uruz

Today’s Runes

Spirit Runes are most commonly used for questions about mysticism, spirituality, and religion. Uruz symbolizes the Auroch, a member of the ox family that became extinct long ago. This rune represents the strength, bravery, and endurance of this animal of old. Uruz portends the ability to meet problems head on and to overcome them. When the world was new, warriors used to test their strength against the Auroch. Hence, this rune has come to represent the masculine principle and the capacity to meet a challenge.

Today’s Tarot Card for Jan. 7th is The Lovers

The Lovers

This Tarot Deck: Etteilla

General Meaning: Although it has taken on a strictly romantic revision of meaning in some modern decks, traditionally the Lovers card of Tarot reflected the challenges of choosing a partner. At a crossroads, one cannot take both paths. The images on this card in different decks have varied more than most, because we have had so many ways of looking at sex and relationships across cultures and centuries.

Classically, the energy of this card reminded us of the real challenges posed by romantic relationships, with the protagonist often shown in the act of making an either-or choice. To partake of a higher ideal often requires sacrificing the lesser option. The path of pleasure eventually leads to distraction from spiritual growth. The gratification of the personality eventually gives way to a call from spirit as the soul matures.

Modern decks tend to portray the feeling of romantic love with this card, showing Adam and Eve at the gates of Eden when everything was still perfect. This interpretation portrays humanity before the Fall, and can be thought to imply a different sort of choice — the choice of evolution over perfection, or the choice of personal growth through relationship — instead of a fantasy where everything falls into place perfectly and is taken care of without effort.

Your Daily Horoscopes for January 7th

Our dreams may seem real today, and making plans now can actually help us manifest them as the fast-thinking Gemini Moon trines realistic Saturn and nebulous Neptune. Additionally, clever Mercury activates this long-lasting Saturn-Neptune trine, making this a perfect day to map out your future. But a Venus-Pluto alignment lures us into a dance with desire. Our emotions may overpower logic when the Moon enters sensitive Cancer at 4:05 pm EST.


Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You may set your hopes on a lofty goal today because your enthusiasm can counteract a discouraging mood. Although your thinking may be inspired now, you’re still able to remain pragmatic about what you can actually accomplish. Later in the day you might wonder if you extended your reach too far. Don’t worry; you didn’t. It just going to take time for you to put it all together.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

Although your self-confidence should pull you through a bout with uncertainty, your moods swing widely throughout the day. It’s not like you to put blind faith into a vision or a fantasy, but it really seems possible to reach for the stars today and grab one. Unfortunately, you may not be as ready for prime time as you think. Don’t be too hard on yourself when you realize how much more work is still in front of you. Thankfully, you can rely on your legendary patience now that you need it.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Your day begins as an intellectual curiosity; you wonder if your dreams are worth pursuing. But as the day wears on, you become more involved with your fantasy until you’re hooked by the heat of your desires. You may worry that you’ve lost your objectivity, but you bravely push into unknown territory as you’re tempted by your irrational feelings. Just remember to take it slowly; if you suddenly find yourself in emotional deep water you might be tempted to run back the safety of dry land.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

As long as you can stay connected with your inner world, the path ahead should remain clear enough to let you continue on your way. It doesn’t matter if you run into an unexpected obstacle if you know that you’re doing the best you can do. But don’t convince yourself that you know what’s going to happen. Although your fate can shift several times, staying focused on your goal remains your best strategy.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You can appear to be quite an enigma today, especially if you consciously choose to keep your emotions hidden from others. Although you might feel thin-skinned, you’re probably more secure if your friends and co-workers can’t ask revealing questions because they don’t even know something is wrong. Ironically, someone’s eager support may annoy you as much as the resistance you face. Thankfully, your troubles fade once you become confident enough to reveal your vulnerability to someone you trust.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You are a fount of inspirational vision and strength for your friends today. If you are participating on a team effort or project, others in the group or your family will look up to you for guidance. But there’s no need to be authoritarian; just share your feelings as you respond to what’s happening around you. Your instincts will naturally reveal the most logical steps to take next.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Sharing your dreams with someone you trust enables you to stay emotionally balanced today. But this isn’t an open invitation to float away into Fantasyland. Instead, this is an opportunity express your vision of an ideal future realistic enough to be possible. However, your feelings may be harder to reveal later in the day if you didn’t begin the dialogue when you had the chance. Getting a previously hidden secret out into the open enables you to delve deeper toward the evening.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Your perspective grows more intense throughout the day as magnetic Venus forms a dynamic aspect with your key planet Pluto. If your intentions are altruistic, you can convince others to join you in your cause. Your ability to reframe an unpleasant situation allows you to make it attractive while still adhering to the truth. Take your time to explain exactly what you see now because you can widen people’s horizons and help them see possibilities they might have missed.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You might appear to be spacey to others at first, but once they hear you explain your idea further it begins to make more sense to them. Your imagination enables you to extend your thoughts well into the future, yet you’re able to back up your observations with sound thinking. Ultimately, this is a great day to share your dreams if you’re willing to keep one foot firmly planted on the ground.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Your communication is so clear today that you can hold your audience’s attention as you talk about the future. However, you’re also in touch with your imagination, so you’re not limited to a logical perspective. There’s no need to hold on to previous plans as current circumstances continue to change. Letting go of an old agenda helps to make more room for a newer one that is more meaningful to your current state of mind and more interesting to everyone else.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Your day may start off smoothly enough, but you could be brought right to the edge of your comfort zone before it’s over. Although you seem to have a healthy balance between reality and fantasy, you grow increasingly uncomfortable as an emotional drama sidetracks you from your dreaming and planning. Don’t fight against the currents pulling you out of your rational world; be patient and remain open to the process of transformation. You can learn a valuable lesson from this experience.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You may feel as if the pressures are easing so you can breathe easily again. You’re enthused by the intriguing possibilities you see everywhere you look. Happily, you believe your goals to be within reach. Nevertheless, you can also sense a growing disturbance in your peaceful energy field, and although you can’t recognize its source, this disharmony bothers you. Trusting your sixth sense is wise now, but don’t let your fear of the unknown overpower the comfort you know.

New Moon Report for Jan. 7th – Mercury in Capricorn

New Moon Report

By Jeff Jawer


Mercury in Capricorn

Saturday, January 7, 10:34 pm PST, Sunday, January 8, 1:34 am EST

Cerebral Mercury in responsible Capricorn is excellent for rational thinking and clear communication. However, the speedy messenger’s aspects with boundless Jupiter and spontaneous Uranus today fill our heads with original ideas and spur provocative comments. Once this energy settles down we will quickly put our thoughts in order and find the intellectual discipline needed to concentrate on achieving our ambitions.

the daily humorscope 

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Aries (March 21 – April 19)
As you are walking along, you will notice someone leaning back in a chair. You should stop and insist that they bring their seatback to a full upright and locked position until the captain has turned off a sign.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Today you will become a card-carrying member of a new and very exclusive organization named “Yeomen of the Carbuncle”, although you’ll spend a lot of time at the first meeting debating whether it should actually be called “Yeopersons of the Carbuncle.”
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
You will hear a strange flapping sound today. Glancing outside, you will see a precision drill team marching by wearing scuba flippers and waving feather dusters. Avoid eye contact. Stay indoors.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Today will be Mexican Food day, for you. In fact, chances are better than 1 in 3 that someone will refer to you as “Frijole-breath” before the day is through.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
You will find yourself using a very old spreadsheet program, soon. So old, in fact, that the columns have to be either Doric, Ionic, or Corinthian.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
You’ve been a little down lately, and it’s time to snap out of it! You’ve got to smell the roses while there’s time, since you’re not going to live forever. Which is good, since you’re already seeing hair in funny places…
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
You’ve always felt, like Socrates, that the unexamined life is not worth living. There’s no need to use a microscope, however.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Today you’ll become incensed at the thought that you missed out on all the fun during the 60’s and 70’s, and will change your name to “Sunflower” in protest.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Excellent day to make strange “hooting” noises, while hiding in the bushes.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)
This is a time when you need to hold on to your dreams. Or in other words, reality is becoming too much for you, and you should try to escape into a bizarre fantasy life. Heck, it works fine for Ross Perot, doesn’t it?
Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)
You will soon accidentally discover why it is that so many things “taste like chicken”. It’s because they ARE chickens, in clever disguises.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
What is freedom? Is there a difference between an infinitely long leash, and no leash at all? You’ll discover the answer to that at work this week, when you get “the yank”.

Moon Moon, Mother Moon (Moon Lore)

Moon Moon, Mother Moon

Lunar Lore
Thou in the Moon’s bright chariot, proud and gay,
Dost thy bright wood of stars survey;
And all the year dost with thee bring
Of thousand flowery lights thine own nocturnal spring.
– Abraham Cowley, “Hymn to Light.”

Fairy elves,
Whose midnight revels by a forest side
Or fountain some belated peasant sees,
Or dreams he sees, while overhead the moon
Sits arbitress.
~ John Milton, “Paradise Lost.”

Calendar of the Moon for January 7th

Calendar of the Moon
Beth/Poseideion II

Birch Tree Moon

Color: White
Element: Air
Altar: Upon cloth of white set the budded birch branches, a single white candle, the rune Berkana carved onto a piece of birch wood, and a bowl of clear water.
Offerings: White cakes with the Berkana rune carved upon them.
Daily Meal: Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.

Beth Invocation

Call: Now is the beginning of the year.
Response: Now is the time of stillness and cold.
Call: Now all is still and waiting upon the earth.
Response: Now the earth sleeps beneath her many blankets.
Call: Now is the time of patience.
Response: Now is the time of our longest wait.
Call: We are at peace with the Earth and with each other.
Response: We are at peace with the Earth and ready to begin.
Call: This is the month of indrawn breath.
Response: This is the time of all beginnings.
Call: May the year grow strong before us!
Response: May we grow strong before the year!
Call: For as the birch tree steps forth into the burned fields,
Response: So do we step forth into the aftermath of our own burning.
Call: For as the soft branches of the birch beat away the old year,
Response: So do we lower our heads for the strokes of the future.
Call: For as the pheasant hunts the snow for food,
Response: So do we seek through the ruins of the past.
Call: For as Frigga spins the clouds into thread,
Response: So do we circle like the spinning whorl,
Call: So do we take up the fiber of what has been,
Response: So do we bring forth the new year from our very hands.
Call: From our open hands,
Response: From our open hearts,
Call: From our open bodies,
Response: From our open souls.

Chant: Silver tree, in your branches
White of snow, stars are dancing
Tree of clouds, like thread of silver
Time runs through our hands.