Winter Solstice Greetings

Winter Comments & Graphics
Winter Solstice Greetings

A blanket of snow glistens fluffy and white
Tucks us in, oh so cozy
for the long winter night

We’ll light one white candle
Let busy minds release
all the cares of the day
for a moment of peace

On this longest of nights
and shortest of days
Thank the Great Universe
for the sun’s growing rays

From our house to yours
Yuletide blessings we send
So gracious life’s cycle
No beginnings, no end

For those who aren’t here
we’ve a hole in our lives
But because we’re all one
Their spirit survives

Their breath in the wind
Their voices are heard
in the chirping of crickets
and the sweet singing bird
In the great scheme of things
We’re connected to all
If one of us stumbles
Another may fall

So gather your loved ones
Your friends and your foes
We’re all in this together
Yes, that’s how it goes

Mother Nature can teach us
She’ll show us what’s best
If we learn from life’s lessons
she’ll do the rest

So let’s light our candles
on Winter Solstice night
Celebrate kindred spirit
and be one with the light

(My treasured muse shot this one out in about 20 minutes when I sat down to write a sentiment for my Winter Solstice greeting cards. A Blessed Winter Solstice to all!)

Janet K. Rauch

PoemHunter.com

 

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Your Animal Spirit for Nov. 22nd is Raven

Your Animal Spirit for Today
November 22, 2013

Raven

Raven has long been known as the magical bird—the one who carries our messages and our prayers to spirit. Raven has been called a shape-shifter, and his message to you today is one of change—expect the unexpected, but know that Raven is flying close and will help you transform life’s challenges into life’s greatest blessings.

Goddess Bless You, my dear family, On This Fabulous Friday!

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Great Goddess
Lend me your strength
That I might excel
And be my best self
 
At this time and place
When I need it most
Let my brightest self
Shine out like a star
 
Help me to succeed
At the task at hand
And make the most
Of the moment’s possibilities
 
Great Goddess
Lend me your light
That I might excel
And be my best self
 

So Mote It Be

Calendar of the Sun for November 6th

Calendar of the Sun

6 Blutmonath

Herne’s Day II: Predator

Colors: Black and red
Element: Earth
Altar: On a black cloth lay the skulls and bones of animals, spearheads and flint arrowheads, arrows, and knives. The room should be dark, lit by a single red candle.
Offerings: Make an end to something that needs to die. Cull out things in your life.
Daily Meal: Meat.

Invocation to Herne II

All Hail the Mighty Hunter!
Leader of the Wild Hunt,
Hounds leaping and baying
At his command,
Alpha of the pack,
With teeth that close on the throat
Of the largest, strongest prey,
Predator against whom none can stand.
You who understand the cycle,
Who accepts the sacrifice,
Who takes the offering of your prey,
Wolf who runs with his brothers and sisters,
Great panther who hunts alone,
Bear huge and fierce of claw
Weasel and marten, dark and sly,
Faithful dog that runs to the kill,
Teach us that when Fate comes for us,
It is our place to surrender.
Teach us that when we are overrun,
It is our place to weed out.
Teach us to understand Death
From the side of your implacable eyes.

Chant:
Cernunnos Cernunnos
The Hunt is On

(Ritual ends in a great howl, after which the single candle is snuffed out and all leave the room silently.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – November 4

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – November 4

“The honor of the people lies in the moccasin tracks of the woman. Walk the good road…. Be dutiful, respectful, gentle and modest my daughter… Be strong with the warm, strong heart of the earth. No people goes down until their women are weak and dishonored, or dead upon the ground. Be strong and sing the strength of the Great Powers within you, all around you.”

–Village Wise Man, SIOUX

The Elders say the Native American women will lead the healing among the tribes. We need to especially pray for our women, and ask the Creator to bless them and give them strength. Inside them are the powers of love and strength given by the Moon and the Earth. When everyone else gives up, it is the women who sings the songs of strength. She is the backbone of the people. So, to our women we say, sing your songs of strength; pray for your special powers; keep our people strong; be respectful, gentle and modest.

Oh, Great One, bless our women. Make them strong today.

Let It Start With Me

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Great Goddess, Great God

Look down upon your children

And help us to live together in peace

Send us tolerance and understanding

Patience with each other

And with ourselves

Help us to play nice

And to get along despite our differences

Let us tear down the walls that keep us apart

And build bridges that will bring us together

Help us to realize

That we must learn to live as one

On our beautiful planet

Great Goddess, Great God

Let there be peace

And let it begin with me.

So Mote It Be

Your Charm for October 31 is The Buckle of Isis

Your Charm for Today

Today’s Meaning:        

Someone who will, or has told a lie about you regarding this aspect will be discovered and the truth will come out. They will suffer for their injustice and you shall prevail.         

General Description:        

The blood of Isis, the virtue of Isis, the magic power of Isis, the magic power of the Eye, are protecting this the Great one; they prevent any wrong being done to him. Thus reads a portion of the 156th chapter of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, which was engraved, often with other invocations, on the Buckle of Isis amulets. Great faith was placed in the magic power of this buckle, or tie. It was believed that the wearer would be protected and guarded from every kind of evil for ever and ever.

 

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 21

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 21

“There is one God looking down on us all. We are children of the one God. God is listening to me. The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we now say.”

–Geronimo, APACHE

The Old Ones before us knew things. Many of them were so spiritual that the Creator told them things through visions, ceremonies and prayer. The Creator taught them about interconnectedness, balance and respect. The Old Ones experienced these things and told us we are all children of the same God. We all live under the same natural laws. Every human being, every animal, every plant, every insect, every bird, we are all the same in the eyes of God.

Great Mystery, teach me to respect all the things You have created.

HALLOWS BLESSING

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HALLOWS BLESSING

To those whose feet are stilled
And those who laugh with us no more
To you we say, our love was with you here
And goes with you hence
To that place where you rest and revel.
 
May the dark Lord and sweet Lady
Guide your feet along the rocky paths
To the place where all is fresh and green
And lover, friends and ancestors wait
With open arms to greet you.
Go in peace, and with our blessing
Be rested and return when the Lady deems it fit
With the countless turns of the Great Wheel
We shall miss you
We shall meet you again in the green places of Her domain.

Calendar of the Sun for October 21st

Calendar of the Sun

21 Winterfyllith

Great Horn Fair: Day of the Horned One

Colors: Dark Green and Brown
Element: Earth
Altar: Upon cloth of brown lay the horns of many animals, branches of pine, cakes shaped like horned animals, and a horn filled with mead.
Offerings: Figures of horned animals.
Daily Meal: Meat from hoofed creatures.

Invocation to the Horned Lord

Hail to the Horned One,
Opener of the Gates of Life and Death!
Great Stag of the Western Islands
Whose Name is Nobility,
Whose Path is Swiftness,
Whose Gift is Wisdom,
We hail you for your sacrifice!
Great Goat of the Eastern Mountains
Whose Name is Lustful,
Whose Path is Ascending,
Whose Gift is Agility,
We hail you for your sacrifice!
Great Ram of the Southern Shores
Whose Name is Protection,
Whose Path is Leadership,
Whose Gift is Courage,
We hail you for your sacrifice!
Great Reindeer of the Northern Tundra
Whose Name is Endurance,
Whose Path is Fate,
Whose Gift is Warmth,
We hail you for your sacrifice!
Great Bull of the Central Plains
Whose Name is Passion,
Whose Path is Devastation,
Whose Gift is Strength,
We hail you for your sacrifice!

Chant:
Horned One, Lover, Son, Leaper in the Corn
Deep in the Mother, Die and be reborn
(The mead and cakes are shared and passed about, and the remainder is a libation.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]