December 18, 2012 · 9:08 pm
Merry Meet friends! I’m taking a quick stop from all the busyness of moving and preparations for Yule and Christmas to write a quick post. It’s been a very strange Yuletide season for me this year. With my broken leg hindering..well everything!..I am trying to do, our move, and the very warm, gloomy weather we’ve been having, it just hasn’t felt like Yule time to me. However, we are semi settled in our new home (which we love!), the weather is getting colder and we may see our first snowflakes on Thursday, and well..I have to get busy shopping for food and gifts cause I’ve run out of time to put it off! LOL.
I have been enjoying holiday shows on tv and holiday music too. I’ve done most of my gift shopping online this year but I’m heading out tomorrow for some stocking stuffers, gift cards and a few more gifts. Then I’m going to get lots of gift bags cause I don’t have much time to wrap! Again..a strange year this year 🙂
I am mostly looking forward to Yule night. It’ll be a quiet night for me..I’m going to be sure to make it so. A solitary ritual with simple candle and greenery…some meditation and focusing on the longest night, spending time with Goddess and meditating on what I would like for the next year to bring. Though it’s been a rough year for me I am more Blessed then not and have much to be thankful for. I just know 2013 is going to be a good year for my family…especially with my new grandson who will make an appearance in mid January!
I am going to post a favorite Yule poem. I’ve posted it before but I love it so much I’m posting it again. It says ..for me..what Yule is all about. I hope you enjoy it.
“So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive, And when the new
year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us – Listen!!
All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This shortest day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, fest, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
– Susan Cooper, The Shortest Da
I wish all of you a very Joyous and Magickal Yule. May the Goddess and God Bless you and yours and bring you great Love, Peace and Happiness.
Many Blessings, Autumn
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December 3, 2012 · 10:41 pm
Merry Meet friends! I can’t believe it’s December already..the Season of Yule and the return of the Sun! I have been so busy for several months now preparing to move to a new home that the days are blending together in a big blur. Selling our home then buying one…planning for all the home improvements we’re doing to the new house….packing up the old house which includes a huge amoung of getting rid of stuff since we have bought a much smaller home!…. Well, you get the picture.
On top of that I broke my leg! Ends up what was thought to be a sprained knee turned into a broken tibial plateau…a serious injury and will take time to heal and time in a wheelchair. The timing couldn’t be worse!! Having said that I’m blessed with family and friends who have stepped up to help us pack, help me run errands, take me to doc appts etc. Thank Goddess for them or we would be very behind!! We move into our new home in less then 2 weeks!! We will be settled in just in time for Yule!
Being that we are moving right before Yule..and the fact we’ve had such warm weather so far this Winter…I’m having a hard time getting that feeling of Yule. You know, the sitting by the fire with a hot chocolate, watching holiday movies, planning a shopping day, kind of feeling. I have had to do all my holiday shopping online so far as getting out for me is tough right now. But I’ve done it. We’ve not had but one fire going because it’s been warm or because we’ve been gone, out shopping for things for the new house like vanities, appliances, flooring, lighting etc. (ok..that is VERY fun! 🙂 I’ve watched a few movies when I’ve had the time and listen to holiday music alot..but still..the feeling isn’t with me. It doesn’t feel like Yule or the holiday season.
Now, having said that, I realize there is a difference between the holiday commercialism and Yule. When I think about Yule it’s a whole different thing. It’s about the turning of the Wheel, the return of the Sun, days lengthening. It’s about a quiet celebration. When I think about it that way, I realize that I have been celebrating the coming of Yule. The Full Snow Moon was amazing! For several days I was wheeled out to the porch to spend time with our Moon Goddess. Letting Her energy flow over, around and thru me…allowing Her to heal, to raise my spirits, to accept that some things are just out of my control. I have spent quiet mornings watching the Sun come up and the Sun Go Down…in quiet contemplation. I have lit candles daily..as always…for those who need healing, including myself. I have asked for a smooth transition to our new home and prayed the house is Blessed with an abundance of Joy, Love and Positive energy. So…I guess in fact, I am celebrating Yule..simply and as it should be.
I hope in this time of crazy busyness, massive shopping, dealing with problem family members and worrying about every little detail to make Christmas “perfect”….you take the time to realize that what the Season is truly about is Love and Joy. Find simple ways to celebrate with your family. Take a walk on a snowy, star-filled night. Have a quiet candle-lit simple meal together. Skip the gifts and give to a favorite charity, adopt a needy family, or give money to an animal shelter. Start a fire in the fireplace, cauldron or just a simple candle. Write down your wishes for the next year and burn them in the fire. Just keep it simple. The first thing I did when we got the keys to our house this past Thursday..was to hang an evergreen wreath on my new front door! It was all I needed to remind me of the season. Made me smile 🙂
I’ve not got much time right now to write a lot of blogs but I’ll do my best to be back again a time or two before Yule. I hope that you all are having a wonderful Season so far! Blessings to you and yours!
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