Wanted to post this at the moment of solstice this morning. That moment of the sun (apparently) standing still, hovering, quivering, in the darkness inside the light, in the light inside the dark.
Missed the moment. The light is already coming back. The shortest day was yesterday. A moment or two or five more of light today. I’ll take it.
Chanukah family dinner Friday was sweet and bittersweet. Dad didn’t attend as his health is too fragile. Dealing with hospice and other end-of-life conversations. Tough stuff.
Yule rituals were wonderful and amazing. Went to the CAYA mixed ritual Saturday night. It was absolutely wonderful. A working for the wolves on the planet. And a raucous drumming and dancing session. I love my CAYA family.
And then the CSF Yule. The coven that makes things: the altar cloth was simply amazing. Maenam, Victoria and Sarah made it (thanks Maenam for the photo). A lotus with Lakshmi’s footprints. The story is that you paint Lakshmi’s footprints outside your doorstep, pointing to your home, to invite Lakshmi’s light and abundance into your life.
And we strung prayer beads (in the near dark, quite a feat!).
A wonderful weekend of celebrating the light, the sun, the warmth, the fire.
I feel humbled and grateful and lucky to be alive and present to my life.