Written during a waning moon in the sign of Capricorn on a day ruled by the moon.
It was a wonderful Solstice evening. I spent the day preparing and in the evening took some time to drum the sun in, before we went out for walk to hear the carolers sing their beautiful songs. When home, we put the yule log on the fire sprinkled with herbs carefully chosen for their properties of comfort and joy. It was pure tradition, without much fanfare or fuss. No grand ceremonies or awkward rituals. It is beautiful in its simplicity, yet powerful in its intent. It is a tribal kind of path, observing customs simply because it is the way that it's done.
It's a strange feeling to find this peaceful place inside your home, while violence and unrest, sadness and poverty is going on in the world. Sometimes I feel powerless or even guilty. I do what I can, watching as my intentions cling to the bay leaves that ignite in the fire. This is the bitter sweetness of the holiday season, the knowledge that there is much sadness, loss and despair when the rest of the world is singing and sitting at the table with family and friends. We do what we can physically, and keep them in our hearts, in prayers and intentions. I read the news this morning and the reality of the state of the world hit me in the face. Yet, despite our 1950's frozen-in-time nostalgic view of Christmas, the world has always been a troubled one. And still we sing the songs, light the candles, and keep the fire burning because it is the best we can do, because we can't do anything else.
I saw a "thing" going around Facebook, a supposed quote from Pope Francis. It spoke of a very new revised view of religion, of God. I was born Catholic, so I couldn't help but wonder about the authenticity of this quote. I did some internet research, and honestly I am pretty sure this quote is a made up version of what he actually said. I found the letter the quote supposedly came from, but well, it is the internet after all. So little truth in this place, and yet so many people believe everything they read here. These are the times I am so glad that I do not look to another to tell me what to believe.
Hope that you all had a wonderful Solstice and weekend. I am now off to get the last minute things for my holiday meal, and hoping that I can find some apple cider. :)