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Old 12-16-10   #1
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It seems a shame to have seven stickys for seven of the eight Festivals. I thought it might be time to start working on Yule?


I'll be back later with some ideas for celebration, worship and attunement - and of course, recipes. Please add your own!
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well, i just do a simple ritual then go out to dinner with my daughter then come back home and open presents by the tree <g>
this year i'll throw in a full moon ritual as well.
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Old 12-17-10   #3
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I just saw this simple but beautiful Midwinter meditation from Caitlin Matthews, from her forthcoming book "The Book of Ancestral Welcome".
I really like this one.

Missing the stillpoint of Midwinter? Find symbols for each question:
* What is the place that gives you strength?
* What is the gift you share/inherit from ancestors?
* What is the blessing you were born to deliver?
Visualise the place symbol beneath your feet.
...The ancestral gift in the core of your body
The blessing as a crown, head-band, or guiding symbol over head.
Then use these to centre your souls.
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Old 12-14-11   #4
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In my house, Yule is a time to honor the Dark, rather than celebrating the returning Light. One year we stayed up all night with as little lighting as we could get away with, but I think we're gettin' too old for that. But we try every year to spend a few hours in darkness and honoring its place in our lives.
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In my house, Yule is a time to honor the Dark, rather than celebrating the returning Light. One year we stayed up all night with as little lighting as we could get away with, but I think we're gettin' too old for that. But we try every year to spend a few hours in darkness and honoring its place in our lives.
We honor the dark as well. I'm at my spiritual, creative and healthy best during the Winter's sleep. We use alot of candles and the fireplace going - our little way of honoring the hearth fire (and frankly, it's just so wonderfully toasty). I do an enormous amount of cooking for friends and my annual Yule dinner and we do a ritual afterwards (outside if some of my wussy friends can handle the cold). I'm at my most productive at this time of year yet all my friends have wound down for their own rest period. They let me run wild because they don't have to do as much and I've got the energy to do it.
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ooo...this year i have a fireplace again. haven't had one in 6 years. of course, it's too *warm* in this state to light a fire. of course, i may have to do it anyway.
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So far we've only had a few days we could light it as well; we've been unseasonably mild; it's actually 58F today which is crazy for this time of year.
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wow...i usually check new york (as you know, i'm originally from there), but haven't in a while. i didn't realize it's that warm up there too.
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Wait, no, I didn't know you were originally from here... Whereabouts? Or PM me if you wish.
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not the city, i'm afraid. i'm from long guyland <g>
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