Thank you. That was a beautiful teaching.
On Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 6:06 AM, Nick Noble Wolf <true_dog@...>wrote:
> The Winter Solstice is upon us today. This is a special time of
> beginnings, and for me perhaps the most holy time of the year. The
> Winter Solstice is the time when the old year ends and all that it
> brought is left behind as we begin the journey into the new year.
> On the Winter Solstice, the Sun Father will have traveled the furthest
> south, making that day the shortest of the year. The longest night is
> the one following the solstice; the day after solstice is just a little
> bit longer as he begins his return. (For example, December 22 is
> generally considered the solstice this year. That day will be the
> shortest day of the year. That evening until the next morning will be
> the longest night.)
> To those of us in the northern hemisphere, we see and feel the Sun
> Father at his weakest on the solstice. Therefore, we men care-take him
> on the night of the solstice to ensure his return. Men go into the
> fields or their back yards or gardens that afternoon and make a fire
> which might hold his spirit in honor and solace. We then watch over his
> spirit throughout this longest night ensuring that he who gives us so
> much does in fact return the next day. On that following sun-up, we send
> that which we have honoured and protected all the night long back into
> the sky. We know within our deepest self---within our soul---that if we
> do not do this honor, that he will withdraw from us, perhaps never to
> return. In days long ago, people might gather, men and women, around the
> sacred fire which has been created for this honouring and care-taking,
> the men feeding him throughout the night and the women ensuring that
> they do. Then in the morning, when his spirit has returned to the sky,
> the people would rekindle their hearth fires in celebration of his
> renewed spirit.
> In this day and age I receive questions as to how one might caretake our
> Sun Father with no place for a fire within one's home. To you, I remind
> that First Shaman who taught us these things as a gift from Creator,
> never said that the fire for this honouring need be large. An oil lamp
> or even a candle is sufficient, for it is the Sun Father's spirit, his
> essence, that we take responsibility for, and his spirit, while able to
> encompass the whole of the Earth Mother and all her peoples, also lives
> within all fire. So, before the sun sets on solstice, kindle a small
> fire calling the Sun into that fire. Light your candle or lamp from that
> fire that you might take care of it during this sacred night.
> After First Shaman had come to the people bringing the Ways to assist
> each person in finding and fulfilling their own unique path of return to
> Grandfather Fire/Creator, after he had taught these Ways to the people,
> he went into the heavens where we can see him today as the Eagle of the
> Night or north star. There he stands, ready to be of assistance to all
> people. It is upon the night of the Winter Solstice that First Shaman's
> spirit returns to the people, bestowing spiritual gifts upon all, that
> our new year might be one of joy, compassion and growth. This return
> reminds us of the Give-Away, that this coming of the new year is a time
> to consider our friends, family and all people as we celebrate through
> giving something from our heart.
> On behalf of the new year which follows the Winter Solstice, I suggest
> that each person reflect during the night on that which they have
> created during the past year. Leave behind that which does not serve you
> and carry forth that which does into the new year, that these good
> things might grow and blossom into your life throughout the year.
> Celebrate the gifts you have, those you receive and the good thing you
> have done on behalf of our Father the Sun.
> Blessings and Happy new year!
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Per pale argent and purpure, two phoenixes counterchanged sable and argent
each rising from flames proper.
"It is sometimes the most fragile things that have the power to endure and
become sources of strength."
- May Sarton
"Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living."- Albert
"Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle
of difficulty lies opportunity." - Albert Einstein
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful
than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have
imagined." - Henry David Thoreau
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