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Today, I am a Flamekeeper of Brighid

 The longest night is upon us. For three short days, we have watched the watery sun rise and set in the same place on the horizon, barely skimming the treetops at its highest point, filmed over by hazy clouds. This morning, it was impossible to tell just when the sun had risen, and indeed even though it has been up for half an hour, it's just as dark as before, with heavy overcast skies letting in only a small amount of light. I lit a candle in my lantern dedicated to Brighid just as the sun rose somewhere behind the clouds, and in Her name I lit my solstice flame. The candle's flame burns very low, just barely alight as it struggles amidst a pool of wax and an insufficient wick. There is the tiniest amount of light at the tip, with a small blue aura beneath. I look at it even as I type these words, and its struggle portends much to come.  

It has been a difficult year for many. Across the Western world, we have been rocked by unprecedented political change. There is not much hope for the future. Political leaders do not have the common good in mind, and greed runs riot. Things have not changed for the better. Across the globe, war, strife and unrest rage, with millions of innocent beings suffering.  And there is still more darkness to come.  

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Winter Solstice

It’s not that the light returns—it hasn’t really ever gone anywhere. It’s that by the time of this longest night, shortest day, we’re desperate to find our way back to anything that looks like the warm shining window of home. Whew! Like shamans who have traveled too far out on a path that didn’t exactly have a beginning or middle, let alone an end, we’re suddenly faced with the stark emptiness of the Illusion of Dark.

Come on! Wemoon know magic stronger than these scary B-movies playing out everywhere in the world around us. We know something deeper than “the end is near!”

We can dance clear through walls—right through infinities of incoherence, right past looming mirages of the united corporations of fear. This is the turning, this moment. Together now let’s reach into the soul’s medicine bundle, down into the hidden womb pocket, and pull out the quantum seed, the essential speck that is both Dark and Light, both End and Beginning. It is in our hands.

It is Now!

Miriam Dyak © Mother Tongue Ink 2015


Miriam Dyak (Seattle, WA) All my life is poetry. Close to 60 years of
writing poems, journals, books and not about to stop. I am a Social Artist,
Voice Dialogue facilitator and teacher, dream weaver, gardener of souls.

Carrie Wachter (Gainesville, FL) is a self-taught artist creating
intuitively visionary paintings of the beauty, wisdom and power of women and
the Spirit of Nature that connects us all.

 

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“May you experience each day as a sacred gift wrapped around the heart of wonder.”

–John O’Donohue

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Earth's Blessing on the Newborn Sun

Straight be thy will,

deft be thy hand:

O heat of my heart,

O light of my land.

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    And to you, my dear! (Did you get the golden Mother?) Let's talk soon!
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The Promise of Three Fires - A Solstice Blessing

 

The Promise of Three Fires – A Solstice Blessing

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Winter Cold

As the solstice comes upon us here in the Northern Hemisphere our thoughts turn to surviving the cold. While it's considerably milder here in Scotland than it was while I was teaching in New York, cold it is and cups of tea provide welcome warmth. It's hardly surprising that people in the Middle Ages measured their lives in winters survived. In many ways the mid-winter celebrations offer a chance to celebrate that hope and restore it for the lean months ahead.

It's the perfect time to consider the Anglo-Saxon poem The Seafarer, which I think of as a companion to The Wanderer. Both elegiac poems that mourn a lost past, they celebrate the power of the comitatus, the loyal troop of warriors and find poetic resonance in the harsh world of winter.

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Our Tarot - A Feminist Tarot Deck by Sarah Shipman

"Some decks may be stacked against us...but this deck is ours. Our Tarot."

Just came across this fabulous feminist Tarot deck on Kickstarter, highlighting 78 powerful women from history. 

Emily Dickinson as The Hermit, Hildegard of Bingen as The High Priestess, Josephine Baker as the Queen of Wands, Joan of Arc as The Fool, Harriet Tubman as The Chariot, Abigail Williams (one of the primary initial accusers at the Salem Witch Trials) as The Devil--doesn't Our Tarot sound delicious?

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