Sunday, December 21, 2008

Solstice,Yule and Mom


"Yule is the midwinter festival. It takes place at the winter solstice when the sun enters Capricorn. The generally accepted date is 21 December but purists may adjust the date according to the sun's position. The name 'Yule' is derived from the Old Norse word iul, which means a wheel, and refers to the notion of the year as a wheel turning through the seasons, the spokes being the equinoxes, the solstices and the great feasts of the quarter days."

"The feast is basically in celebration of the rebirth of the sun, the day when the sun, at its weakest, begins again to strengthen."

You may want to say this:

"This night once more the wheel begins
the turning year of the whole

that is of Earth, Air, Water, Fire
that is of Body and of Soul,

that is of all that lives above,
below, within, and near and far,

that is of Sun and of the Day,
that is of Night and Moon and Star

and all the Names and all the Words
and all the breath of all that breathes

and that has breathed all life, all life,
and is the Wheel that turns again.

We bless the turn
that turns again.

We praise the turn that turns again.
We bless the turn in her Name

and through ours in her
we bless.

I went to the creek this morning,took the dogs for a swim. I laid back with the engine off and looked to the sky and said my solstice prayer for renewed strength and tolerance.

My Mom is here, she made it in to Raleigh-Durham yesterday afternoon despite the Northeaster that is still hitting the states where my family lives, Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire. The snow is piling up in New England and we are snug in Virginia. Mom is settled in my chair with Quarrie napping above her head, chatting on the phone with her sons who were all calling to make sure she had made it and was well.

I hear her snoring again now, poor thing, she really was exhausted after the long flight and the many hours spent getting to and from the airports.

Today will be a quiet celebration of the Yule, the Solstice and celebrating my Mom.

Blessings to all my friends and family!


Amy Tate said...

I'm so glad your mother made it safely! I love the picture of the kitty on the back of your chair - how cute!

Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

That's lovely Claudia, saying a prayer out there.

Did your mom travel alone? I, myself, found it hard and a little scary traveling alone when I had to go to Jersey recently. No wonder she's pooped!

Claudia Condiff said...

Yes, she did travel alone, although we arranged everything and it was a no stop flight, but with her dementia, it was still a bit confusing for her. She did well.Merry Christmas!

Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

Wow, she's a tough chick isn't she? lol

So you picked her up from Raleigh? I took a connecting flight to Lynchburg but that was a pain in the butt. Maybe next time it would be worth the drive to Raleigh. How long did it take?

And Merry Christmas to you too!

Oh, and by the way, I saw Melissa today.

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