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On this night, we honor and bless, as we light the candles, we contemplate the endless Turning of the Wheel and the Cycles associated with it. The Seasons, the Festivals, the Holy Days, all we remember and hold Sacred. At Jesterbear's site, there is an excellent look at some of the differing myths around the world regarding these times that Pagans observe:

"In one Wiccan narrative, the God, as the infant sun, is born from the Goddess at Yule, the shortest day of the year. From Yule onward the hours of daylight slowly increase.

At Imbolc, the festival of waxing light, the Goddess renews herself, as life stirs in the belly of the earth and the ewes begin to give milk."

The myths continue throughout the year until

"At last, he descends into the underworld at Samhain, where he transforms into the Lord of Shadows, Lord of Winter, the Holly King. The Goddess in her Crone aspect mourns him. Yet he will be reborn again--as the seasonal Wheel turns--from a spark of sleeping seed in the womb the Goddess. Thus we end with the beginning"

This is the Mystery, for in the telling of the tale comes something other than the words themselves. It is an understanding that is in the blood, that sings through the sinews of two legged and four legged alike. It is the knowledge that this has always been and will always be, in physical as well as other worlds.

Thus the cycle of rebirth of the Sun is actually the rebirth of all mankind. Share this knowledge in your secret self and rejoice. Walk the Labyrinth tonight, in your heart and in your soul, and Center. The Labyrinth represents the Path that the Pagan walks, that we all walk, in our search for understanding of the Divine. There are no traps, only the steady movement toward the center, the Journey being as important as the Destination.

As stated by Rick Johnson in "MAZES, THE LABYRINTH AND THE PATH",

"Look at that Labyrinth as Wicca. You join the Craft and eventually you reach the goal or the center or the Goddess. This is inevitable once on The Path. Sometimes it seems that you are wasting your time and sometimes it seems that you are racing to the goal. But eventually you reach it simply because in Wicca, there are no dead ends. The only way that you can miss the goal is to leave The Path. You don't need some priest clad in a $500 suit or reversed collar to tell you 'the way'. You don't need to blindly follow the words of some dead person or some ink on paper. You only need to decide on the goal and start to walk The Path. The only way you can get lost is to leave The Path"

Drawing one on a table in salt, and following it with your finger as you think on this, is a good activity tonight for all in attendance. It is both a personal and a communal experience. Afterwards, lay those altar offerings upon the labyrinth and ask for the understanding.

If so inclined, visit downtown Detroit, and visit three physical labyrinths many do not even know are there. Created by International Riverfront Park Labyrinths they are located

in Gabriel Richard Park, near the bridge to Bell Island. As you enter the labyrinth area, you are welcomed by a small nine foot wide seven path Classic. This gives you an opportunity to reflect on the long history of labyrinths and the countless walkers that have gone before. Many people choose to use this little “cutie” as an energy center for Thai/Chi and meditation. As you venture along a second walkway, you encounter a 35′ wide circular labyrinth with five circuits. It has a larger than normal center to accommodate the third labyrinth, which is a set of nine Greek keys in a 3 X 3 pattern creating an interesting and playful space".

The secret joys of Detroit and its seasons are infinite. Explore them as you explore your Journey.

Blessed Be.

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