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Dark Blessings.

The night grows longer as the Winter Solstice approaches, and as we await the night of Yule itself, we cherish and pray for our friends. Remember, this series is designed to give you a template for the Twelve Days of Yule. It is hoped that you have enjoyed it as much as the author. One more night to go, and then Solstice Night shall be upon us.

For those who are trying to figure out what they can give their friends for Yule, a free, yet thoughtful gift, is the "12 Days of Yule Devotionals, Pagan Prayers for Yule" daily email from Patti Wigington. This is a gift that will great them every day, and add a dose of the sacred to those inboxes.

Another gift for the ecominded would be to go out and have a Yule tree planting party. Checking with a local tree farm is a good way to get this community service project green lighted (pun intended) and rocking. Replenish the Earth from which the Yule Logs came for your celebrations.

And for those who really want to enjoy fellowship, plan a feast. It does not have to be a lavish affair. It can be as simple as having a few nonalcoholic or alcoholic drinks, or as grand as a full fledged ritual banquet. The feel is what is important.

And on that note, tonight is Mutternacht in Hamtramck! You read that correctly. Tonight in H town there will be a

"Mother Night observance and celebration ... to honor The Disir, our revered ancestral mothers . Afterward we'll be gathering at a local pub for sumbel, a ritual of drinking and toasting"

One of the organizers, Hillary Cherry, stated that

"In addition to candles, you are invited to bring symbols of your faith for placement on our public altar. Some seasonal decorative ideas:
fruit and nuts, mistletoe, snowflakes, icicles, bells, sun wheels, evergreen boughs, sprigs of holly, pine cones, a Yule log, antlers, ribbons, bows, poinsettias, snowflakes, candles, distaff, feathers, and the colors red, green, white and gold. Our altar will be in the park until the 12th night of Yule, December 31"

A pagan altar in Hamtramck. Times, they are changing. For the best. What a beautiful time to be living in for Pagans in the this Metro Detroit community of ours. And of all places, in the Pope John Paul II Park Blessed space for a Blessed venture.

Heathens especially may find connection with this event as Ozark Pagan Mama: Ozark Magic & Folklore, Druidism, Heathenry, & Pagan Parenting observed in an insightful piece that

"Mothers’ Night (Modranecht) is sacred to Frigga, and the Dísir (holy ancestral mothers of the family). It is held on *December 20th or on the eve of the Winter Solstice and begins the twelve night celebration of Yule. It kind of reminds me of Samhain in purpose , but the Modranecht tradition is specifically for female ancestors, guardians of the home and family"

And tonight will be all about celebrating with kith, kind, kindred, and kinsfolk. So bring the family, especially those fictive kin that we call friends.

The celebration begins at 8:00 pm this evening, but parking is not easy to find in Hamtramck on a Friday night, so I recommend leaving a little sooner. Enjoy the atmosphere and make sure to wear as many natural materials in your clothing as you are able. But come as you are is great as well.

For more information on the nature of the Traditions involved in this event, please check out http://www.polishtoledo.com/pagan/.

Merry Meet, Merry Part, and Merry Meet Again

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