We await the Light to return, and on this evening we light the four candles and ask for the Blessing of our home. Bless the walls, the roof, the joy that is in his place where we reside. May every moment spent within be one of love and security.
The home is our refuge, it is that place where our personal energy signature is writ large and where we should exert control over who may enter. If physical barriers cannot exist, as in a shelter, then let your home be defined by the space where your aura occupies. You need not own the entire place, nor lease the right to be there, for it to be home. It is the Light and Love within you that defines your boundaries. As my friend once said, one need not hold a castle, just the space where your feet hit the ground.
Some have already lit their Yule Logs. Others are awaiting the last evening and letting it burn through til the morning light for the Light's return. For those who cannot, the top of the Yule Tree is a wonderful place to set a Star and let it symbolize that fire burning. This night is a good one to speak to the little ones in your home about decorating it and why Pagans to so. In Julia O'Farrell's article "Yule: Customs and Traditions", she observes
"The tree was often decorated with things that resembled fruits, berries, nuts, flowers and even bells. This custom apparently originated from an old Irish belief that wood spirits lived in the evergreen trees during winter. They would bring in the tree and place food and treats on it to feed their guests. The bells were to signal their wintery friends at play. A star was placed atop the tree symbolizing the rebirth of the sun"
For those who have loved ones who are incarcerated, whether for legitimate reasons or other, let this also be a time to send blessings to those who are far from you. Send good will and support through your prayers and songs to them, envisioning a light surrounding them in golden warmth.
For those who wish to do more for those in the confines of the state criminal justice system, it would be good to look into contacting Crossroads Tabernacle Church. Founder Robert Keefer was appointed to the Chaplain's Advisory Council by the Michigan Department of Corrections back in 2010. Pagans of all status need Love and support, especially when away from their homes.
Not familiar with this church? They are a well known and respected organization. In their "about" description on their facebook page, they state that
"Crossroads is the Michigan affiliate of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC). A Wiccan church near Ann Arbor, Michigan, we provide public worship for the Sabbats and Lunar liturgies, hospital, hospice and prison ministries, as well as rites of passage, such as Wiccaning, handfasting and requiem services"
But they do much more than this. They provide what every true church provides, a spiritual home for their fellowship. This author recommends a family outing to their events if you are looking for a Pagan church home. Located in the Ann Arbor hub locale, it is not that far a drive from Detroit.
But wherever you are, whoever your are with, hold fast the feeling that is Home as the candle burns bright.