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Dark Blessings!

On this night we celebrate the health of our body and soul. Whether sound of mind and limb, or differently abled, ailing, or well, we celebrate the blessings of existence on this physical plane. For those who are Healers, this is a special night indeed, for on this night it is a good chance to add the names of their charges to the altar. The Blessing that they can craft from their hearts will surely catch fire and shine in the lives of their patients.

For those who are less than well, it is a time to not only give thanks for continued life, but to meditate on ways in which their condition can improve, be healed, or if at the Gates of the West, for them to have a peaceful and rich Transition to the ranks of the Beloved Dead with dignity. The Feri Traditions may hold a good place for research for those interested in specific rites.

Place medications on the altar and whisper prayers that they do well their chosen functions, and do no harm. The linens at this time should be smudged. Pale blue candles for healing can be lit around the sick room. Enchanting herbs and passing them through the flame of the Health Candle on this night would be excellent.

Many forget that this time of year still is one where the Veil to the Land of the Dead is still open. It is good to be mindful of this as we await the Life affirming Solstice. One way to remember this is to share a story with the children that helps to present this in a nonfrightening manner.

This author recommends "Jimmy Remembers" by Evelien Roos. It was released in Pooka Pages this Samhain, and speaks to the legend of the Cailleach. A young hedgehog is reminded by the spirit of a departed loved one that in winter

I’m in the Summerland now. As are they, well Lugh is,

the Cailleach has just left to
walk the Earth for another Winter. Your ponderings
on Her and me called me to you and She asked me to
remind you that Life and Death are circles, like the Year,

and I will come back, just not right away!
I won’t
remember being me, or who you are, but if you pay

attention, you just might recognize my soul.”

Please read the whole story to the family, as it is a beautiful one. Though usually one would use it at Samhain, it is important to not forget the reason the Sun is so important at Yule. That it is about surviving the Darkness of the Winter, and it is not a lesser thing.

Be Loved and Be Well.

Blessed Be

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