Dark and Bright Blessings.
On this twelfth night, we light twelve candles. The cycle is complete. Tonight we celebrate and ask the Blessings of the Mysteries in our lives.
All of the objects that have been gathered together now are placed in a circle and revisited. Tonight we are thankful that the Gods have given us the Soul, the Spirit, with which to do Magick. That we count ourselves among those who can appreciate and accept the evidence of things unseen, to have Faith in that which cannot be described in words.
Carl Sagan once said
As the ancient myth makers knew, we are children equally of the earth and the sky. In our tenure on this planet we've accumulated dangerous evolutionary baggage — propensities for aggression and ritual, submission to leaders, hostility to outsiders — all of which puts our survival in some doubt. But we've also acquired compassion for others, love for our children and desire to learn from history and experience, and a great soaring passionate intelligence — the clear tools for our continued survival and prosperity."
Though this is part of a greater quote, more encompassing and continuing onward to include the reach for the stars, it is very apt in that it gets to the hub of how myth, and the belief in the Holy Stories, serve as a bridge to that place that the Mysteries have resided in since the Beginning. It is those stories that have allowed humanity the ability to expand beyond our five fingers and embrace the concept of things beyond this physical plane.
In that Spirit, this is a good night to relate stories of how the Unseen has played a part in your own Story. Relate how those little glimpses of the Gods in the Machine have affected your life. Become your own Bard.
Once the candles have flickered, the lights gone out, the items from the altar considered one last time and all is disassembled, it is now time to embrace the Light of the new Sun. Behold, you are truly a Star yourself, made of Stardust and Light and Dreams, a creature made from the notions of the Gods, or God as you may believe, or the magnificently wondrous collision of circumstances if you are more Humanist Pagan in belief.
Tonight is Yule, Winter Solstice, and on this night begins the Twelve Days for most of us. You have the tools, now use them as you wish. In the author's house, the Tradition, when we can accomplish it, is the Long Watch. All night long, there is no sleep, until the morning Sun appears. Set your candles bright.
Want to learn more about a different view? Learn more about Humanistic and Naturalistic Pagans at http://humanisticpaganism.com/. They are
"dedicated to amplifying the voices of and providing an online home for Humanistic and Naturalistic Pagans who seek to integrate ritual and meditative practices with a mythic worldview based on the most current and compelling scientific evidence"
This is a good chance to explore another Path. It may be surprising how much it resonates.
If you are really into C.J. Jung and want to meet with like minds in the Detroit Area, the author suggests you try
Michigan ~ Friends of Jung as a resource.