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A Yule Spell: Calling Back the Light
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I love the dark. Maybe I love the dark because I’m a Witch. Maybe I’m a Witch because I love the dark. I suspect that it is probably it’s a lot more complicated than either.
Surrounded by the delicious darkness of lengthening nights my thoughts turn towards the winter solstice, the longest night. On that night the year reaches its peak of darkness. For me, being Wiccan has a large dose of recognizing polarities and trying to balance them or balance between them. So when the darkness peaks, I do what comes naturally to me. Seeking equilibrium on that night, I reach for the other pole-- I reach towards the light. Among other things, for me Yule is the time to fan the spark; to call back the light.
But there are some types of darkness I don’t love. The one weighing on my mind at the moment is a dark stain. Specifically, it is a stain on the American psyche. By now, it has probably spread worldwide but here, I can see it, I can feel it. It is palpable. This stain which has tarnished the consciousness of a generation started at a specific time at a specific place.
On September 11, 2001, my country was hit with a focused burst of malice. This foul act of malevolence did more than end many innocent lives. It spread fear and pain and discomfort and horror. Samhain is the holiday for doing what little we can for the dead victims of this tragedy. Now is the time to look to the living victims.
For more than five years, this stain has spread, carrying its anxiety and dread among us. For more than five years we have taken every possible mundane action to fight against it. We have reached outward with our hands and our voices, with our cell phones and our keyboards, with acts of love and charity and volunteerism. We have retreated inwards, seeking peace with meditation and yoga and therapy and seeking oblivion with DVDs and MP3s and mind numbing substances. We have elected a new government. We have cleaned up ground zero and taken the first steps towards rebuilding there. We have clung to our partners and our Gods. Many of us have changed partners and even Gods. Many have changed jobs and cities. Consciously or otherwise Americans have spent more than five years working to cleanse this stain from our psyche.
Now is the time to call back the light. In the heart of the season of darkness it is time to plant the seed of the light. It’s time to aid the Goddess, to be her midwives as she gives birth to the new God of light. That is one thing Yule is for-- to call back the light.
Now is the time to call back the light. This Yule it’s also the time to seek the aid of our Goddesses and Gods. This Yule it’s time to ask them to help us to call back the light. Despite the best efforts of us all, the terror and the apprehension remains like a fist squeezing the heart of this land. Five years of non-magical work to drive this cancer into remission is long enough. It is time for a spell. It is time for a petition to call back the light.
As pagans, we can do this. We can do this because we know how. We know how to cleanse, to purify. Even most of those among us who have never cast a purification spell, those who have never “dispelled negativity, ” many have purified self and sacred space. It’s time to reach further.
We can do this. We can do this because we know where. We have a clear target. As this foul blot spread from its roots at ground zero in downtown Manhattan, so may a cure focused on this spot spread similarly. While New York was not the only target hit, the crater there has come to symbolize the wound inflicted upon us.
We can do this. We can do this because it is ethical. Many of us have ethical objections to effecting change in other people unless we have their consent. There is no intent here to change any who don’t want change. Only to make relief available to those who want it. Just as the newborn sun will offer its light and warmth to all who do not seek shelter from it so should psychic light and warmth be available to all who crave it.
We should do this. We should do this because we are the ones who can.
I hope that you will join me. If you also see the need, join me. If you have the ability, join me. If you think that the time has come, join me. Wherever you happen to be this Yule, please join me.
This Yule, in addition to my regular ritual, I will do as follows (keeping it simple) :
We will discuss the need for such a spell if the group is small or announce it (probably in a way similar to the above) if we are too many for discussion. We will then ask the Lady and Lord for their guidance and help. Then, stamping, banging, dancing, drumming and chanting we will raise energy. As we do, we’ll visualize our goal. I’ll ask a priestess of greater experience than myself to “call the drop” as the energy peaks by throwing a handful of incense made of cleansing herbs into the cauldron coals (if well attended we’ll add some salt peter to make a visible flash) . At that moment we will send the spell, like a healing, cleansing beam of light towards ground zero.
What chant shall we use? I’m sure you’ve guessed it but I’d sure love to hear it coming from your Yule too: “Bring back the light. Bring back the light. Bring back the light….”
“And if it's up to us to bring some balance back
Let it not be said it's courage that we lack”
-- Christopher Bingham Cry Freedom
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