Solstice 2016

Today is the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. The Winter Solstice. It is a time of coming out of the darkness and being reborn into the light. It is the return of the sun. Mercury is also in retrograde. The recent election may have long lasting effects on whether or not minority religions will be able to practice in openness and safety. Hate crimes are up against all minorities. And Generally it feels difficult to find a positive spin on this Solstice for me.
It is true that it is easy to be a good person when things are easy. It is also true that it is hard to be a good person when things are hard. We as Pagans, coming out of the dark and into the light must become better people than ever before because things are hard and will get harder if the new administration gets their way. We must protect those that need protecting. Fight for the things that make us uniquely American, freedom of speech, freedom of and from religion, separation of church and state, free assembly and the right to petition our government for wrongs. This is who we are. We have many ways of expressing our kindness, our faith, our devotion and now we must double down. We cannot show fear, call on Ereshkigal as she will lend you her strength as you struggle. Call on Kali or Sekhmet, Pele or Hecate to help you overcome injustices. Call on Ma’at for focus and balance.
We must do the work, but our faith can help us persevere through the times that are coming. The sun is bright. It is our day star and will lead our way.
I wish everyone the happiest of Yules and the warmest of wishes for good luck and good food and safe families and friends.
Blessed Be