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Welcoming the Sun

Welcoming the Sun
Winter Solstice marks the longest day of dark, until we start to once again welcome in the light, the earth starts to warm and slowly wake in the deeps of the grounds. Welcoming the sun can help us set intentions for the impending light half of the year, and shed the unwanted energies that we accumulate in the dark half of the year. 
What you'll need:
Your Yule altar, or similar sacred space. You can adorn this with evergreens such as pine, rosemary, bay, juniper and cedar. Dried leaves can also be placed on the altar. Your Yuletide Blessings Candle. You can also use a cedar bundle to have lit, and used as incense, 
-Arrange the altar, and cast your circle.
-Invoke the deity of your choosing, the elements, or energy from Mother Earth
-Stand before the cauldron and gaze within it. Say these or similar words:
I sorrow not, though the world is wrapped in sleep.
I sorrow not, though the icy winds blast.
I sorrow not, though the snow falls hard and deep.
I sorrow not, this too shall soon be past.
Light your candle, and while gazing into it or sitting with it, you may recite these words: 
I light this fire in Your honor, Mother Gaia
You have created life from death;
warmth from cold;
The Sun lives once again;
the time of light is waxing.
ever returning God of the Sun!
Hail Mother of All!
Meditate upon the Sun, on the hidden energies lying dormant in winter, not only in the Earth but within ourselves. Think of birth not as the start of life but as its continuance. Welcome the return of the God. After a time cease and stand once again before the altar and flaming caldron. Say:
Great God of the Sun,
I welcome Your return.
May You shine brightly upon the Goddess;
May You shine brightly upon the Earth,
scattering seeds and fertilizing the land.
All blessings upon You,
Reborn One of the Sun!
Close your circle or sacred space. Go forward into the light of the year with gratitude, confidence and and a humble acceptance for whatever is to come. 

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