With New Year's eve almost at our doorstep, it might be a good idea to take a moment to comtemplate on the year that is about to pass. How has it been for you? Successful, bringing in all your heart's desire and more ... a disaster, resulting in your very existence crumbling into oblivion ... or something resembling a roller coaster ride offering many peaks and troughs, successes and challenges? Regardless of how much of a handball life throws at me, there is something that I tend to keep in mind and that is ..
Whilst I may not have control over all events in my life,
I DO have control over how I react to them.
With the Sun at its peak here in the Southern Hemisphere, the Egyptian Sun God, Ra, comes to mind. By the 5th Dynasty, Ra was identified as a major deity, primarily associated with the midday sun but over time, he became to represent the Sun at all times during the day.
Last night the Temple's Inner Court, together with friends and potential Outer Court students, gathered at the covenstead to acknowledge the Summer Solstice, the time of the year when the God, in his guise as Solar King, is at his strongest, having reached the peak of his power. In honouring his beauty and brilliance, we also acknowledge that the Goddess is revealing her wonderful bounty all around us.
For our part, we can harnness this abundant energy and put it towards our own hopes and dreams, visions and desires that we have been carefully nurturing since the seeds were initially planted almost half a turn of the sacred Wheel ago, at Imbolc, the commencement of Spring.
With the South Pole of the Earth now tilted towards the sun, those of us residing south of the equator are approaching Mid Summer, the Summer Solstice, the time of when the hours of light are greatest. However as I write, this, I am listening to the rain on my roof and thunder rolling across the sky. But that is okay, the garden is greatful in receiving whatever rain is about at this time of the year as fruit and vegetables approach being ready to harvest. I have also checked the long range forecast which assures me that the storms will have passed and it will in fact be a pleasant evening for when we celebrate the Summer Solstice in our sacred circle.
Most of us pride ourselves on our self-sufficiency. We like to be responsible for taking care of ourselves and pulling our own weight in the world. This is why it can be so challenging when we find ourselves in a situation in which we have to rely on someone else. This can happen as the result of an illness or an injury, or even in the case of a positive change, such as the arrival of a newborn.
At times like these, it is essential that we let go of our feeling that we should be able to do it all by ourselves and accept the help of others.
Often I am asked about the training structure within the Temple of the Dark Moon. So, as applications are currently being considered for the 2012 Outer Court intake, it seems an appropriate time to briefly talk about this.
All training that occurs within the Temple of the Dark Moon is undertaken depending on time constraints and possible vacancies within the Temple's two circles - these being the Inner Court (that is a closed circle consisting of dedicants and initiates only) as well as the Outer Court (that consists of students undertaking training with the overall view of gaining access into the Inner Court.
At this time of the year, I find it interesting how many people who confess that they are Pagans throughout the year start becoming "Christianised" and celebrate Christmas. The reasoning behind this personally escapes me as being a Pagan, the only festival I acknowledge is the upcoming Solstice, and being in the Southern Hemisphere, this is the Summer Solstice, unlike my northern counterparts who will soon be celebrating the Winter Solstice, or Yule.