At the Winter Solstice darkness has reached its peak with the longest night of the year. The Pagan celebration of Winter Solstice (also known as Yule) is one of the oldest winter celebrations in the world. Our Goddess for this meditation is the wise Danu - The ancient wise Lady of the cold winds & the silent landscape, goddess of air.
Winter Solstice Altar: An Altar displaying objects associated with the Winter Solstice will add real festive spirit to your home. Candles, Pinecones and Evergreen boughs look lovely placed upon a white, green or red cloth, but use whatever natural objects and greenery signify the season for you. You could also add a Yule Log, Winter Solstice Candle, Oil burner and Pictures of beautiful winter scenes, perhaps including ones that features sunrise. (Danu Forest)
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Using story, scripture, reflection, and prayer, "Water from an Ancient Well" by Kenneth McinTosh offers readers a taste of the living water that refreshed the ancient Celts. The author invites readers to imitate the Celtic saints who were aware of God as a living presence in everybody and everything. This ancient perspective gives radical new alternatives to modern faith practices, ones that are both challenging and constructively positive.
Tomorrow (French: Demain): Tomorrow is a 2015 French documentary film directed by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent. Faced with a future that scientists say is a great cause for concern, the film has the distinction of not giving in to catastrophism. Optimistically, it identifies initiatives that have proven themselves workable in ten countries as examples of solutions to environmental and social challenges of the twenty-first century in agriculture, energy, economy, education and governance. Tomorrow exceeded a million entries in France. It won the 2016 César Award for Best Documentary Film and was distributed in 27 countries. You can now view it on YouTube.
Team Profile: Nick Gent is a lifelong musician and lover of the magical and expressive joy of music. As a qualified sound healer he teaches groups both online and in person internationally. His speciality is voice and mantra, however he is trained in multiple instruments which you can hear on his website and Youtube channel. Since 2014 Nick has been releasing music as The Mind Orchestra, making musical fusion from inspiration garnered from all corners of the world. He also composes for film and documentaries.
Celtic Living for the 21st Century:
Better Broadband and smarter tech enables working from home, cutting the amount of carbon being burnt on bus, car, train or aeroplane travel. The need for less changes of clothes cuts down on laundry while homemade lunch and coffee cuts plastic packaging waste. Lobby your company or firm for a work-from-home strategy, with clear guidelines on days allowed, productivity and out-of-office expectation.
Celtic Whispers Shop:
If you like the artwork and style of Celtic Whispers we also offer our designs on physical products as well. We invite you to visit our shop and see if any of our Celtic Designs would look good on a t-shirt, mug or sticker.
We can take heed of our ancestors and of nature by taking care of ourselves now. Despite the rush and stress that often accompanies the commercially driven versions of Yule we can benefit by stopping for a while, and by doing no more than we absolutely have to. So try to relax, safe in the knowledge that life will get brighter as sure as the summer sky will be graced with our sun in the coming months
Slán agus Beannacht!