We come to know how to proceed in this life by looking to all those who have come before us. I think of this as I bring together bundles of quartz and cedar, sage and palo santo. Items of protection come into my hands and I feel how sacred is the path of healing. And I only want to share it.

We have so much to give one another. I don’t ever want to hold back. As I make my way along the path of my life, I feel the company of every healer and mystic who has given of themselves so that I may find my way.

I am sharing all I can with you. May we find our way together.

All my love, always.

Winter celebrations are as old as time. Ancient Egyptians honored the return of light by celebrating Ra, the Sun god. Old Romans reveled for days during Saturnalia. The Norse peoples called it Jul, and burned a continuous fire which is believed to be the origin of the Yule log. Scandinavian folklore honors the god Thor and the Yule Goat, which has undergone an evolution from a more threatening symbol to a beloved deliverer of gifts.

The Yule Tree has been known as the Tree of Life, the World Tree, and via Christianity, the Christmas Tree. A symbol of longevity, because it remains green through the winter, its evergreen presence was brought into the home to remind us to be calmly persistent and hopeful. It was traditionally decorated with only natural items such as berries, seeds, and nuts, so after the holiday it could be returned to the wild as a gift to the creatures who would feed from it through the depths of a long winter.

Rituals for Yule and the Winter Solstice include lighting candles, exchanging handmade items or found gifts from the natural world, quiet reflection upon the past year’s events, and ushering back the sun with song and feasting.

But there is really so much more you can do if you want to dive into a full-on celebration. There are wreaths to make, bells to ring, gingerbread to cook and fashion into a house, mistletoe to hang and make out beneath!

You can continue or bring back family traditions from your ancestry, create new traditions which speak to your heart more fully, or take part in spiritual traditions practiced by friends which you have never experienced before. This is also a beautiful time to gift what you can to those who have less, or access to less in this world.

Perhaps try something old and make it new! Now’s a good time to unpack a closet to see what you have for some creative crafting. This isn’t the time to clean the closet, just explore and leave tidying up for later…

Think paper chains—you know the ones where you cut strips of paper and the glue or tape a circle together. Then continue by threading another strip of paper into the first circle to glue or tape it together as well. Continue linking with more and more strips of paper.

If you made these as a child, you probably used colorful construction paper. But paper chains are much more interesting with what you find—old magazines or catalogs, letters, leftover wrapping paper, brown paper bags, ribbon, yarn, labels from canned goods or other package material. Turn snack bags inside out for strips of magical silver to add to your chain!

Even copy paper can be transformed. Perhaps print the names of your family across the page before cutting into strips, or decorate it with stickers, paints, or markers. By your hands, these links are given your personal style, imbued with ingenuity and a playful connection to what you have on hand.

Drape your completed paper chains over doorways, along a stairway, on your altar or the branches of your tree. Or pin long lengths of chain from the ceiling to totally transform a room into something super magical!

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