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    Winter Solstice

    Years ago I found a Winter Solstice ritual online and somehow I lost track of it through computer changes and whatnot. Now I can't find it. I really enjoyed it and would like to do it again. I'm hoping someone here can help.

    All I remember is this:

    There was the use of three candles in red, silver and gold.
    There was a spoken ritual of saying goodbye to the current/past year and welcoming the new one.

    I've tried googling for it several times without success. Any help finding it would be greatly appreciated.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Geila View Post
    Years ago I found a Winter Solstice ritual online and somehow I lost track of it through computer changes and whatnot. Now I can't find it. I really enjoyed it and would like to do it again. I'm hoping someone here can help.

    All I remember is this:

    There was the use of three candles in red, silver and gold.
    There was a spoken ritual of saying goodbye to the current/past year and welcoming the new one.

    I've tried googling for it several times without success. Any help finding it would be greatly appreciated.

    This sounds cool. In the right frame of mind, I might do something similar. Our year of activity is so driven by mother Nature and seasons.

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    Would it be something like this Samhain ritual? Or this Nordic take on it?
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    In my neighborhood, the winter solstice ritual is to test start our snow blowers.

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    My husband did that today, ahead of time...it's 55 degrees!!! Here in Piedmont Maryland- the hope is that starting it means it won't need to be used at all!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveinMN View Post
    Would it be something like this Samhain ritual? Or this Nordic take on it?
    Thanks Steve. Unfortunately, neither one of these is it. I remember it being a simple ceremony (or else I just picked the sections that I liked and ignored the rest). And I don't remember any witch references, mostly seasonal stuff. I'm so bummed. I've been looking for days.

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    I think being in California makes this more meaningful because we don't have the seasons to dramatically mark the changes in the year. I just watched La La Land and had to laugh at the lack of change when they identified each of the seasons.

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    This seems kind of similar?

    https://wicca.com/celtic/akasha/yulerit.htm

    (Ex daughter in law was Wiccan, and I am mostly Celtic)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDAHL View Post
    In my neighborhood, the winter solstice ritual is to test start our snow blowers.
    Around here if we wait until Winter Solstice for that, we're running far behind. That's more of a Fall Equinox thing this far north.
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    I like how this one is worded and that it takes an activity of writing and burning. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-1650...-ceremony.html

    Growing up my family did something similar on New Year's Eve. We'd talk about the past year and the things we wanted to put behind us as we carved the year on a log. We'd burn the log in the fireplace while we talked about the things we hoped for in the New Year. Then we'd clean up the fireplace and make our lists/calendar for the New Year. A clean slate so to speak.

    I'm not finding anything specific to red, silver, and gold candles. I'll keep looking.
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