This week, the light begins to return, and tomorrow night our Grove will gather to celebrate the December Druid Moon, Dumannios: the Dark Month.
Sometimes, following the moon months from the Coligny Calendar and fitting them into the solar and Julian calendars brings interesting coincidences: while our Yule ritual celebrated rebirth and the dawning of light, this ritual is about the darkness all around us, the depths of being under cover and the faded light.
As we were asked in our last ritual, however, to spend time in inward contemplation, we have an opportunity to do just that on the Sixth Night of this moon. The winter months encourage us to spend time looking within rather than without, and so the final omen of last Sunday’s Yule rite, Isa, the ice, is very apt.
With the secular new year approaching, it is time to reflect and re-think about where we have been, and to plan out where we will be going. We should do this at the beginning of all journeys, and we know that the sun will do this as it begins its journey back to strength.
To all traveling this week, travel safely and speedily to your destination, and home again with the same speed and safety.
-Rev. Michael J Dangler