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Mid Winter Blessings

Amidst the busyness that comes upon us every year around this time, we at PaganRenewal.org wanted to take a moment not merely to wish you season’s blessings of peace and love but rather to affirm that these are now, as always, our reality, if only we will open our hearts.

For Reform Pagans, the sabbat of Mid Winter, coincident with the winter solstice, is a sacred occasion for coming together as friends and family to celebrate the unbreakable relationships that bind all of humankind together in Nature. Our sabbat draws inspiration from numerous traditional festivals, perhaps the most widely familiar of which is Yule, while looking forward to an ever more peaceful and loving future that begins within each of us in the eternal present.

Whatever you call this sabbat and however you celebrate it, we invite you to join us in opening our hearts anew to peace and love, and we offer you our collaborative hands in continuing to build a world richer in these blessings.

Sending you our very best on this occasion of Mid Winter,
Your kindred spirits at PaganRenewal.org

In Memoriam & Ad Infinitum

As we come again to Winter Eve, the end of the harvest season, the time when the Veil between the mundane and spiritual worlds thins, we have an opportunity to turn inward, celebrating our heritage, remembering our beloved dead, and recognizing our own mortality as the cold and dark close in around us.

Here at PaganRenewal.org, we are taking this opportunity to recognize our Pagan forebears and the many blessings of inestimable value we have received from them. To the first humans who looked upon the world with wonder and awe, to the philosophers and mystics of ancient and classical times who imparted timeless wisdom that we need today more than ever, to the occultists, magicians, and new scientists of the Middle Ages and early modern era who maintained and nurtured the Eternal Stele of the Great Tree of Paganism under various forms and guises, and to the visionaries of more-recent times who have reintroduced Paganism as a world religion and the original, natural expression of human spirituality, we owe an eternal debt of gratitude. May their spirits live on forever within the Paganism of today and tomorrow!

In Nature, death is also the source of new life, and many Neopagans celebrate this time as the start of a new turn of the Wheel of the Year; accordingly, this season is one not only of death, finality, and endings but also of new life and new beginnings. Even as we remember and honor our forebears and beloved dead, therefore, Reform Pagans regard Winter Eve as an occasion for looking forward to the future. And we believe that, however dark and cold the world around us, the future of the Paganism that we have inherited—humanity’s once and future faith—is very bright indeed.

With much love and many blessings always,
And particularly in the coming season of winter,
Your kindred spirits at ReformPagan.org and PaganRenewal.org

Our Source of Joy, Vitality, and Power

Reform Pagans often speak of Paganism through the metaphor and image of the “Great Tree of Paganism”, whose roots draw from the unremembered past and whose branches grow into the unimagined future. As we approach the Estival Solstice (Litha), a sabbat often associated with joy, vitality, and power, we have a special opportunity to contemplate the eternal stele that provides and ensures each of these blessings within the Great Tree of Paganism.

For Reform Pagans, of great importance among these blessings’ many sources that together constitute the living vascular tissue and animating life force of the Great Tree of Paganism are an ostensibly paradoxical pair: on the one hand, our connection with past, present, and future of locus, soma, and psyche; on the other hand, our enchantment with the “hear and now”.

Reform Pagans purposefully develop a sense of connection with ancestors, siblings, and descendants of place, blood, and spirit because because we appreciate that human life is a spiritual journey—preferably not just a wandering but rather a quest—within the broader spiritual evolution of all humanity and involution of an unfolding Universe. Each individual person is inextricably part of the whole human family and all of Nature.

Yet even while embracing this greater perspective, we appreciate that the “here and now” is all each of us has and all each of us can ever have. So we purposefully cultivate enchantment with each present place and time—not enchantment of (as if we could imbue the Universe with any supernatural magic) but perspectival enchantment with.

The precise mechanism by which connection and enchantment together produce joy, vitality, and power cannot be expressed in words, but the fact that the ostensibly paradoxical pair gives rise to these and many other blessings can be proved through experience, particularly on the occasion of the coming sabbat.

May we ever—especially on the occasion of the Estival Solstice—find joy, vitality, and power in the eternal stele of the Great Tree of Paganism.

With much love and many bright blessings always,
And particularly on the occasion of the Estival Solstice,
Your team of kindred spirits at ReformPagan.org