Elegant customs adopted by most world cultures for a fortuitous Biteder Rat:
Vibrant clothes and lustrous boots
Honey dripping from fried melija corn
Candles glittering to light our way
After meditating in Neolithic darkness
A tranquil universe is born.
Chants and poems echoing
With a new moon making visible
Stars and planets joining Orion
In his nightly romp up high
Through the speckled night sky
Venus, Mars, Pleiades
(Those seven sisters smiling upon us).
Sacred herbs and evergreen
Red berries and dandelion wine
Crystals clear, crystals colorful
To remind us of the coming year.
Shortest day, longest night
A rebirth for the Earth
Reversal of the sun’s ebbing
The flow of life, a solar delight
A time to celebrate the Solstice
A word that means “Stand Still.”
Shuffle the Drom Ek Romani
My Way of One Gypsy cards
For guidance in the pristine year
Earth, Water, Air and Fire
Nothing new yet nothing to fear.
The meaning of this celebration?
Above all, love and peace
Cease all war and hatred
Send out only the kindest thoughts
Into the winter aethers
May they permeate the unity
Of the circle that is Earth…
© 2014 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja) Parallel Universe Cafe and Other Poems
IMAGE: December 21, 2016 Winter & Summer Solstices 10:44 UT earthsky.com