I think my covenmate started this experiment last year, but I could be wrong because in Trump adjusted and divorce adjusted terms 2018 has been a millennium crammed into 365 days. Regardless, she has the idea to only use candles during time around Yule. Her children were less than enthused, but it was a great idea and experiment, and I decided to join her on the Solstice proper. This is the photo of my altar last year.
Obviously, things are a bit different now. The first of which is most of my statuary had to stay in the States with my parents (a lone Hecate statue made the journey because I couldn’t leave her behind). I’ve also modified the rules a little bit to suit my current situation now.
Sacred Dark Rules
- No electric lights between sundown and sunrise, with the exception of the flashlight for picking up dog poop or the shower. Because my shower is 100% Satan.
- The only allowed electronics after nightfall is the laptop for Netflix, studying, or writing. The only activities allowed on the phone are games or podcasts of a non-political nature for the night hours. Kindle is always allowed.
- This light fast is 3 nights long, starting tonight and ending after the all-night vigil of the Solstice.
The idea is to reconnect with the Sacred Dark, and it’s the end of my season of ritual grief from Samhain to Yule. The concept of going as fully into the dark as I can, before emerging into the light on the 22nd is a very powerful one and one that I enjoy embracing.
Honestly, after manufacturing holiday cheer for 7 years for someone who never saw it or appreciated has left me drained. And I will be salty for YEARS about The Tree Comment of 2017. The simple sacred acts mean the world to me as I work to recover from the past year.
Merry Yule, and may your journey through the Sacred Dark be safe one this holiday season.