Friday, December 21, 2018

Yule Blog Hop: Find Your Cozy


Darkness rules the winter months as we move toward Yule, the longest night of the year. Yule is a time of hope, but also encroaching darkness. The cold creeps in and we fight to keep it out. We fight to make it through the darkest night of the year with the hope that the days will begin to lengthen and the sun will eventually return to its zenith. To keep this hope in our hearts, we spread cheer through gift giving and a bright fire in the hearth. The Yule log burns through the night, chasing out darkness. The Christmas tree brightens the home with cheerfulness.


For me, this is one my favorite time of year. I enjoy the cool weather because without the cool weather, we would not be able to enjoy the coziness of lit fires, warm sweaters, and fuzzy boots. For many though, there is no fire to look forward to. With the cold creeping in and cheer no where to be found for them, only darkness can reside. The tradition of Yule is an important one. We must find our cozy to carry our hopes forward just a little bit longer.

Yule log traditions embody this with keeping a piece of the log for lighting the next year's fire. Each year carries forward the hopes of the year prior. The remaining piece may be small and almost burnt away, but it can light a bright new fire to carry into the next year.

I have found my inner flame waning, and I have been struggling to keep it lit this year. It has only been with the moments of shared cheer that I've been able to keep my tiny light lit just a bit longer. I'm moving toward a new year with a waning flame, but hopefully it is just enough to give me a fresh start in the coming longer days.

To begin to examine and understand my inner yule log, I put together this spread:
I started by laying the cards for the log itself and put down the threats to my fire last. I was surprised to see a returning card from last year's Yule blog hop spread, The Sun.

It seems the wands have more for me to learn as well! Last year's spread asked me to start as Page of Wands to find my fire.

The Magician - Gwydion appears as the starter to my log, reminding me there is always an opportunity for redemption. The Magician manifests greatness and creates much out of seemingly nothing. With that power I can summon the power of the Sun - Llew Llaw Gyffes and overcome the things that have been seeming to get me down. Last year, I was asked to start from the beginning finding my passion. This is still a work in progress as I involve myself more and more in my Druid Grove, settle into my new home, and find the places where I belong. I'm not quite ready for the Knight of Wands, and so it is reversed. This what I will carry into next year to light my fire, but I still have much work to do.

There have been threats to my flame, and I have felt the sputters throughout the year. The King of Pentacles can be one of overbearing male energy. This year I have felt myself faltering under the grind of holding my own with male colleagues and commanding respect from male peers. Unrealistic expectations also threatens my warmth as The Fool reminds me. I find myself overly tempted by fresh starts to point of tossing aside the work I have done just to get away from the threat the King of Pentacles presents, but I shouldn't let myself be chased foolishly away. I can stand strong and burn brightly without wavering in my resolve.

I feel brave knowing I can carry this fire forward. There is always a remnant from before, and that I can use the fading embers to relight and start anew.

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12 comments:

  1. Sounds like you're on track if you're developing from the Page to the Knight of Wands. This spread seems like a great tradition!

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    1. Thank you! Here's to another year of progress!

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  2. Gwydion is a most excellent fire starter, isn't he. :D

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    1. He most certainly is! The Magician is one of my favorite cards.

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  3. Loving the step-by-step creating of the Yule log, and I see the process as essential to understanding the meaning of winter. Your post made me feel--well, cozy! Well done!

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  4. The spread looks hopeful! Wishing you a sparkling new year! - Katalin

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  5. I really love this spread. Thank you so much for posting it.

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  6. Wonderful spread and message for the new year from it. The Yule log makes a great metaphor for continuing the light, but also dealing with the waxing and waning of it.

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