say goodbye to Winter

In a glass bowl, place fresh snow or ice cubes. Light a red, orange or yellow candle, place in a holder behind the bowl so you can see the candle behind the snow or ice.

As the season turns,
and the sun shines,

I hail the light that returns to the land.

Darkness ebbs, light again flows,

and day
by day the land will grow warm.
Welcome again, Bright Sun.

May your beams caress the land

and transform ice to water,

snow to rain,
cold to warmth,
and winter to spring again.

Allow the snow or ice to melt until it is water. Watch the reflection of the candle on the water and think about the warmth of the sun. Feel the energy of the snow as it melts, the energy of the flame as it emits light and heat. Observe the communication between the two.

When you are finished, pour the water outside at the base of a tree.

adapted from a Solstice ritual by Ann Murphy-Hiscock
The Way of the Green Witch

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