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Day Five of Heliogenna

December 21, 2011

The first part of this prayer is to be said on Solstice Eve after Helios has descended to the Underworld for the longest night of the year.  The second part of the prayer is to be said upon Helios rising to start a new cycle of increasing light.

Solstice Plea to Demeter, part 2

We thank you Mother,
For answering our plea yet again.
With Helios’ happy return
We will gather with family and friends and strangers,
Giving and receiving hospitality,
Sharing food, drink, laughter and gifts.
We shall celebrate your reconciliation.
We will toast Helios’ return.
We rejoice in the return of the light
For it heralds spring and warmth once again.

Demeter and Persephone,
Mother and Daughter
Queen above and Queen below
All that lives, dies.
And in turn, is born again.
All pass through their realms,
Even Helios, the sun.
For they compose the Dance of Life,
Never ending and ever changing.
Each day, each season moves the dance
Flowing seamlessly one into another.
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall.
Life balances death.
Activity balances rest.
Growth balances fallowness.

Hestia, Lady of the Hearth, Keeper of the Flame
Where ever you are the Gods have a home
For you are the spiritual center of all.
Thank you for the warmth and comfort.
Thank you for uniting the estranged.
Thank you for giving peace to the troubled heart.
By your agency, the light will return.

Zeus, by your command
a daughter’s hand was given
And a mother mourned.
By your command,
a compromise was achieved.
By your command,
Winter, spring, summer, fall.
All that happens, happens
because Zeus wills it to be so.
I bow to you, Father Zeus,
And praise your works.

May the returning light warm your heart!  Now go sing “Happy Birthday” to Helios and open the gifts given and received in his honor this day. Spread the cheer of returning light with all on this Shortest Day.

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