Advent Spiral

Yesterday evening, we had our first Advent Spiral. No one present has ever participated in an Advent Spiral before, so we did our best and I must say that there were a few moments of real magic as the spiral began to glow. All of the younger children were standing in front of the adults and even though 3 out of the 4 were 7-and-under boys, they were all big-eyed, quiet and still. Magic, I tell you!
Our 12 year old, young lady friend sat in the center of an evergreen spiral which was laid out on our barn floor. She–our angel–held The Light, a flickering candle. In turn each child, some with a parent and some alone, picked up an apple with a candle inserted into it and walked inward through the dark spiral and when they reached our angel they lit their apple candle and began bringing their lights back out. At some point on the darkened spiral, each person set their apple candle down and then continued around and exited the spiral.
Before the walk, everyone gathered in our house. The children played and the adults chatted. Finally our 15 year old son sat down and began playing the piano while we gathered all of the children for a story/puppet show. Our eldest daughter, who is 19, told the story while I did the puppet show part. We told a story of a light coming into the forest and all of the little animals, gnomes, stone and plant people gathering around it and about the snow that fell and the angel that appeared to them in a sprinkling of stars…then we all bundled up and walked to the barn singing holiday tunes. Interestingly, our family recognizes an Earth centered religion, one family is Jewish and the other Christian (I think?) Once we were all inside the shelter of the barn where it was very dim and dark, with just the one candle burning at the center of the spiral and 2 candles in the lanterns we carried, the spiral walk began. Each person or family went as they felt it was their time. We had soft guitar music playing in the background, compliments of my eldest son. As the children and adults set down their apples around the spiral, the barn began to glow and it was beautiful.
These children and these families are bringing a new light into the world and I am often stunned as I watch the beauty and purity of the light.


About Bettina Colonna Essert

Illuminated Magdalene High Priestess and facilitator of empowerment and healing circles for girls and women, including a monthly Red Tent Temple. BA in English, minor in anthropology. Waldorf homeschool mom. Reiki master, cranial sacral therapist, herbalist, menstruvist, feminist, epicurian.
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