Spiral Walk 2009

We always begin our Spiral Walk evening with a story about the creatures gathering around a tiny flame. There are a rabbit, a mouse, gnomes, and an angel. The children sit on the floor round the table and listen as the story is told and acted out with our felt creatures.
Then we all meet by the front door bundled up in our coats and begin the walk to the spiral. We sing Christmas carols, though for us the event is not strictly a Christian one. When we approach the door to the spiral we hush, knock and are allowed entrance.
The room is dark except for the angel, sitting in the center of the spiral holding her light. In the background we hear guitar music playing softly. One by one the children come, some in the arms of their parents, to choose an apple with a candle in the center to carry into the spiral. There, they light their apple candles from the light of the angel and bring it back toward the outside world, pausing somewhere along the way to place it carefully near the path.
The spiral begins to glow as each child and then the parents walk to the center and bring the light back out. The little boys rush to the center and back again, moving so quickly that their candles barely stay lit. The girls are slower, more gentle in their journeys. The mothers wearing their long, flowing wraps look like mythical creatures as they move through the spiral.
The dark room becomes lighter. Soon we recognize the faces of those around us.
The soft glow of the candlelight illuminates the room. All of the children are quiet, reverent and wide eyed. It is a beautiful moment among our little family of homeschoolers. When the last participant leaves the evergreen spiral, I open the door, thank them for bringing their light into the world and everyone quietly goes. Back home, back into the world which is a bit brighter for their being in it.

The spiral in the bright light of day.


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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One Response to Spiral Walk 2009

  1. Alyss says:

    What a beautiful description of a beautiful celebration. Thank you for sharing!

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