As you probably know, this phrase is from the book "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin and is the motto of the House Stark. These fictional people are described as still following some of their ancient traditions and the old gods of the forest. For the people in this Region, I think it sounds familiar.
In the Pacific Northwest, winter is indeed coming. Many areas have already had a killing frost and others have experienced at least a significant drop in temperature.
Therefore, the time has come for us celebrate the change of seasons.
Here at Triplehorses, we enjoyed friends, feasting and fellowship with our spiritual family. As usual, our Winter Nights event lasted several days, instead of a few hours, in order to fully celebrate and absorb the deep sacredness found this time of year.
To those I know primarily through this blog, which is the brainchild of caitlin, I would like to propose some internet-based toasts.
Here at our cyber fire, lit while the veil is thin, let us make thanksgiving sacrifices to our Old Gods.
Let us meditate quietly on the virtues of wisdom, piety, vision, courage, integrity, perseverance, hospitality, moderation and fertility.
Let us drink in the blessings of the Kindred via the Waters of Life.
With cyber drinking horns still raised, to those who want to stay in touch, please make time to keep in touch. To those we have once loved but have now left, we pray you find happiness. Consider, too, we may have changed from what you remember.
At this time, I pray that as the new year develops, for healing, to share aspirations and that the Region as a whole we work as a team to help each other's aspirations become reality. Please feel free to contact me and/or caitlin about how you feel this might be accomplished.