A Letter To A Beloved At Yuletide

RSS
Bayberry Candle Lore

“This bayberry candle comes from a friend,

so on Christmas Eve* burn it to the end.

For a bayberry candle burned to the socket,

will bring joy to the heart, and gold to the pocket.”

 

Plymouth, Mass.
14th December, 1715.

My Dearest Margery—

What joy the arrival your latest Correspondence brought to me, only to find that you have struggled to fulfill your goal and are faced with inscrutable Family goings-on. I hope that your visit to England ends more advantageously than how it began. O, I beseech the Spirits that you would not struggle so!

Since your return to our Shores is not scheduled until the bloom of Spring, I went this morning to call upon Mrs. Ramage—the local Cunning-Woman—for her Counsel in assuring your most prosperous return to me. She said little; instead, she bestowed on me the strangest gift.

‘Burn this down to its end on the eve of Christmas hence,’ she said, handing me a small  package wrapped in Rag. ‘It will bring ye and your Betrothed much fortune and success to in y’r new Life, it will.’

Upon opening the small bundle, it revealed a green Candle made from the wax of the Bayberry. When I further inquired its significance, the Wise Woman merely cackled and retired to her shack.

While I admit I am somewhat skeptical of the old Crone who lives outside of Town (some have dared whisper gossip of b’witched ways, but I pay them no mind) I must say that she helped Father’s sow last Spring to produce a goodly litter with her Charms and Trinkets, so I will do as she instructs: I will place it in the window facing the sea that stands between you and I and burn it through ’til midnight into the wee hours of the Twenty-Fifth. I understand the necessity of the bush’s Fruits in wax at this the leanest time of the year due to lack of Tallow, but was not aware of its properties to encourage favour.

O, curse the Dark Winter and your prolonged absence! I beseech you reply to my missive at your earliest Convenience and shall breathlessly wait for your next post’s arrival at the harbor. In the meantime, ’tis a small comfort to burn the Bayberry in anticipation of our impending Nuptials in June. I must say the small gift from the Crone warms my heart right now even as the snow continues to gather in the Gate-yard.

’Til the next writing, My Beloved, and the highest hopes that my far-flung Words find you in earnest Yearning for me and your home here in the Colonies. My best to you and yours at this Dark Season-- 

Your Loving Intended and Humble Servant,

Mr. Thos. Shedrow.

PS I almost forgot to tell you! I have set eyes on the Farm land for our future Hearth and Home. May the Bayberry do its work!

 Bayberry Candle Lore

(The above is a fictional letter between a young Massachusetts colonist and his fiancée, but one could imagine that something like this could have happened three centuries ago.)

We at Sabbat Box hope you enjoy all the traditions and activities surrounding the Winter Solstice, and hope you gain success in the new year.

Burn your bayberry through until midnight, either in ritual or as defense against the darkness of winter; let it be a symbol of hope for a better tomorrow and a shining future.

 Blessed Yule!—Leafer



Previous Post Next Post

  • Llyfr Glas
Comments 7
  • Dustinmoibe
    Dustinmoibe

    2008 ACCOUNT AGED 2008 FOLLOWER 1200

    Click
    https://sellaccs.net

    PM
    Skype & Telegram : congmmo
    ICQ : 652720497 Email : congmmogmail . com
    Thanks

  • AndreWaple
    AndreWaple

    Make Your Bitcoin Double In Just 12 Hours.
    The website promises to double your bitcoin with no human intervention required. Our system is fully automated it only needs 12 hours to double your bitcoins.
    Click : https://bitdouble.net

  • Doublebtc-Uteni
    Doublebtc-Uteni

    Invest bitcoin double your bitcoins within 12 hours
    Before make an investment on double your bitcoin in 24 hours system, please read about plan features & then select which plan is best for your investment.
    Click : https://doublebtc.net

  • Geraldseith
    Geraldseith

    HQ Twitter 2008 – 2019 Aged Accounts For Cheap

    talks about it
    https://accstores.com

    Contact
    Skype & Telegram : congmmo
    ICQ : 652720497 Email : accsmarket.netgmail .com

    Thanks You

  • GeraldSpula
    GeraldSpula

    Quality Back Link Lists For GSA Search Engine Ranker

    related

    https://bit.ly/37lVlTa

    Contact
    Skype & Telegram : congmmo
    ICQ : 652720497 Email : accsmarket.netgmail . com

    Thanks

  • esugeyoid
    esugeyoid

    http://mewkid.net/when-is-xuxlya2/ – Buy Amoxicillin Buy Amoxicillin Online him.nndm.sabbatbox.com.fvc.po http://mewkid.net/when-is-xuxlya2/

  • eguvrabecay
    eguvrabecay

    http://mewkid.net/when-is-xuxlya2/ – Amoxicillin 500mg Buy Amoxil Online zci.vhms.sabbatbox.com.omb.ef http://mewkid.net/when-is-xuxlya2/

Leave a comment
Your Name:*
Email Address:*
Message: *
* Required Fields