The Lady of Light Chantry Celebrates the Winter-Star-Tide (Season) with the “Lighting” of the Sun Wheel and the “Ringing” of the Silver Branch.
The Sun Wheel is similar to a “five candle” Advent Wreath, (with four candles at the four cardinal points and one candle in the one centre point). The Five Candles on the Sun Wheel are Symbolic of 1) the Four High-points or Mid-Seasons (which occur at the Equinoxes and Solstices of the Four Regular Seasons) and 2) the whole of the Fifth Liminal Season, (which falls between the Beginning of Spring at the Winter/Spring Cross Quarter, and the middle of Spring at the Spring Equinox) of the Solar Year.
The Silver Branch (or Silver Bough) is a magical (musical) tool (instrument) made of wood. The branch (bough) may be left its natural colour, or, it may be painted silver. The branch is then decorated with silver “jingle” bells (or other silver bells). The LLC version adds colourful ribbons [like the bells and ribbons attached to a wedding wand]. The purpose of a Silver Branch is to ease the traveller’s passage between worlds. The following two articles give further detail explanations regarding the nature of a Silver Branch
See photo and information about The Silver Branch towards the end of the article.
Both the LLC Sun Wheel and the LLC Silver Branch are Deanic adaptations of Norse and Celtic Traditions.
The Lady of Light Chantry – Lucienne Deanic Tradition
Celebrating the Winter-Star-Tide (Season)
Lighting the Sun Wheel & Ringing the Silver Branch
Vision-day…River Journey 28 [November 27], 2016 CE
SUN WHEEL…1st Candle Blue…Spring-East-Water…Dove of Peace
SILVER BRANCH…1st Silver Bell tied with Green Ribbon…Kyria Tethys…Lady Grace
Vision-day…Winter Star 07 [December 04], 2016 CE
SUN WHEEL…2nd Candle Red…Summer-South-Fire..Rose of Joy
SILVER BRANCH…2nd Silver Bell tied with Red Ribbon…Kyria Nike…Lady Victory
Vision-day…Winter Star 14 [December 11], 2016 CE
SUN WHEEL…3rd Candle Green…Autumn-West-Earth…Apple of Faith
SILVER BRANCH…3rd Silver Bell tied with Blue Ribbon…Kyria Themis…Lady Justice
Clarity-day…Winter Star 15 [December 12], 2016 CE
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe…Divine Visitation-Vision to a Native North-American, of Our Solar Mother God…bringing Hope in a time of (Dark) Dispair.
Victory-day…Winter Star 16 [December 13], 2016 CE
Feast of Sankta Lucia…”Holy Light”…Queen of Lights…Divine Visitation-Vision to Northern Europeans of a Holy Lady wearing a Crown of Lights and bringing Hope in a time of (Dark) Dispair.
“Star Moon”…Full Moon of the LLC Triskaideka of Winter Star
Vision-day…Winter Star 21 [December 18], 2016 CE
SUN WHEEL…4th Candle Yellow…Winter-North-Air…Star of Hope
SILVER BRANCH…4th Silver Bell tied with Yellow Ribbon…Kyria Metis…Lady Wisdom
Victory-day…Winter Star 23 [December 20], 2016 CE
Mid-Winter’s Eve, Grian-Star Fairy’s Eve…Modraniht “Mothers’ Night”…Feast of STARFAIRY Eve
The “Long Watch”
The “Longest Night” = Mid-Winter Solstice Eve
Wisdom-day…Winter Star 24 [December 21], 2016 CE
Mid-Winter’s Day, Grian-Star Fairy’s Day…Modratag “Mothers’ Day…Feast of STARFAIRY Day
The “Sun Stand’s Still”
The “Shortest Day” = Mid-Winter Solstice Day
Patience-day…Winter Star 27 [December 24], 2016 CE
Divine Lady Wisdom’s Eve …”North” Star of Hope Eve
SUN WHEEL…5th Candle Violet……Quintessence-Center-Spirit…Song of Love
SILVER BRANCH…5th Silver Bell tied with Orange Ribbon…Kyria Thea…Lady Vision
SILVER BRANCH…6th Silver Bell tied with Violet Ribbon…Kyria Phoebe…Lady Clarity
SILVER BRANCH…7th Silver Bell tied with Indigo Ribbon…Kyria Rhea…Lady Patience
Vision-day…Winter Star 28 [December 25], 2016 CE
Divine Lady Wisdom’s Day…”North” STAR OF HOPE Day…Feast of WISDOM
The “Sun Moves Again”
The “Days begin to Lengthen” = Dream of Spring
Please note that the Lucienne Tradition uses the Ostara Cycle in the lighting of the Sunwheel while the Janite Tradition uses the Divine Life Cycle, but the basic meaning is the same.