A Candle for Remembrance: A Juneteenth Working

I have been building to this for a long time…. my whole life I am sure. And so I am starting to write poems, workings, and other spiritual acts that I am using to incorporate culture and my history into my ACTIVE spiritual practice.

Here is the first I am posting, motivated by my 30-day challenge of real Black history and the upcoming Shades of Ritual book that is in the works. (This will be published in that book).

This can be done as a poem and simple lighting of a candle… or can become a part of a larger ritual or working. It can be used as an idea of something you can create in your own words. This is my work that I am sharing, and if it can guide an idea or a use for someone else, then I am blessed to have the ability to share it.

May your Juneteenth be filled with remembrance, gratitude, hope and honor.

–Crystal Blanton

A Candle for Remembrance; A Juneteenth Working

Standing in the present, on the ground of history and with one foot in the future, I hold the significance of today in my heart and my mind.

 To step into a future with willful intent, I must acknowledge the size of the step before me, and shine a light so that I can see it.

My past is as important as my future, for my ancestors are as relevant to my story as my children.

And so I light this candle in remembrance of the souls that died in physical, spiritual, social and mental pain….

I light this candle in remembrance of the children who watched the horror of slavery become their future.

I light this candle for the women who were taken again and again.

I light this candle for the men that were broken time after time.

I light this candle for the generations that have carried this pain in their psyche, a part of their unconscious schema.

I light the candle for those who fought and died before tasting freedom.

I light this candle for those who STILL fight.

I light this candle for all that experience the horror of history manifest throughout time, and through generations.

I light this candle for my White brothers and sisters today that carry the guilt of a pain they did not cause.

I light this candle for my Black brothers and sisters that know not who they are and are fighting through a whitewashed world to find the root of their souls.

I light this candle for JUSTICE.

I light this candle for the revolutionary then and now.

I light this candle for them.

I light this candle for you.

I light this candle for our children.

I light this candle for me.

I light this candle for healing.

 

And so it is… and it shall be.            

ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE FOREVER

So mote it be. 

  • Lydia M N Crabtree

    This is beautiful. Love you!

  • Lady Saera

    Made me crush tears, poetic, real, heartfelt.

  • Memorial-land.com

    This date is not forgettable by any of the American citizen. This is the date when the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas, received the official freedom announcement, also known as “Jubilee.”


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