A Celtic Poet’s Blessing for the Solstice-New Year

A Celtic Poet’s Blessing for the Solstice-New Year

The beloved Irish poet John O’Donohue (1956-2008) gave the world a rich collection of blessings for all occasions on the human journey in his To Bless the Space Between Us. Here’s another of one of his most treasured blessings, so relevant to this time of seasonal transition and weathering from the darkness to the light again.


On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.

And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.

~ John O’Donohue ~

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