This year I celebrated an original New Year’s Day tradition: the Bridge of Light, a tradition to honor the spiritual equality of all people. The tradition’s central symbol is the symbol of pluralism–the Rainbow Flag of diversity–transformed into a multi-dimensional integral Rainbow Bridge, a symbol of the unity of Light behind the diversity of colors.
My own celebratory ritual was a simple, improvised candle lighting ceremony. I smudged my space and then lit seven candles each of a different color. As I did so, I uttered one word that called to mind the value that I wanted to honor.
- Yellow… integral
- Green… diversity
- Orange… rationality
- Blue… tradition
- Red… warrior spirit
- Purple… magic
- White (center candle)… Spirit
As the ritual concluded, I felt serene and hopeful. This was a great touch to enhance New Year’s Day and really make the day seem more special. In choosing to honor the Bridge of Light today, I am not alone. A new tradition has been birthed, led in large part by the gay/queer community. Let’s keep our eyes peeled to see how Spirit chooses to work with this opportunity for a new winter celebration of light.