Winter solstice is a time of the year that I relish ~ this time of darkness used to be a time that I found hard ~ now I find it nourishing and try to give way to its beauty to slow me down and turn me inward to find the silence I need to move into the new year.
The term solstice means “sun stands still.” The rays shine into the darkness and nurture new life to grow. A form that is symbolic at this time of winter hibernation is the spiral. It is a fundamental form found in nature and was a sacred symbol to the ancients of the Goddess and her transformative powers. Winter is a time when we turn inward, a time of reflection. The spiral leads us downward into ourselves in winter and upward toward the light of Spring. Working with the energy of the spiral allows us to connect with the deepest part of ourselves, the web of life, and the Divine.
Darkness is the wild unknown ~ a place where magic is waiting to happen ~ the void where all possibilities come from. Without the darkness we would not experience the light of the stars, the moon or the planets. Walking into the energy of darkness, down to its center, allows you to find that light deep within. This is the time of year to contemplate the mystery of life, to birth new dreams and intentions.
Here are a few rituals that you can use to bring in the your light:
The final New Moon of the year is on December 28th and this next week is a wonderful time to bring in your light and magic for the coming Year 2017.
You have something to contribute to make this world a brighter place ~ shine your light Moon Sisters & Brothers ~ we all need you!
Wishing you the Moon & the Stars,