Yuletide, the Winter Solstice, the longest night, asks us to BELIEVE. The light will return, sparked by inspiration, intention, and action. We light a candle or bank a fire, and stare into the light to make sense of this time of rest, reparation and darkness. Yet, unlike the dark night of the soul, this darkness soothes the spirit with the balms of hope, peace, gratitude, and kindness. This darkness is a blanket which tucks us into bed for a sweet slumber of renewal and rebirth.
Over the course of the past year, Ive explored more deeply the solar and lunar aspects of both the masculine and feminine, or rather, Ive delved into the masculine and feminine aspects of the Solar and Lunar archetypes. Too muc
Solar activity in the previous year can often result in burnout; while too much Lunar energy means we may be awash with sentimentality or that we way difficulty slogging forward. Winter Solstice asks us to reflect on the balance between active and passive, reflective and proactive in the year we leave behind, and to make the necessary adjustments for the year that lies ahead.
Too, the Goddess as Crone, Maiden, and Mother are all present, simultaneously accessible to those of us work consciously with the solar and lunar aspects of the divine feminine as a bearer of light. We see the in the as above mysteries as the Venus shines, An archetypal cycle of death and rebirth, release and renewal, healing and restoration, is re-enacted during this time. Ritually, we may experience this time apart either as accelerated time, or as a time out of time. Winter Solstice is a time to ask for guidance and opening to receive.
The respite following Winter Solstice invites us to release the old as we make room for the new. Now is a good time to clean and clear our closets and arrange the items we keep in a way which inspires us. Inside our dwellings, we need a palette which supports the life we want to create, releasing that which has not served our higher and best interests or outcomes.
Too, we turn our attention to our loved ones. Renewing and rejuvenating relationships, family travel, and lingering over brunch with friends are ways we can balance the light and dark in our personal lives during this time. Raise a glass of sparkling water to the light in celebration. Add the simmering scent of orange and cloves, frankincense and myrrh, ginger and star anise to the room to invite positivity. Rest and unwind.
Clearing space within ourselves and our homes, living our values, and honoring our hearts allows us to consciously choose light. When we allow light to dwell within, we spark the promise of the new Solar year.