Mid-December is thus one of the most positively magical times of the year. Things are possible during December’s darkening days that are not even dreamt of at other spokes of the Wheel of the Year. We should use this magic as a vehicle for deepening our awareness of the world around us and preparing our souls for the ongoing pilgrimage of our lives. A seeker of Wisdom in the thrall of Winter’s Solstice should consider their celebrations as a spiritual pilgrimage or even a quest, during which, through the disciplined use of the spiritual imagination, he or she may encounter one’s own truest self along the way and in communion with Spirit. Montague Whitsel
Winter Solistice this year of 2015 is on December solstice 2015: December 22, at 04:48 UTC.- in location that is December 21, 2015 at 11:49:00 PM ET.
Winter Solstice one of the Eight Grove Festivals traditionally celebrated by Nature Centered people throughout time and is one of the four solar oriented celebrations. On this day we experience the shortest day- the least amount of light- and the longest night – the most amount of dark- of the year.
Since Summer Solstice we have been traveling from the light half of the year into the dark half of the year. A time when we gradually begin to move deeper and deeper into our own inner depths searching and uncovering that which we are ready to release. At Winter Solstice we dive deeply into the longest night having plucked from our own unconsciousness that which is asking for transformation within us and rebirth ourselves in the womb of darkness.
Winter Solstice holds that magical cauldron of the womb of darkness. In the Dark we prepare and nourish our self for the coming of light where the seeds that we have prepared in the Dark will begin to sprout and grown. Every day after the Winter Solstice until the peak of Light during the Summer Solstice the days get longer and longer and the nights get shorter and shorter. Every day after the Winter Solstice there is at least one minute more of Light. In the depths of the Dark of Winter Solstice we begin our ascent to the Light. The Deepest Dark flows automatically into the ascendancy of Light and the first rays of Light pierce the Dark inviting the gestation of our own seeds of rebirth.
Winter Solstice is an observant and energetic call from our sensory perceptions.
The basic principle to incorporate this year is that Winter Solstice is the lowest point of darkness. Through the turn of the Wheel of the Year and its embedded Cycle of Healing you have been pulled deeper and deeper into yourself to explore your own inner terrain.
At Winter Solstice you sit at the lowest and deepest point of darkness in your own water womb of unconsciousness. You are at the depths of confrontation – and as such have the greatest portal into understanding and naming the roots of that which no longer serves you – those Shadow parts of your self that are sticking around when they are no longer needed.
At the point of greatest darkness when all Sight is obscured – in the next breath comes the return of light. As each day increases in light as you begin your climb to Emergence – the crossing of the Threshold into the light of Spring.
Immediately following the Winter Solstice on Dec. 22, is the Extra Day – a magical betwix and between day. A day out of time and place. Following the Extra Day, on Dec. 23, the time of Beth/Birch begins, the first tree of the old language. Beth/Birch is a messenger of new beginnings and the ability to develop magic.
On Dec. 25, the Full Moon of the Guardian of Love and the Woman’s Blood Mystery, The Daughter wrapped within the Winter Solstice time draws us to untangle and separate out our own Inner Mysteries while the dark asks us to be patient and accepting of that magical unseen within us.
The Solar Celebration of Winter Solstice embedded in the these Lunar happenings gives this celebration greater connection with our feminine inner energies and Inner Mysteries and calls us to our authenticity asking us to step fully into who we really are.
For some there is great concern for where we are headed in our world today. There is concern for Earth and her survival and concern for our own survival. Many changes are upon us and change can be challenging. For myself, I feel mostly great excitement and anticipation of the turning of the Wheel.
I experience the incredible beauty and wisdom of my students and clients as they bravely and with such enormous love and varied intelligences excavate themselves from wrangled stories of the past. If you could sit in on one of my sessions or programs and be witness to the magic and miracles they are creating every day you would know that there is great hope and magic being born every day throughout the planet in many different forms and by many different paths.
In these times of great challenge great magic is being remembered and reclaimed. The Winter Solstice reminds us that – every day another point of light shines bright on the webstreams of light that connect us all. This year let this magic of Winter Solstice wrapped in the turn of the Lunar influences fill you up and help you find your magic.
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