Each year the Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year. Throughout the ages people have gathered in these days to celebrate the return of the Sun. Beginning December 22nd, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the days will lengthen and the night will gradually recede. Life will return to Earth.
There is much to celebrate. Whatever your familial traditions, I invite you to embrace the magic of this season. This magic is rooted in a deep Mystery, the treasure hidden within the winter night.
This Mystery is expressed each year, when at Solstice, the darkness gives birth to the Sun. This is a truth that lies within the heart of each of us and is part of our own life story. At the center we, too, are filled with light.
As a wise man once said, “Each man and woman is a Star.” This “star that lies within” is the deeper truth of the Solstice and the birth that we celebrate this time of year. We are each Stars, and our life journey is about remembering and re-claiming our Light.
This year, as you celebrate the holidays with family and friends, remember also to celebrate the Light within. As you welcome the return of our star, the Sun, take time to embrace the stillness of the season and the mystical quiet of the Night. There is much treasure there.
In these quiet moments I invite you to journey within and celebrate the Mystery of your own light, and the life that has been gifted to you.
May you have a blessed holiday.
Celebrating Solstice Season
The Solstice occurs this year on December 21st, at 9:11 am, PST. This is a moment of “Cosmic Pause,” a unique and magical moment in the annual Wheel of time. The energies and gifts of the Solstice can be accessed this weekend and throughout the coming two weeks.
- Create opportunities for stillness and a change in daily routine. In one Celtic tradition, people removed a wheel from their wagon and hung it decorated over their hearth as a powerful symbol of the importance of slowing down. (Imagine how quiet your life would be in the next few days if you took one of the wheels off of your car and stayed within walking distance of your home!)
- During this time of stillness, you can set intentions and lay the foundation for what is to come. Set intentions for yourself, your loved ones, and the community of Planet Earth. As you set intentions, visualize your dreams coming into form. Feel the eagerness and beauty of your vision. You may also want to speak or write your intentions as a further way to anchor them.
- Welcome sleep-time as a nourishing part of the winter. Pay attention to your dreams over the coming two weeks. The mysteries and gifts of the coming year will often be delivered through your dreams.