What Winter Solstice Teaches

Prayer and Blessing

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ear Miracles,
A tiny musing on Solstice which is celebrated today and tomorrow throughout the world in many different and gorgeous ways. Now many of us are taught that Winter Solstice celebrates the return of the light and yes, this is true. But/and Winter Solstice is also the longest night of the year in many places, the night of deepest and most complete darkness.

In cold countries where at this time of the year sunlight is already at a much cherished premium, think about and feel into what this period of longest night is like. Longest night to feast, to make love, to look at stars and moon, to sleep and dream deeply. Longest night of liminal space and liminal time. And then the rising of the sun, returning of the light and how good and glorious those warming rays feel against face, shoulder, and skin.

But of course the sun does not return in full force on Winter Solstice or the days following. The ground in many places is still frozen hard and solid and will not begin to thaw for many months yet. Snow still lies in thick icing blankets on the ground and tree branches and roof tops, or here where I live and it is not so very cold, the skies continue on in their leaden gray state and the buds and blossoms for the most part stay hidden and curled up tight while the deer roam about nosing in the dirt for still-tender-from-autumn-acorns.

All of this is to say that we celebrate not so much or not simply a return on Winter Solstice but rather a nascent re-emergence paired with great endurance – for the sun teaches us endurance as it grows and waxes and strengthens throughout these bitter months and into its springtime adolescence and its summer time maturity. That endurance: new beginning followed by long periods of growth and strengthening is really what arcs across and through the land – a reminder, a returning if you will, we see painted in solar shine across the sky.

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.

What Do You Birth? Contemplations on Returns & Light

Ceremony and Ritual

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ear Miracles: A question for you all on this Solstice day:

What do you birth?

In a season of darkness and winter we celebrate birth and light. Re-emergence, re-membering, re-collecting, ourselves to ourselves. We engage in a process of making whole and holy the work we have done, the people who have passed, the projects that we may now put to bed. Then we turn around and open doors, create windows, make spaces for the new life that is coming into this world through us — in some cases it is a literal child — flushed, wet, and a little bit wild. In others it is our heart’s creative joy, our mind’s keen application, a new friendship, a marriage, a new love.

Birth happens in the dark — as so many potently creative acts do. Even in modern day hospitals doctors and staff are trained to dim the lights. In most cases mammals den up when its time to give birth. The darkness relaxes and protects. Physiologically the darkness sends messages to your nervous system, hormones, and brain that you are safe, you may get along with the business of opening, dilation, in order to bring in whatever you have been carrying inside of you. Darkness fosters light just as death fosters life.

So…what are you birthing? What you are opening to? What light is returning to your life today as you return to yourself?

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.