Winter Solstice

Art: Jessica Boehman

The winter solstice time is no longer celebrated as it once was, with the understanding that this is a period of descent and rest, of going within our homes, within ourselves and taking in all that we have been through, all that has passed in this full year which is coming to a close. Like nature and the animal kingdom around us, this time of hibernation is so necessary for our tired limbs, our burdened minds.

Our modern culture teaches avoidance at a max at this time; alcohol, lights, shopping, overworking, overspending, comfort food and consumerism.

…and yet the natural tug to go inward, as nearly all creatures are doing, is strong and the weather so bitter that people are left feeling that winter is hard, because for those of us without burning fires and big festive families, it can be lonely and isolating. Whereas in actual fact winter is kind; she points us in her quiet soft way towards our inner selves, towards this annual time of peace and reflection, embracing the darkness and forgiving, accepting and loving, embracing goodbye to the past year.

“Winter takes away the distractions, the buzz, and presents us with the perfect time to rest and withdraw into a womb like love, bringing fire & light to our hearth.”

.. and then, just around the corner the new year will begin again, and like a seed planted deep in the earth, we will all rise with renewed energy once again to dance in the sunlight.

Life is a gift a Happy winter to you all…

                                                         –Brigit Anna McNeill, Druid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Love follows

everywhere—

city to city

life into death

from this plane to the next…

Love leaps into the mystery

because

what choice does it have?

 

You will know Love;

it does not

pretend

or give up

or fade out

or go home.

Even when it seems

alone,

it waits

    Connected.

      –Julia Hightower Gregg

Laura Lynn Jackson, author and medium, has written, “We are all connected by powerful cords of light and love, both here on earth and beyond.” Medium and researcher Joanne Gerber adds, “The energy of love is the bond between the physical and spiritual worlds. Upon the change called death, love transforms, but it never dies. Your love for your loved ones passed is your connection to them.”

For your writing this week, explore what it means to you to be connected through an energy to those you love on earth and beyond. In your way of thinking, how does love travel as an energy?

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