Sunday, December 20, 2009

Set the Dark Alight

The passage from darkness to light. 

The Winter Solstice – daylight is the shortest due to the tilt of our planet, leaning it the furthest away from the sun - occurs on December 21st.
The longest night of the year has long been celebrated and heralded as a turning point – the day that marks the return of the sun. The rebirth of the sun.
In darkness we turn inward and reflect on the past year – our joys and our challenges and garner the lessons learned. This earthly shift is the perfect time for creating and accepting change, and realizing our personal growth over the past year. Our own rebirth of sorts.  
Many cultures the world over perform solstice ceremonies. At their root: an ancient fear that the failing light would never return unless humans intervened with anxious vigil or antic celebration. In darkness we must face ourselves, our fears – the monsters in the dark and we must intervene with anxious vigil so the light can enter and dispel our darkness.
A celebration of changing dark into light. Celebrate who we are, our lives and all of our lessons.
The Winter Solstice is a time to release our fears, our pains and let go of our difficulties and as we do, the light of a new day can enter. A perfect time to set positive intentions for the year ahead.
Trust. Faith. Light. 
This is the meaning and magic of the Winter Solstice. 

Trust that at the very darkest moment, the light will start to return. 

A Winter's Night song


  1. Beautiful post dear B.
    So it's WInter! Yes I love it.
    thank you, and hope you have a beautiful week

  2. Well, I don't like to repeat previous comments, but this is a beautiful post.

    I wish you a good solstice, and hope the light does return, for us both. All of us really. That would be...more than nice, eh?

  3. Never having paid much mind to whether the days be short or long or when the seasons change beyond whether I need more or less clothes to keep the body comfortable enough, I sort of missed the whole solstice and the blue moon.

    We don't have spiritual needs to wonder and add mysticism to the natural, though many do, because the seasons are within you. The rejuvenation is from within and is accomplished as easily in short dark days as long well lit ones.

    There are some who get spring like giddy in winter and some who get winter time foul in summer. It isn't because the earths axis tilts but rather because they have not yet realized the seasons without the eye are simply metaphorical for understanding within the heart.

    If the heart lie in darkness encapsulated by fear then the position of the planet has no bearing on them just as it has no bearing n them whose heart lies in light and knows nothing but the unity of being one.

    I for one prefer midday any time of year, but that is simply my preference. May you seek what you find and find that it was the seeking that brought understanding.

    Do Well and Be Well

  4. So wonderfully said.
    I've always sought comfort, solace and the idea of 'moving on' in anything that symbolises a new beginning or change.