The Winter Solstice represents the deep shift of our Soul, as we step through the Darkness and into a new cycle of Light. After 6 months of descending into the darkest night, a new cycle of ascending light of day is born…within us and our world.
During the sacred moments of Solstice, is an opportunity to face what you have run away from. It is the parts of self I am speaking about. Those parts of self you were taught to dislike and feel shame for are ready to be healed. Fear of these parts of self does not serve you – it harms you and keeps you in a continuing cycle of darkness and ignorance of what is real and precious.
When we are brave enough to face what frightens us, we transform the past as we also blossom and grow from within. Facing what we fear, frees us. In addition, reclaiming the parts of self who became lost within those fears unites us and makes us whole again. There has never been one part of who we truly are, we should have felt shame for.
One of the shameful biggies is front and center during the Solstice…
The Solstice is the changing of Natures Cycles and Seasons. This season reminds us of our own creative and magical power we have always held within. This is because; we will always find a merging of the Divine Masculine and Feminine or God and Goddess within the center of each cycle that is ending and beginning. This reflects the coming together of our masculine and feminine elements within us. This is a sacred, beautiful and sensual time of primal or pure Creation.
Throughout the ages, we have been taught to fear our own sexuality and the sensual feelings or energy that accompanies every creative thought we have. The bonfires that celebrate winter solstice remind us and reflect the fire of creations power – to change and create. The sexual union of pairs represents the reunion of our separated parts of self. These unions are meant to be honored as a sacred passage of rite – to respect the creative nature within all. These unions between pairs do not necessarily need to be between a male and female, because all have both within; masculine (God) and feminine (Goddess). This is a time to honor both of these equally powerful and important elements within Creation as well as within ourselves.
When we accept and honor the creative power within the union of our own masculine and feminine elements, we create amazing things!
The Dark energies also represent the dark womb of the feminine within each one of us. We house and nurture our ideas within our own feminine qualities (womb), so they may be born, strong, and healthy. Spring then represents the birthing of what we have cared for during the winter months. However, when we are conscious of the miracles that are happening within and around us, we stand in the center of pure joy, in all its elements and grow through all of joys stages of becoming.
I challenge each one of you – to see the darkness of night as the mystery that holds all of your potential joy within. When you do, the ascending light in your world will bless the growing creations waiting to come forth from out of the dark and transform the shadows within.
Abundant Blessings on this Joyous Holiday Season!
Carolyn M. Greenleaf