So, Winter Solstice approaches. I love this time of year. My right now looks like this: Dimmed kitchen (I love having a dimmer light, can I just say that? lol), kitty on my lap, oracle cards spread all over my kitchen table (currently enjoying my Wisdom of Avalon deck by Colette Baron-Reid), and two little girls having their weekend sleepout in the living room (the big one is enjoying having the bedroom to herself and is also sleeping).
This time of year portends so much, I don’t even know where to start. Okay. I was sitting here, looking at my cards, and I kid you not – no less than four in my spread specifically advised of Transformation. Which, of course, got me thinking. We utterly transform so many times throughout our lives. Physically, the changes are obvious – birth to toddlerhood, to big-kid-ness, to tween, to teen, to young adult. Then, if you’re a woman, motherhood – what an incredible transformation that is, both physically and in every other way possible. For men the transformation is just as profound, only it’s not visible (which, I think, leaves men at somewhat of a disadvantage, as their experience is often trivialized throughout the whole thing – pretty sad, really).
So I was thinking of my 12-year-old and a talk we had yesterday. She so desperately wants to post videos to YouTube, which of course, scares the everloving-all-the-things out of me. This mama has watched WAY too many true-crime shows and seriously considered becoming a forensic anthropologist or medical examiner for a long time. I know all to well what can happen to a pretty little naive girl over the interwebs. Gah!
Part of our talk, however, was about the awful comments you’ll see on people’s YouTube channels (and Instagram, FB, the Twitter – you know), and how awful it would be to have to deal with those when you’re going through adolescence. A raging ball of insecurity, still learning (and remembering) who you are, what you love, where your values and passions lie. Then to add in the awful trolling comments of self-important asses online – it’s just too much for anyone to handle.
So this morning, looking through my cards and seeing all the transformation stuff, and remembering the conversation with my sweet girl I realized – we’re absolutely all transforming all the time. Some of them are more obvious than others, but it’s all there all the time. We’re in this state of flux right now, and I had to see for myself what the astrological influences might be. Then I remembered Solstice coming up and had a sneaking suspicion it might portent transformation and rebirth. And oh, I do love to be right. 😉
“The Winter Solstice celebrates the longest hours of darkness or the rebirth of the Sun and is believed to hold a powerful energy for regeneration, renewal and self-reflection.
In Pagan times the Winter Solstice was referred to as Yule and was a celebration of the Goddess (Moon) energy. It was believed that on this day, the Moon would give birth to the Sun.
Because of this, many celebrated Yule as a day where light reigned over darkness and believed it was a sign of good things to come.” – this was from Forever Conscious, which had some seriously cool information on solstice rituals. Definitely worth a read. The most poignant part of this post for me was “the moon would give birth to the sun”.
Going through our dark or quiet times (definitely not all bad – the hermit in me loves this time of quiet reflection, blankets, and reading on the couch with a cute little 3-year-old snuggling up next to me) can be a real challenge, and let’s be honest – 2018 was absolutely full of turmoil. I think we were all ready for a slow-down.
But, we’re just about to feel a lot of lightening. I’ve been saying for awhile now, 2019 feels so much lighter to me. Like we’ve finally passed a logjam in the river and our pace is going to start picking up again. It’s really positive and really overdue (at least it felt that way – it’s not really overdue because diving timing and such). The solstice for sure portends transformation and things picking up in preparation for spring, which of course symbolizes rebirth, new things, life, and transformation.
So it’s not a surprise this is what I was feeling this morning. I feel such a surge of anticipation. For some of us this might feel stressful, and may bring on some anxiety – it’s normal, please don’t feel like you’re “wrong” for feeling this way. My husband is not a fan of change, so for him this time of year is less peaceful than it is for me. I treasure the silence of winter, the quiet of a morning after a large snowfall, the smells and sounds of spring as they come in and leave like the tide. He just wants the spring and summer so he can plant things.
This year feels really good. I’m doing a special over on 12listen for either a Year Ahead Spread where I’ll pull some cards for you and give you an idea of your 2019, as well as just a 4-month spread where we can look at your Spring-time. We can do this via email or phone.
This winter, I know, has seemed interminable for a lot of us. It’s coming to a close, slowly but surely (don’t call me Shirley – hah!). There are really wonderful things in store, but just like with any transformation it’s not happening on our timeline. It’s happening in Divine Timing. Which is wonderful. And maddening. So breathe – slowly – look around you. Enjoy where you are, for there is a time you’ll look back on it with fondness.
Anticipate where you’re going, for there’s a time you’ll be so amazed with where you came from and how you got there. Revel in the change, for you’ll never be here again. We’re in a state of perpetual adolescence, and just like I tell my daughter, there are times I’d love to go back for a day – but no more. For I cherish the experiences that got me to where I am, even while appreciating how large and significant I thought they were at the time. Looking back, they weren’t as big as I thought, nor as tough to get through. Until you’ve been through them, however, they seem monumental. As does everything.