Aligning With the Quiet Wisdom of Winter
Winter is when the nights are the longest and deep mystery veils Mother Earth. It is a time to ground and center in our hearts as we prepare for the rebirth of light. A time to bid farewell to the old cycle, and set powerful intentions for the New Year.
Pagans viewed Winter Solstice as the dark womb that holds the seed of light. The earth is renewing herself and we are invited to do the same. It's time to let go of the world a little.
The Energies of Winter
Winter belongs to the crone (sage if you are a man). She is represented as an aged, mature being, ripe with knowledge and experience. The crone shows us where we are blocked in our lives. By taking her hand and accepting that some things must die, we are able to grow spiritually.
Use this time of the year specifically for examining your blocks and fears. Let the crone lead you in studying your shadow side and in understanding that this side of you is necessary in order to have a balance in your life. Ask yourself what the messages are in any challenges you have faced during the year. What wisdom have you gained? In what areas do you need to grow in your wisdom?
All life contracts into the seed during the winter season. Death and rebirth are common themes for winter. Darkness is a natural part of this season. It is appropriate to grieve our losses. Reflect on 2017 and write down your old story. Define what you are ready to release. Acknowledge and accept what in your life must come to pass whether it's a relationship, an old belief or attitudes, or a situation. Put old conflicts to rest. Winter Solstice (December 21) is a good time for this exercise.
In western culture, this is also the season of the New Year. It is timely to set your intentions for 2018. What is the next creative spark? Write down the new story on New Year's Eve or make a collage, a visual for what you are birthing into form. Return to it for inspiration as the new year unfolds.
The divine feminine is most expressive this time of year and available to us. Nurture your inner child. Tend your creative spark. Pay attention to the intuitive messages all around you. Mother Mary, mother of all hearts, is honored at Winter Solstice and Christmas. Pray for her loving energy to fill your heart. Enjoy children and their sense of magic and wonder.
Winter corresponds with the direction north and the elements earth (body) and air (thought). The spiritual practice for the north direction is that of introspection and going inward gaining greater wisdom and understanding. It is a time to connect with our ancestors, angels, and spirit guides and receive guidance for the journey ahead. Remember to light a candle for your ancestors during your Winter Solstice ceremony.
Winter Solstice correlates with the midnight hour and the dark or new moon.
Winter is a time to really nurture and care for your body. The goal is to stay warm and well hydrated.
Massage your body daily with warm sesame oil. You could add a few drops of rose or orange essential oils to this base oil. Wear a hat and scarf to protect ears and neck. Take warm baths at least once a week.
Use a humidifier in your bedroom at night.
Do moderate exercise daily such as yoga, dancing and walking.
Wear colors and keep colorful things around you to help brighten up your day. Utilize the daylight. Make sure to use sufficient light in your home morning and evening. Many suffer from depression this time of year due to the lack of natural light.
Favor sweet potatoes, root vegetables, and squash, chard, kale, sea vegetables, warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, cumin, maple syrup, honey, molasses, warm spiced almond, cow's or goat's milk, raw or home roaste seeds and nuts, rich oils such as ghee and sesame, moist grains such as wheat, oats, brown rice, sweet or heavy fruits such as oranges, banans, dates, figs, mangoes, grapefruits, lemons, proteins such as lentils, tofu, egg, small beans, most meats,
Reduce dry foods such as chips and crackers, raw foods, drying grains such as millet, rye and barley, cold foods, especially dairy products, fruits and vegetables that are not in season.
Listen to your body. Give it plenty of rest and nutrients. Allow yourself to replenish your energy and relax tension. Stop the chase and reward yourself for all the hard work during the busy season. The body has a wisdom of its own. Now is the time to become familiar with it.
Soul is our vital essence, our joy and our aliveness. Winter is the time to sink into our core light and nurture creative and psychic expression. It is a good time to reflect on what following our joy truly means and what this might look like in the new year. What are you longing for?
The root chakra corresponds with the winter season. We decorate our homes using lots of red and we spend a lot of time with our tribe. Humans and animals alike deal with issues of safety and survival. Strengthen your root chakra by sinking your energy into the earth, taking meditative walks and connecting with the trees.
The holiday season is a time when many of us become aware of our dysfunctional families and what we may be lacking. This discovery is painful and it is often a struggle for the ego. Yet, on the symbolic level, it is a time to receive the gift of compassion and strengthening the heart chakra. In doing so, we may find hope and self-love and extend that love to others. The initiation of winter is to let go of ego and experience a deep sense of connectedness and peace as a result.
Burn Frankincense and Myrrh to ignite your soul.
Try our Energy Healing session to clear out the energies of the old cycle and make room for the new.
The purpose of ceremony is to call in spiritual help. Self designed ceremonies are a powerful way to embody our prayers. When deciding on the intention and content for your winter ceremonies, it is helpful to engage with the energies and themes that are specific to the season (self-reflection, meditation, death and rebirth, grieving and letting go, embracing inner and outer darkness, welcoming the light, working with the direction north, honoring our ancestors, connecting with angels, praying to Mother Mary, healing inner child, healing family wounds, heart chakra, root chakra, nurturing creative expression, setting new intentions).
There are certain powerful times of abundant energy during winter, when rituals and ceremony are amplified. Such times are; December 19-21 (New Moon intentions), Dec 21 (Winter Solstice), New Year's Eve, January 2 (Full Moon), January 18-20 (New Moon intentions), January 31 (Full Moon), February 16-18 (New Moon intentions), March 2 (Full Moon), March 18-20 (New Moon intentions).
Happy Holidays Soul Garden friends!