It felt the good to walk the dogs through the wild, grey light….there was no waiting for the sun to rise, no celebration of the sun going down, (the sun was nowhere to be seen here!), but the time spent feeling the force of the wild elements was a great opportunity to think about the significance of pausing at the Winter Solstice, the shortest day. The recent weeks leading up to today are the darkest of the year, and it’s been the time when we, as the Earth does, turn our thoughts and energies inwards…from now on the light will gradually return and along with it, the plans and thoughts manifested in the depths of winter introspectiveness will slowly grow….
Today we lit candles for our main intentions for the year, naming them, speaking them out loud and then watching the candles burn to nothing giving these ideas and aims for growth with the returning light of the next year, more energy and grounding. Tomorrow also sees the arrival of the new moon, so plans and dreams worked on at this time will have extra special significance. Tomorrow I have some time to focus on Diploma work purely, and aim to use some of the Winter Solstice patterns and rituals celebrated today to structure and strengthen my pathway.