Winter Solstice & Yule – A shift from darkness to light

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Winter Solstice & Yule – A shift from darkness to light

Yule, or Winter Solstice, is the longest night of the year. Every year on 12.21 we celebrate the arrival of winter and in the northern hemisphere, begin our turn toward the sun. Days grow longer beginning December 22, and in Earth-based traditions this is a time of hope and preparation. The magic of Yule is that of restoration, planning, and releasing what no longer serves so that we carry into the New Year only what we need to manifest our soul’s purpose. Our ritual work together will focus on releasing the darkness so we can engage Total Transformation – whatever that looks like for you.

What does the big Shift in your life look like? What real change needs to take place? I’ll be leading you through a tribal council meditation where you will find guidance about your path and the transformation needed to align your work with your purpose.

Yule is an interesting holiday for me. Here we are, winter hasn’t even begun, and yet on the day our seasons in the North change from fall to winter we celebrate the return of the Light, the victory of the Sun King, and the reunion of the goddess and the god. That energy of rejoicing, reunion, and illumination is echoed in other spiritual traditions as well. The birth of Christ in the Christian tradition, the Festival of Lights in the Judaic tradition, reminding us that this is a season of hope. Through the month I see that hope twinkling in the eyes of strangers passing on the streets, and feel its warmth in the hearts of my beloveds when we embrace. It’s important to remember the true meaning of this magical season. While our traditions have transformed through the generations, I find great comfort in remembering the history of our sacred practices. Across the different paths we walk, we are invariably led to light during these days that are otherwise dark. And the message is, light always prevails. Life always wins.

Energetically, this season is celebrated as one of personal hibernation, when our spirits draw inward and our bodies long for rest; we restore our Life Force, and honor the sacred stillness within. Here, our bodies and souls synchronize, and we enter the New Year whole and in harmony with All That Is. As Mother Earth sits in sweet hibernation, she invites you to rest beside her. I encourage you to join me in taking stock of your harvest this year. Some good questions to consider as you journal at the end of this year include:

  • What bounty of goodness did you reap this year?
  • What fruits withered on the vine, and would best be released into the Earth to return in another form next year?
  • What does the metaphor of the “return of the light” mean to you?

I invite you to release, relax, and reflect. And rejoice in holding your beloveds close. There is a glowing mountain of possibility on the horizon, rising each day with the sun’s return. I see it in each of you, and will find great joy in watching it unfold through the seasons ahead.

And so it is. In the meantime, get grounded and focus your intention on what needs to emerge in your life. Solstice magic is always in effect for 7 days before and after the actual date. Our work together has already begun.

Wintertide blessings,
Athena

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