Remembering Our Way Through the Death of Winter :: Solstice Ritual
WANING MOON MAGIC + WINTER SOLSTICE
The darkness of the void has always given birth to the light. The weight of the Universe is made up of the dark matter in the spaces between. Winter is the time to nurture this space within us.
The Winter Solstice is the depth of Winter, it marks the deepest point of darkness which also marks the beginning of the ascent back to light. The Christian holiday of Christmas was super-imposed over this time as a way to usurp the deep pagan (meaning earth based) energy of this celebration. Practically & magically speaking we are celebrating the return of the Light.
My question this year for us is, how can we transcend this "messiah complex" thinking that a savior is coming from outside of us, that never actually comes, into thinking that is more symbolic and personal - the return of the light / warmth, sun, "son" of . god. How can it become something much more dimensionally inclusive for us in our lives?
Winter can be seen as a hungry time, where abundance goes to sleep for a bit. So we have created traditions of gift exchanging and gathering with family, and filling our hearts with connection which can feed us for the whole winter. Yet this tradition has become commodified & so our hunger is not fed. We remain hungry and gorging on empty things, buying and selling, we will continue to eat & eat. But we will never be full. We will consume that which cannot nourish and therefor perpetuate the cycle infinitely.
"Modern capitalist societies, however richly endowed, dedicate themselves to the proposition of scarcity. Inadequacy of economic means is the first principle of the world's wealthiest peoples." - Marshall Sahlins
ROSEMARY FOR REMEMBRANCE
remembering all we've been given as remedy for scarcity.
Rosemary is lasting. There are old, old stories about her and her magical properties. She can last through a Winter. She improves our memory.
Memory can be sustenance in the time of Winter.
When we forget who we are, why we are here, what we are apart of, our hunger rages in a way that cannot be fulfilled.
When we remember our connection to life, we can orient ourselves in the dead of Winter.
"Scarcity and plenty are as much qualities of the mind and spirit as they are of the economy. Gratitude plants the seed for abundance. Each of us comes form people who were once indigenous. We can reclaim our membership in the cultures of gratitude that formed our old relationship with the living earth." - Robin Wall Kimmberer, Braiding Sweetgrass
RECIPE FOR A WINTER SOLSTICE ROSEMARY BATH :
Fresh or dried Rosemary. I usually use about a handful of herbs, but you can make yours as dry or as weak as you'd like. Brewed over a flame water for 10-15 minutes. Strain off the plant matter and pour into your bath tub. Add more hot water and epsom salts if you'd like.
Soak & Meditate...
~ How can I remember that I always have plenty & that lack is an illusion that wants to be experienced - not just as a reset and rest for the Earth and her resources but also for a moment of silence for all of life on Earth, reminding us of the beauty & gifts of Her Fullness.
~ How can I honor the life/death, light/dark axis - really feel it fully, the pain/pleasure point where they meet adn the sweet honey taste of that place.
~ The symbol of the Candle, the light in the dark, the flame, the warmth in the cold, the dark moon, the barren earth, celebration and gratitude of what is.
~ How can I give more of that which I want to have plenty of?