For my family of friends in the Southern Hemisphere the winter solstice is coming! Oh how I remember the bonfires burning in the high mountains of Austria bringing the light back into our lives. Enjoy to longest night, the deep reflections and gratitude it brings to our souls.
May the long time sun shine upon you,
All love surround you,
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on.
Now it is time to honour a great mystery: of the seeded darkness and of the beauty of light reborn.
At this time of year, the sun which has warmed and lighted us through the turning seasons seems to stand still for several days.
This is the time of greatest darkness, but also the time of greatest hope: the time when we have the opportunity to be the most fertile in the depths of our soul.
In darkness is seeded the new.
And in the still depths, we know that the inner sun will rise again in our hearts. The Young One, the Mabon, Christ, Mithras, Horus, Arthur, Taliesin, will be reborn.
The ancients knew this solstice time as the end and beginning of the year, and waited in their stone circles and forest groves for the first light of the newborn sun, the promise of the new year to come. They recognized at this time the power of patience and the wisdom of the world beneath the turning stars, the lessons woven by countless seasons into bone and sinew and sense; they gazed with wonder on the pale Sun and the cold Earth as they awaited the sun’s rebirth.
And as we too open to this moment, we can sense ourselves before a hill that rises up from the Earth like the belly of a Goddess, her outline just discernible against the night sky. Enjoy your journey into the belly of our Earth mother.
Living in either hemisphere, the solstice turning points are a time for inner reflection and positive growth.
The coming summer solstice marks the longest hours of daylight in the Southern Hemisphere.
It is a time for enjoying all nature has to offer in the outdoors.
Summer Solstice Prayer:
In gratefulness we lift our eyes
With loving thoughts in heart
We give thanks for all things good
For blessings the Creator imparts.
Let our hearts be ever glad
For beauty that abounds
And gives a taste of heaven’s glory
When summer comes around
Thank you to the amazing Carol Canzirri for the use of your spirit inspired paintings.
Breathing into your luminous heart, know the oxygen pouring into and through all the membranes in your body.
New beginnings with the sunrise as the sky lightens in the East the ethereal air awaits for your days journey to begin
Greeting the sun as his rays shine through for another unfolding day bringing light and fire into your life.
Feeling the oceans of air ride the waves through you and stop for a moment to think of the plant people who will take your out breath.
This intrinsic giving and receiving connects us to all living things, the cycle of life in its never ceasing dance.
Feel the air whispering its wisdom to you in the winds, enjoy the birdsong that greats each new day.
Face all your fears and turn them over to the element of fire. As above, so below, the gifts of the sun support every life on our planet
Living the intrinsic dance of our lives when the days work is done go after the wonderous pursuits of pleasure
Awaken to the source of the energies within your spirit being and enjoy the warmth of the passage of your life
Feed your soul with the beauty of nature, the wonder of other cultures and ways beyond what you know, set your sights, be pleasure bound
Dance to ignite and dissolve that which no longer serves you, enchanted by the way of the magical flames
Winter has passed for the time being, let the cold times and heaviness go, look to the future of the buds in spring
As new life unfurls before your very eyes asking to join in the dance that is natures way, no longer discouraged on cold ground
Instinctively move and feel the natures way the thaw, the spring song lightening and quickening each step you take
Create your life by the cycle of the season and take up your magic desires with a lightness of hand
Directed by you own inner fire, no longer beholden to the wants and whims of others, standing in honour in your power
The painting Pleiades is drawn from spirit by Carol Canzirri. If you live in Perth, Western Australia and are interested in Carol’s inspirational soul art then please contact me.