Wheel of the Year

Twelve Days of Solstice: Illumination

Newgrange (in Irish Sí an Bhrú, located in Brú na Bóinne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Ireland, is a 5000+ year old Neolithic earth mound monument, and is perhaps the most dramatic example of the concept of rebirth at Solstice, and its importance to early Irish Celts.

The monument itself is essentially the womb of the Great Mother goddess, which is pierced by a shaft of light by the god Dagda at Winter Solstice, impregnating her with Young Angus aka Angus Óg, who is born that day and matured into an adult.

If we consider that this as a metaphor that is living and breathing for us, just as it did for our ancestors, what does that illumination now signify or reveal? 

What is illuminated by the Solstice light that arrived a few days ago, and can now be seen manifesting as the daylight slowly increases each day? 

Can it simply be a reminder to us to shine a light on our own darkness (read that any way you so wish, e.g., fear, confusion, doubt, anger, various “isms”, etc.) — and our shadow side, that needs light to reveal and perhaps change — and embrace a collective awakening?

Perhaps it can it be a collective call to action during dark times.

What is the darkness can you (and WE collectively) transform… perhaps starting to eradicate the inequalities that have existed for so long and creating a society of acceptance and equality for all? That is my wish, my hope, my dream, and one I consciously manifest and advocate daily.

During these 12 days of Winter Solstice, what is illuminated for you?

Solstice Blessings!

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