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Twelve Days of Solstice: the Gift of Choice

image source, Canva Pro As we close our 12 Days Of Solstice for 2021, I share with you now these words from Gary Zukav on what he sees as one of the gifts — the Medicine — of Solstice: choice. Zukav said it so well: "Each solstice shows us that we can choose. We cannot… Continue reading Twelve Days of Solstice: the Gift of Choice

Wheel of the Year

Twelve Days of Solsice: Winter’s Cloak

This year —  more than any recent year — I so need this soul-stice time of reflection and renewal. Much is still churning within me... fermenting, grieving, questioning, finding new paths.   Like Joyce Rupp in her poem Winters Cloak, “This year I do not want the dark to leave me.” I too need its… Continue reading Twelve Days of Solsice: Winter’s Cloak

Wheel of the Year

Twelve Days of Solstice: an Elemental Blessing

During the Solstice celebrations, I feel even closer to the classical four Elements — Earth, Fire, Air and Water — and love to evoke this Blessing of the Elements at this time of year: As the earth grows colder, the winds blow faster, the fire dwindles smaller, and the rains fall harder, let the light… Continue reading Twelve Days of Solstice: an Elemental Blessing

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Twelve Days of Solstice: the Cauldron of Regeneration

Today I honour the Cauldron of Regeneration, honouring the rebirth of the Sun, and the Divine Union between the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine. In our previous post, I wrote of the illumination that the shaft of Solstice light ignited at Newgrange. That light is now held in the cauldron as the transformations begin.  In… Continue reading Twelve Days of Solstice: the Cauldron of Regeneration

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… Continue reading Twelve Days of Solstice: Illumination

Wheel of the Year

Twelve Days of Solstice: The Holly and The Ivy

O the Ivy O, she's the Queen of Old, and the Holly he is red. Hang 'em high in the farm,  and us won't come to no harm Till the Christmas days be told. - from “A Somerset Carol” Celebrating with Holly and Ivy In the last few days, my posts explored the greens of… Continue reading Twelve Days of Solstice: The Holly and The Ivy

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Twelve Days of Solstice: Ivy and the Divine Feminine

Yesterday I posted about Holly and the Divine Masculine, and today let us explore Ivy and the Divine Feminine, and honour the goddesses of winter (especially the mother goddesses). In older times, my pagan Irish Celtic and British ancestors would have celebrated these days with Ivy, also known as the Queen of Old. Of the… Continue reading Twelve Days of Solstice: Ivy and the Divine Feminine

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Twelve Days of Solstice: Holly and the Divine Masculine

On Solstice (and likely Christmas too), my English ancestors celebrated the Old Gods, such as the Holly King and Oak King. Holly is associated with Divine Masculine (and Ivy represented the Divine Feminine). And many Solstice traditions celebrate the rebirth of a male deity, symbolized by the Sun / “Son”.  These tales from our long-ago… Continue reading Twelve Days of Solstice: Holly and the Divine Masculine

Wheel of the Year

Twelve Days of Solstice: the Deer Mother

Saule, Lithuanian Sun Goddess, gouache on paper by Judith Shaw (Image Source) Even though Sun energy is typically considered masculine, many celebrate the Winter Solstice — the longest night — as the Mother Night, honouring the earth goddesses who nurtured the seeds deep within their dark wombs for birthing in the coming spring. They remind… Continue reading Twelve Days of Solstice: the Deer Mother

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12 Days of Solstice: the Feast of Potential

This third day of Solstice (starting at sunset on 22-DEC) was referred to as the “Nameless Day” and the “Feast of Potentials” (also known as the “Secret of the Unhewn Stone”). In some traditions, it was a stand-alone day, not associated with any lunar month.  Those born on this date were said to have strong… Continue reading 12 Days of Solstice: the Feast of Potential