Courses & Workshops, Moonday Musings, Wheel of the Year

Solstice is coming: step into the threshold

Photo by Wes Hicks on Unsplash Solstice arrives Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 09:13 UTC 5:13 am EDT, 2:13 am PDT, 7:13 pm AEST, 2:43 pm IST At these threshold times, liminal times, such as these so close to Solstice, I often find myself experiencing the transition and transformation much like this: neither in one… Continue reading Solstice is coming: step into the threshold

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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

Wheel of the Year

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 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

Wheel of the Year

Twelve Days of Solstice: Day 1

Solstice Blessings ! For me, the 12 days of Solstice begins at sunset, this year on December 20th, as the Celtic day begins and ends at sunset on December 21st. This year, astronomical Solstice arrives precisely on December 21st at 15:59 UTC. There are many traditions for celebrating the 12 Days of Solstice, some from… Continue reading Twelve Days of Solstice: Day 1

Sky Medicine, Wheel of the Year

Pause and Reflect at Solstice

Solstice Sunset at Spanish Banks, Vancouver, Canada Solstice arrives June 21st at 3:32 UTC / 8:32 pm PDT June 20th. This is celebrated as Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, and Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. For both, it is a time of pause and a shift in energetic waxing and waning. At Summer… Continue reading Pause and Reflect at Solstice

Moonday Musings, Wheel of the Year

MoonDay Musings: A Solstice Reflection

At Solstice, I am drawn to stillness... to the pause... to connecting deep within to my inner garden. There is something about winter gardens that inspire my soul-stice reflections ... something in their post-harvest resting state that draws me in ... those deep dark purples and browns of seed pods and leaves amongst the fading… Continue reading MoonDay Musings: A Solstice Reflection