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Winter Solstice - A Deeper Meaning

I love this passage by John Matthews, who has lectured on Celtic traditions:

"The Solstice is a time of quietude, of firelight, and dreaming, when seeds germinate in the cold earth, and the cold notes of church bells mingle with the chimes of icicles. Rivers are stilled and the land lies waiting beneath a coverlet of snow. We watch the cold sunlight and the bright stars, maybe go for walks in the quiet land. . . . All around us the season seems to reach a standstill — a point of repose."

This passage is a perfect description of this powerful time of the year. In Feng Shui, the winter solstice represents the "yin/yang gate" to unity, balance, harmony and perfection. It represents a point of equal balance between the opposing forces of nature and the universe. It's a time to get quiet, reflect and expand your inner and outer awareness. This happens by stepping through the gateway of the heart and expanding your inner vision. Here is where your higher self influenced by the angelic realm speaks to you. You reaffirm your life path with clarity and purpose.

For many, this time of the year is challenging. There is a tendency to hurry and avoid the long dark days that winter brings. People struggle with the bleakness of nature, the gray skies and the cold temperatures. We seem to forget everything in the universe works on polar opposites. Where the opposing forces join diminishes their "separateness" and instead there is a coalescense of "Oneness."

The darker days of winter has an upside. It is a time for rest and gathering of our energy and spirit within so we can prepare for the season of light, the coming of Christ.

The winter solstice celbrates the return of hope for the macrocosm, our planet and the microcosm, humanity. As nature waits for the return of the light of Spring, we too must also wait. We can look at this time and embrace the positive, enriching aspects of winter's darkness. We can merge with the depths of darkness by sitting in silence - a place of creative gestation. Here we can connect with the highest order of courage. Turning within to reflect on your life strengthens your inner connection to the mysteries of the greater web of life.