“Though you live and work in the light, you were conceived and shaped in darkness. Darkness is one of our closest companions. It can never really surprise us; something within us knows the darkness more deeply that it knows the light. The dark is older than the light. In the beginning was the darkness. The first light was born out of the dark.”
Celtic poet and philosopher John O’Donohue
Today begins the first half of the 2017 Winter Solstice-hinged e-retreat and ritual: Waiting with the Dark.
Themes stay the same each year as we do this waiting – cultivating gratitude, connecting with the ancestors, opening to dark nurture, releasing what we don’t need to carry into the next year – because the Sun is consistent in its movements. But the Moon varies, and the shifting dance of Sun and Moon give a different quality to each year. Our 2017 season will be guided by a new moon arriving right before the Winter Solstice so that Sun and Moon will gather light together. So the deep release invited by Waiting in the Dark will have extra celestial support to move you into the re-birth of the light in the coming year.
As we begin, you are invited to set an intention for this time of seasonal tending. Feel free to pull a Tarot/oracle card or connect with another wisdom form (perhaps pick a line of a poem or go for a walk and notice what animal or plant you first see) to inspire you in this intention setting. Record your intention in some way so you can be reminded of it, but hold it lightly. Let it be a guide not an enclosure.
You would like to continue Waiting with the Dark so you are ready to Tend the Returning Light in January? You can sign up today for the e-retreat in everyday life that will guide you through these themes with prompts for reflection and ritual, release and renewal.