Winter Solstice is a time to come out of the darkness, leave our hermitages, break our hibernation and isolation, connect with our tribe, our kin and fill each other with light and positivity so that we feel truly loved and strengthened as we step into the three winter months ahead.
Winter is a time for healing, for turning within and taking some down time from the demands of life. Modern society doesn’t want us to do this, so we may have to make extra effort to give ourselves space to ride this natural energy wave. But if we don’t chances are illness will come along and force us to take the rest the winter season demands of us.
At the solstice we celebrate the return of the light, for we have reached the longest night of the year. This is the point to set intentions, express wishes and goals for the year ahead – wishes that can then incubate during the winter months to sprout up into action in the spring. it is a time to reflect on the year just gone and think about where and how we would like to be in our lives in six months time.
The Solstice, and Christmas coming alongside it, are both celebrations of spiritual birth, when we are ‘born again’ as beings of light. Christ the Saviour was one of a line of deities that the ancient pagan world long celebrated at this time. The solstice brings the energy of renewal, and although there are three months of winter ahead, these can be experienced as a journey of healing, as sacred time when the reborn light in us is nurtured so as to shine brightly during the summer.
Radical Faeries gather in Wheatsheaf Hall in Vauxhall, south London, on Friday 20th December as we go into the longest night of the year. One year ago we met at the same place on the occasion of the end of the mayan calendar and stepped through our very own portal into a new age of light, understanding and love. This year we have a chance at the solstice to dance with all the emotions and experiences this transformational year 2013 has brought us. The drums call us to come out and play, to express and be blessed, to be seen and be free. Another big year of change is about to commence – with the power of tribe behind us we can feel more empowered to handle the challenges and rise into the best of what we wish to be.