Dark Side of the Winter Solstice. What a lovely topic Joanne Sprott has given us for our Yule Blog Hop (for which I am late, late late!) Our ancestors naturally slowed down this time of year since it was harder to move because of the weather. There was also not as much need to move since there were no crops to harvest and the animals were harder to hunt. If they hadn’t put up what they needed by now, they were going to struggle to make it to spring.
These days we don’t have that seasonal urgency to put up, put away, put aside. We can just drive to the grocery store for winter tomatoes (ewwwww) or that pound of hamburger. Our societal needs have changed. Some for the better (no need to get up at 4am to milk the cow, gather the eggs) but some, I think, for the worse.
We don’t slow down any more. We don’t stop to regroup. And I think the nervous, anxious people we’ve spawned into are a product of that “not stopping.”
So the Darkest Day is upon us here in the Northern Hemisphere. You lot down south are looking at the Longest Day, I know. What does it mean any more to honor the dark when we have light whenever we want. A flick of a switch illuminates our world. We don’t have to fear the dark, but I think we’ve also lost some of the respect we need for the dark as well.
Dark is necessary. Quiet is a must. I’ve begun a meditation practice (17 days into it) via an app called Calm. It’s free (you can upgrade to a subscription if you want all the bells and whistles.)
Each morning there is a short (10-12 minute) piece called the Daily Calm. I’m finding it very useful. I’ve been working on changing some habits to embrace quiet. Daily writing was first. Now daily meditation. I hope to add daily yoga.
Embracing the dark for me means nurturing the quiet places. I yearn for silence so hard it hurts some times. One of my greatest joys is sitting. Just sitting. Not listening to music or any ambient sound like the TV or even white noise. Quiet moments of my butt on the couch just being.
I have a spread to share with you. I hope you will try it out and let me know what you think.
EMBRACING THE DARK
- Gathering the Dark–what can I do to gather more Dark, more quiet, more silence?
- Wrapping myself in the Dark–how can I immerse myself more fully into the Darkness of this time?
- Embracing the Dark–how can I completely celebrate the gifts I receive from this working in the Dark?
- Message from the Dark–what is the most important message I need to receive from the Dark?
I hope you have enjoyed my Winter Solstice Tarot Blog Hop. Please hop forward or backwards to visit my neighbors. Remember that comments and shares are a gift you can give to us.