Do you feel it?
We'll celebrate our dark sides and embrace our shadow selves (don't be letting your imagination run away with you here ;) ) at 15.54pm as the sun sinks under the horizon.
Written on a piece of paper, we will have the things of which we want to let go, whether they be emotions or physical things (for instance, I'm letting go of my previous home). When darkness falls across the land (Thanks MJ!) we will stand in silence and contemplation, respecting the year that has been and letting go of things we need not take further with us on our journey.
A small flame will light a main candle, which will light each participant's smaller ones. I hope to have a small fire (as does my oldest as she wants to toast marshmallows...ancient tradition, anyone?) in which we then burn our writing and allow the ashes to return to Mother Earth.
We will honour the Celtic deities; the Dagda, and Brighid, daughter of the Dagda. Brighid taught the art of fire-making and forever blazed brightly through the dark Winter nights. She is my hero.
Having let go of what we don't need, there is more space for peace, love, harmony and increased happiness. I believe with all my heart in reciprocity and promise the bringers of these gifts that, to the best of my abilities, I shall share where're I go.
All very simple, but all very life affirming. The Winter Solstice has been celebrated since Neolithic times and it feels right to be engaging in these ancient traditions. My soul sings...and on a dark winter night, what more can I ask for?
I'm interested--how do you celebrate? Come to the woods...
Love and blessings to you all in the run up to the Solstice.