On the Medicine Wheel, the Winter Solstice rides the cross winds of the Wheel. The crosswinds of the Winter Solstice are at the Northwest of the Medicine Wheel. I have written and taught about the Solstices and Equinoxes in past and I still am in awe of their deep meaning. In my experience of the cross winds I feel they are like a pause in time just before change. The change we feel in our bodies around the time of the Solstice is the change Nature is making during this time of year as we go from autumn to winter. When I think about how the cross winds feel like a pause, it reminds me of what it feels like at the top or bottom of a full breath. This time between the inhale or the exhale is about change.
Solstices are an opportunity to bring completion of what has gone before and to consider our intentions for what will come. We plant the seeds of what we would like to manifest. These seeds seem to lie dormant but are really gathering strength to push through the soil in the spring. The Winter Solstice is the time to go within and sort out our intentions of what we will bring forward. On the Medicine Wheel, the north winds encourage patience and inward growth, a renewal of mind, body and spirit. The north winds assist to establish intent and purpose for the seeds for the coming New Year such as abundance, prosperity, love and illumination.
From another perspective, numerology believes the New Year begins on the Winter Solstice, December 21, because it is the return of the light. The return of the light cleanses the soul and the soul prepares for the New Year. (The Everything Numerology Book, Ellae Elinwood) This perspective is very earth based and yet it comes from the world of numerology. Interesting.
Ceremony is a way to make the Solstice special and meaningful; it is a way for us to sift through our thoughts and feelings to clearly see our intentions; and it is the blending of the Human and the Divine through the act of prayer. I suppose we could also say that ceremony is a way to bring together the mental mind and the emotions of the heart which creates balance.
Since the Winter Solstice is about the return of the light, many people celebrate by using fire at their ceremony. My husband, Paul, and I usually have a sacred fire where we state our gratitude for the blessing of the past year and welcome the blessings of the New Year. We also place into the fire items from our past that we want to end in order to make room for the new, such as old vision boards or past birthday cards. We have a moment to remember the past birthday and those who gave us the cards before we place them in the fire and send loving prayers to those who remembered us on the day of our birth.
I give thanks for the past year and I state my intentions for the coming year. Sometimes I write these intentions down and place them into the fire or I will drum while I state my intentions out loud.
As we prepare to exhale that full breath on December 21, Winter Solstice, we are at the place to begin to dream about the coming year and what we would like to create.
May your Winter Solstice, Yule Tide, Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza be loving and joyful.
Many Blessings, Neshi.
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