Celebration of the Winter Solstice

Celebration of the Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice on December 21 brings with it mixed feelings. The growing darkness creates a need for introversion and contemplation. I am equally torn with the desire to be with family and friends. Eventually, being alone and introverted wins out. Solstice marks a turning point at the moment of the maximum darkness. Then there is a turning point where the light grows until June 21 when the process is again reversed.  Psychologically and biologically, I feel that this time of turning is incredibly relevant even in these crazy times.

The Winter Solstice is connected with the traditional celebration of Yule, that pre-dates Christianity. This celebration was associated with the return of the sun at the solstice.  Sacrifice was a common element of Yule. In this context, the act of sacrifice can be entered into consciously and becomes a ritual in service of something greater. And so, this can be an opportunity to let go of something that no longer serves us to that we can allow something new to enter our lives.

The images of this time of year abound with the archetypal pattern of death and rebirth, a reflection of what has been and the preparation for the new and the arrival of the divine child imaged in the birth of the sun for another cycle.

Christina Becker
December 2017

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