Winter Solstice greetings! Tonight at 3:27 am Dublin time, the sun will be reborn again in the Northern hemisphere. This phenomenon has been celebrated in many cultures for thousands of years. The word ‘solstice’ comes from the Latin word ‘sol’ (sun) and ‘sistere’ (to stand still). In Irish the Winter Solstice is “An Grianstad” (pronounced “gree an stad”), which translates directly to “the sun stops”. Just as the tides change direction from gravitational force, the instant lengthening of daylight hours is an event that modern science can now explain. Yet, my primordial heart stays sheltered in the mysticism and promise of connecting to other worlds today. The astronomical presentation of complimentary opposites is enticing: dark to light, ending to beginning, dormancy to activity, decay to growth, denial to promise, and death to rebirth. A non-duelist dream epitomized in one night!
Many ancient cultures sought to find meaning in astronomical observations. The Winter Solstice was a day of ritual and festivals. Without science, spirituality lead the way in shedding light on the unexplainable. On the physical plane, the return of the sun was celebrated as the force that sustains life on earth. Mentally, this time of year instinctively shifts our energy from our own darkness toward the light. The ancients also made use of their access to a heightened spiritual connection in the energetic passage of loved ones.
Newgrange in Ireland is an astounding example of the appreciated power of the Winter Solstice. The ancient temple was built in a circular formation in 3200 BC and spans an entire acre. Its main importance was that of a passage tomb; it includes a chamber to hold the remains of the dead. Inside Newgrange is a remarkably engineered 60 foot corridor with an 8 inch ‘roof box’ above the entrance. For just a few precious days leading up to and after the Winter Solstice, the rising sun comes through the tiny roof box, travels down the long, thin corridor and floods the passage chamber with light for about 20 minutes. Voila…rebirth compliments of ancient building codes!
As I say to myself on this day, Happy New Year Divine Human! Just as the orbit of the sun is not a perfect circle, Divinity is imperfect. The Winter Solstice invites you to accept your darkness and light. This meditation is an invitation to explore the dark and light within your physical, mental/emotional and spiritual being.
Seeds stay underground until the sun beckons them to reemerge. Every butterfly spends precious time in the protective darkness of the chrysalis before she gets her wings. Blessings that you return to the light and take flight again.