Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice (December 21/22) is the longest night and the shortest day. Three days later, the rising sun can be seen to move northwards again from its most southerly rising point in the south-east. This is Christmas, when the Christ child is born from the Virgin Mother and the light returns. This sacred point of new beginnings in the heart of darkness is now often overwhelmed by the commercial festival and cult of the Christmas present, where the gift of the present tense, with all its virginal potential, is manifested and celebrated purely as material gifts. A time of going back home, the return from whence you came, to the origin itself, the reunion with the family that gave you birth, a time of sharing the present while remembering and honouring the past (old year) and preparing for the future (new year). Yule, child, seed or atom wrapped in its swaddling clothes. Capricorn, cardinal earth.

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“To be or not to be?” That is the question?  Winter solstice is a meeting place between

the past and the future, to get to this place we need to complete all journey’s so that we are not obligated to the past, and not yet committed to the future. We are in between eternity past and eternity future. The old Sun has died and we await the new Sun (Son) to rise.


We are in the present (Virgin Mary) between

the two forces of contraction and expansion, night and day, rest and action. We are a mind

in the present moment between Spirit and matter. A translater of source into form.


We need to be in the present for ourselves and those whom we meet so that the giving and receiving of gifts becomes an extension of us being in the present. The two sides of our brain are in unity and the end of the year completes the process of making a seed for the future (An Egyptian mummy is a symbol for a seed or dead Sun) It is the turning point between night and day.

The Festival at the

fork in the road

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