There is only one birth - and this birth takes place in the being and in the ground and core of the soul. . . Not only is the Son of the heavenly Creator born in this darkness - but you too are born there as a child of the same heavenly Creator and none other. And the Creator extends this same power to you out of the divine maternity bed located in the Godhead to eternally give birth. . . .The fruitful person gives birth out of the very same foundation from which the Creator begets the eternal Word. It is from this core that one becomes fruitfully pregnant. Meister Eckhart
the Sun cycles down to the Tropic of Capricorn, leaving the northern hemisphere
in the cold and the dark. Then, it
reaches the point in its journey south when it pauses and stands still. As if by magic, it reverses itself and begins
to journey back north. But those of us
back north must take it on faith that the light and warmth will return. We have to wait.
Solstice marks a season of grace, faith, hope and also testing. The Baby
of Light has been reborn, but first we give birth to the Light
within our own hearts as we await its outer manifestation in the Spring. We have to give birth spiritually at Winter Solstice, deep within our own inner darkness. Who we are determines what we give birth
to. In the midst of the hounds of winter,
we labor to give birth to the divine Child of Light within. As Meister Eckhart says, the divine power of
creation is also in each of us.
medieval tale of Sir Gawain and the Green
Knight, this labor is a test of and testament to our values and beliefs
about Life. This is the time to look at Life and Death and celebrate them
both. This season, especially the 12
Days of Christmas which begin at sunset on December 25th and end at sunset on
January 6th, (see my dream
for a ritual for the 12 Days of Christmas) is a time when "spectres and spirits
walk abroad' and interact with our world.
We get to see if we really laid our fears and trouble to rest, or if those
dark emotions are lurking "in the halls and in the bowers' to haunt our days
and nights. While this season is a time
of rejoicing and celebration, it is also a testing time, when we have to make a
conscious decision to embrace the Light again as we begin another year of life
on Earth. It's traditionally a time of divination, as we try
to foresee what the new year will bring us.
people are looking forward to Winter Solstice 2012, it might be wise to
contemplate the meaning of this Winter Solstice, which once again has potent
planets marking the Cardinal Axis - similar to what happened at last summer's
June 26th eclipse at 5* Cancer/Capricorn. Perhaps some issues you had this summer will
come up again to be reviewed and released.
This Winter Solstice is
marked by a total lunar eclipse, with the Moon close to the South Node of the
Moon in Cancer while the Sun stands not only with the Capricorn North Node but
also Mercury, Pallas and Pluto. These
energies will come into play when the Moon is eclipsed, creating new
psychological patterns that will help us meet new challenges.