The Holidays and all of their hustle and bustle are almost upon us. Now is a wonderful time to take a moment or two to contemplate this particular time of year before getting to busy. I read an article that explained this idea so well. I hope you enjoy the excerpt I have included here.
WELCOME TO ALL THE RICH DARKNESS
Take time to pause, and honour the line of people who came before you, if that feels right.
It’s a magical time, the light finally giving in to the dark. We are entering the darkest, coldest phase of the year. Autumn is ending, winter is beginning. Knowing that we need the dark as much as the light – in all things – we can choose to embrace it wholeheartedly. The light will return in Spring, and for now, we can welcome the opportunity to journey inwards a while, carving out time to hibernate, and to rest, as our modern lives plough on relentlessly, as our Earth slows and cools. Our Earth, tipping herself into balance. We can tip, too.
Cycles, always – all ways.
Trees are burying their final leaves, and we had our first frost yesterday. I woke to the early morning to the hum of a car engine, heaters on. So longing are we for warmth and light that we have even changed the clocks again. An extra hour of light in the morning, for a week or two. The cycles of the natural world peeking in to our lives unseen, almost.
The joy of it is – even though we spend much of the year feeling cold about the return of winter – we do greet it with great celebration, candles lit for ancestors across cultures, and – in England – an evening of frosty bonfires with loved ones this week, we do mark the beginning of winter with huge celebration, with fire, and with light. Quite the party, really.
So, here’s a welcome to all souls, a welcome to this opportunity to remember and honour our roots. Light a candle and let it burn, if that feels right, and pause a while. And here’s a welcome to winter. Welcome to all the rich darkness you bring, time for reflection, curling up, and excuses to be cosy. Light a fire, and allow the embers to warm the bones that have carried you this year.”
So with renewed warmth and spirit, we move forward into celebrating our various holiday traditions.