Nature is not caught up in all the hustle & bustle that happens at this time of the year…she has gone quiet, deep & restful.  The stark beauty of winter has Her stripped bare.  Her strength, beauty & wisdom is embraced in the arms of the earth where She’s renewing, designing & gathering Herself for the anticipation of all the new that is coming.

You too can take a moment at the Solstice to go deep & sit with your inner self in quiet wisdom of the stark winter.  It is the beginning of the new cycle.  It’s where we begin to gather the energies for our next cycle.  In this quiet time we begin to birth it.

I love to gather with close friends on the glittering evening of the Winter Solstice around the fire & light a candle as I reflect on the retreating year & all the potentials of the coming one.  Sometimes I write lists of what I want to release, renew & embrace on this night.  In a few weeks more I will start to make a more specific plans for the coming year.

The 2015 Solstice is on Monday December 21 at 8:48pm (Pacific Daylight Time) or Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 04:49 UTC.  And for many of you reading this it may be the Summer Solstice if you are in the Southern Hemisphere.  But for me, here in the lush moist landscape of the Pacific Northwest it is definitely the Winter Solstice.  (I find it always interesting the yin & yang nature of our World.)

At the about 1o minutes before & after the specific time, I intend to sit in reflection & offer to sync my own personal cycle with the inherent natural rhythms of our Mother Gaia.  I will ask that my own development & growth flow with hers & be supported & nurtured in this way.

I will also read this poem that I just came across from David Abram

May a good vision catch me
May a benevolent vision take hold of me, and move me
May a deep and full vision come over me, and burst open around me
May a luminous vision inform me, enfold me.
May I awaken into the story that surrounds,
May I awaken into the beautiful story.
May the wondrous story find me;
May the wildness that makes beauty arise between two lovers
arise beautifully between my body and the body of this land,
between my flesh and the flesh of this earth,
here and now, on this day,
May I taste something sacred.

It seems particularly fitting doesn’t it.

Blessings &  light to you all as always, di