Judith Ashley is the author of The Sacred Women's Circle series, romantic fiction that honors spiritual traditions that nurture the soul.
For those of us who look upon the natural world around us as proof of The Divine, Winter Solstice is an affirmation that on some level all is right in the world. In ancient times, the people were connected to the land in a way that most of today’s population is not.
Can you even imagine being so in tuned with the world around you that you would notice the difference in the amount of light there was between the Darkest Day and the next?
There were no clocks, no calendars in the day of the hunter/gatherers or earlier. And yet our ancestors learned how to mark the passage of time.
Winter Solstice marks the longest night and the shortest day of our year. For me, personally, it is my New Year’s Eve because it heralds the returning of the light. If you follow the waxing and waning of the Moon, Winter Solstice starts the waxing of the Sun that represents light. From now until Summer Solstice, the Sun gains in strength. On the Summer Solstice that starts to wane as darkness becomes more a part of our lives.
One of the things that fascinates me is how our ancestors kept track.
Stonehenge and other stone and wood henges, The Great Pyramids of Egypt and pyramids and ancient temples are aligned with the stars, planets and the position of the sun and moon on particular times of the year like the Solstices and Equinoxes.
For those people who celebrate life, Winter Solstice gives them a focus.
For those people who have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) it is a sign the days will lengthen and we’ll be out of winter soon.
For those people who prefer heat to cold, it reminds them that Spring/Ostara, the vernal equinox, when day and night are equal in length, and flowers are not far away.
In my Sacred Women’s Circle series, my heroines celebrate the 8 Sabbats, holy days that mark the turning of The Wheel of Life (Samhain, Winter Solstice/Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Summer Solstice/Lithia, Lammas, and Mabon). And, they each marry on a Sabbat. (For more information on Sabbats and other earth-based spiritual practices, check out my Judith Ashley blog where I post every Monday).
If you are curious about how Sacred Women Circles come together, start reading Lily. In her story, you can learn how to create your own Circle and your own Ceremonies. Sign up for Connections, mynewsletter and get a free copy of Lily.
And to learn even more about sacred women’s circles,The Wheel of Life, and the Women of the 14th Moon Gathering, Elizabeth (Book 2) is available throughJanuary for $.99.
Regardless of your spiritual path, I wish you all the light you need to show you the way to love.
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