For thousands of years, the ceremony at mid-winter solstice has been the most important of the yearly festivals. It is a turning point, symbolic of endings and new beginnings. In the southern hemisphere, we go to bed June 21 and experience the longest night of the year. The sun ‘dies’ to be reborn the next morning as it crosses 0 degrees of Cancer. From then on, the days begin to lengthen and all is renewed.
One way to celebrate this event is to light candles on the eve of June 21st, sit in a circle and throw our old stories into a pot. This is symbolic of letting go of all the things we tell ourselves and each other that no longer serve us. We’ve heard these statements so often they have become patterns of belief: I can’t get paid for doing what I love. All the good ones are taken. I have to work hard to get anywhere. There is never enough . . . Whatever stories we tell that are holding us back, into the pot it goes. Then blow out all the candles and meditate in silence and darkness.
When the candles are relit, music, food and new stories are shared—stories that are full of hope and possibility: There is always enough. My art supports me well. There are more ‘good ones’ available every day . . . And so it begins. Hail to the new sun!
RAM: Clean the house, wash the windows, clear the air, especially with family. Ask: is your home a true reflection of you?
AUROCHS: Start a new course of study, join a community project, get friendly with the written or spoken word. Ask: is there anything you’d like to learn?
TWINS: Indulge yourself in sensuality –baths, long walks, massage, fine food, good vistas. Ask: Do you know the world by touch?
COBRA: This is a new chapter in your life. Open the door to your dreams by showing up! Ask: is your life an accurate reflection of who you want to be?
LION: Commune with your unconscious. Take time to record and reflect on your dreams. Ask: are you deep in the well of your creative heart?
CERES: Friends and likeminded others are a source of inspiration if you’re hanging out with your own kind! Ask: are these birds really of your feathers?
BALENCIA: Your career takes a turn for the better with a chance to take on more responsibility for greater reward. Ask: Do you light up in a smile when you think of your life work?
SCORPION: Take your mind, body or spirit somewhere it’s never been before—meditate, travel, read, learn. Ask: are you holding yourself back from your real dreams?
ARCHER: Intimacy and intensity is what will like your fire now. Go ahead and take a risk. Ask: are you playing it safe with your emotions?
SEA-GOAT: Partnership is the focus and you will benefit by assessing the relationships in your life. Ask: do you feel free to be who you are?
WATER-BEARER: Putting energy into the body, health and physical wellbeing brings great results! Ask: are you getting enough exercise every day?
FISHES: Creativity springs from a well of romance. Write, play, choreograph, sing, act. Ask: are you allowing for love in your heart.
Kim Falconer’s latest series is Quantum Encryption. Book #1, Path of the Stray, and book #2, Road to the Soul are out now. Book #3, Journey by night is out Sept 1. Currently she’s writing an entirely new series. You can find out more about her at KimFalconer.com.