I had a very happy winters solstice.
Because of work stuff and wonky sleep schedules we had missed a few Sundays of church. I love our little UU church and didn’t realize how much I missed it. Being a part of such a small group there really aren’t many people you don’t know. There is a very homey feel to it because of that. While I do miss our Nashville congregation I think when we leave this area I’ll miss our little Tullahoma group more. Not that we are leaving anytime soon or that this is the point I’m trying to make…
Solstice, yes, there we go. So after the service and the talkback the pagan group got together along with a few others who were curious. I shared some of the info I had gathered and another (awesome) member of the group led us in a wonderful acknowledgement of the holiday. I contributed an apple cut in half with some cinnamon on it as an offering to the gods/spirit/ancestors. Afterwards we did a little meditation then went outside to do a burning and release working. It was great. For anyone interested this was the info I sent out, for anyone unable to make it:
We won’t have another new moon on the winter solstice for another 19 years (2033). The new moon falling on the winter solstice accentuates the power of new beginnings.
This new moon energy has a “back to work” energy to it, with a total of five planets in Capricorn. Capricorn has a steadfast, practical, and utilitarian energy. It is wonderfully powerful for setting intentions of a practical nature. Because capricorn energy supports us with anything that requires discipline and patience (such as adopting a healthier eating regime or getting into a new exercise program). Use this opportunity to consciously control where you want your life to go.
Before you set your intentions for all the good things you want to come into your life it is good to “do a little inner housekeeping.” Think on the things you’ve held onto or that have held you back in your growth or progress. Fears or old ways of thinking that no longer serve you. We release what no longer serves us on the Winter solstice because it is the darkest night of the year . And after today? You are leaving that darkness behind. One day at a time. Getting lighter and brighter. The easiest way I’ve found is simply writing down what you intend to move past/let go and then burn it. Then sit down and write your goals and intentions (or “resolutions”) for what you want to bring into your life. To fill the void you just made by what you let go.
The prayer I used for releasing: I hold onto the lessons and knowledge but release the pain and sadness attached to those experiences. The light of healing banishes the shadows of the past.
Afterwards I decided I was going to finally set down some goals and make an honest to god effort to follow through. A good friend of our years ago showed us his project of doing 101 goals in a 1001 days. So my end date is going to be September 17, 2017. I set it all up in five categories: Health (earth), intellectual (air), passion (fire), emotion (water), and spiritual (spirit). I’m not sure if I want to share them on my blog at all or not. They are also only about half written. But that, just like life, is a work in progress.
Due to exhaustion I did not do any of the exercises. And the dishes are still mocking me from the sink. But I will still say that the day was one of accomplishments.