Last year, around this time, I set an intention of marking nature holidays – solstices, equinoxes, and the pagan holy days halfway in between. I did pretty well with the 2015 Spring Equinox, writing up a lovely little ritual based on the elements after reading about historical ceremonies and goddesses connected with the day. I haven’t quite reached that level of ceremony for the holidays since, but hope to begin next year’s round by putting together a weekend retreat to celebrate Imbolc, the early February holiday of fertility, cleansing, and the first signs of early spring.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. The Winter Solstice just passed, and with it the darkest day of the year. I always want to do a mini dance to celebrate having made it through this super challenging time, the several months where all so many of us can do is take Vitamin D, hang out at conservatories, and binge on Netflix in hopes of distracting ourselves from the incredible lack of Sol Invictus, the invincible sun. We somehow make it through every year though, and learning more about the roots of the holiday somehow make it easier. Astrology is a particular focus of mine, and the social justice and positivity-focused postings of Chani Nicholas are a particular favorite of mine.
“You can become a source of revolutionary self-love. You can become an unending source of appreciation and acceptance for yourself.”
I’m still working on setting intentions for the new year, but I am certain they will include continued learnings and focus on herbalism, astrology, and magic. What do you want to manifest in this next wheel of the year?
Right now I’m listening to: Fleetwood Mac, all the albums, always.