We are coming into the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year and then the days get slowly longer again. It always amazing me how Natures cycles work. It is beautiful and miraculous when you really pay attention to the sunrise and sunset. In today's world we are surrounded by light all hours of the day and night, so the equinoxes and solstices do not gain as much attention as they did to our Ancestors.
Nevertheless, these occurrences affect us more than we realize and doing rituals like our Ancestors did, helps us to be more conscious of the seasons and cycles and of our own internal changes.
Winter Solstice for my Indigenous Ancestors was about making wishes for the year to come. Many did not survive the harsh winters and they knew the importance of prayer and intention, asking for guidance and support from Creator and Spirit in order to make it through to Spring Equinox.
Today we still follow that tradition. We make prayer bundles, putting our wishes in them and hanging them on trees. It sounds simple but there is an art and a science to making wishes. We follow the Medicine Wheel way in order to manifest them. It requires awareness and cooperation with Spirit.
Wishes do indeed come true, but we have to do our part, be co-creators of our own destiny. The Wheel gives us step-by-step instructions on how to manifest. The laying down a a particular kind of wheel is essential for the path of creation or manifestation. We follow the Dreaming way.
I will be doing a solstice ritual Saturday night, December 22, 2018.
If you are interested, please contact me by Friday.
Otherwise, Happy Winter Solstice everyone!
May you be warm this Winter and filled with happiness, love, health and prosperity.