“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.”― C.G. Jung FEEDING THE SHADOW SELF Disconnected from our empowerment the shadow (those unloved, … Continue reading
As the world slips into the deeper mysteries that come with Winter this is a time of reaping what you have sewn, preparing for inner journeys, and giving thanks for the bounty of the year. As we stand at the threshold … Continue reading
The Winter Solstice is the return of the Sun. This is a time to honor the graceful flow of age, and death. And to welcome the light back into our lives. As you release the old… as we did in October, you begin to make space and call in energy for new projects, new life, and good feelings.
Allow yourself time to honor the new light that is coming in. Honor yourself because you are the light of your own life. This is a powerful preparation for the New Year, and will empower the goals and aspirations that you set as we move into the coming year.
A Ceremony for Winter Solstice:
In a darkened room at Midnight gather together a tray with a symbol of light such as a fresh white candle, a token of property like a crystal, or gold coin, and a warm cup of ginger, cinnamon or spiced tea.
Create your sacred space by closing all doors, and windows, and sending any disturbances away. Set your items in the center of the room. When you are ready begin to drift into a meditate state. Breathing deeply. Swaying slowly.
Contemplate on the darkness of your own life. The fertile darkness. The uncomfortable darkness. The friendly darkness. The safe darkness. The confusing darkness. Take in all the feelings that surround the dark.
Push through those feelings. Release them into the night.
Begin to imagine a spark of light tin the center of your mind. A gentle, little spark. Like a star. Let that spark grow, and grow, and grow… until it becomes a ray. Until it becomes like the sun, and you are filled with light.
What does the light mean to you?
Now light the candle, or lantern. Speak to the flam. Rejoice in it. Give it thanks. Ask for it to shine throughout your life.
Take the token of prosperity in your hand, and hold it close to your heart. Muster feelings of gratitude and prosperity. Say a prayer of thanks for all the things that you’ve been given throughout the year. And say goodbye to the things that no longer serve you. Let the good move in. Create energetic space for your blessings.
Be with this feeling for a while. This is a talisman of prosperity. Keep it with you, or in your home.
When you’ve basked in feelings of gratitude and abundance shift your focus to what is next. Sip your tea. Take in its sweet and spicy taste. Let it fill your mouth, your head and your body. Let it move through you. Warming and reminding you of all the wonders that the light holds.
Send feelings of wonder and excitement into the future. This good energy will be waiting for you in the New Year.
Talk out loud to the Universe. Speak all the things you want to bring into your life in the New Year. Speak all the things you want to experience, change and feel. Be as honest, open and sincere as you can. Feel as if these things are already real.
Bask in this feeling.
When you are finished with your tea, and you have taken in all the energy of the light… give one last thank you.
Let the light burn out.
Keep your talisman of luck with you somewhere close… sleep with it under your pillow tonight.
The light is in your life. Honor it.
© Shaheen Miro 2014
Fire has always been regarded as the great purifier. An unparalleled force of protection, sustenance and destruction. Fire is a symbol of pure energy. People are drawn to its light and heat because it warms them, and dispels darkness.
The ancients would pass their livestock through the Beltane fire to create an aura of protection around them, and ensure their survival through the year. The act of burning old habits and afflictions in a fire is said to release them from your life. Fire transmutes, releases and renews. It softens and melts, making a malleable substance that can be shaped to your liking.
The hearth of a home has been regarded as a sacred place, the heart of the house, the altar. A spell of protection is to burn within the fire of your home or in a bomb fire on your property, different sprigs of herbs… such as…
Rosemary, lavender, juniper branches, myrtle, or bay.
Toss bundles of each of the herbs listed into the flames of a fire. let its energy cleanse you. Let it feed your spirit, and free you from negativity. Let the fire lull you into a trance, and as you go deeper into the flames, whisper the burdens that lay heavy on your heart.
You can even write on slips of fresh paper the things that you want to release from your life, and then toss them into the flames.
© Shaheen Miro 2013