Light has given way to darkness and the coldness of winter has its icy grip upon the land. The trees are all but skeletons, having lost their leaves months ago. The sun is at its northern most point during its yearly migration across the sky, above the tropic of Cancer, meaning that whilst those of us south of the equator are shivering with summer all but a distant memory, the Northern Hemisphere is basking in the warmth and glory of the sun.
From this point onwards, however, as the sacred wheel turns, we know it will only be a matter of time for we too feel those warming rays again, that will break through the chains of winter.
The pre-dawn silence is almost deafening as the world waits in anticipation. Deep beneath us, the Great Goddess, having entered her darkness aspect, is labouring in order to bring forth the Sun God, the Child of Promise, the Divine Saviour who will bring light and life back to this frozen land again. In readiness, we too turn inward and complete on the warming months, on our inner goals and aspiration that we would like to bring forth. However in order to be able to do this, a sacrifice is called for.
What will we give up to the darkness nightin order to bring forth light again?
The sacred wheel is turning and at the time of the winter solstice, we are given the unique opportunity to bring forth light and promise into our own worlds (the microcosm), just as the Great Goddess brings forth her own Son of Light and Promise into the world as a whole (the macrocosm).
As the first fingers of day light sneak over the horizon we celebrate in the knowledge that hope has returned to the land. That even within the darkest hour, there is light. This precious gift of understanding has been bestowed upon us by the Great Goddess and her eternal beloved consort and son.
Winter solstice incenses:
- For a citrus smell, combine dried peel of an orange, grapefruit, lemon and tangerine with some lemon essential oil.
- For a more spicy smell, mix some dried pine needles, cinnamon and myrrh with frankincense and some dried skin of an apple.
- Cedar and juniper berries mixed with frankincense can also be burned as an incense.