At this time of the year, with the Winter Solstice behind us and the new year around the corner, we are assured a return of the light. We’ve lived through the shortest day of the year and have made it past our descent into the dark. While we are still fully encapsulated in winter, daylight becomes more and more prominent from now until the summer season.
These seasonal cycles were once honored by ancient cultures for the distinct energy they would bring into our lives. Spring is a time of rebirth, summer is a time of youthful exuberance and planting seeds, fall brings the harvest and decline of the light, and winter is a time of hibernation, contemplation and gathering our strength for the inevitable rebirth.
Cultures, like the ancient Druids and other pagan traditions, who celebrated Solstice and seasonal rites of passage were wise in their recognition of the seasonal cycle as representative of the human narrative as a whole. There are seasons to our lives, descents and ascents. There are times for deeper lessons and karmic experiences and times for jubilation, emergence, and a celebration of cycles completed. As we deepen our winter burrowing, we are in preparation for the the journey back to our rebirth in the Spring.