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Winter Solstice 12/21/2017

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Winter Solstice on December 21 is known as the darkest night of the soul .

It is said that it is a time when the veil between our world and other worlds and dimensions are at its thinnest.

The Winter Solstice is also  a time  where darkness gives way to the light.

The word Solstice translates to “sun stands still” and those in the Northern Hemisphere will experience the darkest day of the year.

It has long been believed that on this night, spirits  visit Earth in order to offer guidance and insights into the year ahead.

In ancient times,  sacred rituals were conducted  to welcome in benevolent beings and any messages about the past, present or future they had to offer.

Because the Winter Solstice is the darkest day of the year. our minds, bodies and souls have more time to be in a heightened state of reflective awareness.

This allows us to not only receive psychic and intuitive messages but it also allows us to reflect deeply on the year gone by and where we want to focus our attention.

Autumn Equinox began 9/22/2017

 

The Autumn Equinox marks the arrival of the season of Fall, traditionally seen as a period of changes leading to The Dark of Winter. It comes after the Harvest Moon which is the first Full Moon of the season.

Fall is a season for balancing light and dark, letting go, and accepting the impermanence of things.

Balancing Darkness with the Light

On the Autumn Equinox, day and night are of equal length. This signals the need to balance light and darkness within us.

Letting Go

Autumn is a time for letting go and releasing things that have been a burden.  Fall is a great time to allow Spirit take charge of our lives and so we practice letting go of control.

Acknowledging Impermanence

Autumn reminds us of the impermanence of everything. The leaves fall and the  bare branches remind us of the fleeting nature of all things.

Fall reminds us to live every day to the fullest as there are no guarantees of tomorrow.

This brings to mind a powerful prayer that seems perfect to affirm during the Autumn Equinox .

  Metta Loving Kindness Prayer 

“May I be at peace. May my heart remain open.May I awaken to the light of my own nature. May I be healed.May I be a source of healing for all beings. ~Buddhist Tradition