The Winter Solstice

December 21, 2014

The shortest day, the longest night, as from today the light returns, the sun will bathe the earth for a little longer each day and the darkness will awaken from its slumber.

Slowly, slowly,  Mother earth will be coerced into movement by the warmth of the sun and together they will bring a magnificent union.  In that dark, moist mysterious place under the earths surface, magic happens.  Seeds  of our becoming will be slowly stirred into life, seeds of hope, seeds of love, seeds of compassion and they will grow strong roots and fertile shoots will forge up thought the earth, beauty will abound…………   Until then we can slumber in the winters dark night and dream of worlds we are going to bring into being.  Rest and replenish ourselves in readiness for the abundance to come………………..

Today is the time to honour the return of the light.

For me its a time to return to my work and practice.  A place that feels like returning home

 

The solstice is near

December 18, 2011

Oh what an amazing morning, blue skies, a carpet frost and the morning sun turning the last few leaves clinging to the oaks to beautiful molten gold…………….  I have been sitting here at my window as I do most morning, watching the dark skies turn to light as the sun bursts over the horizon.  In a few days we will be plunged again into the dark night, the longest night, the darkest night in the calandar between sunset and sunrise.

Its a time to honour this darkness, to reflect and have gratitude for these dark days bereft of light.  To see the beauty in the trees nakedness, empty of their summer fullness, to see the wisdom winter brings in teaching us about the need for withdrawl as an essential part of renewal.

As we honour this darkness we also,  honour the return of the sun as the solstice brings hope to our lands as the planet experiences the first slow turn towards the spring. Let us remember the positive, enriching aspects of winters bleak darkness.  Long walks in the frost, wrapped up to keep the cold away and returning for tea by the crackling flame of an open fire.  Sitting in candle light, reflecting on the year past and like the trees shed their leaves we too can take time to reflect on what no longer serves us in our lives, and let these drop away like a falling leaves.

The darkness acts like a nurturing womb, we are held safe in the darkness whilst we rest and replenish our energies for the coming year and learn to connect to our own inner light.  Our mother earth is holding space deep in the mysteries of the dark loam, the womb of the earth, for in these seeds and bulbs basking in slumber , lay our future hopes and dreams, the promise of life and renewal, a future garden of delights.

Albert Camus wrote  “In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer”

I shall be celebrating solstice with a dear friend Ali who has organised a circle of light for friends  to make a despacho to honour our new becomings, the darkness  and to give gratitude to the return of the sun…………..

Happy Solstive everyone

garden of delights – recent watercolour

 

 

 

Mother Earth, the Mother Goddess, The sleeping goddess of the Hypogeum in Malta.  An amazing underground temple, the energy there is strong and powerful  and when I read this was the incubation chamber of dreams, this was like the “mother board” where dreams  became reality, I knew today I needed to call her in.    In doing so this image came to me it’s the mother goddess, womb like and giving birth to new beginnings,

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The Start of a New Decade

February 2, 2010

A PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE HERALDS THE START OF A NEW , DECADE

And what an auspicious beginning, the 13th full moon of the year arose for the last time in 2009 to a partial lunar eclipse.   How amazing is all this, a real time of change where major shifts take place both personally and globally.

This Moon, second one in the month of December is actually called a Blue moon, it happens approx once every three years, hence the saying some say “once in a blue moon”. On her journey through the cosmos she passes through the constellation of Cancer and the Sun will be moving opposite the Moon through the constellation of Capricorn.  As you know, we tend to be more emotionally expressive during a Full Moon. This emotional and sometimes rather shaky environment occurs because there is change in the electromagnetic energy that affects us mentally and neurologically.

As the moon begins to grow rich and full, tension begins to build until it reaches a crescendo and literally eclipses the sun.    Immediately there is a release, a real sense of freedom, blockages begin to crumble as we let go of everything that no longer serves us in our lives.

I see this time as a real era of change, like a huge heavy door opening up before us, allowing us to take flight into the unknown.  A starting point of our epic journey to who we are becoming. We all have the opportunity now to dream a new world into being, allowing ourselves to open up to the bigger picture and start co-create something really new for this beautiful world of ours.

Last weekend saw the first new moon of the decade, it was huge with a warm golden glow, its proximity to Mars and its reflection gave it this beautiful colour.  The full moon was in Leo with Venus and Mars astride.  A Full Moon is light (the Sun) fully illuminating what is hidden or unconscious (the Moon) – so that should be viewed as something that the Universe decrees as having arrived at a time when it needs to be exposed and so brought closer to being resolved.   It prompts us to take a good look at how courageous we are.

Do we have what it takes to see things through? Are we brave enough to confront what is necessary to make the long-lasting changes? The Sun in Aquarius reminds us to be progressive and creative and learn to take a step back and view things from a more balanced perspective.

This coming year feels so good, there is definitely a huge shift in the way I view my world now,  knowing that mother earth is there supporting my every step keeps me grounded, connected and able to move forward with certainty

Homage to Mother Earth

July 11, 2009

Pachamamma. 2057

Every day, since the beginning of time, the earth, the wondrous mother earth has supported us. Under our feet every moment of our lives,  she provides for us in every way.

The moist magical blood of the mother, the feminine energies that swell and give birth to abundance on this planet. Wonderful Pachamama.

The Divine mother comes in many guises, in Greece for example, DEMETER, mother of Persephone, tall in stature, full hipped, wide shouldered, swollen breasts always full of milk, the stars of the milky way is said to flow through her ……….  as she walks the earth flowers spring from the footprints she leaves behind, she is the bringer of the seasons and the mother of Persephone.

In Egypt, ISIS, she who gives birth to the heaven and earth, the Queen of the heavens, Mother of the gods, the light giver of heavens and she who knows how to make right use of the heart.

In Roman history she was known as CERES. in the Andean communities she is knows as PACHAMAMA, 

This detail is from a much larger painting I completed recently  in homage to her vibrant presence under our feet.

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