This is the Season of Solstice, celebrated by many on the Planet; when Earth’s tilt leans both hemispheres, South and North, to the furthest point in relationship with Mother Sun, our Source of life and being. It is the Seasonal Moment when the hours of light or dark peak, come to fullness; and there is a turning, a re-turning, to the other again. Solstice may be considered a moment of Sacred Interchange; an interchange of the manifestation of light and form, and the manifesting sentient dark – in one direction or the other. With Summer Solstice, which it is in the Southern Hemisphere, there is a turning into the dark, the pouring forth of fullness of being, returning the gift of being to the Great Sentience whence it comes. With Winter Solstice, which it is in the Northern Hemisphere, there is a turning into the light, the promise of ongoing Creativity and Being.
The Solstices mirror each other … the Summer peaking of light celebrating a Radiance, the shining forth of all that a being is, or may be, which is at the same time a dissolving of self … as the Sun does in every moment: and the Winter peaking of dark celebrating the Origins/Womb of all, which is at the same time a Flaring Forth of being … as happens in every moment in the quantum foam, and as the Sun’s “return” may assure. Solstice – Summer or Winter – may be a special Seasonal Moment for celebrating the sacredness of this Place of Being, the Communion that we find ourselves in, the reciprocity at the heart of life, the relational reality of being: Summer more about its awesomeness as we turn into the dark, and Winter more about the organic miracle of it as we turn into the light. Mother Sun is a primary model for this deep Communion, and generosity of being: pouring forth in every moment, feeding the world, and embedded in every thought and action. We may celebrate Her gift, and remember our source and destiny.
The actual Moment of December Solstice 2018 is 22:23 UT 21st, or 8:23 22nd EST Australia which is where I am. For all planetary times see archaeoastronomy.com
For the Southern Hemisphere December Solstice is Summer with the peaking of the longer daily hours of light, and the awesomeness of the return to the dark. It may be a celebration of the fullness of being, the shining forth of it – an invoking of it, and the organic re-union with the Space/Void/Night – to whom All returns: it is the fulfilment of our purpose, existence is poured forth, given away, in every moment, in every day. It is often expressed as a union of Beloved and Lover, which may be understood as a union of small self with Larger Self.
For the Northern Hemisphere December Solstice is Winter with longer daily hours of darkness peaking, and the magic of the return towards the light. It may be a celebration of the dark Space/Void/Night, Her fertile dark matter out of which All arises: the dark sentience in which we are immersed and from which existence springs forth in every moment … it is an ongoing miracle of manifestation, in every moment, in every day. It is expressed cross-culturally and throughout the ages in the icon of Mother and Child.
For some Summer Solstice Poetry: PaGaian Summer Solstice on YouTube
For some Winter Solstice Poetry: PaGaian Winter Solstice on YouTube
At my place in Australia I will celebrate Summer Solstice, probably right on the Moment, and I invite others in this way:
This is the time when the light part of day is longest …
You are invited to celebrate
Light reaches Her fullness, and yet …
She turns, and the seed of Darkness is born.
This is the time of the rose, blossom and thorn
– for pouring forth the Gift of Being.
The story of Old tells that on this day
Beloved and Lover dissolve into the single Song of Ecstasy – that moves the worlds.
Self expands in the bliss of Creativity,
Sun ripens in us. We are the Bread of Life –
we celebrate Her deep Communion and Reciprocity.
PaGaian Cosmology blogs for Summer Solstice/Litha
PaGaian Cosmology blogs for Winter Solstice/Yule
PaGaian Cosmology Meditations CDs have been beautifully produced to support the preparation and performing of the Seasonal ceremonies and celebration. The Winter Solstice or Summer Solstice tracks may be purchased individually (digitally) or you may purchase the whole set (in CD form or digitally).
Some Summer and Winter Solstice story may be found in Appendix F of the book PaGaian Cosmology, or if you have a paper version there is an Index for references throughout. These Seasonal Moments in relationship to the whole Wheel of the Year may be found in Chapter 5, and ceremonial scripts are offered in Chapter 7 – the on-line versions are usually a bit different from the paper versions, as they evolve and change, and depending on current context.
If you are celebrating Winter Solstice – The Birthplace of the Universe may be an inspiring contemplation of our Origins, the Womb in which we are. And whichever Solstice it is that you may be celebrating, these short clips of Brian Swimme’s DVD’s may be nurturant of that spirit: Radiance and Generosity of the Sun.
Livingstone, Glenys. PaGaian Cosmology: Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion. NE: iUniverse, 2005.
Swimme, Brian. The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos. New York: Orbis, 1996.
Swimme, Brian and Berry, Thomas. The Universe Story. New York: HarperCollins, 1992.