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Winter Solstice 22 Dec 2023

Winter is a time of rest and hibernation, of waiting for the light to return.

Just like seeds that wait silently in the ground, full of potential, we can just 'be'.

During the dark months, plants submerge their energy into their roots.

We can learn much from the seed and the natural environment.

We too are a natural part of the earth and are affected by the seasons. We would do well to go with the flow of these natural cycles.

It is not a time for doing too much. We need to slow down and pace ourselves, to preserve our energy - our energy levels are not as dynamic as during warmer months.

And lest we forget. The celebration of Yule, like its midsummer counterpart is strongly associated with fertility and the continuation of life. The Goddess is in her dark aspect. At the same time, she is in the gestation process of what she will give birth to with the return of light and warmth to the world at the time of the Spring Equinox.

The connection between the winter solstice and the birth of the sun at the dawning of creation is why the ancient Egyptians aligned their Temple of Karnak, the largest temple in the world, to the winter solstice sunrise and dedicated it to their supreme creator god Amun.

This temple was devoted to creation, and expanded upon to include the Fibonacci sequence, which is a mathematical principle found in the growth and expansion of life. It is this sequence we find in our DNA and in the spiralling movements associated with Qigong and the yawning effect we tend to experience in release of tension with Somatic Movement.


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