The first of December is actually the start of meteorological Winter, but in many Northern areas hard frosts and snow begin much earlier. In ancient times, when the agricultural calendar was the focus, our Ancestors knew that Winter Solstice signified the halfway point of Winter. There was comfort that half of the hardest, coldest months were behind them and the thaw was eventually coming. They could measure their stores and gather the hope of survival close.
For the modern advent of the Winter season, the holidays are upon us with all the blessings and stresses that may entail. Our “winter stores” are tapped to bring forth gatherings, feasting, and laughter. Make time in the holiday rush for sacred pauses, rites of renewal, and tapping into the Seasonal Soul of Winter.
Gather with those who truly bring you joy and seek the meaning in the holidays that feels good to you. Look at your circle of family and friends and include those who may have experienced loss in the past year, are alone, or have a challenging time with the holidays.
In the approach to Winter Solstice, we are experiencing the deepest, darkest part of the year.. Winter Solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year. Astronomically, at Winter Solstice, the Sun becomes stationary and then slowly begins to move in an upward motion in the sky to culminate at the Summer Solstice.
From the depths of the belly of Goddess, it is time for us to tend our light and to plant our seeds of luminous hope for the coming year. Surround yourself with those who support and nourish your sacred intentions. Juno Lucina, Neith, and Guadalupe offer their light as we travel through the inner planes.
At Winter Solstice, we honor the Mothers that birthed the Sun/Son – Mother Mary (Jesus – Yeshua), Isis (Horus), Frigga (Balder). Each of these Mothers brought their sons into the world to be the symbol of Light across continents. What is the light that you wish to birth into being?
Winter is also the Time of the Crones and Wisdom Women. They circle the hearth fires, poke the coals, and sustain us in the darkest nights. Singing our souls home, they guide us through the sifting and sorting of the inner journeywork that began in Autumn. We are halfway to our own wisdom and the Grandmothers give us permission to rest (even for a moment) into their comforting embrace. Call upon An Cailleach, Spider Woman, Baba Yaga, the Norns, the Fates, and Nicneven.
The Goddesses that live on the snowy tundras are standing vigil and ready for the sacrifices of the past year. What do you need to shed and leave to the harsh energies of the tundra? Take this opportunity to assess and make way for more light in your life, in your being for the coming year. Some of these Goddesses come with the mandate that you must transform or you will not survive the winter of your soul. Ask for assistance from Freya, Skadi, Berchta, and Mother Holle.
February is the time of the “quickening”. Goddess is breathing life into the seeds that have been planted in the darkness of Winter. “Grow”, She whispers, “Grow and be my adornments in the world”. Goddesses of Fire and Light oversee this precious, mysterious process: Brigid, Oya as Candelaria, Lalita Devi. Spring is coming.
May the Goddesses of Winter be your light and guide you into the Seasonal Soul of Winter!
In Gratitude, in Light, In Goddess, I wish you blessings!
Join me for a FREE Winter Solstice Goddess Meditation Circle with Our Lady of Guadalupe on 12/21/19! There will be a recorded archive available.
See all the new and seasonal classes on Mystery School of the Goddess!
Tap the Seasonal Soul of Winter with new articles on MotherHouse blog.
Welcome Winter with some seasonal favorites from our go-to Goddess vendors:
- Crone Smoke (hand-rolled incense) from Gwen at Daughters of ISIS
- The Wintertide Collection of jewelry from Gail at Gail Jessen Designs
- Circle Cast Mister from Kim at Murphy’s Essentials (ask about her CBD oil products!)
- 3X Clearing Spray from Angela at Ona’s Root
- Goddess Prayer Charms from Brandi at Red Priestess
- Plant Pendants from Leah at Stick Medicine
- Pennies from Heaven Witch Powder from Yeshe at The Sacred Well
Choose a Winter Goddess or Divine one and create a seasonal practice for her. Some Goddesses to consider: Ananke, Arianrhod, Befana, Berchta, Brigid, Cailleach, Deer Mother, Demeter, Erishkegal, Flidais, Freya, Frigga, Guadalupe, Hel, Holda, the Horae, Isis, Kali, Lucia, Mother Mary, Nepthys, Oya, Rhea, Rhiannon, Satet, Sige, Skadi, The Fates, The Norns, White Buffalo Woman.
Treat yourself to a Goddess Wheel of the Year Reading with me to see what Goddesses are surrounding you right now! Or choose a seasonal Three Card Goddess Reading!
Gather the women in your circle for a Vision Board Party to set intentions for the New Year.
Take walks in Nature and collect items for your Winter altar. What is revealed when Gaia sheds her adornments?
Create a Nature Mandala – use all natural and organic items, such as seeds, flowers, sticks, and stones, and food for the animals. Don’t forget to put out food and water for the birds and other animals in your area for winter.
Spread fairy lights everywhere in the house to invite LIGHT.
Schedule a Silence Retreat with the Goddess Sige.
Make hot chocolate. Many times.
Some Seasonal Recipes for your Gatherings:
- Roasted Carrots and Parsnips with Walnut Pesto
- Chopped Kale Salad with Delicate Squash and Pomegranates
- Spicy Chicken and Mung Bean Stew
- Tom Kha Gai – Thai Coconut Chicken Noodle Soup
Read more in the New Year and join other bibliophiles for our NEW Literary Goddess Circle starting in January!
Winter Reading and Divination:
- Awakening Shakti by Sally Kempton
- Goddess Companion: Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit by Patricia Monaghan
- Great Goddesses: Life Lessons from Myths and Monsters by Nikita Gill (Our first book for Literary Goddess Circle)
- The Divine Feminine Oracle by Meggan Watterson
- The Weaver’s Oracle by Carolyn Hillyer
- Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul by Clarissa Pinkola-Estes
SIGNS AND SYMBOLS OF WINTER
Archetypes: Crone/Grandmother, Tundra Goddesses, Hearth and Fire Goddesses, Priestess, Dreaming Woman, Creation Woman, Warrioress
Winter Themes: Planting Seeds, Dark and Light, Dreaming and Dreamwork, Inner Realms, Shamanic, Journeywork, Reflection, Slow Down, Ancestors, Psychic Abilities, Rest, Rejuvenation
Time of Day: Midnight
Astrological Signs: Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo
Colors: indigo, white, black, grey, steel blue, crimson red
Flowers/Foliage: snowdrops, lilies, winter rose, poinsettia, flowering quince, holly, winterberry, witch hazel, mistletoe, evergreen branches
Essential Oils: Frankincense, Myrrh, Mugwort, Sage, Geranium, Wintergreen, Peppermint
Crystals & Gemstones: Amber, Copper, Garnet, Jasper, Opalite, Rainbow Aura Quartz, Record Keeper Quartz, Lapis Lazuli, Smoky Quartz, Obsidian, Rainbow Hematite, Black Moonstone, Amethyst, River Stones (Window Quartz)
Animal Guides: Fox, Owl, Bison, Bear, Cardinal, Whale, Elk, Hawk, Deer, Raven, Falcon, Salmon, Squirrel, Snow Goose, Beaver, Wolf, Moose
Practices: Hearth Work; Kitchen Witchery; Restorative Yoga; Yoga Nidra; Channeling and Mediumship; Divination; Meditation; Shamanic Journeywork; Dreamwork
Adorning Altars: Winter branches, greens, and berries; pinecones; images of snowflakes, icicles; anything pine; candles and sparkling lights; Winter vegetables; representations of Winter comfort