Winter looks different in different parts of the world. Here in Northern California we have been having frost and rain. Many trees are now naked from the season and boots and sweaters have made there way out of hiding.
Astronomically the Winter Solstice arrives at the end of the month usually between the 20-23 of December. This year it lands on December 21st. On this shortest day/longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, we also mark the first day of Winter.
However there is also something called the Meteorological start of Winter which begins the coldest months on December 1st.
Regardless of when you mark the season beginning, winter brings in an energy of deep rest. Our culture has expectations of maintaining Summer vibrancy and "go mode" throughout the year.
But our bodies often have different ideas. Longer nights might mean longer sleep. Colder weather might mean ore time indoors and less desire to be out and about.
Certainly these are generalizations as every Body is different. However this shift in the energy of the land does often influence us.
How are you feeling Wise One? What is your body needing, longing for, desiring at this time?
How are you nourishing yourself?
Working with the energy of the seasons, means listening to the way we connect with them personally.
It also means noticing how it influences your magical practices.
I find this time of year I get much more crafty, and much more creative. I put more time into making tangible things both magically and mugglely.
I also drink way more tea (if you know me then you know this is really saying something as I drink tea all the time!). I can tell the Winter is approaching quickly when I am finding empty mugs in every room of my house.
Some green witches use this time to make medicine out of their harvests, whether it's salves or tinctures or tea blends.
And some other folks find this a good time for practicing more meditation, or spending more time in reflection.
Where are you guided at this time? How are you answering that call?
What’s all this about astrological charts anyway?
I am a Sagittarius sun, Capricorn moon, and Libra rising.
The first time I discovered this I had no idea what this meant or where exactly this fact was in the wheel like, drawing of my astrological chart.
In fact when I first discovered I was a Sagittarius, (hearkening back to the days of seventeen magazine), the only thing I understood about my sign was represented by the archer.
Yet in the last 5 years or so I have begun to get more curious and have found myself exploring deeper into the realms of astrology and the relationship between the planets and signs and houses therein.
If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about that’s ok. I wasn’t sure either. In fact even after study and completing a certification course in astrology, I still lean heavy on my notes every time I read a chart.
What I have discovered though is that astrology is a valuable tool in many aspects of relationships including the one you have with yourself.
The cosmic energies we are born under and the ones that influence us at any given point in time can help us to understand behaviors, drives and even feelings.
Each season I offer an astrology class to the Diving Deeper Community.
I have recently invited My Tarot Lady Christine Michele to take the reins on teaching these classes.
You may remember her from The Cauldron of Wisdom and Season of the Witch conference this last year, where she taught us about The Tarot Cards that Scare Us and Intuitive Tarot. But what you might not know is that she is also an astrologer (nad a darn good one at that).
We have decided to offer her astrology classes ala cart to both our communities.
(That means you 😉)
The first class is part one of Astrology Fundamentals and is happening this Sunday, December 4th at 1 pm PT.
(The second part of this class will be hosted February 12th at 1 pm PT)
Part one will be packed full of information on Elements, Modes, Planets, and Signs.
(Note that if you are wanting to join but are unable to make the livestream, you will have access to the replay of the class as well as the materials Christine offers).
There are 2 options for registration-
You can sign up for Part One only, HERE
Or if you want all the fundamentals you can sign up for both classes now and get a 20% discount
Sign up for Parts One and Two Here
Questions? You can reply to this email.
Looking forward to exploring the cosmos with you all!
Emily Morrison MA, MFT