You may have noticed the absence of an email your inbox this past Sunday. I am finding myself pulling my energy deeply inward as the season shifts from fall to winter and the holiday energy is increasing.
This time of year I love to hunker down in cozy sweaters and blankets play some music and knit, or cook, or read. I adore the darkness and the quiet I associate with it.
Each year I make something to gift to friends. This year I made some elderberry syrup, and with each stir imagined wellness and health and strength flowing into the mix.
Kitchen Witchin in its simplest form. Yet the love and care put into each jar I filled felt energized and powerful.
It is amazing what effect simple witchery practices can have on the world around us.
How are you celebrating the Solstice? Today is the shortest day of 2021 and tomorrow the light begins to return to us.
What lessons have you been learning in the darkness? What stories have been born here?
Even as the light returns we begin a descent into Winter. The coldest months are ahead. How will you nourish your inner fire during this time?
A simple practice-
The evergreen holds the energy of growth and light throughout the year. Its cycles are more subtle than the trees that shed their leaves and leave themselves naked in the cold.
Yet the evergreen too has its cycle.
Bring evergreen indoors, notice how this energy makes you feel.
Hold it. Smell it. Can you feel the energy? As you sit with this plant what thoughts, sensations and emotions arise? What message does this plant have for you?
Keep an evergreen sprig on your altar through the Winter to keep you connected to the information it has to offer.
In Celtic traditions/mythologies, the Calleach is the divine crone/hag often associated with the Winter.
She is a powerful goddess who can change landscapes, crafting mountains and hills, herding deer, calling in and creating storms, and has a staff that freezes the ground.
She rules through the Winter months and determines when she is ready to hand the crown over to the Summer Queen.
This old woman of the Winter has many gifts for us. She knows the importance of the energies Winter brings. She holds the gifts of prophecy and vision that can be found in the dark of Winter.
Although typically depicted as a destroyer goddess, her ability to craft mountains and lakes as well as her care for animals also bring her into light as a creatrix.
During these cold days, how does the Calleach visit you?
How can you work with her?
What stories does she have to whisper to you by the fire?
Nourish and Nurture
The Diving Deeper membership closed last night at midnight. However my desire to go within my cozy solstice hut, kept me from sending out a reminder.
As a result I am going to keep registration open until December 23rd at 9am PT.
There are quite a few events happening still for the remainder of the year, including a prophecy class next week where we will work through 2022 with our Tarot and Oracle cards to discover what lies ahead.
And on the Nourishment front…
Save the Date for January 14th and 15th, when Erin LaFaive and I will be hosting a Winter Retreat, designed to help you care for your sacred self during these colder months.
Details coming very soon.
Until next week you wonderful witchy wise ones, may you find the light in the darkness, may your heart and hearth be alight with flame and however you are celebrating during this holiday season may you find moments of sacred peace and reflection.
With Love and Blessings,
Emily Morrison MA, MFT