The weather has shifted here in Sonoma County. After some sunny warm days that confused some trees and bulbs into blooming, the temperatures have dropped and a heavy blanket of fog has been rolling in almost daily.
My body is shifting into stillness. I find my dreams continuing to deepen and my desire to sleep past my 4:30 alarm each morning following suit.
I’m using this shift to practice being more gentle with my often driven self. Taking time for a few extra minutes of quiet gazing at the holiday lights in my living room before reading the newspaper and checking emails. Taking extra care in the shower by using salt scrubs and warm scented soaps.
This weekend I participated in a class where we used memory and season to craft a 65 card Oracle deck (thank you Danielle Dulsky for this brilliant class!) It was a powerful reminder of the sacredness of prophecy and divination during this shift into winter.
As the earth around us slows and the night’s lengthen, we are invited to dive deeper into our intuition, our visioning and our dreaming.
How are you nourishing these things, Wise One?
Are you slowing down? Listening? Asking the questions that you long to know the answers to?
If you haven’t already, be sure to hop over and sign up for the Free Winter Solstice Mini Guidebook. Inside you will find a Tarot spread for the Solstice that is a great launching point for exploring the themes of this moment.
If you find you want a little more (more reflection, more ideas for celebrating and some recipes too, you will notice links in the guidebook that offer you the chance to purchase the 40 page full guidebook.
This project is a collaboration between Full Circle Herbals and Wise Woman Witchery and is loaded with ways to help you connect more deeply to this time of year and plan your own Winter Solstice Celebrations.
And, if you are wanting to join in community ritual for the Winter Solstice, you can gather with Erin and I on December 19th as we co-create ceremony for this holiday and season.
Emily Morrison MA, MFT