Conscious Home Design

Winter Solstice, and the Return of the Light

Thursday, December 20, 2012 by

I have always been a sky gazer. Some of my earliest memories are of lying flat in the back of my parents old station wagon closely watching the moon, believing it was my friend coming along for the long ride to comfort me as the family journeyed throughout almost every state in search of the best campsites.  

This past year I’ve had the extreme fortune to live on a mountain surrounded by thousands of acres of wildlife (cultivating a loving relationship, which is another story). Being so immersed in the natural world has myriad benefits, among the best is experiencing the magnificence of our dark skies...without any light pollution. Besides the nightly show of stars - including the milky way! - I have become intimately connected with the moon and planet phases with all of their ritual mythologies. I truly believe being aligned with celestial energies help guide us and often work with clients to release ‘stuff’ with the waning moon as well as create intentions with the new. Friday’s ‘longest night’ will usher in a growing light every day (until summer solstice in June) and is the perfect time to tend to our own sacred light. The winter solstice and the ‘rebirth’ of the sun is a magical time in many cultures. Whatever your spiritual slant, no one can deny we are all ‘in this together’, sharing our planet along with the heavenly bodies above. This New Year offers an opportunity to honor our interconnectedness, invoke peace and join together in a world turned upside down. Open the door when a stranger knocks, and bring the symbolic lump of coal that encourages us all to light our way into a new dawn. 

 "When Buddha was on his death bed he noticed his young disciple Anan was weeping.
'Why are you weeping, Anan?' he asked.
'Because the light of the world is about to be extinguished and we will be in darkness.'
The Buddha summoned up all his remaining energy and spoke what were to be his final words on earth:
'Anan, Anan, be a light unto yourself.'"

Remember, the greatest gift you can give, is not your presents, but your PRESENCE (your ‘light’). 

Happy Holidays!  Warm Home Blessings, ~ Cheryl Terrace, VITAL DESIGN