Welcome to this site specifically dedicated to the Equinoxes and Solstices. Every three months I produce a write-up for the current equinox or solstice. I primarily draw them up through a combination of astrology, meditation, traditional and seasonal observations.
Four times a year the seasons change at the Equinoxes and Solstices. Looking at what this season means to you, what is happening in nature and the environment can be helpful in understanding how individually we fit into the bigger picture.
There can be a sense of being in alignment with the natural rhythm of the Earth and this in turn can help us maintain a sense of balance when life appears to be turbulent. Meditations and self-care tools can be found on the Meditation Page.
The most current write-up is on this page and previous one is on the Equinoxces/Solstices page and the drop down pages in that section. The previous one on the main page and the others filed in Equinoxes or Solstices.
I am happy to say there is now a digital meditation workbook on www.smelltherosesmeditation.com
If you are really busy, find it hard to sustain a meditation practice or feel a "failed meditator", Smell the Roses busts the myths of where, how and when to meditate
WINTER SOLSTICE 2019
"Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good. One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul."
By Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The Winter Solstice is always a time symbolically of death and rebirth. This year the emphasis is particularly about giving birth to new beginnings as we enter a new decade. In a sense being our own midwives. For some it is a time for great family and friend celebrations, for others a time of quiet reflection and others a time of conflict and loneliness - reminding us we are all different and the importance of kindness and compassion.
Before entering the 20s, it can be helpful to reflect on the past ten years, devise
our own ways of letting go of anything that has challenged us, celebrate our achievements and finally find it in our hearts to forgive ourselves and others.
The messages of this solstice are many - some of these may resonate with you, others may not. This is a very private process and more than anything is about self honesty and healing. The depth of feeling may surprise you if you choose to do this. Sometimes the Universe may just underline the issue for you and it will feel there no choice but move forwards. Our egos may also do somersaults over any one of the points:
. Overcoming perfectionism
. Self determination
. Being humane and compassionate as opposed to judgemental
. Sense of purpose
. High moral ground, dogmatic
. Sensuality, creativity (thinking outside of the box)
. Being clannish and conditional empathy
. Being supportive
As this solstice is about new beginnings, the focus is about feeling we are in a safe place in our hearts, preparing fertile ground for the Spring with a supportive, healthy and respectful community around us. We have an opportunity to be trailblazers as we journey together into this new decade. It it says in the quote we have no idea what will tip us towards enduring good individually and globally. May we all be lighthouses xxx