Summer Solstice 2012
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear” Ambrose Redmoon (Etymology of courage Old English/French. Cour: heart/coeur plus –age: effect of....)
At times, the run up to this solstice and the beginning have felt like experiencing four seasons in a day or finding oneself in a storm and then it suddenly disappearing. It is important to remember that we are in a process and that whatever events are taking place in our lives they are there to help us think “outside of the box”.
The summer is a time for things to slow down and the overall message of these changing times is to take it slowly as we reflect upon what is real and what isn’t. In other words, before we take any action we need to be sure of our facts and to listen carefully to what others are saying especially as there is a tendency to feel overwhelmed during this solstice. Ask for more information either literally or through meditation in order to determine whether the feelings of overwhelm are truly yours or are you absorbing other people’s feelings/thoughts too.
There could be a sense of “it’s unfair” which leads to feeling isolated if not worked through and staying in victim. There may also be current issues with parents and children (whatever their age) and family rifts which need healing. Some people may have flashbacks of early childhood memories of rejection or abandonment. It is important during this time to remember to take responsibility and time for self care and nurturing as well as supporting each other.
One focus of this solstice is that our creativity has been over stimulated into the material world of objects/possessions. Interestingly this solstice is about the interaction of opposing viewpoints and balancing the differences which can then allow diversity to bring about new possibilities and stimulate creative thinking (thinking outside of the BOX). If we don’t the box will explode anyways and this will be far more challenging and painful.
There is a feeling that we are collectively going through a right of passage, understanding for ourselves the meaning of courage in order to break the sense of being stuck and repeating the same historical patterns. Humour and honesty can support us in coming through this exciting and challenging rite of passage in order to move forwards. Life could become literally pretty exotic!
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WINTER SOLSTICE 2012
“I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.”
― Marilyn Monroe
The Winter Solstice is traditionally a time to rest and at the same time begin to consider preparations for the year to come. As the quote implies there are some ups and downs during these three months especially as we are all going through a very significant “rite of passage”, individually and collectively, which in turn is leading to a powerful leap of faith. This is also an opportunity to identify what triggers strong emotions in ourselves and how they are connected to our values/beliefs.
Part of the preparations during the early stages of the Solstice are to thoroughly examine our belief systems: why do we believe in what we believe in, do we believe it in our heart or in our head, do we believe out of fear, superstition or out of fear of being judged? Are we frightened of changing our minds or of being uncertain. There is an emphasis on “travelling light but well equipped” and we “can’t move on if we are hanging on”. Well equipped with what? What are you hanging on to? You may have to let go of long held dreams and create a workable vision instead. During this questioning it is important to remember we are in a process and that this is not the end of the story.
Another interesting aspect of the Solstice may be about “breaking the rules”. Whose rules? Why are we abiding by them or not. This is not about deliberately breaking them, it may simply occur spontaneously and then you will find yourself asking questions. You may see where you have been judgmental of others regarding rules in the past. This may happen due to needing to make quick decisions and needing to improvise as opposed to feeling a victim of circumstances. This may all feel very self challenging.
Throughout this Solstice there is a paradox between reserving judgment and taking action, especially as at times you may feel your “resources” are spread thin which is the Universe’s way of saying don’t make extravagant gestures just nurture the feelings of calm and balance. Self nurturing is vital without over egging it!
Despite some people’s negative predictions as we move through into the second half of the Solstice, around 1st February, we have a better understanding of all the letting go and healing we have accomplished and how we are breaking through to happier and more peaceful times. A golden opportunity for new beginnings and wise choices.