We are blessed this winter with an abundance of snow!
Mother nature has graciously been giving us lots of precipitation in the form of white fluffy shimmering snowflakes – and plenty of opportunity for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, scouting animal tracks, and enjoying the quietude of the blanketed forest and hills.
Night walks are especially magical this time of year, when the light of the moon is reflected in the snow-crystals; on clear nights, the ground becomes a galaxy of shining stars, mirroring the twinkling celestial lights above.
Winter is foremost a time of inward turning, and the signs of wintertide’s purpose are ever present. The landscape sleeps with all potential that spring promises fomenting in the deep winter dream-time. From the smallest plants to the most ancient trees, the forest enters a state of deep quiescence, as the green energy gathers in the roots. Tiny animals snuggled in their nests relax their incessant warm-weather activity, and gently release into the embrace of colder days and nights. Somewhere in the hills, the black bear enters its own kind of dream-time within a patient and nourishing sleep.
Sometimes it is hard to slow down. For us humans, our wit and intellect has given us technology that allows daily life to continue in a steady routine, regardless of the weather or time of year. Sometimes this can be a blessing. However, many times we forget (or I sure do), that slowing down, turning inward, and taking time is part of the same cycle that gives us the seed bursting into new life, abundant growth, and the ripened fruit. For some seeds, it is the darkness and profound cold that enables them to awaken victorious come the spring, bearing all the gifts that nature intends.
Thus, it is with gratitude and purpose that we welcome the silence of deep winter into our hearts, allowing the gifts of this cold and quiet time to permeate our daily life. The friendly crackle of the wood-stove as we warm ourselves, the cloooking call of the raven flying through brilliant blue sky, the winter moon shining bright and unimpeded – all timely messengers bringing us back to the simplicity and beauty of being.
We call you by the winter winds that chill our bones
And awaken our minds.
We call you by the warmth of the hearth fire
That gathers and comforts.
We call you by still waters, whose mirror leads us to inner journeys.
We call you by the quiet earth that waits and dreams.
We call you by the visions we make and love we share.
Great Goddess, who contains all things, bless our rite
As we celebrate the rebirth of spirit. Blessed be!¹
¹ Barrett, Ruth: Women’s Rites, Women’s Mysteries: “Invocation for the Winter Solstice”