At 1002 GMT on Monday 21st December, winter will begin. It will be the hour when the Sun stands still and, for a moment, time stops: it will be the Solstice, a Solstice like no other as Saturn confronts Jupiter and the Aquarian Age begins, forcing the death of old forms and the birth of new beginnings.
This is the day when, every year, light is scarcest and darkness lingers in the longest night as the Sun waits to be reborn, and for a new cycle of life to begin. For thousands of years, pagan worshippers have built pyramids and temples designed precisely to capture the first rays of the Sun as it rises once more to bless and nurture Earth, and on the day itself the dormant memory of your part in these ancient celebrations may come to life as you remember past Solstices, perhaps with nostalgia for how it was before in simpler times as you think about the significance of the December Solstice in 2020 and wonder what is to come.
The winter Solstice marks the ending of one year and the beginning of a new one; there may be sadness for what is gone as you witness the dying of the year, an era of experience that never will be repeated, and there may be a longing for the comfort of company, familiarity, and a sense of community unity to compensate for the sense of loss, particularly when this year has been one marked by change, separation and challenge for many people. You will be moving into the unknown, next Monday, and the long dark night before the shortest day is a reminder of the spiritual mystery of your life and being, and the influence of Sun and Moon upon you.
Because this Solstice is a day for reflection as you wait for the old to leave and the new to come, you may wish to set intentions for the new cycle – not goals, but intent, resolutions of principle and infinite possibility. Just before the new rising of the Sun, as the Solstice ends, sit in the darkness before the dawn to give thanks for what has been and what is to come: it is one of the most powerful times of the year, and one in which great magic can be created by you and for you, and for the world far beyond you, and one when you may feel the strong presence of Spirit.
As the first rays of sunlight appear, let your heart sing with welcome, for your source of life is returned – to you and all the world in these uncertain times.
I have recorded a new, free guided meditation for the Solstice 2020, and you will find it here when it is uploaded to the Inlumino Global website (Free Meditations page) in the next few days. Keep checking! It invites you to work with the Sun, the Moon, Earth and your Family of Light to make important choices and to see what lies ahead for you as you unite with the divine. It lasts for 30 minutes.
This, meanwhile, will be my last blog post of the year, though a private message for the Solstice and the end of the year will go out soon to all of you who have kindly subscribed to my newsletters. I will stop work and the office will be closed from 24th December until 6th January, but I will check my emails regularly if anyone need to contact me urgently.
I send much love to you at this special time.