This year’s winter solstice is a personal and a global event. The Mayan Long Count Calendar completes a 13 Baktun Cycle of 5,125 years on Friday, December 21, 2012, *UTC 11:11am. Tomorrow clear some time in your day to connect to thousands of people around our Planet who are holding a focus of gratitude and remembering that WE ARE ONE; ONE IS ALL – ALL IS ONE. As we have learned over years of observing solstice and equinox times, the Winter Solstice is a powerful opportunity to set the stage for the next year. Ask yourself, “Who Am I?” What do I want to have happen in my life next year?”
Write down a goal for your personal, business and spiritual life that you want to manifest during 2013. Make 2 copies. Place one in a special place to read again at the Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox time. (See pp 175-179 in Shamanic Gardening: Timeless Techniques for the Modern Sustainable Garden.)
Because this day is such a powerful transformational time we have the opportunity to take part in the Great Mystery’s light-blessings that are pouring into the air, the water, the earth and into our hearts, emotions and minds. It’s a perfect time to:
- Vision your greatest DREAM.
- Imagine the JOY of having PEACE in all relationships.
- Have every action be ruled by LOVE and compassion.
- Be aware and acknowledge miracles.
- Feel and sense the HARMONY that is within all creation of the Circle of Life.
*(UTC=Coordinated Universal Time) Other exact times to observe in United States: 6:11am East Coast; 5:11am Central Time; 4:11am Mountain Time; 3:11 West Coast Time; Hawaii Time 1:11am
Winter Solstice 2011
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 9:30PM PST
Thursday, Dec. 22, 12:30AM EST
The Winter Solstice begins the earth’s journey into longer hours of daylight. This marks the time of your personal journey when it’s possible to move beyond darkness, confusion and any disappointments of 2011. It’s a good time to celebrate the manifestation of your new goals for 2012 and expand your ability to bring the power of love into all your relationships.
This Winter Solstice focus your mind on creating the kind of relationships that can bring more love and harmony into your life. Today, write down one major goal for each of the following:
- For your life and personal relationships.
- Something you can do to care for the earth.
- Goals you want to manifest for work and finances.
For each goal create a vision of what your life is going to be like when the goals are reached. Write down a short, positive affirmation that relates to each goal and FEEL your goals happening. Express your gratitude for their manifestation and for all those people, opportunities and experiences that are helping to manifest your goals. Place everything in a red envelope – your goals, the vision and any plans throughout the year. Keep it in an auspicious place. Then, everyday until the winter solstice of 2012, read over everything, hold an attitude of gratitude, feel an acceptance and feel a deep appreciation for the achievement of your goals.
The last step is to re-write your goals on another piece of paper. You are going to burn it and throw the ashes on the ground in the garden or next to a favorite tree. Burning gives them power and helps to release any emotional or mental blocks associated with them. A few days before the autumn equinox in 2012, take time to remember how the goals were manifested and all the people who helped you along the way.
Now that the light of the day is diminishing as we move toward the Winter Solstice on December 22, I wanted to share these beautiful, handcrafted solar lanterns from Allsop Home & Garden. (The photo was taken from their online store, Fab.) The lanterns are LED efficient and can fit perfectly in the sustainable, edible garden, the lanai, on the deck or patio and a sunny room in your home.
Celebrating Autumn Equinox 2011
Friday September 23
2:05AM West Coast 5.05 AM East Coast
It is a time to set the focus only on feeling and expressing gratitude with others all that has been received. Together we begin a walk into the West by slowing down. It’s a good time to get to know yourself by asking:
- What are the fruits of my harvest this year?
- How have I changed? Thoughts? Emotions? Spiritual growth?
- How am I more aware?
- How has my consciousness changed?
- Who am I now?
Between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice, we reflect on all that has happened since the Winter Solstice 2010. Because it’s a time to get the ‘soil’ ready for planting new seeds at the Winter Solstice, December 21, 2012, ask yourself:
- Who do I want to be?
- What positive thoughts am I going to hold throughout 2012?
- For 2012 what seeds do I want to plant for self, family, others and earth wellness?
- What action can I take throughout 2012 that can sustain earth wellness, peace, love, joy or harmony for seven generations into the future?
When we open our eyes, we see beyond ourselves.
When we open our ears, we listen beyond ourselves.
When we give ourselves over to this attraction we grow in self-awareness.
Grandmother Twylah Hurd Nitwch, Seneca Elder & Teacher