In all things human

You may not know this about me, but I used to be a witch.

When I lived in New York City, I was part of a coven. Every Monday night, a group of eight of us would meet in the upstairs room of a Soho studio space. There, we would chant, sing, and laugh our way back to wholeness as we connected back to the deeper rhythms of nature.

As witches, we honoured the natural cycles of the seasons and the world. We watched the phases of the moon, felt the call of the seasons, and oriented our own yearnings and struggles within the larger framework of universal movement.

Inspired by my witchy roots, I wanted to share with you that we are entering a very potent and transformational time of the year.

The Winter Solstice, fast approaching on December 21, is the longest night of the year. This is a magical time: full of darkness, inward movement, and mystery.  This dark time is the perfect for opportunity to bank our own fires, move into quiet contemplation and to let go of old habits, patterns, and behaviours that have been holding us back.

After December 22, we will start moving back into the light. That will be the time to look towards creation and building. However, before we start to build, we must first clear our spiritual space. Like a keen-eyed grandmother, the winter solstice looks us in lovingly in the face and asks us:

What will you now let go of now, to create space for your transformation?

It’s time for you to cull, to divide, to clear. The dark says go inside to your deepest self, ask the hard questions, listen closely to your quiet, wise whispers. The dark asks you to sit in uncertainty, to be brave without the usual landmarks, to step into the deep forest and wait with the night animals to see what happens next.

What will you now let go of now, to create space for your transformation?

Perhaps the answer is pragmatic for you, and it may be time to clean out the closet, the desk to make way for new projects and self-expression. Or perhaps the release is more subtle; it may be time for you to change a negative pattern of behaviour like self-doubt, shame or guilt. Or perhaps something larger is moving, and it’s time to leave your job or relationship.

Answering the call of the dark requires great courage. Standing in the dark requires faith and courage that the light will come. In the next few days, take some quiet time in the dark to invite the earth’s rhythm to move you. Call upon her to help you do what you need to do.

And unfetter yourself for the next wild adventure.

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  • Christina M

    Thank you, thank you for this. I was so in need of this message. I suffer from well-managed depression that tends to rear its head in the darker days of winter, and you’ve helped me view this darkness in a new way. Looking forward to some quiet contemplation and welcoming transformation during this Solstice.

  • Rachel

    Christina, I’m going to share a poem that one of my sweet soul sisters sent me this morning. You are not alone. XO

    “When your eyes are tired
    the world is tired also.

    When your vision has gone
    no part of the world can find you.

    Time to go into the dark
    where the night has eyes
    to recognize its own.

    There you can be sure
    you are not beyond love.

    The dark will be your womb

    The night will give you a horizon
    further than you can see.

    You must learn one thing.
    The world was made to be free in.

    Give up all the other worlds
    except the one to which you belong.

    Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
    confinement of your aloneness
    to learn

    anything or anyone
    that does not bring you alive
    is too small for you.”

    David Whyte, from “Sweet Darkness”

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