Archetypes of the Crone, Midnight, your bleed. In the Peak darkness, and the cusp of new light. The void, liminal space, the in-between, neither here nor there. A time of having one foot in the past and one in the future. The end of the cycle also brings with it new beginnings. The start of the new cycle ahead.
I feel like it's akin to the new year – that moment we celebrate by looking back at all things experienced, endured, achieved, begun, completed – we notice all that has been and we give thanks for being where we are today. We look back and see the stepping stones that bought us to where we are right now in this present moment. And on the other hand, we can look forward, we can glimpse the possibilities, and feel the limitless opportunities that the new year/cycle may bring.
But we need to celebrate the ending and let that be, before diving into the new. In the southern hemisphere we’re only mid-way through the year – so winter solstice brings a potent moment to reflect on how the year has been for us this far, and what we may wish to alter to course correct or further activate our first half year experience. It’s a time to give thanks and acknowledge, and in duality, vision into what may come next.
Over the last fortnight, I have noticed many, many people experiencing this ending in profoundly felt ways. Solstice is a portal that can bring up a deep opportunity to heal, to feel, to grow.
To honour the solstice I invite you to explore your patterns and experiences of endings and beginnings.