I was on a train and had reached my destination. Descending onto the platform at 5.30 pm, I found myself in complete darkness. It might as well have been midnight. I understood that winter had come.
The Goddess in her cailleach, or crone, aspect presides over this time. She it is who determines the length and severity of winter. She is also embodied in the dark woman of knowledge who facilitates both death and transformation (1).
In the context of my contemplative inquiry/blog, I am experiencing a process of this kind, seemingly in a minor key. I want to call it ‘hibernation and renewal’, though I cannot predict how it will really be. In any event, I have decided to do no more posting until the new year. What happens then depends on what I am inspired to do at the time. But now is a time for surrender to endarkenment and sleep.
(1) Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm The DruidCraft Tarot: Use the Magic of Wicca and Druidry to Guide Your Life London: Connections, 2004. Illustrated by Will Worthington.
Blessings on your journey in the fostering darkness. May the Lady of Winter deal kindly with us all.
Thank you Linda. Many blessings on you.
May the old ones hold you gently in the darkness.
Thanks Potia. Many Blessings, James
Sounds like a completely natural and healthy response to the season… in the darkness of a womb new life thrives…
I hope to correspond with you in the new year if I may, regarding my research (DFA at university of Glasgow) ?
I plan to contact academic OBOD members who have involved their spiritual practice in their research.
Have a beautiful rest. Lynn
Thanks Lynn. I welcome hearing more about your work in the new year.
I will miss you. Enjoy your hibernation.
Such a wise decision, I’ve always believed we are made to hibernate at this time of year. Enjoy your rest!
Thanks Lis. I am starting to enjoy my rest!