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Winter Solstice: Bring Light to the Darkest Night

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with me and your ancestors!  Let’s bring light to the darkest night!!!!

What is the Winter Solstice?

The Winter Solstice occurs on December 21st of every year, it is the time of year that the north pole is tilted farthest from the Sun.  This is the shortest day and the longest night of the year!  In the northern hemisphere, December 21st is the beginning of winter (for me, the snow has been here for over a month).

What does the Winter Solstice symbolize?

For northern people living (not so) long ago, winter could be a time winter-solsticeof scarcity, famine and death.  Each day leading up to the solstice, the Sun would get lower in the sky at midday, sometimes disappearing completely below the horizon (if you’re far north enough).  Today at noon, the sun was barely above the treeline – leaving long shadows and a sunset that began at 3:30pm.

Nights in winter are long, dark and cold – tonight’s forecast is -30.  I’m grateful for the glowing warmth of my home.  I can only imagine how our ancestors felt – grateful for warmth and food.  When food was plentiful, they held feasts and ceremonies with grateful intentions.

The Sun Wheel and the Medicine Wheel look identical and symbolize the same thing.

The Winter Solstice is the end and beginning of our annual cycle through the seasons, symbolizing both death and (re)birth.  Northern cultures often celebrate the seasonal cycle of the northern environment.  This annual cycle of the seasons is often symbolized by a wheel in northern pagan cultures.  The medicine wheel in North American cultures and the sun wheel in northern European cultures symbolize the seasonal cycle of life.

All life on earth depends on the Sun.  Early northern cultures recognized the Sun’s importance to all life.

For three days following the winter solstice, the Sun will appear to rise to the same height in the sky before getting higher in the sky with each passing day until Summer Solstice.  Traditionally during these three days, a sacred fire was lit to bring light to the darkness.

How was the Winter Solstice celebrated in the past?

The Winter Solstice was celebrated by pagan cultures around the globe, mostly located in the northern hemisphere.

Winter Solstice was celebrated by the Romans with Saturnalia, the Japanese with Toji, Northern Europeans celebrated Yule and several Native American tribes celebrated Winter Solstice.

Winter Solstice celebrations typically included adorning the home with symbols of life (despite the cold winter) – like boughs of evergreen trees, winter berries, misletoe, holly and in north america also juniper and cedar.

Native American Traditions

Ceremonies to commemorate their Gods and the Sun often included sacrifices, sweat lodges, singing, feasting and the lighting of a large sacred fire.  In Native American tradition, the sacred fire was lit at sacred fireWinter Solstice on top of the ashes saved from last year’s fire.  The fire was maintained for 3 days straight.  People will take turns staying up at night with the fire.  During their time with the fire – they think about their life over the past year and how they can improve for the next year.  They focus on what they would like to achieve in the upcoming year.  They make their intentions for the upcoming year by holding a handful of evergreen leaves and then tossing them into the fire.  The intentions are believed to be carried into the spirit world with the smoke.

Northern European Tradition

In Northern European tradition, a fire is lit using the log from the yule tree.  Intentions are carved into the log and then the log is burned.  As the log burns, it is believed that the intentions are carried into the spirit world with the rising smoke.  A small piece of the log is saved in order to start the next year’s yule fire with it.

When the Christianization of Europe occured, Winter Solstice celebrations were replaced with Christmas.  As many people now know, Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th.  The date of his birth was moved to correspond with Winter Solstice so that the conversion of pagans would be easier.  Christmas replaced Saturnalia and Yule but retained much of the original traditions.

When European colonization of the Americas occured, Native American celebrations of Winter Solstice were also replaced by Christmas, as many Natives converted to Christianity.

How can WE celebrate the Winter Solstice today?

In the past, the Winter Solstice was the start of a celebration that continued until the beginning of January.  Today, this time of year corresponds with the Christmas/New Year celebrations.  Many of our Christmas traditions that don’t include Christmas Mass or the Nativity – are traditions from our pagan past.

For example – the Christmas tree, mistletoe, holly, yule logs, Santa Claus and even Christmas stockings are all linked to the pagan celebration of Yule.  Even the hedonistic New Years celebrations likely have pagan roots.

Here are some tips you can use to bring back the ancient celebration of Winter Solstice:
  1.  Sun Symbols.  Stars were originally included in Winter Solsticewinter solsticecelebrations because they symbolized the Sun, the giver of all life on Earth.  This is why we have a star on top of our Christmas tree (and why Christianity tries to replace it with an angel).  Traditionally in my town, everyone had a yellow star in their window for the entire month of December.  It symbolizes the Sun.  Of course, Christianity has also appropriated this custom as the “Advent Star”.
  2. Sacred Fire.   Bring light to the darknest night.  The 3 day long solstice fire is likely not practical for many people today living in cities.  However, you can symbolize this solstice fire by lighting a candle every evening for three days.  You can even save this
    Advent Candles

    candle for the next year and use it to light your next year’s candles.  This custom may have evolved into the “Advent Candles”.  Another wonderful custom of ‘bringing light to the darkest night’ is to make ice lanterns with votive candles to light up your yard.

  3. Decorate your home with winter evergreens.  Evergreen trees /plants and winter berries indigenous to the circumpolar northern climate were considered special because they remained green and living during the winter.  Decorating your home with these plants symbolizes life during the darkness.  You can do this by making a wreath using evergreens, low bush cranberries (lignonberries) and floral wire or by bringing in a live evergreen tree.
  4. Feast with Gratitude.  The meal for the
    Winter Solstice Feast with Sun Symbol

    Winter Solstice was prepared with intentions for the New Year.  All food was prepared with love and positive intentions are infused into everything you do to prepare the meal.  A plate of this meal is often served to the “winter spirits”.  This brings me to my next tip…

  5. Offerings to the Winter Spirits. Winter spirits are said to be tricksters, they have the ability to play pranks and tricks on the humans.  By offering the winter spirits food and gifts, we are trying to please them so that they may spare us from their pranks in the New Year.  This custom of making offerings to the winter spirits may have evolved into leaving cookies and milk for Santa Claus.   The winter spirits in both Native American (Ojibwe) and Northern European traditions are quite similar – little  humanoids that look like elves and an old (potentially dangerous) Shaman (or magical being).  It is likely that these spirits have evolved into Santa Claus and his elves.
  6. Gift Giving.  The ultimate celebration of gratitude is GIFT GIVING!  Share your love and light!
Bringing the light to the darkest night with a sacred fire and ice lanterns.

How are you planning on celebrating the Winter Solstice?  I am so interested to hear how others celebrate this holiday.  Please share some of your traditions in the comments section!

 

 

The Creation of Lemuria and Atlantis

Earth was created by several advanced societies of beings including the Sirians, Pleiadians, Lyrans and Arcturians.  There were many other beings involved in the creation of Earth but these four were the major contributors.  Each society had its own strengths, gifts and its own weaknesses and shadows. The beings had shared knowledge with each other for eons, they incarnated into each other’s worlds to learn new skills and lessons but they had yet to experience a world in which they could practice and learn everything at once.  Earth was intended to be a third dimensional world where teachings of the universe can be integrated in a holistic manner.  Before Earth was created, a being could experience polar opposites independently but not at the same time.  For example, when humans give birth to a new baby for the first time, they often report feelings of unconditional love and fear.  This is what made Earth unique and what makes humanity unique.  However, the Sirians, Pleiadians, Lyrans and Arcturians did not expect to find that maintaining a balance between the divine masculine and the divine feminine would be more difficult in a world where polar opposites were experienced at the same time.  Earth was and still is an experiment.

Earth was manifested from the higher dimensions and created from the four elements: Fire, Earth, Air and Water.  The Arcturians contributed their knowledge of sacred geometry and Earth from their home world of Arcturus.  Lyrans contributed their exceptional knowledge technology and contributed fire from a Lyran flame.  The Pleiadians contributed their knowledge of unconditional love and water from their home star system, the Pleiades.  Sirians contributed their knowledge of nature and creativity and air from Sirius.

The primordial waters are Pleiadian in origin and carry the frequency of unconditional love.  Earth from Arcturus was placed into the primordial water and fire was placed below the water and earth and the air placed above it. The Pleiadians, Arcturians, Lyrans and Sirians infused the four elements with their intentions until the elements fused together to create the Earth.  The Pleiadians and the Arcturians worked together to design and create the matrix using the universal laws. The Lyrans and Sirians worked together to design and create the complex environmental system present on Earth and seeded it with life.

Once the Earth was created and seeded with life, attention was directed towards the humanoid race they were developing.  What will they look like?  How will they live?  The Lyrans, Arcturians, Pleiadians and Sirians deliberated and then decided that the humans would contain their genetics and also the genetics of the organisms living on Earth.  It was decided that humans would be mammalian as it was required for the unconditional love that the Pleiadians insisted on being a part of human consciousness, embodied by the element water.  Lyrans insisted that humans be motivated to work and survive, embodied by the element fire.  Sirians insisted that humans be creative and have free will, embodied by the element air.  Arcturians insisted that humans be ingenious, embodied by the element of earth.  The Arcturians and Lyrans contributed to the masculine form of human consciousness and the Pleiadians and Sirians contributed to the feminine form of human consciousness.

The Earth’s Creators seeded humanity first onto one island, the island of Mu or Lemuria.  Beings began to seed into human bodies from the Pleiades, Arcturus, Lyra and Sirius but when they arrived on Earth they realised a fundamental flaw.  Experiencing human emotions was so confusing and complex that all they did was argue, not amongst each other but within in themselves.  The first Lemurians spent all day wondering if they should create something beautiful or something useful, if they should gather food or build a shelter.  All this pondering resulted in very little action.  The first humans needed to learn to integrate the new complexity of emotions before they could learn to balance the divine masculine and feminine.  The Creators decided that there should be a polarization in the population, allowing humans to identify more with the divine feminine or with the divine masculine and focus more on emotional evolution.   Thus a second island was constructed and Atlantis was born.  Lemuria embodied the divine feminine energy and Atlantis embodied the divine masculine energy of human consciousness.  Together the divine masculine and feminine energies were balanced and free flowing.  The Lemurians and the Atlanteans co-existed for thousands of years in divine balance while they supported the expansion of their collective consciousness.

Check out my post on Life in Early Lemuria!

Life in Lemuria

Lemuria was located in the Pacific Ocean and was a volcanic mountain range island covered in lush vegetation remarkably similar to that of modern day Polynesia.  The people that inhabited the island varied in height, had dark hair, caramel coloured skin, thin frames, small torsos with long limbs, high cheekbones and full lips.  Lemurians lived closely with nature and maintained a reciprocal relationship with their environment.  They acted as guardians to the animals and preserved their habitats, they fertilized plants after harvesting from them and they deliberately lived in small communities to prevent stress to the environment.  The Lemurians held a nature-based belief system but did not worship deities.  The worship of deities did not occur until after the fall of Lemuria, after several 5th dimensional beings helped ensure the survival of the human race.  Dolphins were held in special regard by Lemurians because of their gifts as healers and intuitive advisors.  After the fall of Lemuria, many of its inhabitants fled to modern day Asia, Oceania, Polynesia and North and South America and would give rise to the current indigenous populations of these areas.

The Lemurian Language

The Lemurian language is an ancient language that originated on the ancient island of Lemuria and is the root language that gave rise to the Asian, Polynesian and North and South American languages.  The Lemurian language uses a lot of vowel sounds like i, ee, ah, oh, oo, ay and uh.  They are relatively limited in consonant sounds but include m, n, p, b, g, k, h, l, t and r.  Examples of Lemurian words are: “Ah-rahn-ah-shah” “Mahn-way-ahkg”.  They have some sounds that are a mixture of sounds, for example g and k are kind of mixed as are ch and zh.  Female names often end in “ana”, “ina”, “ira” or “ara”.  Male names often end in “an”, “ar” and “in”.

The Lemurian Clan System

The Lemurians were a matriarchal society with a clan system.  Clans corresponded with certain animals and were inherited from the mother.  Each clan was associated with a certain animal.  The people belonging to the clan took special care of the animal, made offerings to them, took care of their habitats and in turn for their kindness, the animal gifted them with their strengths.  For example, the people of the dolphin clan were gifted with a sharp intellect, they mediated disputes/debates, they had a genuine concern for the best interest of their community, they often represented Lemuria when working with the Atlanteans and in their later years, they liked to teach.  Other clans included fish, seabird, crab, spider, cow, otter, jaguar, eagle and whale.  Lemurians that were able to ascend into the fifth dimension while on Earth, often became guardians of their clan animal and continue to protect them today.

Lemurian Society

Lemurian society was focused the collective and not on individuality.  There was no money system in Lemuria, instead everyone provided a service free of charge available to everyone else.  The clan in charge of healing, attended to health of everyone. The clan in charge of building, built everyone a home.  The clan in charge of gathering food, shared their food with everyone.  There was also a clan that was responsible for the collection and processing of fibers from cotton, hemp and silkworms into textiles.

Lemurians were a hunter and gatherer society with small scale agriculture, they gathered fruits, vegetables, wild grains, wild berries, nuts and seeds but also grew herbs, maize, bananas legumes, berries and squash in gardens.  Some of them raised bees for honey and beeswax and most of them cultivated butterflies in their gardens.  Eating of animals was severely restricted as each clan had their own rules as to which animals they could eat and how they could be prepared.  Often, fish clans would not eat fish, cow clans would not eat cows.  Rarely would they eat animals for sustenance but more for healing.

Lemurians gave birth in sacred birthing pools that filled with fresh spring and rain water that mixed with pink salts present on the island.  Babies were born fully submerged in the warm saltwater pool. The baby was then lifted to the breast while still being mostly submerged in the warm water.  Within the baby’s first year of life, they are taken out into the ocean, introduced to their clan’s animal, receive their spirit name and are officially accepted into their clan.  Shortly after the clan and naming ceremony, the baby receives their blessing from the cetaceans.  The baby is submerged in the ocean and the cetaceans sing a blessing to the baby.  This song imprints vibrations and frequencies that will influence the baby for the rest of its life.

Machu-Picchu-Tours-Peru-9Lemurians lived very closely with nature, often incorporating living elements into their homes and communities.   Early Lemurians lived in homes built with stone walls and a wooden roof.  The communities were located on the steep mountainsides of a large island in the Pacific Ocean.  The communities looked a lot like what Macchu Picchu might look like if it were inhabited.  The island was covered in lush vegetation similar to that of modern Polynesia.  The vegetation coexisted easily within the communities with crawling vines covering the outside stone walls of the buildings.  Water was fed into each hut from water collected on the roofs from rainwater and morning air moisture.  The water trickled into a water fountain-type of apparatus made from volcanic rock and down to a collection pool located at knee-height.  These water fountain-like apparatus’ were elaborately decorated with living plants, minerals and crystals.  It was treated as almost a shrine as it was carefully tended to but there were no worshipping of deities.  The water fountain worked to charge the water with a desired frequency for the purposes of manifestation.  This water fountain was the “heart” of the home, much like the hearth or fire pit would be the heart of an Atlantean home.  Each home had a garden and/or an attached greenhouse.  Wind chimes made of tin, glass, wood, sea shells or hollow reeds would hang in the yard or near a window.  Lemurians lived closely with the now extinct species of primate similar to that of a monkey or lemur and species of cat that looked similar to the modern ocelot.  These animals were allowed to roam throughout the community.

Lemurian Art

Lemurians were very creative with each person mastering a craft, whether it be music, painting, carving or manifestation.  Lemurians spent time each day working on their craft.  Lemurians often created pieces of art that could be experienced by several of the senses simultaneously.  For example, a gifted Lemurian could listen to piece of music and see a visual representation of that music while they listen to it.   When Lemurians created a painting, they were not only concerned with how the painting looked but how the colours sounded together.  The really interesting thing about Lemurian art was that the audio experience differed greatly depending on the individual.

Lemurian Symbol

The Lemurian symbol is similar to a swastika and symbolizes the creation of Lemuria, the Medicine-Wheel-webbalance of the divine masculine and divine feminine and the manifestation process.  The arms of the symbol represent the four elements from which the Earth was created.  The top arm represents the divine feminine and the bottom arm represents the divine masculine.

Native Americans use a variant of the Lemurian symbol called the Medicine Wheel in much the same way that Lemurians used their own symbol.  The medicine wheel represents the four elements, the four directions, the four sacred medicines and the four phases of natural cycles.

 

The Creation of Lemuria and Atlantis