Theres been lots happening this week. The weather, for one, has had the quality of instability. Quickly changing its mind from one moment to the next. Yesterday felt like an early spring day, with the promise of warmth to come.
To look outside the weather patterns, this instability has been mapped and mirrored all around us. In the midst of all this, we have the Winter Solstice, right before the Full Cold Moon.
I’ve led many a Winter Solstice event over the years, and this one really did feel different. It was even quieter, simpler, more introspective, less talking, less sharing, less ‘words’ period… than I can ever remember (and I’m not one to include a lot of that anyway!). It was as though I couldn’t pull “in” far enough.
As I was aligning with the events this week, I was struck by how quickly and easily information on something as straightforward as the moon and the Solstice, became misunderstood and misrepresented. Suddenly there were posts about the coinciding of the Full Moon ON the Winter Solstice. Which, btw, is not what happened. Close to each other? Yes. On the same day? No. By quickly fact checking straight up data driven astrology sites, its pretty easy to find the actual information. How odd then, that so many were creating posts on Social Media claiming an untruth. And while the actual coinciding of the full moon on the winter solstice is a somewhat rare event, I wasn’t sure (despite the rarity) that I was feeling any particular resonance or significance of that alignment (which didn’t happen). I had more of a “yeah…so?” read.
As I took a step back and watched this unfold curiously, I was reminded again of the messages I kept getting all week: slow down, watch closely, pay attention, be diligent. Be SUPER mindful of our actions and words and be extremely discerning in all matters. Take nothing for granted. Watch everything with a larger perspective in mind.
So I stepped back even further and detached from the mini whirlwind of drama being stirred up. It looked and felt to me just like that: debris swirling around creating a kind of vortex. Good to know… and to stay clear of.
Perhaps this gives me my final messages for the coming days. When something doesn’t quite sound or seem right: step back from it. Far enough back to see the bigger picture. Without interfering in whatever might be unfolding in the unconscious realms, we can choose at least to notice, without judgement, and decide not be a part of it.
This year, as I launch into a new series of Full & New Moon ceremonies, of Solstice & Equinox events…. I want to remember this moment, here, now. I want to disconnect from the need to pump up a particular lunation or celestial alignment to the point of frenzy. To caution myself against the reflex to assign extraordinary and superfluous meaning to any event. To get caught up in the hype.
Instead, may I continue on my steady, clear, course. Celebrating with quiet reverence and consciousness. It is enough. Enough to gather on the moons and the transitions. Just to witness and notice and commune. May we all find comfort and joy in these ordinary moments of cycling together. May we learn that we are enough, that all of this is enough… just as it is. May we be in true peace.
Happy Full Moon to all.