Yule. The Winer Solstice. Twinkling lights everywhere all month long. My favorite time of year! I feel like I have so much I want to share with you, whilst feeling the need and the urge to be solitary, quiet, introspective. So I’m going to do a little of both.
Sometimes when I’m looking for a little motivation or prompt to write, I pull some cards. To be fair, I love cards and don’t need that much of an excuse. But today as I write I pulled 2 cards for myself: The Hermit and the 3 of Coins:
For those of you who know tarot, I mean, you just can’t make this stuff up! This is exactly how I feel, and also a signpost for me to share with you this lovely combination of cards.
When The Hermit fell out of the deck (a “jumper”) he landed right side up. When I pulled the 3 of Coins, he came out reversed (I pictured it upright here so you can see it better). The two cards together are asking us to do some solitary introspection about what it is that gives meaning to our life and what we need to do to get there. Are you doing the work you love? Do you feel like you are making a difference in this world? Now is the time to think about these things and dig down deep into your heart and soul to see what answers you find. For me, it’s got to come from the heart. Our life’s work and how we are meant to serve may not always be inextricable, however, there is always a thread of love and meaning we can add to our lives by living with purpose. I truly believe that EVERYONE has a gift to share. What is yours?
This time of year is so perfect and cozy for going within. We are further being nudge by these energies as the pandemic continues to rage on in the US. Many of us are not traveling, or gathering as we usually do for the holiday season. Use this month’s festivities of light to be the glow of your lantern that leads you to your peaceful solace, your cave of reflection, introspection and nurturing. The Hermit understands compassion and love. He returns from his time in solitude to shine his light of revelations unto the world. He shares his wisdom and gifts and acts upon them. And, as the cards above show us, he enters his cave with the resolve to contemplate his craft. What are the gifts he shares with the world that will sustain him? The fruits of his labor will manifest in coming months.
The suit of Coins/Pentacles and The Hermit are also indicative of spirituality. As coins represent all of the earthly gains we need and want to have in this world (the home, the car, the bank account) it also reminds us of laws of attraction and the agreements we made coming into this lifetime. The more we are grateful, and show our gratitude for that which we have, the universe will respond in kind. It is especially important to do this on the hard days. And as the Hermit moves towards his cave, it is his dedication to his spiritual development and trust in his faith that allows him to stay there for as long as necessary; that could mean until the spring equinox, when the earth begins to stir again, or until the first sign of the longer days after Yule. He trusts. Do you?
These are some questions you can ask yourself when considering the cards above:
- What skills do I have that I love, that I can turn into something meaningful and sustainable for myself?
- Am I happy with what I am doing now?
- Do I have the courage to be alone with my thoughts?
- Am I afraid of being alone?
- Am I ready to search within for the next step on my path to personal and spiritual fulfillment?
- Am I willing to take a risk, to leave the safe world behind and do what I truly want to do?
- Is there a wise person in my life who could help me find my true path?
Other profound events this month have to do with the powerful planetary activity. The new moon solar eclipse on the 15th was a biggie. Eclipses are intensifying energy. Since the new moon is a good time for intention setting and planting seeds, the energy of the eclipse amplified that.
I found myself writing out 4 full pages of intentions as part of my new moon ritual this month! Wow! Many of my intentions surrounded my healing practice and what I want it to look like for the year ahead and beyond. So you can see how that 3 of coins and Hermit energy also resonates so strongly.
Also, If you’re able to get out at night between now and the 21st, you will see how Jupiter and Saturn get close enough together to create the appearance of a bright large star! This is famed to be the Star of Bethlehem. We haven’t seen the likes of this kind of star from anywhere between 800-2000 years! Wow!
And if that wasn’t glorious enough, we are also heading into the Age of Aquarius- a time of hope and new beginnings. Old paradigms are unraveling quickly. We will feel this shift and it will not feel good, as many transitions don’t feel great. It’ll be like feeling the sting after ripping off the band aid. Hang on! Don’t lose faith. Occupy your time with things that make you feel good, and talk to people who do the same. Laugh. Write. Draw. Tell dirty jokes. Play card games. Read. Experiment. Play in the snow. Organize your photos. Clean out closets. Tell someone you love them. Whatever you need to do to keep the light in you glowing. Expect miracles.
This spring will be the new dawn for all of us. This is the door opening to a new world illuminated with times of truth and forward movement, for the next 200 years. What an amazing time to be alive.
From the bottom of my heart, I wish you all peace and the space for quiet and meaningful reflection of how you want your life to look in 2021 and beyond. Remember, the day is always darkest just before the brightest dawn.
Blessed Be and a Merry Yule to you!
Until we meet again!
*Deck is Ciro Marchetti’s Legacy of the Divine Tarot