The winter solstice was beautiful. Sadly I did not feel so great inside, but we spent the morning in a park by the water. We just stood there, my husband and I, perceiving nature as the day begun. The world was covered in mist, and at one point everything bore a tint of pale blue.
There were mountains all around us so we missed the actual sunrise, but my favorite part was to spend time just looking at things. When we got too cold and decided to head back, we could see the sunlight shining on the mountain behind us. These months the sun hardly touches the town I live in. Only a lucky few who live on the right side of the mountain gets to feel the sun’s rays in winter. Living in Norway sure makes me long for the return of the light.
At night I went for a long walk under a clear sky. I don’t often do this as I tend to worry about what might be lurking in the dark, but this time I felt no fear. It was so beautiful to watch the stars and remember what I’ve been told about them. There is so much magic hidden up there.
So much has happened. I haven’t even written about the Summer Solstice, and the Autumn Equinox of 2012 which both meant a lot to me. The feeling after the ceremony at the Summer Solstice especially struck me as powerful. I had struggled a lot internally before the ceremony, and at the end of it we just watched the sunrise, soaking in the feeling of the morning. I felt wonderful, and I stayed as long as I could, just taking in everything. I really did not want to leave that place.
I celebrated the Solstice at the Mystic Light Retreat. You can watch the video of the ceremony below.
The Autumn Equinox was also special, and I approached it differently than the last one. My husband and I had just moved from the US to Norway, and we were able to join the ceremony at the Esoteric Retreat Center in Edinburgh. I loved being there. I also had a newfound joy in preparing for the ceremony. In the past my worries and anxieties would keep me from enjoying what I was doing. This time I was eager to make things nice for the ceremony, even though I still had my troubles. It was encouraging to notice that at least something had changed from last year.
You can read about the event here.