Yule, the Winter Solstice is fast approaching here in Australia. This time of year has a surreal quality to it, as the night draws ever longer it wraps around my energy, cloaking my awareness in its heavy darkness. I used to chase the eternal sun (Point Break Style), would travel to tropical destinations, avoiding winters cold embrace.
Now I surrender to this process of letting go, allowing the night to take hold, and share its kiss of death around my soul. The night is long and cold, still and frozen, yet beneath its icy mask a the seed of spring lays dormant, that will in time flourish when the light returns. This time of year gives me pause to acknowledge the cycles of nature, and to appreciate that darkness is as important as light, and in having a balance between the two, I am able to fully appreciate both sides of existence.
No other time of year captures my heart quite as much as this time of ever increasing nights. It gives me pause for reflection, introspection, and allows me to heal and let go of sorrow is that built up within me. Although the night is long and cold, I feel she means me no harm, and in her embrace, I will reside until she is ready to release me back into the sun once more.
If Yule was a tarot card she would be Death, a card about transformation, change, and renewal. Whilst this process can feel difficult and confronting, it is also an important part of life.
It speaks of hibernation, resurrection, and letting go of old energy. It denotes the completion ofa cycle, and as the night reaches its crescendo of absolute length, it is the end of an era, a time of surrendering to the night, to find renewal.
In order to grow and expand, the old must die, so the new can be reborn. This is transformation, this is spiritual growth and evolution, this is Yule.