Re: Do you feel the solstice coming?
Dec 20, 1996 01:07 PM
by Ann E. Bermingham
> > From: K. Paul Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Last night I was talking to my friend Martha about seasonal
> > matters, and we started to compare notes on how we feel at this
> > time of year. I had observed, over the last eight years or so,
> > a very particular thing that happens at the solstice. Late
> > November and early December are always my low point of the year
> > in terms of energy, enthusiasm, creativity. Something inside
> > just sorta shrivels up, and I go into "just get through it
> > somehow" mode. Like a mini- version of Seasonal Affective
> > Depression. But when that shortest day comes and goes, there's
> > a tremendous turnabout within. Something awakens, and from
> > late December through the spring equinox I'm in an intense,
> > almost manic creative phase. Have written all my books that
> > way-- totally focused through the winter, ready to go out and
> > play when spring comes. Then, through spring, summer and into
> > fall, I'm much more extraverted, wanting to be outdoors and
> > with people, less able to concentrate on literary work. Those
> > times are good for editing, indexing, minor revisions, but not
> > real creativity of the winter kind.
> > So, some questions to people on the lists I'm addressing:
> > 1. Does this ring a bell with you? How?
> For many years I've felt a downturn in energy during the
> last few days before the winter solstice. Since the cusp of my
> sixth house is 1 degree Capricorn, that's when the Sun
> inconjuncts my Ascendant. After the Sun has passed into
> the sixth house, I've always experienced a rise in energy.
> In Chicago, the real inner turning time is in January and into
> February. That is usually the coldest time of the year. At the
> end of January last year it got down to 25 below. No one was
> going anywhere. I huddled next to my computer and got a lot
> of writing done.
> > 2. Do those of you down under have the same thing in June?
> > 3. Any literary references that address this phenomenon come
> > to mind?
> >From the Gnostic Calendar by Stephan Hoeller:
> "While the joyousnss and the mystery of Christmas can elevate people
> greatly, let the Gnostic pause to remember that the infant Christ can be
> born in the soul, there to be nutured by the person as a mother suckles
> infant, so that the Christ consciousness may grow into its full stature
> the life of mankind."
> This reminded me of Liesel's post where she spoke of raising her
> Perhaps we all become
> mothers in our endeavour to nurture and expand the Light.
> -Ann E. Bermingham
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