It’s winter solstice for us here in the Northern hemisphere and I am so excited! Fall may be my favorite season but winter solstice is my all time favorite season transition. It’s so magical and for me represents the time when I begin completing my planning for next year. This is also the day (or more appropriately night) when I divine what my next year will be like.
I’ve spoken quite a bit about winter as a season which you can find here, here , and most recently here. Winter solstice is not only the longest night of the year but it is also known as the time that the sun returns often referenced in various cultures as the return of the sun of God or the Sun God. This is a beautiful tale that portrays the joy of the beginning of the ascent of the Goddess or divine feminine. Although this has been watered down drastically over time, but still seen with the emphasis on the virgin mother Mary, the importance of the divine feminine is a vital part of this time as without the mother there is no sun (or son). Lest you feel that there is an imbalance, which there is as this time is the darkest of them all remember that the son grows up over the seasons and comes together with the feminine dying and being reborn again and again. Therefore there are parallels between these polarities of energy between the void (the feminine) and form (the male) in their cycles. It truly is all about balance.
Lest we get lost in these ideas of the energy of creation in forms of Gods and Goddesses I would like to emphasize that these are forms given to energetic patterns which help our minds to understand the vastness of the all. So in order to take advantage of this time when we are slowly seeing the return of the light and thus the return of our energy that we have put into our plans and endeavors I will share with you my divination guide that I use at the Winter Solstice.
Tarot or Oracle Card Winter Solstice Spread
Style 1: Connect to your cards in whatever form works for you then begin to shuffle. Concentrate on drawing to you your focus of 2017 until a card jumps out. That is your general area of focus for the year of 2017.
Continue to shuffle the cards until you have 4 more jump out. These will represent Winter 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2017, and Fall 2017.
Style 2: If you are not one who uses cards that jump from the deck then continue to shuffle once you’ve spent some time on the general focus of 2017. Once that feels complete take the bottom card of the deck and place that in front of you to represent your general focus for 2017.
Now continue to shuffle the cards concentrating on revealing your focus for the next four seasons Winter 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2017, and Fall 2017. Shuffle the deck 4 times, 8 times or until you feel complete.
Split the deck into 4 with your non-dominant hand these will represent Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.
This is a deceptively simple spread that is super accurate. I’ll have more winter related blog posts coming to you all for the rest of the season. Have fun loves and Happy Yule, Winter Solstice.