Winter Solstice 21st December 2016 10:45
Is it not time, that in loving,
we freed ourselves from the loved one, and, quivering, endured:
as the arrow endures the string, to become, in the gathering outleap
something more than itself? For staying is nowhere.
Rilke, First Duino Elegy
The Winter Solstice is defined by the Sun’s entry into Saturn-ruled Capricorn. Saturn is the signifier of the descent into the darkest time, when energies are most contracted. Leaves have dried and fallen as earth energies have been withdrawing; slowly the colours of growth and freshness have faded and we are now seeing the beautiful, subtle hues of the mute midwinter palette. This is an apparent point of stasis. And yet there is activity – amongst the roots and around the seeds: the new cycle of growth that will burgeon into being in spring is now being cultivated in chill and darkness. This is the time of clarifying intention and conditioning the many aspects of the new cycle of becoming that lies ahead. Continue reading “For staying is nowhere.”