symbolism of winter

darkest nights of the year

We are about to embark on the darkest nights of the year. As the wheel rotates further in our calendar, we leave the transformative energies of fall behind and enter the stillness of winter.

my first ritual

The first ritual I probably (intentionally) created was around the winter solstice. I remember it so vividly as it was so cold outside and all I wanted to do was stay indoors in the coziness of my home.

I would always have a sacred space for myself to keep all of my spiritual things. Something that once again is just about to be without having a name to call it. Without having a teacher to show me. It just manifested from a deeper calling.

I would let my intuition lead me to the dried herbs I wanted to burn, to the candles I wanted to light, to the objects I wanted to place at my moon altar, to the intentions I wanted to set.

I believe in times of darkness and coldness from winter we crave ritual more than ever. The lighting of a candle and the burning of essence, it brings comfort and warmth to our hearts and to our soul.

We spend more time at home than usual. Possibly why we seek for ways to honor our space through ritual. It is a beautiful gesture to bring in more light to the heaviness of the dark and cold.


winter is a time when life is dying:

the trees are bare from their leaves,

animals go into hibernation,

the sun comes out less,

the days are shorter, the nights darker, the streets grow quieter.

this all goes to show us that the winter is a time for deep restoration, rest, darkness and stillness.

what we experience around the hustle and bustle of the pre-christmas season is actually in reality very contra-intuitive to where we are out physically, mentally, emotionally, even spiritually, as everything is interconnected.

it is all a cycle

everything in life fits into the cyclical rhythm of nature, as this is where we stem from. there is always a cycle to things, be it the seasons, menstrual cycle, even the seasons we experience in our own life. it begins with birth, life, death and rebirth. the full specturm.

when we look at the season of winter and where it fits in this wheel of the cycle, the season of winter is the last season of the cycle, it is the time when everything is decaying and dying, however from this will result a rebirth, new life, and fresh energies.

the season of winter represents the dark moon. this moon is entirely invisible in the sky, it is the symbol of death, introspection, and renewal. also representing our menstruation, our moon time, the time when we go within, are experience similarly to winter, a mini death - a cycle is complete. many women who receive their first period describe this experience as a feeling that they were dying. well, in a way, they were. their child-like self was dying in that moment, from then they come out renewed, and enter into womanhood.

how to honor winter

honor this season, by allowing your energies to turn within. nurture your home, as if it were a sacred space of restoration. keep out any electronics from your bedroom in order to create an oasis of recovery. say no to social engagements that do not feel in alignment with where you are at, without the guilt. spend your days in the comfort of your home, with people you nourish your soul.

thank you for reading today's blog post. you might also be interested in the blog article of the symoblism of fall and my podcast episode of the 12 nights - the darkest nights of the year.

much love,

inés kelly

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