Those of you who know me are aware that I moved back to the northeast United States this past summer to Delaware where I was born and raised after being away for 23 years. This is my first winter in 6 years and I have a confession to make – I ADORE WINTER. Yes, I am the crazy snow dance chick who delights in every expression winter has to offer. I love the winds, the snow, the cold, and after many, many years in tropical lands with OMG heat, I am so ready to embrace the cycle of Goddess in her naked season.
There is a soul satisfaction for me in the retreat of nature as it prepares for renewal. The longer nights slow me, sustain me, as I do my year-end review in preparation for creating my upcoming year and preparing for personal and professional renewal. More time is spent journaling, writing, dreaming, creating. I surround myself with soft and warm, layers to keep out the cold, and layers piled on the bed. My winter nesting has hit amazing heights!
How will you choose to celebrate the magic of winter?
Wishing you a Blessed Winter that has you dancing in the snow or at least admiring it from inside your cozy nest!
Ways to Welcome the Magic of Winter
Look at signs and symbols of Winter below and create an altar just for this season.
Choose a Winter Goddess and create a seasonal practice for her.
Make a snow angel.
Begin a Yoga Nidra or Restorative Yoga for Winter to honor a slower pace.
Join the Goddess Full Moon Group for free, monthly meditations and teleconferences.
Take walks in Nature and collect items for your Winter altar. What is revealed when Gaia sheds her adornments?
Create a Nature Mandala – use all natural and organic items, such as seeds, flowers, sticks, and stones, and food for the animals. Offer it up to Goddess in ceremony.
Put out food and water for the birds and other animals in your area for winter.
Start a new practice or area of study that honors your inner journeywork – Mystery School of the Goddess has seasonal offerings!
Create a Red Tent and have a party for all the women that you know.
Support Goddess Women in small business – Browse the Goddess Gift Guide!
Walk a labyrinth to embrace the cyclical nature of Goddess and the Seasonal Soul – contemplate the lessons and experiences of the past year to date and what seeds you are planting for the New Year.
Gather with family and share stories and history of your family, especially with the younger members present. Record the stories and start a family tree.
Pick an indoor winter project that is about releasing things that no longer serve you! Go through closets, basements, and garages to make room for NEW blessings.
Gather the bounty of seasonal Winter foods and prepare a Feast. Roasted root vegetables, hot soups, fresh baked bread are great for cold days!
Participate in community events, take opportunities to give back or volunteer your time. Particularly in the holiday season, it is a wonderful time to be in service.
Make hot chocolate. Many times.
Burn Shit. Early Winter is the time for release before we plant our new seeds of intentions – use the winter New Moons to release the old and stagnant and set new powerful intentions. New Moon Ceremony for Releasing Obstacles and Setting Intentions
Signs and Symbols of Winter
Archetypes: Crone/Grandmother, Tundra Goddesses, Hearth and Fire Goddesses, Priestess, Dreaming Woman, Creation Woman, Warrioress
Goddesses of Winter: Ananke, Arianrhod, Befana, Brigid, Cailleach, Deer Mother, Demeter, Erishkegal, Flidais, Freya, Frigga, Guadalupe, Hel, Holda, the Horae, Isis, Kali, Lucia, Mother Mary, Nepthys, Oya, Rhea, Rhiannon, Satet, Skadi, The Fates, White Buffalo Woman
Winter Themes: Planting Seeds, Dark and Light, Dreaming and Dreamwork, Inner Realms, Shamanic, Journeywork, Reflection, Slow Down, Ancestors, Psychic Abilities, Rest, Rejuvenation
Time of Day: Midnight
Astrological Signs: Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo
Colors: indigo, white, black, grey, steel blue, crimson red
Essential Oils: Frankincense, Myrrh, Mugwort, Sage, Geranium, Wintergreen, Peppermint
Crystals & Gemstones: Amber, Copper, Garnet, Jasper, Opalite, Rainbow Aura Quartz, Record Keeper Quartz, Lapis Lazuli, Smoky Quartz, Obsidian, Rainbow Hematite, Black Moonstone, Amethyst, River Stones (Window Quartz)
Animal Guides: Fox, Owl, Bison, Bear, Cardinal, Whale, Elk, Hawk, Deer, Raven, Falcon, Salmon, Squirrel, Snow Goose, Beaver, Wolf, Moose
Practices: Hearth Work; Kitchen Witchery; Restorative Yoga; Yoga Nidra; Channeling and Mediumship; Divination; Meditation; Shamanic Journeywork; Dreamwork
Adorning Altars: Winter branches, greens, and berries; pinecones; images of snowflakes, icicles; anything pine; candles and sparkling lights; Winter vegetables; representations of Winter comfort