Thursday, December 18, 2008

Light More Light

Light More Light is actually the motto for my undergraduate college, Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. I have been thinking about this month of holidays. All of them bring the promise and the miracle of light with them. Hannukah and the miracle of the eight days of candle oil when there was only "enough" for one. Christmas where the star of Bethlehem heralded the birth of the Christian Messiah. And Winter Solstice, or Yule, where we bring a log from the fires of Beltane, into our homes and light it to give us warmth and remind us of the promise of Spring. So much light. The ancients were brilliant (ah, a pun!). Winter can be both beautiful and depressing. A time of being domestic with family and warmth. A time to enjoy the work done in the spring, summer and fall of harvesting and preserving food for the cold times. A time to light fires and bake cookies and cuddle under quilts and blankets. But there is a dark side to these dark times. Depression can set in with the asbcence of the sun. Too much family time can lead you to have "The Shining" moments in your head.

So I think about light now. This time of hibernation is the perfect introspection time. To make plans and clean house and get ready for the next evolution. Time to illuminate what is inside me.

1 comment:

LunaSoror said...

I understand the urge to spiral downward with the dark. This year I'm setting an intention to keep a candle lit in the crazy tangle that is my brain. Your words are beautiful. XO