As the weeks inch away from Winter Solstice you may notice that the sun is staying out that little bit more each day, showing us it’s strength and resilience throughout the dark time of the year. This is notion is what I connect with at this time of the year.
Strength and Resilience
At winter solstice I work my magick on releasing what I no longer need within my life. This is usually releasing limiting thoughts and self sabotaging behaviours that creates blockages and stops me achieving what I want to achieve. I work my magick on leaving it behind within the darkness, letting it die off and decay. Allowing that decay to fertilise and nourishing what I want to bring my life.
When releasing the past I find it is very important to acknowledge what I have learned and give thanks for those lessons. Doing this can certainly be a hard task, but it is an important part of the process as I wouldn't be who I am today without those lessons.
So with my list written and acknowledgements given I burn the list within the solstice fire.
For a week or so after solstice I keep a note book close and write down what I want to attract into my life. It is nothing too detailed, just jotting down what I wish to achieve when the thought enters my mind. After that time, still between solstice and Imbolc, I allocate time to myself so I may focus on that list without distraction and begin to discover what it is I really want to achieve.
I let the increasing energy of the sun shine its light and energy on this and begin to make plans on how I will in fact achieve this.
We are now very close to Imbolc and although I do not have all my plans figured out I begin to take action. Both physically and magically so let me share this with you to inspire you to do the same.
At this time of year, I will plant my seeds to encourage growth.
What do I mean by planting my seeds?
I will visualise what it may look like when I have achieved my goals and begin to make plans on how I can work towards achieving them by creating an action plan.
This can be as simple as a daily, weekly or monthly to do list.
I must express the importance of when creating plans for change, please make sure that when you begin these actions and changes of habits are achievable steps. You do not want to sabotage yourself or your progress before you have even started.
These small actionable steps are 'seeds' that I am planting to grow my future.
I will begin making those little changes one by one, creating new habits.
Now, to correspond with that I will also be planting actual seeds to grow plants that I want within my garden.
When planted, these little seeds will wake from their slumber and begin to germinate beneath the soil. With love and nourishment they will grow in strength with their roots growing deep within the soil.
Here, I would like to point out that this magickal transformation of the seed beneath the soil is hidden from me. I do not actually see, I just know that it is happening and may not see any results of this transformation for weeks.
These seedlings are a psychical representation of the changes I am wanting to work within my life. I will move through and make the small actionable changes within my life to achieve what I want and within the first few weeks, I may not recognise anything manifesting from these changes.
Because it is all happening within myself, in the depths of my being, in my mind and also in the realm of my magick that is not always visible.
When you are making little changes within yourself and your life and when those changes become a habit, make another change.
After a few weeks or months of taking those actionable steps, you will begin to see results, however small they are just as the growth of the seed breaking through the top of the soil reaching towards the energy of the sun.
So as we move towards Imbolc I encourage you to connect with the energy, to work your magick and put plans into place to make those changes that you have wanted. Your magick will be enhanced at this time as we are moving in the flow of the waxing time of the year as the suns energy increases.
You may also want to choose seeds for plants that have energetic correspondences with the changes you wish to make.
If you are wanting to make changes to bring harmony and health into your life, you may wish to plant seeds for lavender or chamomile.
If you are wanting to take a leap and make create some long term goals, you may want to plant seeds for courage such as Yarrow, or Sage for wisdom when making decisions.
Or if you just wish to slow down and connect deeper with nature you could simply plant seeds for plants that call to you and that you could use within your life, ones that have beautiful flowers or aromas that you can sit and appreciate while watching the bees collect its pollen.
I encourage you to take some time, plant your seeds and attend to your magick.