Today, December 21st is the Winter Solstice, the "darkest day of the year", with the shortest amount of light in the Northern Hemisphere. For thousands of years, people from cultures all over the world had community ritual gatherings lighting fires to bring the light to the darkness. Why do you think that when the Christians claimed this time of year for Christmas, that lights and candles are so much a part of the decor?
Humans crave light, but we live in the natural world of light and darkness around us, and within us. Embrace the darkness and know that starting tomorrow, each day will grow longer with more sunlight.
So, on this first day of Winter, a new season, I invite you to take a few minutes to sit with the shadows within you. What heart desire are you keeping in the dark? What is it you wish to bring into your life, into the light? It is the darkest day, but the light will increase. So, too, may it be for you!
Write your heart's desire, or your intention for that which you wish to manifest in the new season, on a little piece of paper. You need not have a fire bowl or an elaborate home altar. Light a candle to ignite your intention. Light it over your stove or in a pot. As the smoke rises, send up your ignited intention to the Universe!