Merry meet all,
My garden is preparing for the long cold winter sleep. A violet blossomed in my garden a few days ago. I plucked the violet in the morning and pressed the flower in wax paper and put it in a thick book. I was amazed at the strength of that flower. The hard frost had fallen and it still bloomed.
The violet’s correspondences – it’s element is water, its gender is feminine, and its deity is Venus. Violets offer luck, strength and protection. I planted my garlic bulbs, crocuses, and tulip bulbs this fall. I look forward to watching the tulips and crocuses grow and enjoying my garden grown garlic next fall.
As our gardens and the plants lie down for the snowy winter ahead, we can too see this as a sign to turn inward and rest. It is the time of the Crone, the dark half of the year, when the earth dies back. The Crone turns to the Maiden in the spring (and i can’t wait).
Now is the time to reflect not only on what you accomplished over the last year but what you want to do in the spring. Set your plans now like you would set fresh bulbs in the soil. Don’t expect too much from yourself, but be realistic and creative. Have fun with it. Winter’s a great time to do all those creative projects you meant to finish all year. That’s what I plan to do.
The next turn in the Wheel of the Year is Yule, or Winter Solstice. We celebrate the return of the sun and the light. The Goddess loses her consort because he died back so we could reap the grain harvest and he is reborn at Yule. Corn falls and rises again.
I look at winter as a great opportunity for rest and hibernation, a time to turn inward, and to celebrate Yule with friends and family.
Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(