Shadow Work and the Winter Solstice

The dark part of the year is once again upon us.  The Winter Solstice! This is the time of the year when the trees begin to lose their leaves, the days grow shorter and the animals prepare for hibernation.  It is a time of quiet reflection.  As the grass and the trees go dormant or turn all their energy inward, we are led to do the same.  We reflect on the events of our lives that have come to past.  This is also a great time of year to do shadow work.  One of my favorite authors is Debbie Ford.  She has an excellent book called, The Dark Side of the Light Chasers.  It is a book that I highly recommend at this time of the year.  She explains how we deny and hide the darker side of our nature rather consciously or unconsciously and reject that part of ourselves we are not comfortable with, thus creating an inauthentic self.

So, as the Wheel turns, the night stretches on and the days grow shorter culminating on the Winter Solstice (December 21st), it is an excellent time to do some shadow work.  Get in touch with that part of yourself that you try to hide from others.  As workers of Light we must know that our light casts a shadow.  Sit and have a talk with this shadow. Get to know and LOVE her. Embrace her.  Welcome her and become a whole person.  When you do this, you find your inner light.

A tradition that you can incorporate into your practice that helps with this is creating a Solstice spiral.  The spiral can be made of stones, shells, crystals or whatever you have on hand.  As we walk this spiral it helps us to go inward.