Solstice: The Dawning of a New Cycle

The Winter Solstice on Friday, December 21 represents the turning point in the sun’s journey from the shortening to the lengthening of daylight hours.  In the days leading to and following the Winter Solstice, we have the opportunity to connect with the wisdom of the sun.  Today’s post offers a brief description of sun qualities, poetic excerpts about the sun, some reflection questions to support the dawning of a new cycle in your life and an announcement that this is my final blog post due to a newly emerging cycle in my life.

Sun Qualities

The sun brings light and life.  It energizes us, fires us up and inspires us.  Sun qualities correspond with the spiritual power behind the sun.  As a consequence, the sun becomes a symbol for Divine Source.

Poetic Excerpts

Numerous poems express the power of the sun.  Hafiz an ancient Persian poet, wrote:

And still, after all this time,

The sun never says to the earth,

“You owe me.”

Look what happens with

A love like that,

It lights the Whole Sky.1

A poem attributed to Veronica A. Shoffstall (“even though there is no conclusive evidence as to whom exactly is the author of this poem”2) reminds us that:

After a while you learn that even sunshine

burns if you get too much.

The Book of Runes pays homage to the sun with these words:

You who are the source of all power

Whose rays illuminate the whole world

Illuminate also my heart

So that it, too, can do your work.3

Reflection Questions

During this season of the Winter Solstice,  you might want to pause and reflect on the Sun in relation to emerging cycles in your life.

What do you want to bring to life during this new Sun cycle?

Are there any qualities of the Sun that you want to cultivate as the daylight hours lengthen?

How might you bring more light to:

  • your thoughts and emotions?
  • your relationships?
  • your work?

The New Cycle Dawning in My Life

I am experiencing a new cycle dawning in my life.  Recently, a member of my extended family had an accident that created a dramatic need for assistance.  As a result, I am reorganizing my life in order to respond to the high level of need.  I am letting go of many activities and areas where I make contributions to others.  I am also creating space for stillness and quiet so that I have the resources I need to provide assistance.  One of the changes I am making is to discontinue posting a monthly blog.  I am grateful for your participation as a reader in this community dedicated to soul work.  As I say, “Goodbye,” I share with you my two favorite resources for sustaining spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health and well-being:

The Mastering Alchemy Website offers a free monthly webinar that raises consciousness and offers tools for navigating the rapid changes we are experiencing at this time in humanity’s evolution.  The December webinar will be on December 20 and is titled, “December Solstice – A Gift, the Freedom to Choose.”  Recordings of all webinars are available in the free webinars section of the website library.

The renown healer, Donna Eden, offers a free monthly newsletter that provides general information and includes a minute-long video demonstrating an energy tool to support physical health and well-being.  You can sign-up to receive the newsletter by going to:

Blessings to you as you continue your journey.  May your new cycle be filled with peace, joy and an abundance of all good things!

1 goodreads website. (2018).

2 Wanis, P. (2016).  You Learn, After a While, Comes the Dawn.

3 Blum, R. (1982). The Book of Runes. NY: St. Martin’s Press.

image: Sunrise over Elliot Bay



About catherine grytting

healer, teacher, spiritual counselor, artist, writer, musician
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3 Responses to Solstice: The Dawning of a New Cycle

  1. Jill Kremer says:

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your blogs. They will be missed.

  2. LeAnne Moss says:

    Thank you, Cathy. I’m so sorry to hear of the accident of your family member. I hope that person’s healing comes to fruition.

    I am doing well. I’ve been at the Renton Regional Community Foundation job as ED for 9 months. It was really frustrating at first with the lack of infrastructure, etc but we are making progress and I feel appreciated. I’m also still facilitating my cohort of white women with wealth who are going deep in race and white supremacy.

    I wish you peace and blessings this year, LeAnne

    Sent from my iPhone


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