This is the week of Solstice, the Return of the Sun!
It is the time when the Sun emerges from the dark of the year, and is reborn to gain in strength until its peak next Summer Solstice. The Awakening card features the tomb/womb of Newgrange, Ireland, where the sun’s first rays on Solstice morning light up a darkened chamber. The 2011 Winter Solstice Sunrise Illumination at the Newgrange World Heritage site will be broadcast live on December 21st from about 8:30am. Patricia Monaghan wrote movingly of her experience in the chamber one Solstice morning, in her book O Mother Sun. I’ve always wanted to go. Maybe someday! Until then, we have the webcasts and past videos. (More photos here.)
May we all awaken to the call of the Spirit this Solstice!
Here’s what I wrote about Awakening in the Gaian Tarot companion book:
With this card, we awaken to a higher level of consciousness, both on a personal level and on a planetary one. We are called to open our hearts to Spirit, to live in a more meaningful way, and to participate in the life of our communities. We “think globally and act locally” and are aware of the dakinis, angels and bodhisattvas that aid us behind the scenes as we work to heal the planet.
In this image, a young man opens up to the life of the Spirit. He has emerged from the darkness of the tomb/womb of Newgrange and is now following the spiral path of the devotee. The compassionate gaze of Kwan Yin, Goddess of Mercy, smiles down upon him. Cranes of peace fly overhead.
His community encircles him, between the earth and the heavens, creating sacred space where all things are possible. Magic happens, the earth is healed, and so are we.
When you get this card in a reading . . .
You become aware of a shift in your consciousness. In some way, you have “woken up.” Perhaps you have made a commitment to eating locally-grown organic foods, or perhaps you’ve begun a new spiritual practice. You now perceive yourself to be part of the global community. You know that your choices and actions affect the entire web of life, and you live your life accordingly.
As you continue to open yourself up to the life of the Spirit, your heart is filled with compassion and you begin to let go of the judgments and criticisms you have made in the past. To live in alignment with your deepest, most authentic Self is not possible without the help of spiritual allies. This knowledge keeps us humble.
You know your life has purpose and meaning, and this gives you deep joy and peace. Service to others may not have been part of your life in the past, but it is now. When you give your own unique gift to the world, the entire fabric of the planet is strengthened and enriched.
I awaken to the call of the Spirit.
What does this card say to you, dear Readers, during Solstice week?