What I love about this time of year, is how connected it becomes to flame and fire. The landscape calls to us with bright oranges and yellows, speaking of how dry and tinder-worthy leaves and branches have become for fires. Everything reaches a velvety, inky darkness, allowing the flames of heaven to shine bright--the best view of the stars is on display as the nights lengthen and the days shorten.

Fire is not merely destructive. Our most lusciously fertile soil is that which emerges from volcanic activity. In the ocean are hydrothermal volcanic vents that emit the building blocks of life instrumental to creating the Earth we know today. Certain plants only ever release seeds after being exposed to fire. Flame sanitizes, purifies, transforms.

In the deepest darkest time of year, in almost every culture around the globe, there are fire rites and rituals for the Winter Solstice.

If you'd like to participate in the Winter Solstice with a candle vigil and offerings to the land and weather spirits, the technical date is December 21.

This is when the Sun reaches its southernmost position of the sky and directly over the Tropic of Capricorn (the equinoctial point of the celestial equator) and the South Pole will be tilted toward the Sun... Resulting in the darkest day of the year.

That Solstice point is within orb to conjoin the ecliptic degree of fixed star Terebellum (the rump of constellation Sagittarius).

This is also 2 degrees before (and 2 days after) from the point where Venus stations retrograde in Capricorn.

Ptolemy describes this star as being similar to the nature of Venus and Saturn... Much like Venus being in Saturn's sign, Capricorn, making an Underworld journey with a torch through the dark of the year.

May we all focus on the power of fire in our own lives in this darkening time of year 💜🔥💜