Tuesday, December 21, 2010

For Yule

The time of darkness is past. The winter solstice brings the victory of light.

After a time of decay comes the turning point. The powerful light that has been banished returns. There is movement, but it is not brought about by force... the movement is natural, arising spontaneously. For this reason the transformation of the old becomes easy. The old is discarded and the new is introduced. Both measures accord with the time; therefore no harm results.

The idea of RETURN is based on the course of nature. The movement is cyclic, and the course completes itself. Therefore it is not necessary to hasten anything artificially. Everything comes of itself at the appointed time. This is the meaning of heaven and earth.

The winter solstice has always been celebrated in China as the resting time of the year. . . . In winter, the life energy is still underground. Movement is just at its beginning; therefore it must be strengthened by rest, so that it will not be dissipated by being used prematurely. . . . The return of health and vibrancy after illness, the return of understanding after estrangement: everything must be treated tenderly and with care at the beginning, so that the return may lead to a flowering.

24. Fu / Return (The Turning Point)
The I Ching or Book of Changes

Wishing you the light and warmth of a brightly burning hearth on the longest night of the year. Yuletide blessings to you and your clan, may there be light in your life and much joy on your journey in the coming year.

Cate

8 comments:

Lindsay said...

Thank you. Your posts are a daily blessing and I am grateful.

Tabor said...

I like the Chinese view of life...I think I will just rest today.

the wild magnolia said...

Wonderful thoughts on the return of life and possibility.

Beautiful photo!

Sara said...

Blessings to you too. xx

liliannattel said...

You, too, Cate. And I'm a fan of the I Ching.

Shell said...

Happy Yule to you as well, Cate. Wishing you all the best and brightest.

Victoria said...

Yule blessings to you and yours, Cate.

marigold said...

The potent image of a seed in the dark earth, trusting in its coming journey into the light.

All blessings of the season to you and yours likewise...