We enter into the darkest day of of the year, The Winter Solstice, after the harvest. The end of summer and early fall represent the harvest; the fruit of our labor; the manifestation of our beliefs and emotions and thoughts. One teacher asked me at this time, "How well did you aim your arrow?" What is the fruit of your emotions? She meant did you achieve your goals of the year? What have you manifested in your life?
As the wheel of the year turns away from the harvest, and towards darkness, we are given the relief of Bear Medicine or Introspection. A season to evaluate how well we aimed our arrow. How can we create new goals, that better reflect our changing values. Dream deep and long and call upon your Loving Ancestors, including Bear, to be nourished by the darkness and to find deeper levels of truth within yourself. Herbal allies for dreaming and resting are: mugwort, damiana, skullcap, rose petals, vervain, and california poppy. Blessed Be and Happy Holidays.