Winter Solstice – The Northern Fortress of Initiation

Winter is time of going inward for therapeutic, rejuvenation and rebirth as a result of the Celtic Wheel of the Yr turns to its northern-most degree. Even so, the Solstice itself celebrates the return of the sunshine. Arianrhod, as a Goddess of the moon, sea and stars, rebirths the photo voltaic yearly and carries us once more to the womb, and our seasonal resting place in her Northern Fortress of Initiation.

Identical to the eight limbs of yoga rising out of the rooted tree’s trunk, the Celtic Wheel of the Yr, additionally known as the wheel of life, has eight seasonal spokes originating from a central hub or properly of sovereignty. Often represented by triple goddess iconography, each flip of the wheel guides us via the seasons, their energies and symbolism.

Whether or not or not that movement is gauged inside the cycles of annual or daily time; by the inside rhythms of our relationship to acknowledged and unknown forces; or with the four winds of the galactic overlay; each cycle builds on the first, encouraging us to become our sense of spirit embodied. We’re holograms for the divine and its elemental origins are imprinted in our cells; with intention and observe, we come to the spiritual threshold, a spot of integrity with a view to autonomy and oneness with the divine inside. This what the yogis known as samadhi and what the Celts embraced as a result of the descending energy of the divine.

“Look into the wintry northeastern sky to the Corona Borealis;

There you’ll notice the Crown of the Goddess.

Previous this jeweled archway into the underworld is

The Northern Fortress of Initiation, Caer Sidi.

Deep in a sea of wise lights lies the Aurora Borealis;

There you’ll uncover Arianrhod,

Queen of the moon, the ocean and the celebrities.

As her Silver Wheel turns the middle world earlier the Solstice degree,

Arianrhod guides our souls into the upper world.”

In events of ascension data overload and outer world chaos, go inside, into your sovereign center, invoking the energies of the Goddess via the eight spokes on the Celtic Wheel of Life.

Winter Solstice: Myths and Tales

In the midst of the season of Samhain, we began the prolonged journey once more to our origins, returning to a time sooner than supply the place we curl up inside the Mother’s womb. We’ve a very good time this return to the Mother at midwinter, the time of longest darkish and shortest delicate. Winter is a time for inside world magic, dreaming, therapeutic, visioning, supply, demise and rebirth. It is a time when the sunshine is born as soon as extra.

On this Solstice degree, or Yuletide, we stop for a second, basking inside the closing of the Photo voltaic’s waning delicate and the first of the growing delicate. From proper right here we switch even further inward, gathering endurance and braveness to go deep into stillness for a properly timed respite.

Inside the great womb of all earthly life, we experience sensations of safety, the murmurings of those who lie sleeping, and smells of the dank and musty soil, our earthen bones. On this container we’re enveloped by darkness, accompanied solely by our inside imaginative and prescient and our need to develop. That’s the place and the time as soon as we rest, restoring and therapeutic for a while, sooner than making our methodology once more into the sunshine, little by little, as inspiration beckons, awakening us as soon as extra at Imbolc on Brighid’s Day.

Si an Bhru: Newgrange, County Meath, Ireland

Alongside the River Boyne (Brugh na Boinne) in Ireland, Newgrange was constructed by the ancients prolonged sooner than the Celts arrived in Ireland. On the shortest day of the yr, the tribes of the time celebrated because the sunshine was reborn each Winter Solstice, shining into the cairn the place they hibernated and dreamed, awaiting illumination and the return of Spring.

Arianrhod: Goddess of Winter Solstice and Queen of the Fortress of Initiation

Like Sophia, Arianrhod is a mother of god. A Welsh Celtic Goddess of the moon, stars and the sky, her determine means “Silver Wheel,” or “Silver Circle.” Arianrhod is the goddess of the wheel of the yr, the full moon, future, fertility, feminine vitality, supply, demise and reincarnation. She is the daughter of Don, whose Irish counterpart is Danu of the Tuatha De Danann. Generally called a triple goddess, she has triune relationships with Blodeuwedd & Morrigu; Blodeuwedd & Cerridwen.

A couple of of her completely different identities are “virgin white goddess of supply, initiation, demise & rebirth,” and the “silver wheel that descends into the ocean.” Her’s is the “Fortress of the Silver Wheel,” a northern revolving citadel, which is usually often known as the great turning island surrounded by the ocean inside the sky.

Astronomically speaking, Caer Arianrhod is usually typically known as the Pole Star, seen solely and always inside the northern skies of the Milky Method. It could be found off the tip of Ursa Most important, the Massive Dipper. Some say her citadel is the Aurora Borealis or Milky Method and attributable to this reality, the heavens swirl around her citadel. Others say that Caer Arianrhod is the constellation, Corona Borealis, or her Greek counterpart Ariadne’s Crown.

She may also be the mother of the Photo voltaic and Moon, the mother aspect of a goddess triad with maiden Blodeuwedd and crone Cerridwen, and is claimed to be one among many 5 goddesses originating from the Isle of Avalon. The other four are Blodeuwedd, Cerridwen, Branwen and Rhiannon. Arianrhod is doubtless one of many many goddesses whose tales, symbology and related invocational rituals have been misplaced via time. Plenty of what we find out about her now originates from the Medieval Welsh myths of “The Mabinogion.”

As a result of the Celtic goddess of time, her Silver Wheel represents life and karma as she embodies the turning of the yr on the Celtic Wheel of Life. A couple of of her completely different symbols are the cauldron-a picture of feminine vitality; the white sow-signifying connection to the underworld; the northern Pole Star and the upper world the place she reigns at Caer Arianrhod which can also be known as Caer Sidi. She is especially associated to the winter season because of she rebirths the Photo voltaic yearly on the Solstice.

Caer Sidi is known as the otherworldly tower of initiation, a spot between time, the place souls reside after demise sooner than their subsequent incarnation. In some myths, Arianrhod is claimed to ferry a ship typically known as the Oar Wheel, carrying the souls of lifeless warriors to Emania, or Moon-land, the place they’d then reside until they reincarnated.

Invocation to Arianrhod

“Hail Arianrhod, we title on you now!

Your silver wheel of sunshine is our pole star inside the night. Everyone knows you may be there, as we’re in a position to see your crown of stars, even from our place in Earthly life.

Data us to your citadel of initiation, into the heavens to float identical to the moon and the celebrities of the upper world.

Make room for us, Mother, inside the blessed warmth of your cauldron, as we stop for a season to revive and heal, to check and resurrect ourselves alongside you, as you rebirth the Photo voltaic yearly.

Hail Ariarhod, we title on you now!

We wade via the fiery winds and the rains of time to hunt out the portal to your citadel inside the sky.

Carry us in your boat, singing us home as we take heed to the sounds of your oars skimming all through the best of the waves.

You gracefully switch the boat via the delicate seas that hover inside the sky, once more to the Moon Land the place you reign sturdy.

Hail Ariarhod we title on you now!

Your gadgets are wings to fly, and silently we make our methodology via the darkness of the season, grateful as we welcome the growing delicate as quickly as further.

We honor your determining of the upper world, the underworld, and all completely different worlds.

Your goal is obvious and we observe you homeward, into the realms of Caer Sidi, Caer Arianrhod, the citadel of initiation and rebirth.

Hail Arianrhod we title in your now!

Hail Arianrhod! We now have found our methodology home!

Hail Arianrhod! We’re in a position to rest now!

Hail Arianrhod! We lie in stillness until time includes half the veils of winter!

Hail Arianrhod! We’re restored!

Hail Arianrhod! We now have remembered the magic of the Goddess inside ourselves!”

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