The Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, occurs at 11:11am CST 21/12/2013 here where I am in Austin, TX. I wanted to speak of this day and the one's to follow as we head into holiday season here in the USA and to a new year.
Winter Solstice has been marked and acknowledged since ancient times, far before any of the current religions on the planet. It was celebrated by the Egyptians and the Mayans as well. They knew at the time of the solstice it was a triumph of the Sun over darkness, and that the days would become longer and another year would soon come. It is a spiritual and energetic time of the year, one which is conducive to going within, activating the feminine principle and sowing the seeds within one's heart for that which one would want to accomplish in the coming year. Rather than a single date, it really is the entire winter season(in the Northern hemisphere) beginning on December 21 until the vernal equinox in March.
Currently in the Western world this period has been co-opted by mass consumerism and many holiday gatherings of friends, family and business associates. Only a smaller percentage of people understand and take time to connect with its deeper meaning. It is a time to become quiet and take time to honor that space deep within one's heart, and to open the door for conscious connection with your soul. The souls energy connects with your Higher self, which resides in the 8th chakra, about a 1-2 feet (.3m) above the head. The Higher self in turn communicates with us through our 4 bodies of consciousness - the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual selves within. To bring forth a strengthening of this connection is our responsibility alone, it cannot be bestowed upon us by another, nor by mere prayer or piety or good works. That is why it is so important to take time to be with oneself on a regular basis.
In Christianity it is the time of Christmas, or the celebration of the birth of Jesus, the bringer of the Christ to awareness. Many confuse this as Jesus was the only son of G-d but they are mistaken. The Christ is not a person, not definable in that way. It is a consciousness beyond what we are used to yet as Jesus himself said "Very truly I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." (John 14:12 NIV) Christ consciousness as I know it at this point is at least a 6th dimensional consciousness. This means that to be at that level means one can transcend the bounds of gross reality and one exists in a constant state of high vibratory love. A being at this level doesn't typically stay visible to someone in a 3D reality, but essentially ascends, having mastered completely the lower reality. Jesus never intended to found a religion, but to spread the love his awareness has made known to him. Other beings have also served in a similar manner, Buddha and Mohammed are two that come to mind.
Now I would like to talk about the mystery of the birth of Jesus a bit. It is said that the Archangel Gabriel came to Mary, Jesus' mother and told her she was to bear a child. In fact Gabriel is often been portrayed as a messenger of mothers-to-be. Gabriel is also known to be the angel that dictated the Koran to Mohammed word for word. Gabriel is the only angel other that Michael that is mentioned in the Old Testament by name, thereby acknowledged by the three branches of Abrahamic faith- Christians, Muslims and Jews.
The reason I bring this up is that Gabriel is the angel of the winter season. He overlights the energies of Harmony, Beauty, Purification and Art. While I refer to him as a he, all angels are genderless. Gabriel's twin flame is Hope, which holds the pure flame of the Divine Mother. When working with meditations during this period of the year it is very powerful to invoke Gabriel. This is very important for those of us who feel stuck, for Gabriel is in charge of the Angels of Guidance who can assist us to remember our highest calling in this life and move forward with it.
In the picture above he is shown holding a lily. You'll often see lilies in Christian churches at this time of year. The lily is a symbol of purity and self-control. It stimulates the throat chakra so that a person's creative power can be accessed and experienced within their life. Visualizing a lily in mediation with the flower encompassing one's head will assist in activating these powerful energies.
It's important to note that I feel it is best to look at the Bible and other sacred texts symbolically, for the information contained within them operates not at a literal level alone. They are multi-dimensional keys that we can unlock as we progress in our own evolution. Humankind is steeped with many stories that serve to assist us to remembrance of our higher nature, that we may one day return home, just as in the story of the prodigal son.
The three Magi
The next mystery of Christian tradition of Jesus' birth is that of the three Magi, or kings or sages, who came bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for Jesus. They were mysteriously guided by a star, over great distances to perform there role. There is much speculation about them, again let us look at the symbolism. First, there are three of them, and this mimics the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is confusing to people and has been debated for centuries. Suffice it to say that in my opinion All is One and everything is G-d. These three "aspects" are really the same One being acting out a grand play of consciousness. This is also evidenced in ancient Egyptian religion of Isis, Osiris and Ra and perhaps was "borrowed" in some fashion from those times.
I came across an interesting interpretation of the trinity of the three magi, named Caspar, Balthazar and Melchior by Rudolph Steiner. He said that the three Magi represent the three Root Races of humanity that would be harmonized and united in the Christ energy. These three and the Lemurian, Atlantean and our current world. As I've written about previously these three combined complete our human story. The Lemurian expression being "Love is All", the Atlantean being "Knowledge is Power", and our current period being the integration and synthesis of those two, as yet undetermined. (Refer to my Predictions article from Oct. 2012 for more info). It's also interesting to note that the trinity forms an equilateral triangle which is an extremely stable geometric formation, and is also found throughout our known Universe(see my article "Magnetite, the Great Pyramid and the order of our Universe- June 2012 for additional info). This formation is foundational to our understanding of this Creation we inhabit.
There is a saying from the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes (1:9 NIV) "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. When I researched further back in the Bhagavad-Gita there was also mention of the trinity. Swami Prabhupada describes it in his purport to Chapter 13, Verse 12 "Those who are actually knowers of the Absolute Truth know that the Self is realized in three different phases, as Brahman, Paramatma and Bhagavan." As you can see this idea of Trinity has existed even 30 centuries before the time of Jesus, as the Bhagavad Gita is at least 5000 years old.
I bring these mysteries to your attention in the hope that you will take time to reflect on the deeper mysteries. These stories and celebrations and characters are an outward expression of something very deeply ingrained in the human psyche for billions of people. This is the season to plant the seeds of hope for what we wish to accomplish in the coming year. Individually and collectively we are shaping the re-emergence of higher consciousness of the 5th dimension and the Divine feminine energies. Nothing is written in stone about how it will look, only that it will occur. You have a voice, a creative spark to contribute to this great work. Despite all of the ups and downs of living in a physical body it is a great privilege and opportunity to be here now.
Predictions for 2014
Before I get into the next year, let's take a look at 2013. It's interesting to see what didn't happen as much as what did. First, there was no major breakout of war in the Middle East, despite taking things to the edge, the Syrian situation did not trigger a major conflict. People are tired of war and wish to have peace. Second, there has been no major collapse of the financial system across the world. Many of us realize that what we have does not reflect who we are anymore. Some wish it would collapse. Others see different alternative modes of exchange emerging, such as Bitcoin, a virtual currency. People are waking up to the gross disparities of rich vs. poor and yet it still hasn't spurred a violent uprising. Third, weather anomalies are continuing, yet there was no major hurricane in the Western Hemisphere again this year. I dream of a moderate, consistent climate for all people but as I see it the Earth is going through major changes and climate will be difficult to predict because there are many factors. Finally, the Sun has gone through one of it's quietest periods on record in its cycle. We were not blasted by any major energetics from the Sun that would've damaged satellite's or sensitive communications or power grids. I feel that much has been going on "behind the scenes" so to speak and I believe it favors us in coming years.
So what to expect in 2014? Keeping in mind that the planet is shifting to exist in a 5th dimensional reality, all that does not vibrate at a high level will find it increasingly difficult to exist. People will find that they will have to increasingly rely on themselves as governments, corporations and other large institutions that were built based on a 3rd dimensional paradigm will continue to falter unless they move to re-create themselves. It is somewhat like what Pope Francis is doing with the Catholic church since arriving at the Papacy in March 2013. He is preaching about healing and the dignity of all people rather than just focusing on doctrine like his predecessors. Smart guy, he gets it. Love is all there is, and it is a vibration, not merely a sentiment.
The weather will continue to be a problem. When the rains don't fall in the right place at the right time drought and famine will result. It is a fact that the polar regions are melting rapidly displacing huge amounts of fresh water into the oceans which will have an impact in weather patterns. Ice that has been frozen for over 10,000 years is melting, and quickly. If you don't like the weather where you are, move!
Fukushima will become a problem and many are in denial of what's going on in Japan with the damaged reactors. Nuclear power is just too dangerous. Chernobyl happened in 1986 and a huge area around there is a dead zone and will be for decades, if not centuries. What is happening in Japan is an even bigger problem. It will be with us for at least 40-50 years and when news of this fully sinks in, people will be forced to abandon a whole industry. The bright side is that this will prompt a whole array of cleaner, earth-friendly technologies. As a world we can do this. The era of raping and disregarding the Earth as our Mother, our home, is ending, but it is not going quietly.
I wish I could say that someone will come along and bail us out of all our problems like a global sign in the heavens or a mass friendly ufo landing with disclosure and all sorts of neat technologies but I don't see it happening overtly in 2014. I do sense that we are all provided assistance all of the time, it's just we don't consciously know about it yet. We're getting there, remember patience is a virtue!
Things are changing, and while we have this desire to see things instantaneously, there are events that need to occur, so that takes some measure of time. This planet has been bruised and battered for the last 100 years so let's be reasonable in thinking it's going to take a while to see large scale results, just have faith that they are coming. Think in terms of the generations to come and support them!
Finally, healing will be the theme for many in 2014. Primarily it will be focused on the physical and emotional underpinnings. We all need more health and a lighter heart if we're going to create our individual visions. Many struggle with the fallout of toxic emotions buried for years or poor quality food and living situations. Heal yourself first, then you can help others. Be strong in knowing that you have much assistance in this and are not alone, all you need is willingness and a little action. I go back to the beginning of this article and ask you again to consider connecting to the energies of Archangel Gabriel and his twin flame Hope during this solstice and into the beginning of 2014. Choose to focus on the things you want to have happen and don't concern yourself with timing. It is much more powerful in these new energies to focus on events rather than time. Stay in the present moment around creating these new events. Be kind to yourself and your fellow travelers as we move forward into unknown possibilities of healing and growth in the year ahead.
I wish you all the best during this season and I look forward to refining and expanding this blog in 2014. Please stay tuned!