Tonight, beginning at 11:49pm (EST), is the 2015 Winter Solstice. The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, but the deeper significance relates to an integral aspect of our soul’s journey here on Earth.
In esoteric spirituality, this period of time relates to Christ as a level of consciousness that all can attain through spiritual practice, by integrating higher self to lower self, and transmuting the denseness of the material world (and ego) with the light of the ethereal realm (the soul).
The mythology of this journey has been represented by the story of birth, gnosis, trial and redemption throughout the ages – and our changing of the seasons is the time the natural world reflects these allegories, so we may apply these energies towards the myth of our story…our own voyage towards illumination.
According to Brisbane Goodwill:
This is the longest night of the year. In northern hemispheres, the Winter Solstice falls in Capricorn, the sign which on one hand represents the deepest materialism.
The following three months after the Autumn Equinox, represent those series of incarnations which sees the soul’s complete immersion in matter, and its total domination by the ignorance of the ego, the lower psychic life. This period is symbolic of the biblical story of the prodigal son, who leaves his father’s home, and totally indulges his desires. That is, he is totally immersed in materialism.
Winter in this case, and the disappearance of flowers and foliage represents the aridness of personality life when devoid of the beauty of soul illumination and of the richness of spiritual Life.
The period between the Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice now represents one of tremendous spiritual effort and striving – to purify the lower life so that it becomes a fit temple for use by the Solar Angel (man’s higher Self).
This period represents that very difficult period when the Angel battles the full power of the lower psychic life called the Dweller on the Threshold. This creature represents all the residue of unresolved “stuff”, from all incarnations – all unresolved negative thoughts, emotions and actions. This battle proceeds until with the arrival of the whiteness of winter, the personality has been completely cleansed and stripped bare.
Capricorn now represents the Gateway into Life for the soul, and the 3rd initiation is taken on the ‘mountain top’. The Dweller of the Threshold is obliterated by the light of the Angel. Spirit dominates matter, and the higher rules the lower. The Christmas birth now represents the ‘transfiguration’ of the soul, where the initiate knows himself to be a true Son of God.
A great way to integrate these energies, is to spend this evening in creative meditation, visualizing your highest intentions/dreams – so they may be made manifest, and your light will shine brightly into this New Year.
You may enjoy the OM mantra meditation below, as this sacred sound will help you activate and align with the resonance of today’s “vortex.”