Winter Solstice 2014 – Dakshinayana
Solstice in our hemisphere marks the shortest day, the longest night, and the beginning of Winter. In the Vedic Calendar the period from Summer to Winter Solstice is called Dakshinayana , the dark half of the year. The energy of waning light is similar to the dark half of the month, but more pronounced.
In mythology this part of the year is when the demons prevail and the gods are subdued. The correlation to human affairs has been to traditionally use the dark half of the year for planning and purification as the tide of consciousness is more negative.
The exact point of Solstice in Tucson will occur at 4:03 pm on December 21st 2014, followed by the New Moon at 6:35 pm. An interesting coincidence this year is that the moon is also very dark, meaning close to the Sun. They are in the constellation called Mula which means root and aligns with the center of or our galaxy. In Vedic Astrology this constellation has deep significance. It is place of healing and reconciliation if one knows how to be fierce and work with darkness.
It is a powerful day to pause and reflect on events and experiences of the last six months, or deeper back into your past. Our lives move fast. We have much that is undigested and unassimilated that yearns for the light of our consciousness to return to it. We are easily distracted from what really matters. Now is the ideal time.
Ask yourself: What has occurred? What has impacted me? What needs light? What is the essential message for my healing? What will help me more forward anew? Be brave. Be kind. Be Fierce. As Krishna says to Arjuna on the eve of his battle, “On this path no effort is wasted, no gain is ever reversed; even a little of this practice will shelter you from great sorrows.”
Natasha Korshak is a long-time teacher and trainer of yoga, meditation, mindfulness and MBSR, and has been working in the field of integrative health and wellness her entire professional career. She is a graduate of the Interfaith Theological Seminary and an ordained Interfaith Minister specializing in contemplative practice, grief processing, and spiritual direction. Her study and training of mind/body/spirit methods is extensive and she has learned from many of the pioneers in their discipline. As the founder and director of the Sol Center she is well regarded for her depth, warmth, authenticity, and the smile in her voice.