Winter Solstice — 3 February
A Time for Incubation and Celebrating the Creator.
Beginning on the Winter Solstice and lasting until the beginning of February, the Cosmos Season is a time for rest. The Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year, and with its passing, the days begin to grow in length again, illuminating the skies even as the temperatures continue to drop. The land lies fallow and hard, but the seeds and roots are still beneath the surface, patiently awaiting the inevitability of spring.
Also called the Bright Season, this is a season to celebrate Cosmos, the Creator, the Muse of new beginnings and fertility. Our attention moves toward rest and quiet contemplation during this time of incubation. We practice the patience required for the gestation of seeds, dreams, and future plans. And we trust that even though we may not see immediate growth, we know that life is waiting, just below the frozen surface, for the right time to bloom. The New Moon during this time is especially powerful for invoking Cosmos and honoring the creative process. (Read more about Cosmos).
This is a time to honor the fertile Rabbit. The altar candles are re-lit at sundown on the Winter Solstice to symbolize the return of the sun and the trust that will guide us through the winter months. The altar is decorated with pomegranates and seeds of all kinds to symbolize the fertility and potentiality that waits below the earth's surface. Evergreen trees are draped in lights and strings of winter berries and any tools used for illumination (such as candles and lanterns) are blessed for the year.