Moons of the Winter Solstice

By Phoenix the Elder – The three moons of Winter has many meanings over the millennium, both its light and the harshness of the winter itself. Death is no stranger as a complex symbol from the mundane to the spiritual. In this Illustration shown, death plays with the jester, the magician, sorcerer, clown or trickster who takes off his mask and points to death’s mask which shows no illusions, falseness or trickery.

The symbolism here is that life is difficult and to be authentic, we must learn to wear our true face in hardship as this Illustration De Kapelle der Dooden by Abraham Sancta Clara, show us from 1741. The jester or trickster holds out his hand to accept that responsibility. And death points down as the masks he has worn and ready to take off. That is a great symbolism when we want to change or make changes in our life.

Skeleton symbolism has always represented the core bones of who we are, its symbolized what is left of us after we pass on and it also represents humanities condition in the world. Suggesting where we are left abandoned and the hardships of starving, longing desperately for union with a nourishment from heaven and earth.

For most that is hard to imagine in the golden age (1940 to the present) around the world in all countries. But what if that changed, then we would truly understand what it meant from experience. For some who live in Syria or eastern Ukraine right now, war and power have caused great hardship for everyone, or in places where starvation is occurring, that is the most direct symbol.

Here’s Death’s uncanny ventriloquism act, from De Kapelle der Dooden by Abraham a Sancta Clara, 1741..jpg

This is the moon cycle of the trickster maybe a reason why family is sometimes difficult to deal with during the holiday celebrations in this moon cycle (not everyone of course). Maybe the result of this holiday season is why Carnival in February comes, when the last moon and 13th moon descend upon us before Spring, completing the winter moons.

As the Winter Solstice and Holiday comes, remember to be grateful and thankful for your life as it is now, for your family, friends and your community. Living in a small village now, its important for me to keep healthy and strong, and connected with the groups actions, and the ability to resolve problems, being positive and to stay connected and feel blessed. I wish the same for you in your life right now.

Happy Winter Solstice, Yule and Religious Holidays to everyone… Phoenix

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind

Blow, blow, thou winter wind
Thou art not so unkind
As human’s ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.

Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship if feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.

Freeze, freeze thou bitter sky,
That does not bite so nigh
As benefits forgot:

Though thou the waters warp,
Thy sting is not so sharp
As a friend remembered not.

Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most freindship if feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.

~ William Shakespeare

Art source: artwork found on Dansk Jävlarna’s page on tumblr.

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