Colette O'Neill, Innovator of Goddess Permaculture Plantswoman Teacher Writer and Photographer
Midwinter, Newgrange and Sacred Light
Mornings arrive later as the sun struggles to climb above the eastern horizon…we slowly descend into winter.
Blackbirds swoop low across bushes in the garden, as they protect their territory from other hungry birds.
The hours between dawn and dusk grow thin and precious light appreciated.
Our ancestors appreciated the light of the day and made great effort to welcome it.
Newgrange was erected as a passage-grave and aligned to receive the first rays of the midwinter sun.
Our ancestors knew the importance of the midwinter solstice and the importance of light to all life on Earth.
Newgrange is the place to be on this auspicious morning of the winter, the solstice…
Midwinter can be a magical time here in Ireland, as this photograph shot from my kitchen window last year shows.
The light is different from all other and must have held a sacredness for our ancestors as the darkness engulfed them through November and December…
Newgrange was built around 3,200 BC and belongs to a time before metal was used.
Despite this, the construction was specifically aligned using knowledge that included details of the tilt within the axis of the earth and the exact information to design and build a window above the door lintel to receive the light from the rising sun on the solstice day.
So, as the light becomes increasingly important to us during this slow descent into Midwinter, can I make these small suggestions?
Find time to be quiet.
Explore in your environment a peaceful, comfortable place.
In this sacred space keep comfort with you.
Place a little bell here.
When you take time out to be quiet, light a candle, ring a soft sounding bell and meditate on the season of welcome light.