Showing posts with label astronomy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label astronomy. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Bringing Forth the Light

From ancient times, the winter season has been seen as part of balance of nature, a time where the balance point changes between the darkness and the light.

As with the falling of the leaves, it is a time for change and a natural time for letting go of all that which seems dark within one's life. A natural time for making choices to bring in the light, both to lessen the darkness within, and to open ourselves to life's full grace and beauty.

Throughout history, in all of the world's cultures, through belief systems, festivals, traditions and practices, the changes in the cycles of birth, death and rebirth have been intrinsically and symbolically honored. From this honoring comes our holidays, our 'holy days.'

When we walk between the veils of one season and the next, or one change or one emotion and the next., or even one 'holy day' and the next, we find ourselves always balancing our emotions, balancing the dark emotions, the very ones which create power and change, or the light emotions, the ones which bring in joy and abundance.

As with both the winter and the summer solstice, the balancing of the dark and the light is part of the deepest of the shadow work inside, as well as outside of ourselves. Everything and everyone is connected and our connection to nature is the deepest and truest example of this balancing and the deepest of needs for that connection.

Winter Solstice can vary because of place or time but it falls on December 21st or December 22nd  and is the moment when the earth is at a point in its orbit where one hemisphere is most inclined away from the sun.

Solstice is of a Latin borrowing and means 'sun stand', referring to the appearance that the sun's noontime elevation stops in its progress. It is both the shortest day, and the longest night of the year. Many cultures the world over perform solstice ceremonies. At their root is the ancient fear that the failing light would never return unless humans intervened with some vigil or celebration.

The Winter Solstice has always been associated with the birth of a divine king in many different cultures, long before the rise of Christianity and the blessed birth of the holy infant, Jesus. Yet with all connections this same archetypal pattern is also seen in other belief systems around the world.

Since the Sun is considered to represent the male divinity in many pagan traditions, this time is celebrated as the return of the sun god where he is reborn of the goddess. Other cultures have similar beliefs and associations.Many cultures celebrate, or celebrated, a holiday near (within a few days) of the winter solstice--Yalda, Saturnalia, Christmas, Karachun, Hanukkah, Festivus, and Kwanzaa.

Yule and the burning of the yule log, is deeply rooted in this cycle for it is a ritual based upon our own facing of 'the dark night of our souls', and the springing forth of the sparks of hope, the Sacred Fire, the Light of the World, and that which was known in Celtic lore as Coel Coeth.

Christmas, like all holy or holidays, is a special time of remembrance of both the birth of the new divining power and all of the symbols of home and family. It is a time when we can most acutely feel the greatest darkness or the brightest light, a time of giving, of receiving, or for some a time of loss of light, and a feeling of going into the dark.

This is a deep time and a sacred space, a time and a symbol for all of us about being lost, facing those emotions and feeling the sadness, the yearning, and the grief that such loss brings into our lives. It is a time of immense spiritual and energetic power. But because of this, it is also a time when emotions can quickly spark and even inflame and overpower us.

It is therefore a time, to face these deepest aspects of ourselves, known as our shadow self, for it only with the coming of the light that we can cast and therefore be aware of our own shadows and the role they play in our lives.

But with that darkness, comes the sacred birth of a new light and all of the wisdom, power, and knowledge that this sacred birth created and brought into our lives for transfiguration and rebirth.

It is the greatest, and most powerful time to face the truth of your own shadows, to ground yourself by connecting your own heartspace to the deepest and most sacred truths of the heart and joy of the world and unite into the balance point of all we know and feel in the deepest parts of our true selves as being holy.

Once that bell has rung and heard within our consciousness, we do not turn away from that which is in the shadows, but we acknowledge them as being a part of ourselves and turn ourselves into the light.

This wonderful New Moon in Capricorn, and the relationships to the placement of the other planets is a call to action and leadership in our own lives. It is not simply the call to revolution that so many seek to manifest outside of ourselves, but within. Change your own mind, change your own actions, and change your beliefs.

We do not get what we want in this lifetime, we get that which we believe. Change those beliefs and how you choose to emote and to manifest today, and change your life and be the leader in that life that you were meant to be.

We are all warriors of the spirit. Amazing women and amazing men who choose to manifest that which is light within themselves and not that which is the dark shadow self. Both are needed for the balance point but we have the power to choose and to manifest the powers in that side of ourselves which creates goodness and godliness while learning from that which creates empathy and understanding for others


Find that creative manifestation of this gateway, and walk with power and the inner truth of love, joy, and power through the gateway of wisdom and power.

We create our gifts of abundance, we manifest blessings and peace, and we enter into a new place of well-being and joy. Celebrate with the gifts of nature, the gifts of our hands, and the many blessings and gifts from our hearts.

Happiest of Holy Days from the light of my heart, and my home, to yours.

With Heart and Hands: Winter Solstice
Michele Savikko Bilyeu

(Posted originally in 2013 and updated and reposted in 2021)

The 2021 December solstice takes place on Tuesday, December 21 at 15:59 UTC (9:59 a.m. CST; translate UTC to your time). It marks the Northern Hemisphere’s shortest day (first day of winter) and Southern Hemisphere’s longest day (first day of summer). Happy solstice to all!

shown above:
Burning a yule log on my beloved Sandy Beach in Savikko Park in Douglas, Alaska on one of my own most powerful and meaning filled Winter Solstice evenings.

Michele Savikko Bilyeu
Douglas Alaska/Salem Oregon

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Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse

All of the mystery, magic and mayhem are all part of one another and with and through these intense world changes we are all experiencing right now. And with them comes incredible opportunities for elimination of the old and rebirth into the new.  This rebirth is an opportunity for transformation of the you that you truly are deep inside.  

It is time for all of us to understand why we have the patterns and patterning that we have, why we have made all of the choices that changed our lives, putting all of us and our planet at risk for annihilation, and why we now all get to choose again as we go into the dark of the physical, emotional and perhaps even spiritual eclipse as we expose our deepest and innermost selves to the light... and if you are willing and brave and have pure intent and purpose, come out into the bright light of a new transformed day once again.

The June 10, 2021 solar eclipse will be visible will be partially visible from the United States, northern Canada, Europe, northern Asia, Russia and Greenland, according to Time and Date. You can also watch it live online with several live webcasts, and if you live in any of the areas where it's visible and it's safe to travel, you can look at it outside — just make sure to  wear proper eye protection !

Solar eclipses happen when the moon passes in front of the sun, from the viewpoint of our planet. Total solar eclipses — which are relatively rare — happen when the moon covers the entire sun; the moon's orbit is tilted with respect to the sun and doesn't always perfectly align. A "ring of fire" or annular eclipse happens when the moon is near its farthest point from Earth during an eclipse, so the moon appears smaller than the sun in the sky and doesn't block the whole solar disk.

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Full Moon, Snow and a Freezing Ice Storm 2021

The February Full Moon of the 27th reminded me to keep the faith, hang on to hope, and to know that change in any form, can always lead us to places of increased strength.

Full Moons are always a time of illumination, of seeing a new light at the end of another dark tunnel. This full moon came after many challenging events all over my city, county, and state.

Oregon had a huge, very impressive monster of an ice storm. When it was over we'd almost all lost power that lasted from a few days to many, many weeks. Even now there are homes in more isolated places and higher elevations that are more than a month out.

And yes, so many many of you did as well! All over the U.S. in all seasons we are now having these horrific "climate events'. My heart goes out to all of you. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

But for us here, it was not the huge powers outages, it was the complete loss of many of our favorite trees and the damage to many, many of the  hundreds of trees we planted 40 years ago. Many of these grew from tiny seedlings to very large and to us, very beautiful and large ones.

Our long driveway's access to our once country road was totally filled with trees down and broken limbs as far as our eyes could see. Our long lane and drives and our from and back yards as well as parts of our fields including the one with our chicken coop. 

Electrical transmitters explored all over the Willamette Valley for miles and miles and miles. Everything was dark but the skies were filled with the relentless crackling and snapping and plunging falls of large trees.

Such a display of nature's agony. The loss of lives and often the livability of houses. After our vicious losses figuring our wildfires and the incredible challenges of Covid-19 it truly seemed like too much. But like most Americans we held on and rose up again.

We used our small tractor and old power saws and my husband began clearing not only our way but the way of our neighbors.  Many far younger than our seven plus decades they didn't have the gift of immediately coping. We did. 


Our son and son in law were eventually able to come and help and boy did they! They climbed up tall trees all around my husband's work shop cutting off broken limbs, all around the total perimeter of our house and front and back yards removing giant criss-crossesd limbs known as "widow makers" that are trapped by still upright limbs but could fall and tragically hurt or kill someone underneath in the future.

Power sawing non-stop and climbing both at once passing tools, towels for kneeling on slippery narrow limbs and sawing limb after limb to then fall below. 

I am grateful we have power again. Grateful that my husband worked full long days sawing up lane and road limbs and tractor pushing big piles over to the sides so we could get to the road itself in a day. And  blessed to have family help when they did and put in a long hard day getting most damaged limbs sawed down and picked up before heading home to belated dinners.

Grateful that our homes are all fine, power restored to most of us in a week and most of all in the time it took me to take, save, label and upload these photos and finslly writing this blog post (4 and a half hours just to do that on my phone losing 3/4 of it to a blogger photo wipe put glitch!) Without satellite wifi its a chore working on my phone but 5 or 6 or 7 years later, I'm still doing it!

After all the month wasn't all challenging!  I managed to sew a few more of the ever ongoing face masks, a tooth fairy pillow for my first granddaughter's first teeth loss, a bowed stretchy headband and ponytail wrap.

And best of all in the middle of chaos I got through the other challenges to tackle the big one Covid-19 and was vaccinated!

Oh the changes in just one year!

And then again boy 2020 was something else again!

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands

Friday, January 29, 2021

Night Sky Magic: Full Moon and Looking For Our Own Lion's Heart

Moon and Lion's Heart rise mid-evening January 29 and 30 | Tonight | EarthSky

On January 29 and 30, 2021, look up into the dark nights sky (and over in a general eastward direction) to see the brilliant waning gibbous moon pairing up with Regulus, the brightest star and Heart of the Lion in the constellation Leo. 
From most places worldwide, you’ll see the moon and Regulus by mid-evening, that is, midway between your local sunset and midnight.

The moon will be very near Regulus on the evening of January 29. By January 30, the moon will have moved onward in its orbit – cruising ever-eastward in front of the stars – so that you might more easily see the prominent star pattern of which Regulus is a part. 

This pattern isn’t a constellation. It’s an easy-to-see "asterism", or noticeable pattern of stars, in our night sky. It has the shape of a backwards question mark. 

Regulus, the Lion’s Heart, marks the bottom of the question mark pattern, which represents the Head and Shoulders of Leo. This beloved pattern is called The Sickle."

Hope you had a clear sky for the Full Wolf Moon of the January 27th /28th!

Full Wolf Moon falls in late January 2021 | Tonight | EarthSky

"If you consider that the winter season started for us in the Northern Hemisphere at the December solstice, the upcoming full moon is this season’s second full moon. 

In North America, we often call this full moon the Wolf Moon, Snow Moon or Hunger Moon. From around the world tonight and tomorrow – January 27 and 28, 2021 – watch for a full-looking moon to light up the nighttime from dusk until dawn. In the Southern Hemisphere, this late January full moon will be the second summertime full moon.

"Pay attention to the signs of the Universe on this day, and keep your sights set on the bigger picture. Know that if things are confusing, they won’t be that way forever. 

Clarity will soon dawn, and in time, you may even be able to look back on these events as necessary for the next steps of your journey.

Falling in the sign of Leo, this Full Moon will carry a fiery and creative energy to it.
Use this energy to make headway on any new or creative projects you may be working on. It is also great energy for allowing yourself to get motivated and excited by life."

Gratitude for the astrological readings and insights!

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Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands