Friday, December 21, 2012

A very merry winter solstice!

Some of you may know that i was not raised in a Christian household.  My mom has always been a follower of Pagan religions (specifically Wicca).  You may have assumed this based on how strange i am, and if so - congrats!

(I did go to a Catholic school from K-12, but it was because i was very smart.  I was exempt from all religious practices.  I did learn alot about christianity though!)

I don't know that i would consider myself to be a part of any of the pagan religions, but it is definitely something that has influenced me.  You wont find me dancing naked in the moonlight tonight, so take that with a grain of salt.  

Here are some fun facts that can allow us to ALL celebrate the solstice together - regardless of whatever organized religion you belong too!

First and foremost, the world isn't ending, so don't get too crazy tonight at your solstice parties!

Tonight is the longest night of the year.  A seemingly never-ending darkness in the world.  It's a test of our faith - the sun will return tomorrow, even stronger and brighter!  (literally!  We are entering a period of increased solar flare activity!)

It is an important day to be grateful for our greatest gift this season - our planet!  Every animal, every tree, every stone is a gift, and we rarely make time to be thankful.  Especially as runners, i think it's extra important today that we acknowledge all that we have, and promise to protect and take care of it.  As the guardians, it's kind of our only job.  

We designate our animal spirit guide.  (this isn't really affiliated with any one pagan religion.  It's just kind of fun to do - a lot of people do it!)  I sense that you are probably laughing right now, but stick with me!  Do you really think we are left to wonder this planet with no supervision and spiritual guidance??  Every year i choose the red fox as my animal guide, for very obvious reasons.  It's kind of like a patronus on Harry Potter.

Some characteristics of my animal spirit guide:

  • Shapeshifting
  • Cleverness
  • Observational Skills
  • Cunning
  • Speed
  • Stealth
  • Invisibility
  • Feminine Courage
  • Ability to observe without being seen
  • Persistence
  • Camouflage
  • Gentleness
All in all, the fox is quick on it's feet, but quicker with it's wits.  I benefit greatly from its ability to survive despite all odds, and it's clever approach towards every problem.  I choose the red fox once again for 2013!  What is your spirt animal??

Don't forget to feast tonight on all the delicious things the earth provides us with!  (spoiler: the world did not provide us with oreos.  We did that one against the planets wishes...)

Lastly, as we make our way through the dark tonight, we awake to a fresh start tomorrow.  What we plant tonight, we sow all year.  This is the night to birth schemes and great ideas, because for some crazy reason, that magical powers that surround tonight force our crazy goals into fruition!  

So grab your loved ones, and light some candles - there is nothing to fear from the longest night - it's a time to celebrate!  

Happy Solstice!! <3


  1. All very interesting. I am happy this will signal the end of decreasing daylight. Not sure how much more I can take.

    I'll go with an Owl for my spirit animal...Owl's Wisdom Includes:

    Silent and swift movement
    Seeing behind masks
    Keen sight
    Messenger of secrets and omens
    Link between the dark, unseen world and the world of light
    Comfort with shadow self
    Moon magick

    I think this one suits me well... :)

  2. Interesting...I had to google the animal spirit ...of the one's I read I mostly related to the Rhino...figures one of the largest animals out there!!

    (I had to stop reading at that point..ha!)

  3. Very cool! I just googled animal spirits and I want the Cheetah to be my 2013 animal spirit:

    Ability to focus intently on something for a short period of time
    Accelerating time
    Keenness of sight

  4. This is awesome! I looked up animal spirits and I'd like the horse to be my animal spirit:

    Appetite for life
    Freedom of expression
    Life energy
    Strong emotions
    Driving force

  5. way cool! i SO dig the red think of my own...nah i'll take a quiz instead

    You are a Hawk:
    Powers: Communicate with the divine, discern powers in others, photographic memory

    Hawks are the messengers of the Spirits.

    Best matches: Owls, Foxes, Spiders

    Hey, we'd get along!

  6. My animal spirit. This is a fantastic question. Is it weird that I immediately wanted to choose a penguin??? :)

    1. Haha I totally wanted to pick penguin too but thought I needed something "cooler." Although you don't get much cooler than a penguin! (That was a joke ... )

  7. Wicca has always intrigued me. I find its closeness to nature and the natural world absolutely fascinating. It always makes sense out of the world's events (the winter solstice is a perfect example). I'm not sure what animal spirit I would be, but it would likely relate to a feline :)

  8. This is such a neat post. I learned a lot about you, and I learned things I've never really thought about.

    I am in love with elephants so I looked it up, and I like the results:– Peaceful, Strength, Power, Loyalty, Affection, Deep Compassion, Intelligence, Ancient Wisdom

  9. I love your blog and have linked to it so I can find it easily. Rock on! :)