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Solstice is the deep dark of the year, the first day of Winter but also the time when nature turns her gaze imperceptibly back towards the light.
The pagan roots of Christmas lie in our ancestors’ desire to draw the light and life back to their world by lighting candles and fires and bringing trees indoors to protect the nature spirits and keep them warm.
Amid the frenzy and haste of Christmas there is something wonderful about pausing for a few minutes to reflect on this turning point of the year. For me, the natural darkening over the last six months has been matched by my own inner journey through darkness from which I am yet to fully emerge.
I wanted to mark this shift in the natural rhythms and also to acknowledge my own process of letting go and moving on. Fire seemed the natural accompaniment to this process. In the dark of the solstice night, I wrote a list of everything I wanted to let go of and threw it into the fire. After lighting candles, I thought about what I would like to manifest in my life for the year ahead. The usual stuff ran through my mind – happiness, health, some new cowboy boots might be nice – and then I realised that what I really want to manifest is miracles.
I looked up the definition of “miracle” and this is what it said “an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency.” Maybe it is a bit much to ask for but I figured if you don’t ask you don’t get, so, I placed my order with the universe for miracles with a side order of joy. I haven’t been specific about what form the miracles should take and I’m happy for them to be a mix of personal miracles and global miracles. But, miracles is what I’d like. I’ll let you know how it goes and what shows up.
In the meantime, let’s talk about clothes. This dress is one of my favourite. I got it secondhand from Totnes market for £10 and I love the mix of white lace and crepe de Chine. It is too big for me so I am wearing it with a belt that I bought from a shop in Glastonbury. It is leather with sparkly leopard heads, which sounds disgusting but actually works rather well.
The waistcoat is by a talented maker called Silvia Prandini who makes ceremonial felted garments. I bought it in the Goddess Temple shop in Glastonbury and I love the Shamanic feel of it. It incorporates feathers and gold silk brocade with heavy wool felt.
This felt like the perfect outfit to wear today for manifesting miracles.
Waistcoat: Silvia Prandini
Headband: Vera Tucci