Seasonal Reflections

Light in the Time of Darkness

November 22, 2016

Tags: Winter Solstice 2016

I am an enemy of the way the things are. Combative and startling language in this season of peace, light and love, I know. But despite daily proclamation from one spiritual front or another, even “Paganism,” I can’t subscribe to the notion that all is as it was meant to be.

Just look at things as they are - the damage we’ve done to Mother Earth and her children, to one another, to ourselves. In the next few years, half the animals and plants on the planet will be gone. Look without turning away, look into the darkness.

Things are not as they are meant to be.

So what are we to do? Eleanor Roosevelt, one of my heroines, said that it is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness. At Winter Solstice, we light candles and remember that, no matter how long the surrounding night, there is light shining within us and returning to the world around us. Together, we find strength and hope because no matter how barren, unnatural or painful things are, everything changes. We know, in our hearts, that One thing becomes another, in the Mother.

To be an enemy of what is unnatural is to be the Earth’s agent of change. Having inflicted her wounds, it is our responsibility to heal them and in doing so we will heal our own. We must transform our greed into generosity, cruelty into compassion, domination into devotion and the barren darkness of death into the nourishing darkness of the womb.

Things that are not as they are meant to be are meant to be changed.

This is the wisdom of the season, the wisdom of Mother Earth and Her magic of rebirth. This is the mystery of cauldron and flame, of darkness and light, of love and life. And so, let us kindle the light of love within the darkness that nurtures new life as it was meant to be, and let us remember where we are, and why we are here.

Blessings and love to you all,

Phyllis Curott


  1. December 8, 2016 10:30 PM EST
    I was on your website to find your email so I could contact you, and thought I'd read your blog. This rings so much truth. I have thought a lot about the fight between the natural and the unnatural and where humans often lie on that scale. To consider yourself an agent of positive change is very powerful. It is also an act of great responsibility to consider aspects of the world to be unnatural, and to take it upon yourself to make an effort to change those aspects. Thanks for giving me something to contemplate!
    - Shannon Blitchok
  2. December 8, 2016 10:45 PM EST
    Thank you Shannon - I'm glad it gave you pause for reflection. We all have great responsibilities now. The book(s) I'm working on now have to do with learning from Mother Earth how to live in harmony...will probably blog about it next year. blessings of the season!
    - Phyllis Curott
  3. December 23, 2016 3:54 AM EST
    Thank you for your inspirational words. You are truly wise.
    - Roger
  4. December 23, 2016 10:37 AM EST
    Thank you Roger. I am trying to pay careful attention - difficult in this age of too much non-information and distraction - to learn from my teacher, OUR teacher, Mother Earth. And trying to do my best, after many years of grieving and frankly depression at the damage we're doing, to share what she's taught me. Blessings and gratitude to you for letting me know I'm on the right track.
    - Phyllis Curott

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