Moon of Winter-Solstice
For the Coast Salish peoples, the Solstice Moon of Winter was considered the crux of life and death. Historically, the food supply during the Moon of Winter consisted mainly of stores from the summer. Because of this point in our traditional lunar based calendar the solstice moon was also known as “Dangerous Moon”. This makes sense as it visits us during the most barren of all seasons in the wealthy landscape of the Pacific Northwest. The plants, our greatest teachers, send their vital energy deep into the ground, resting and building fat swollen roots. Us humans mimic the plants by also going inside, seeking warmth and storing our energy (in the form of a few extra “holiday” pounds) for the year to come. We share stories, reflecting on the past and we dream for the bounty in the year to come. For this and many more reasons the Winter Solstice has always been a celebration I look forward to. Today I was reminded of those tumbling little seeds, the promises of new life for the year to come, now being warmly blanketed by the death of last years growth. As we gain extra moments of sunshine each day the plants begin to prepare for the coming year as well. Soon the days of bulbs and berries being harvested in fabulous abundance will be here again.