This is such a powerful time of the year. When you think of it from a collective energy point of view, almost everywhere on earth people have been marking this time of the year in some way, whether prehistoric ancestors greeting the sun as it begins to bring back the light, or the millions of people in more modern times praying and celebrating in churches everywhere, or the celebration and anticipation of the new year. Collectively we carry this time in our DNA as very special wether individually we agree with it or not. Tune in to the collective field, notice the patterns and be clear about what is yours and what doesn't belong to you. Below is a ritual you could do on 22 December to mark the return of the Sun. It also includes your inner child. This time is especially magical for our inner little ones.
Use as many stones to represent as feels right. Set up a circle of 'sunny' ancestors. One by one, call each of them in - all those ancestors who are shining warmly at you from the past. At least nine. Around that circle create another circle with a scarf or a piece of wire, to represent the loving hands of the Grandfather Sun. In the middle, set up yourself as an adult and your inner child. Set your intention to honour the Sun that gives life to all on this planet and connect with your loving ancestors.
Begin the ritual by standing as your adult self and feel into it. How doest it feel to be in this circle and to have your little one there too. Use simple sentences to welcome the ancestors and to let them know who you are. Then stand as Inner Child and see what you notice. It might be that the adult self needs to reassure the little self, or maybe the child knows all ancestors already.
Move to stand in the place of the loving hands of the Grandfather Sun, looking at others within your arms. Notice how it is to represent the sun.
Then move to represent somebody from the 'sunny ancestors', notice who you are drawn to.As you stand there, look at your own representative - the adult and the child, notice what comes up. Maybe there will be gifts coming, blessings and support.
And again, stand as your own representative, the adult and the child. Receive all the support, busk in the sunshine, dance as a child in sun rays. Fill up your batteries and pour your gratitude onto those around you, including the loving arms of Grandfather Sun. Use simple sentences to acknowledge, honour and celebrate your lineage, your life, your ancestors and Grandfather Sun. Stay there for as long as feels right. End the ritual.
This is a ritual to acknowledge and honour the different sides of the festive season that the ancestors and our families might have associated and experienced with it. To find a place for all of it in ourselves and feel supported and resourced doing it.
Set up two representatives on the opposite sides of the room - one for the joy of the season, and one for the suffering of the season. Stand in the middle and choose a representative for a resource to hold in your hand. It could be your guide, your guardian angel, Love, or another powerful resource. Holding on to the Resource, slowly walk towards the representative of Joy of the Season. As you stand in front of it, acknowledge it, feel into it, imagine looking into its eyes, and make a little gesture to touch it and take a little bit of it for you. If possible, bow to it to honour it.
Then slowly walk to the other side, to the representative of the Suffering of the Season. Acknowledge it, look into its eyes, if possible bow to honour, do not touch. Repeat this walk between the two at least three times, noticing with every step what is happening for you, how your body is doing, what feelings and sensations come up, keep hold of the Resource for extra support.
After several rounds, come back to the middle, and with the support of your Resource find a way to breathe in both sides and find a place for them in your body, as both belong to the story of your lineage in a variety of ways. Close the ritual with thanks to your Resource and all involved.
I am fascinated by the Systemic Family Constellations work and everything shamanic. I study it, practice it, research it. Here, I am sharing what I learn and hope it can be of use to somebody interested in healing their families, communities and lives.
In 2019 I published some of my poetry inspired by systemic work in this journal. It is available as PDF, Kindle or printed at the link above.