Solitary: A Self-Directed Spiritual Life

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Bring on the Light

We've passed the solstice so each day a little more light comes into our lives.  This sounds like everything should be lovely.  The light has returned.  In the north, we still have months to slog through frigid, snowy weather.  Weather which goes a long way in keeping us inside.  In essence, we are hibernating in our own way.  

It may be the light part of the year but the light is in its infancy.  It builds a little every day like we learn a little each day as a child.  It will be baby steps until Midsummer.  Each day will bring a little more enlightenment into our lives.

I like the darkness.  I like the long nights, the cold and snow (if I don't have to go out).  It's soothing, calming.  However, I know people who suffer from seasonal issues.  The light goes and they feel horrible.  My niece is one of these people.  What if you need the light, must have it more than you're getting it?  The answer is you have to find ways to take advantage of the light you have and you have to find ways to supplement the little time you have the light.  

One solution my niece has found is to go tanning.  She doesn't spend a lot of time tanning.  She isn't looking to be tan per se.  She spends ten minutes or so tanning to absorb the heat and the light from it.  This helps her deal with her depression.  Her job has her outside in the spring summer and fall getting lots of sun.  By late fall, she's struggling with too little sun and needs more. 

For those like me who love the dark, love the cocoon of darkness, the dark of the year is a balm on our nerves and energy.  It helps us regenerate and balance out.  We relish the short days and darkness shrouding the hemisphere. 

Which are you?  Which season boost you and which drains you?    

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As a solitary, I consider myself a pagan witch who is seeking. Residing in rural Wisconsin, by day I work as a clerical worker and at night I spend my spare time writing. Writing is my way of expressing my feelings about my world and life. Raised on a farm, I have a love for nature and am inspired by the beauty and power I find there. I've been married for 33 years and have three adult daughters. Some of my other interests include cooking, genealogy, reading and crocheting.  
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