Moving Into Hiberation Season

On Halloween night, I hauled out my striped tights, loaded up the candy bucket, lit the jack-o’-lantern and greeted hundreds of costumed guests on our front porch in the Oakwood/Mordecai neighborhood of Raleigh. The temps were balmy and the rain was threatening, but it did not dampen the spirits of the visitors who delighted in this annual holiday ritual. The glow of the interior of our home signaled the absence of daylight, as we move towards the winter solstice with shorter days and longer nights.

Rituals I anticipate during this “hibernation season” include the making of fires, the forcing of bulbs, the layering of clothing, the lighting of candles, putting the garden to bed and spending more time in my own. The intention to slow down, read more, write more, plan more and harvest gratitude with family and friends is at my doorstep. I am ready to welcome it all in with open arms and a wide open heart.

Wishing you a grounded month filled with much gratitude and many good things.

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