Solstice Stars

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 The star archetype is about self-healing. I’ve chosen it as the archetype for Winter Solstice, the longest night of year, when the stars are very bright in the very dark night sky.  I live in Flagstaff, Arizona, which is officially designed a “dark” city meaning that ambient light from street lamps, for example, are reduced

Flagstaff is home to the Lowell Observatory, where astronomers discovered Pluto.  Too bad Pluto is no longer a planet, but in Flagstaff we don’t believe this   Here on Winter Solstice night the Milky Way is a brilliant spray of diamonds.  I sit in awe and realize what a gift my life is. I’m thankful I can perceive this beauty. The Dalai Lama said, “you don’t realize what a gift it is to have a life.”  I do realize that, this gift of life, on Winter Solstice when I sit in the dark with the brilliance of the stars in my eyes.

Recall that an archetype is an energy pattern that conveys a primary characteristic, and in this case the primary characteristic of a star may be different to different people.  That is, one thing I love about archetypes, people bring their uniqueness and their deep self gives the meaning that is needed at the present time. For me the star is about being quiet and realizing the beauty in the universe. The long night encourages rest and reflection to sense this beauty.

I often have a solstice party or ceremony with my friends or family.  We sit in the dark, and if inside a house, we turn off all the lights, unplugging appliances, stopping the low hum of routers or refrigerators. We sit; we sense the dark.  I often ask people what they like about the dark, and there are so many answers: quiet, rest, being invisible, heightened senses, hearing the pulse of the universe, sensing magic….

I think the star works.  I enjoy the dark and rejoice in the paradox. This paradox that when people sit in the dark, they then can see the light a little brighter.


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