Major Snow is the third of the six phases of winter, and as we course through the “midpoint” of winter, a unique aspect of the season manifests more fully in nature. Over the next fifteen days, the rising tide of darkness will increasingly blanket the Northern Hemisphere as we approach the winter solstice—the point where day is shortest and night is longest.
Accordingly, the theme of this seasonal phase is darkness, and the meaning of Major Snow resonates with the qualities evoked by the absence of light. In the summertime, there is an abundance and light and during this season it is appropriate to be confident and to take bold action in the face of the unknown. Summertime and risk share the same nature. But the unknown brooding inside winter darkness beckons caution. In the grip of winter, with a limited food supply, bounded by cold, threatened by harsh life conditions and surrounded by darkness, one emotion emerged organically above all other in the historical past—fear.
Fear, like all other emotions, can manifest both in a healthy and in an unhealthy way. Wedded to awareness, fear guides us to wisdom by inspiring strategic thinking and calculated timing. Fear informed wisdom thinks twice and consults with intuition before taking appropriate action. It stacks the odds in its favor before enacting a plan of action. But without wisdom to guide fear, that same emotion can freeze action and paralyze growth. The function of fear is to caution action and to help us time events carefully, and not to negate activity. And if wisdom informs you to refrain from taking action right now, then fear transforms into the virtue of patience. Caution and patience are the wise expressions of winter darkness.
Now is the time of the year to leverage darkness by cautiously engaging those aspects of life that usually fill you with dread or fear. By moving in resonance with this principle, you come into harmony with the quality of the season, befriend darkness, and make an ally out of fear.
Powerful cosmic energies are released by the universe on Wednesday, December 6th between 5:32 PM EST and 7:32 PM EST just as Major Snow begins. By doing the Major Snow empowerment which is described below during this time frame, you boost your energies and integrate the energy of the season. (Remember to adjust for the time difference if you live in another time zone).
Major Snow lasts until Thursday, December 21st at 11:27 AM EST when Winter Solstice, the next seasonal phase, begins. Until then, navigate the unknown with wisdom and darkness will cautiously guide you to higher wisdom.