Winter

Time of day: night

Organs: Kidneys & Bladder, Reproduction

Movement: Descending

Portal: Ears 

Winter is the incubated out breath of clarity. In winter all animals worked through an inner impetus to store in autumn, not only through the sun’s declining rays and the dip in temperature, but through an unconscious knowing that resides in the bones of memory. In winter the soil enlivens to encase the sparks of spring. Winter is a second womb, a cavern, a comforting reminder for all creatures that rest restores movement, that what is full becomes empty. 

The quiescent nature of winter enlivens an inner world of dreams. The material world rests in the fortitude of pattern, predictability, and intelligence, so that in winter the ethereal aspects of the miraculous can narrate. Winter is governed by the moon, the subconscious, and is the dark matter of transformation. As animals go under the soil, as humans go into their homes, as plants release the memories of the seasons into their root system, a dialogue is taking place that is solidifying the story of the celestial year. All beings crystallize this wisdom into their bones, roots, and psyches so the soils of the earth can provide the appropriate food enabling the next cycle to release the needed nutrition into the atmosphere. The interdependence of life takes this pause so that when the first glimpse of spring arrives all are better prepared to participate in the flow of life through the reflections of previous revolutions. 

The space that exists between life and death is found in winter, thus this season is hard to navigate because it is tough to know. Hesitancy hovers all winter for the anticipation of spring, the opportunity to participate, and the unknowingness of what’s ahead. Thus all the work of the previous seasons is for this moment, and all you did will be revealed: did you gather just enough to make it through that nothing is wasted, that all were fed. The secret of winter is in the being, the slowing of the breath, the quieting of the heart, the residing in spirit.  In winter it helps to play for the light, so you can rise of your choosing, this then ensures you feed yourself through your inner light. 

As you plunge into the darkness of winter, it is your internal practices that will keep you afloat. These are found in the restorative postures, the deepening breath, and feminine embodiment work. This season is the time to play with reproduction and fertility and get to know the moon. This ensures that when spring comes you are prepared to sow your seeds. Since all energy descends down, the lower body is animated: sexuality, dreams, primitive nature, and the lunacy of the moon. The deepening of scent and using the botanicals of summer work as a reminder of the graciousness of the earth when all is in dormancy. Natural aromas lift one up and instill a sense of inner peace. Winter is the cavern, the storage tank, and in it lies everything gathered of the previous seasons.