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Capricorn and Winter - "Season of the Imagination"

By December 22, 2012

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Happy solar return to Capricorn, the winter cardinal cross point sign of the Zodiac. With solstice, winter begins putting nature in deep freeze, as paradoxically, the Sun begins to brighten each day.

My soundtrack lately has been Sting's If On a Winter's Night, an ode to his favorite season. In the liner notes, he says, "Our ancestors celebrated the paradox of light at the heart of the darkness, and the consequent miracle of rebirth and the regeneration of the seasons."

You can watch a trailer for If on a Winter's Night, with a sampling of songs He calls winter "the season of the imagination." These songs, some of them traditional folk tunes from the British Isles, soothe my grief with their melancholy beauty. Of winter, Sting says, "It's a dark time, a cold time, and also for warmth and family, love and tenderness."

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December 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm
(1) rodika says:

Many blessings to you, Molly, I so much enjoy reading your blog!

Wishing you light and bright energy, peace and silly smiles!

Happy Soulstice!

xxx Rodika

December 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm
(2) Rita says:

Thank you for the link to Sting’s album. I’m so sorry for the loss of your cat. Many years ago a kitten came to me in the engine of my car, and your story reminded me of him. He also was black and white. He was starving, and his whiskers and paws had been burned from being on the engine as I drove home. Like you, I’d had cats my entire life, but never had a connection with a cat like I had with him. He was the “cat love of my life.” A couple years ago at the age of 18 he passed away. It gave me peace to know that he probably wouldn’t have lasted more than a year if I didn’t have him, but I still miss him every day. I’ve added a couple new cats to my home, but I know there will never be another Henry. My thoughts are with you.

December 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm
(3) Molly says:

Thank you so much Rodika, Happy Soulstice (love that) to you and yours.
You’re a warm and special colleague — we started at the same time, if I recall!

December 22, 2012 at 5:37 pm
(4) Molly says:

Rita, yes, ‘cat love of my life’ describes my Bellina well, though I didn’t have nearly as long as you did, and thought I would have a (kitty) lifetime with my precious. Today I got a condolence letter from the vet, which started niagra falls again. My man gets upset when I”m crying, but I wonder if that’s why we women live longer — we have that release.

I also have been listening to Eva Cassidy’s version of Sting’s, Fields of Gold which is so much more profound since she left this earth so early. Some angels come in for a short time, but are remembered forever.

Thanks again for your kind words.

December 23, 2012 at 2:54 am
(5) Liz says:

Yes – I have that Eva cassidy CD – and her version of the song is truly amazing. Bless you, dearest Molly, for your wonderful writings and pitures – that will keep me company as I set off to spend Christmas and New Year with my family today. I understand so well how you feel about your family and their cold reactions to your grief, But as you quoted, “only reflects back what is loving and caring In other words, it never criticizes or feels rejected by the lack of love in others.” This is so true – this is our task. And if one remains gentle and uncritical we often then find out why people behave as they do, by allowing them to be themselves and to speak their truth.I was put in touch with so much love and care after losing my job, was overwhelmed by it, while much of the time I’ve always felt there’s not enough of it around.
Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year to you Molly, and to everyone who alights to find comfort here. xxxx

December 23, 2012 at 8:55 am
(6) Molly says:

Good morning Liz and warm wishes as you set out to spend time with family. It’s interesting how this Cancer Moon enters the scene of the intensity with Capricorn-Aries energies. I mention this because it’s been one of my life lessons to know when to ‘allow’ and reflect back only Love, and to know when to *fight* for emotional boundaries.
When I was thinking about going to see family, in my vulnerable state, I was worried I’d be defensive, lash out, and hook on what’s unloving. Even admitting it here and writing about it helps bring it to awareness.
Last night, serendipitously with your comment, we were watching Mists of Avalon (again), and there’s a scene where Lancelot asks Gwenivere if she can accept the love that’s offered, instead of bemoan what God is withholding (a child). Going into the holidays, I want to be present to the Love that comes, and has come (regarding the loss and just general support) — and to let go of my need for that reaction from others.
Many blessings to you Liz – thanks for being here and brightest solstice wishes…..

December 23, 2012 at 9:05 am
(7) Molly says:

PS on the non-response, Liz, I’m thinking it has to do with religious beliefs, in one case, since this person, my Mom, has demonstrated a belief that animals are much lower than humans. Sadly, she’s never had a deep bond with an animal. I had a magical orange cat called Tommy all through my twenties, and recall her says, ‘with all you’ve got going on, you need to take that cat to the Humane society!’ He was my constant, my best friend and spooning partner at night. So here a limit to love is possibly due to conditioning — religious — and so I can understand from that angle.
I just finished reading ‘The Help’ which has such rich Southern characters I could relate to, especially the Mothers of that era. The teaching resource in the back asks something to the effect of ‘can someone so deeply flawed also be a loving Mother?” the answer is Yes. We’re all learning to love here. Thanks again for your friendship here, safe and meaningful travels!

December 24, 2012 at 2:26 am
(8) Liz says:

“it’s been one of my life lessons to know when to ‘allow’ and reflect back only Love, and to know when to *fight* for emotional boundaries.” Me too, dearest Molly! It’s been a long struggle, and still is at times – but I’ve found over the years that the more centred and relaxed I am, the less the need to create boundaries. as they are naturally there. And boy am I about to be put to the test again! (as are you I imagine!).Bless you, take good care of yourself. xxx

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