Return of the Sun & Return of the Son

Return of the Sun
Yule Blessings!

The Winter Solstice, or Yule, is the longest night of the year! This is a turning point, the consistent promise of longer days to come. The return of the light, of hope, and salvation! 

I write this in gratitude for the magnificence of this year, the highs and the lows. Life is amazing, if nothing else. Mama Earth’s natural fluidity, her seasons, energy cycles, Her consistent transformation ’round the sun and gravitational pull of the moon, reminds me there is a beginning, an end, and a renewal for everything. 

The last few months have been the most grueling but deepest integration of my world religion and philosophy studies, so far, completing two theses. The first is a celebration of the often hidden Divine Feminine in Judeo-Christian Western society (excerpt below), the second an in-depth review of how traditional alternative healing is  integrating in western biomedicine. The long night reminds me to celebrate the underdog, the shadow, the unspoken hero. The hope, salvation, and promise of balance is the return of light.
Return of the Son
The Return of the Son, Salvation, the Light, occurs this Friday as Christians celebrate the annual remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ to Mother Mary. The cycles of tradition, religion, and spirituality are a consistent reminder of our connection to the Divine. If you celebrate Christmas, I wish you and your family enormous peace, love, hope, and salvation this Christmas season. 

Merry Merry Christmas!
Inspired by The Theology of Reverend Dr. Wilda Gafney

Mother Mary’s virtue, her identity as a wayshower for Christian women, extends beyond classic biblical interpretation.  In Luke Chapter 1, Mother Mary is visited by the Archangel Gabriel and advised that she will give birth to the Son of God, Jesus. Mother Mary asks the angel, “How can this be?” as she is a virgin. A womanist interpretation, as per Gafney, is in this moment, Mother Mary shows her independence and strength. Mother Mary is a young, Jewish virgin, ready to be married, and is told by an angel of God that she will become pregnant. She doesn’t ask what her betrothed will say, what her father will say, or the shame this will bring to her family. Instead, this powerless woman, born of a time where her body may not have been considered her own, through her free will, talks back to an all-powerful emissary of God and asks “How can this be?” She is courageously withholding consent in this moment, further asking the angel to explain how this should happen to her. The angel advises her of what will happen, a circumstance she has no control over. Mother Mary, regardless of choice, consents God’s will. Mary is not just the Mother of Jesus, but a sister to all women who stand up for the integrity of their bodies, against power dynamics and hierarchy (Gafney, 2020b).

Check out Dr. Gafney’s article, Did Mary say, “Me Too?”

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