Winter is the most yin season of all, the time to move inward, into darkness, stillness, and contemplation. As Clarissa Pinkola Estés writes, let what must die, die. There is a season for everything and in every cycle, energy is transformed. So it is with ideas, projects, relationships, and life. Death can come in many ways, not just physically. We die many deaths each day, on the cellular level. We also die to old beliefs, ineffective ways of thinking and being.
So we travel to the Underworld, as Persephone does each Winter, to emerge again in the Spring. We withdraw from activity, the yang. Perhaps we sit by the fire to enjoy a mug of hot cider or a bowl of stew. This is a natural slowing down, with the earlier descending of darkness and the later rising of the sun. Of course we do not cease completely – even within yin there is yang – and this is the archetype of season and cycles. Ideas still get birthed though it is in stillness of the mind, undistracted by the noise in the mundane world, that ideas become accessible for lightning speed downloads.
Darkness, stillness, silence – these may appear to the antithesis of modern living. These metaphors and spaces of the tomb and womb are for deep regeneration. A pause, contemplation, leaving a field fallow allows for a shift.
As the leaves fall in the Autumn, we too remember to let go. As the winter appears barren, we remember that sometimes we must be stripped bare to be reborn. Alas what appears to be withdrawn never is, in Spring we rediscover our eternal youth and the maiden within just as Demeter does and just as Persephone embraces the crone within and the darkness of the Underworld, we too unveil the wisdom that lies in all of us. We sit by our inner sun, as we sit by the fire to enjoy the gifts of the season.
This is the Kidney-Bladder season. Here we find correspondences with the colour blue-black, water, the emotion/attitude of fear …