For those of us living in the Southern Hemisphere this Wednesday is Yule (Litha for those living in the Northern hemisphere.)
Yule marks the longest night and shortest day and is the time when mid-winter celebrations are held. These celebrations usually center on welcoming back the light, abundance, generosity and giving thanks to those energies that have helped us through the dark. It is perhaps no surprise then that this is a fire festival, even though the Goddess is technically still in her dark phase.
Just like the wheel of the year and the cycle of life and death, the muse goes through periods of dark and light. Some people find their muse is innately connected with nature, some less so. An artist’s connection with their muse is a very personal thing. However, from my understanding and research there is a central muse energy that all other muses come from. Just like there is a central energy that all humans come from, or all trees come from, or all dogs come from. And in the end – we are all one. We are all stardust, as they say.
Probably the most famous depiction of the muse comes from the Greeks and their nine muses. However, the concept of the muse goes as far back in human history. Most cultures have some way of recognizing the muse. And whether you take this as literal (the muse being a separate spirit or entity you connect with to do your creative work) or archetypal (a symbolic way of understanding and speaking about your artistic inspiration) there are always ways of working on your relationship with your muse to help yourself and your muse, not to mention your art.
Yule is the longest dark of the year just before the wheel starts turning towards the light. The first big astrological shift to occur after Yule is the Super New Moon in Cancer. So having a look at the balance of light and dark around your muse and making plans for the coming year before these creative and emotional waters rise up and start flowing only makes sense.
(As seen in the above photo)
As part of my Yuletide gift, I will be giving away three Yule Tarot readings (adjusted to Litha for Northern Hemisphere). As well as a free Yule Reading you will receive a spell jar for “Creative Inspiration and Abundance.” These jars are great to place in your studio or study. They help bust through creative blocks and nurture the relationship between you and your muse. All you have to do to enter the draw is repost this post with the hashtag #WeaverYule on either Facebook or Instagram and tag a friend! Winners will be drawn and notified on the New Moon: 24/6/2017.