In this article, I share a spiritual perspective on the season of winter. I was inspired to use a special approach: Drawing an oracle card from the Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards (by Doreen Virtue) followed by doing a Sacred Spirit Journey (similar to shamanic journey) to gain further insights on the topic.
As I prepare the cards and myself and hold the intention, I connect through my heart and experience that I am standing with my spirit guide in my heart center in the middle of a circle, and a number of goddesses forming the circle itself. Then I suddenly hear one of the goddesses whisper with a soft voice very close to my left ear: “I’m here.”
I finish shuffling the cards and draw one. It turns out to be the Goddess Sarasvati.
The card says: “The Arts” and the phrase “Express yourself through creative activities.” The accompanying booklet suggests we surround ourselves in music, allowing it to stimulate our creativity, and put our creative ideas into action.
When you think of it, it is a perfect suggestion for making use of the winter season, when our usual outdoor activities are often limited.
What creative activities do you feel inspired to do during the winter season?
How about singing, dancing, writing, or perhaps drawing or painting? Or if you are drawn to working with oracle cards, you could use the winter season to dive deeper into working with the cards; a creative as well as a spiritual pursuit.
Let’s end with a message from one of the Goddess Sarasvati’s companions, the white swan, with a message I received during my Sacred Spirit Journey.
Sacred Spirit Journey
As I begin the journey, the energy of the goddess and my helping spirits becomes stronger and clearer. I hear the sound of water and music.
I find it interesting that the focus is mostly on the sounds, for usually I tend to “feel” more, for example experiencing myself standing on the ground or feeling myself as a tree, etc.
My spirit guide and I move closer to the sounds and find ourselves in a landscape similar to what is being depicted on the Sarasvati card. The goddess is sitting by the water playing an instrument and singing, and she smiles to us as we approach. She continues with her singing and playing, and a white swan that is nearby comes walking over to us.
Swan greets us and says: “Allow yourself to dream. Winter is a good time to let your dreams take flight. Go within and discover the beautiful landscape within and let your soul rest and rejuvenate. Allow yourself to find the peace within that inspires beautiful dreams to flourish, and find ways of bringing those dreams out in creative ways that you feel inspired to at the time.
“This a way of beginning to manifest your dream. A rich inner life, nurtured during the season of winter, brings joy in your heart and prepares you for the spring — the season of new beginnings, and a time for birthing and bringing your dreams into reality. Winter is far from being a season where nothing happens; it’s a crucial part of the cycle of life. Winter is the time where you tap into the unmanifested and dream the world into being again. What beautiful dreams can you bring forth?”
Swan stops speaking and Sarasvati stops her singing and playing. They both say a warm goodbye to us and send us on our way with blessings and love.
We wave goodbye and I end the journey.
I hope that the messages from the Goddess Sarasvati and Swan, as well as the beautiful energy they embody, will inspire you.
Wishing you beautiful dreams!
Winter usually involves a veritable hibernation for me with a complete intolerance to cold, and I like thinking it’s necessary. The line, “A rich inner life, nurtured during the season of winter, brings joy in your heart and prepares you for the spring” is comforting.
I love the changing seasons and the different focus of each. In the winter i love being creative by writing, journaling, cooking and knitting. This year I am also learning to crochet.
Marianne, Thank you for sharing such a beautiful journey. I find winter to be a very inspired time…especially when you live in a part of the world where, as you say, our outdoor activities are often limited. I love this line…”A rich inner life, nurtured during the season of winter, brings joy in your heart and prepares you for the spring — the season of new beginnings…” Thank you. <3
Marianne one of my fave cards, love the message and thank you for sharing your spiritual journey beautiful love Suzie xxoo