The word adventure means an “unusual, stirring experience” and shares the same Latin root word as the word Advent
This season has been celebrated since ancient times, where communities marked the season, highlighted by the Winter Solstice on December 21st (the day of most darkness and least light) where it was believed to be when the Sun god, Saturn died. By December 25th (3 days later), it was observable that there was more light, and it was believed that the Sun god, Saturn, had risen from the dead, denoting resurrection and new life. Every day that the daylight increased was testimony to the risen god.
The ancients celebrated in the temples of ancient Rome, with gift giving, special foods and parties. Around 324AD, as the Roman church sought to extend its influence and control, it adopted the customs, traditions and general paganism of every tribe, culture and nation under its influence into what we now call Christmas.
In the Christian tradition, Advent serves as a reminder both of the original waiting by Israelites for the birth of the Messiah, and the waiting by Christians for the return of the Christ.
Thanksgiving’s rituals of family, food and friends kept us busy and (perhaps) not noticing the coming weeks of increasing darkness. Now, the outside world is already in Christmas frenzy, urging us to get out there and shop, shop, shop. What with gifts to buy, parties to attend, homes to decorate, travel plans to finalize, meals to cook, who actually has time to stop and reflect upon or satisfy the longing that is wanting to emerge in our lives?
Celebrating the traditions of Advent: the measuring/marking the darkness & light; the themes of resurrection and new life; and our evolving story—it is a time of expectant waiting. What will be revealed in me, as me?
I’m hoping that you’ll take time this Advent season to have an “unusual, stirring experience” in your unfolding consciousness. Choose to bring the themes of Advent—Hope, Peace, Joy and Love—into your new year and your life in a more meaningful way.
Perhaps you’ll consider joining me for a 2 day workshop (flyer can be seen here: https://spiritualcareassociates.wordpress.com/upcoming-event/).
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With Peace & Blessings,