Non-Pagans may be wondering what all the hub-bub is about, so I'll break it down.
The Winter Solstice
The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and is celebrated as the rebirth of the sun. It's the start of a new beginning, a transformation of dark to light. Do you think it's coincidence that we have traditions including Christmas and the New Year, both representing the birth of the sun (or son) and new beginnings? The Winter Solstice is the time to turn a new page and let the light overtake the dark in your life.
The Full Moon
At the time of the full moon, the energy of the goddess is at its peak. This is when her influence is the strongest. This is an ideal time for divination, and it's commonly believed that divination done at this time is the most accurate. It's also a time for various types of spellwork, especially protection, healing and psychic development. The full moon just seems to give everything a little extra "Oomph!"
The Lunar Eclipse
For ages the lunar eclipse has been looked upon with suspicion. It was believed to be a bad omen. For Pagans today it's sometimes celebrated as a balancing act, and a union of the male energy of the sun, the female energy of the moon, and the Earth in between. In talking with other Pagans about it, it's generally looked upon favorably and as something to celebrate, but can also mean chaos. The eclipse is a time of change. Chaotic change.
~ Oh wow... I just made a realization, at this very moment. Artemis (also known as Diana in Rome) is a Lunar goddess. Hathor is a Solar goddess of Egypt. The sun, the moon, the solstice, the eclipse... fascinating!
As I was saying, I've been feeling this tug that I need to connect with Hathor and learn her ways. I don't know a great deal about her yet, other than some of her qualities do overlap with those of my beloved Artemis, by means of being a goddess associated with childbirth. However, in most other ways they differ. Artemis is a goddess of the wild hunt, and Hathor is represented by the cow- domestic nurturing.
In connecting with Hathor I'm hoping to tap into her energies of joy, love, beauty and dance. She's a goddess who loves rhythm and percussion, music and dancing. One of her symbols is the mirror, and is associated with cosmetics. Just think of all those things that make women lovely, enticing and joyful, and there you'll find Hathor.
How I should go about this, I have no idea. I've always been a "one goddess girl" but now it's time to hire another. How do I make it work between the two, and have them be a team to balance me out between independence and femininity, strength and beauty, modesty and flirtation? What better time to find out than at this astrological moment?
The ritual will all be very spontaneous. No circles cast, no "sacred space" as all of my home is sacred and blessed for the gods. A heartfelt "Thank You" to Artemis for her guidance and wisdom all these years, an offering, and a renewal of my vow to her. Then, an introduction to Hathor and asking for her guidance, an offering, and celebration. Just me and my goddesses.
I will need an altar space for Hathor. My dresser top belongs to Artemis, but perhaps the bathroom vanity would be an appropriate place to give Hathor her honor. Yes, yes I think that will do nicely.
While I'm looking forward to this new change, and possible transformation of self, I'm also a little scared and nervous. This is a whole new territory, uncharted waters. I don't know what to expect, but I'm hoping it's good.
In one of my books I found this lovely prayer to Hathor...
Let me be the one who praises her most,
for she has made me joyous in love.
Praise to Hathor, praise the Mistress!
A week ago I prayed to her, and look!
My lover came to me. Came and loved me.
Hathor heard me. Heard my plea.
She sent me love. She sent my lover.
At the door, my name was called.
At the door, there stood my lover.
Throughout the city, everyone breathed
the sweet wine fragrance of our love.
A week ago I prayed to Hathor, and
my lover came. It has been five days now.
What else can I do but pray again?
What else can I do but praise the goddess?
Happy Solstice Everyone!