Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Winter Solstice & Advent Garden

Last week we celebrated the Advent Garden in our Waldorf Kinder GartenThe Spiral is an old symbol of all life processes. Winter and summer, inhale and exhale, narrowness and wideness, inside and outside. All these processes are constantly changing until they reach a turning point and pause for one moment. As an universal symbol the spiral appears throughout history dating some 4500 years and appears cross culturally over the world throughout our known history.

Each child takes a turn to slowly walk the spiral, holding a red apple with a small unlit beeswax candle inserted into it. As the child reaches the center, he or she lights the candle and then retraces his or her steps out of the spiral. On the return, the child places the apple and candle on one of the golden stars, bringing forth the Light. Child after child has a turn, and more and more lit candles grace the spiral as the room begins to glow.

"When Christmas arrives, a turning point is reached. The light increases, days grow longer and nature reawakens." Rudolf Steiner

"Über Sterne, über Sonnen,
leise geht Mariens Schritt.

Lauter Gold und lichte Wonnen,

nimmt sie für ihr Kindlein mit.

Wenn Maria heilig schreitet,
von der Sterne Chor geschaut,
wird von ihrer Hand bereitet,
was zur Weihnacht` niedertaut.
Ruft die Sonne auf zu weben
für des Kindes lichtes Kleid,
bittet dann den Mond zu geben,
ihrem Kindlein Glück und Freud`.
Alle Sternlein spannt sie singend
an den bunten Wagen an,
ziehet durch den Himmel klingend,
kommt dann auf der Erde an."