Winter Solstice 

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In my work I see people who are hungry for life's meaning and who are waking up to this ancient wisdom. I am encouraged and hopeful as our culture is also awakening to the deeper truth and spiritual meaning that underlie our physical existence. With knowledge comes power.

Have you ever wondered if there were more to the holidays we celebrate than simply tradition? Did our ancient ancestors preserve a narrative to guide us to live in harmony with spiritual truth and find what empowers us? Could there possibly be power in aligning with celestial forces to manifest and affect matter in this Earthly dimension?

Many of us gather on December 25 to celebrate Christmas, the Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus, “The Light Of The World”, “The Son of God”, “The World's Savior”. It cannot go unnoticed that Jesus’s illustrious birth corresponds to our celestial sun’s illustrious birth on December 25th. On this day, our tilted Earth orbits furthest from our life-giving sun, causing the shortest day and the longest night of the year. 

The sun progresses 1° per day, with Winter and Summer solstices marking the furthest points and the equinoxes marking the middle points. During the three days between December 21st and December 25 the sun is at its darkest ebb, and appears to stand still on the horizon at sunset, solstice has Latin roots, meaning "sun stand”. After those three days of “darkness,” the sun resumes its path, growing larger and larger, up to its apex at Summer solstice.

The Ancient Egyptians perceived the sun as a sentient being and as a resurrecting deity, personified as the hybrid male offspring, comprised of half god and half human. Begot by God’s seed or Holy Spirit, and born to a human virgin mother, the Christian son of God was the savior of humanity who brought the good news of eternal life. This theme of a resurrecting son of God, born to a virgin mother on Dec 25th, is known by many names besides Jesus — here are a few: 


  • Egyptian God-Man Horus, born Winter Solstice of The Virgin Mother Isis.

  • Greco-Roman God-Man Mithras, born Dec 25th of The Virgin Mother Amanita. 

  • Hindu God-Man Krishna, born Dec 25th (and other days) of The Virgin Mother Devaki.

  • Buddhist God-Man Buddha, born Dec 25th (and other days) of The Virgin Mother Maya.

  • Babylonian God-Man Tammuz, born Dec 25th (and other days) of The Virgin Mother Ishtar.

From the vantage point of the early 21st-century, it seems our culture is rich in material things and bankrupt in great wisdom. But things were not always this way — in ancient times, architecture and allegory were teaching tools employed to instill guidance and solace for this earthly sojourn. As Descartes ushered in the Age of Enlightenment in the 1600’s, we replaced the mythical and symbolic mind with the logical and scientific mode of thinking. But did we throw out the baby with the bathwater? 

This question has haunted me since I was young, and is what provoked me to research indigenous and religious traditions and spiritual philosophies around the globe. My investigations took me from the megalithic structures of ancient Egypt, England and Mexico to the myths of the ancient Romans, Meso-Americans and Chinese. My conclusion? The epic struggle between the darkness and light of earthly existence, as well as the inevitability of physical death and the promise of everlasting life, are ubiquitous as central themes.

This annual celebration of the sun’s death and rebirth or resurrection, embodies the theme of our life on Earth. It represents our descent from our “real” home (with “God” in the Spirit World or Afterlife) into 3-D matter and incarnation in the physical world, or Earth, and back again. This important wisdom has been taught through stories and celebrated throughout history during the solstices and equinoxes. In our current paradigm, these guiding principles have all been all but lost. And the cornerstone of wisdom that, we are eternal spiritual beings who are reborn of this world, has been all but eclipsed.

With the generous gift of the return of “The Son/sun of God”, and his nursing rays, Mother Earth would sprout her seeds, her crops grow and people could survive. By understanding the symbols that are hidden in plain sight, we can have access to timeless wisdom to help guide our life, plant our heart’s desire, and have faith and confidence that we are eternal. It is reassuring that the season’s feelings of generosity and the “Spirit of Giving” that was revered by the ancients is still alive and well today. 

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With her intuitive drawing technique, Jane deForest often draws exact renderings of unseen people, animals and remote places, in an original art piece for clients to keep. For almost 20 years, Jane has worked with personal and business clients all over the world. Jane de Forest has studied with a Lakota Shaman, Buddhist teachers, at Rhode Island School of Design, and has journeyed to sacred sites in Peru, Bali, and Egypt. 

Jane’s pro bono & volunteer work includes; facilitating communication for children with special needs, her “save the bees” project in Ecuador, and Director of Portland, IANDS (International Assoc. Near-Death Studies) Her multiple-award winning book: Love Never Dies-A Psychic Artist Illustrates True Stories Of The Afterlife, is an entertaining first-hand account of people reunited with loved ones and animals in the afterlife.

"Nurturing Intuition in Children" David Wood interviews Jane

“If you want children to continue dreaming to the moon and beyond, then dream with them, both by sharing your fervent dreams, and by diving heart first into their own.”

~Vince Gowmon

As a child, I conversed with imaginary beings, invented entire worlds for my friends and me to explore, and dreamt up countless stories. I was fortunate to have the loving support of my parents and wonderful teachers who encouraged and enjoyed all that was born from my overflowing imagination.

I remember, however, how quickly things began to change as elementary school came to a close. The focus shifted from creative exploration to preparing for the difficulty of higher grades and the “real life” that followed. Less daydreaming, more standardized testing.

Once I’d found myself on the other side of my education years later, I was drawn very quickly to the world of spirituality, perhaps hoping to recapture that magic and fulfillment I’d known as a child. I find it interesting that so much that fascinates us in the spiritual community -- psychic intuition, angels and guides, past life memories -- are such a natural part of the experience of children!

I’m now the father of a bright, 9-month-old son who has already begun showing signs of intuitive intelligence, and I can’t wait for the day he has the words to tell me all that he knows and all he can see.

With the right tools and support, I wonder if all of us could enter adulthood with our intuitive gifts intact. That’s why I’m so grateful New Renaissance’s beloved intuitive Jane de Forest is offering her new class, Nurturing Intuition: A Workshop for Kids and their Parents this Saturday, October 27th. **Children must be accompanied by parent or guardian, and parents and guardians get to attend free!**

It was a joy to connect with Jane and hear her take on the intuition of children, as well as what she has planned for the workshop and her group reading event, Messages From Beyond, which will next be on Friday, October 26th and Thursday, November 1st.

“Jane, my 9-month-old son seems to watch and smile at things my wife and I cannot see. Do all children naturally have strong intuitive, clairvoyant, or spiritual abilities?”

Children are naturally intuitive and psychic by nature; they arrive on earth with an open channel to the subtle dimensions. This window typically closes around age seven, when the world of magic is left behind for a rational and material one. Although, a new type of children with increased psychic abilities and spiritual knowledge is incarnating now who may keep the window open longer.

Past life experiences are commonly expressed by children when they are just able to talk, often describing who they were when they were “big before”, where they lived and how they died.

Although invisible friends are considered fantasy, from my vantage point, they are ancestors, Spirit Guides and Angels.

What are ways we can encourage children's intuition throughout their process of growing up?”

With a little training, parents can nurture their children’s intuitive ability, enabling deep personal and spiritual confidence. Here are some basics:

1. Show that you (and other adults) accept their unseen world.

2. Read fairy tales. These are important for creating a safe place for magical thinking, flying, Angels and aliens, talking animals and trees, fairies and elves. This strengthens the limbic system, the primary seat of creative thought in the brain.

3. Be in dynamic relationship with Spirit Guides, Angels and nature spirits -- build fairy houses, write letters to elves, ask trees what they are thinking, etc.

“Could you tell us more about your Nurturing Intuition Workshop for Kids and their Parents this Saturday afternoon?”

You will learn techniques to use at home to cultivate a platform for your child to maintain their natural intuition and psychic ability, including: a guided meditation for your child to talk to their Guide and draw them; how to attract and communicate with fairies, gnomes and elves; and how to deal with “Boogie Men” and other undesirables, often found under beds and in closets.

This is so dear to my heart. I have volunteered for ten years in public schools teaching children creative development. I feel it is the solution to a world gone mad; to grow a better world we need to start with the children.

“In your Messages From Beyond events, you demonstrate your extrasensory abilities, including mediumship and automatic drawing, for the group. What can people expect at these gatherings, such as the one happening this Friday evening?”

Messages From Beyond is a monthly event where I communicate with loved ones and animals on the other side of life. I create a “drawbridge” with my automatic drawing technique which allows me to access the subtle realms easily and with great accuracy.

On one occasion, a young daughter who had died in an accident came through from Heaven with specific details that I rendered on my drawing pad. She described the care her family had taken at her funeral and the color of the flowers. They confirmed each detail as the girl communicated clearly, and although the family was suffering from her loss, they were comforted to know that she lived on and that their love would never die.

We have had many dogs and cats as well as a horse showing up from the afterlife to comfort their owners. It is a wonderful experience to feel the love in the room filling the space.

Not a session goes by that is not deeply moving and touching to the many people in the room. I am grateful to create a bridge from this world to Heaven; it is a profound honor.

Please bring your imagination, and join Jane for her wonderful events at New Renaissance.



Call 503-224-4929 to register for Jane’s events:

Fall Equinox

This year on September 22nd, night and day are in perfect balance as the Earth makes her annual sojourn around our Sun. Fall Equinox is the time for celebrating with gratitude the abundance of the harvest we have reaped in our lives. 

Our ancient forebears celebrated this important marker with ceremony. They believed that thanking the Earth and all her bounty, honoring the Gods, as well as celebrating this special season, was important. 

From The Great Pyramid in Egypt, to Stonehenge in England, to Chichen Itza in Mexico and Chaco Canyon in the U.S., our ancient ancestors aligned their sublime architecture with the Fall Equinox.

The Autumnal Equinox is the “hour hand” that tells us what time it is in the Great Year. Just as we can tell the hour of the day by noticing how high or low the sun is in the sky, so do we tell time in the 26,000-year precession cycle by noticing the position of the sun on this equinox relative to the twelve ancient constellations of the zodiac.

Our Thanksgiving holiday reflects the Fall Equinox harvest ceremonies of our ancient ancestors in the Northern Hemisphere. But little else about the last quarter of the year is known today, although it was an important time for ancient cultures.

The advent of cold weather causes many in the animal world to hibernate and the plant world to die off. As we descend into this darkness, we symbolically hibernate also and go deeply into ourselves. Our ancient ancestors saw this as a time of symbolic death, when the Earth Goddess or Vegetation God gave up its vital force — dropping the once-living leaves and stems to the ground, or being cut with a scythe for harvest. 

One of the best known mystery schools of the ancient world was at Eleusis in Greece, called the Eleusinian Mystery School. Scholars believe that the mystery schools system for training initiates did not originate in Greece; arguably there were more ancient ones in Egypt, Crete and pre-Columbian indigenous cultures. Not much is known about mystery school ceremonies, because they were protected by an oath of secrecy punishable by death. 

Nevertheless, the few scraps of information we do know are fasinating. Their most important ceremonies were held at the Fall Equinox, which was a potent ritual. The initiates would probably consume some kind of hallucinogenic beverage in the temple and experience a symbolic death. They would then be taken metaphorically to the Underworld, which had nine levels, to experience the negative aspect of existence. Initiates would then be guided to heavenly realms, called the Elysian Fields, where there was unconditional love, acceptance by the Gods and great beauty. This was both an instruction on how to live well in this world and also the promise of what to expect in the afterlife IF the initiate behaved in accordance with divine principles (karma). 

Most all ancient and indigenous cultures understood that we are composed of two aspects while residing on the Earth plane: of spirit and matter, that is to say, the spark of God which animates the earthen clay vessel that is our physical body. These philosophies or religious understandings saw that the light (or our soul) descends into matter to form a physical incarnation that has the express goal of enlightenment. 

This last quarter of the year, starting with Fall Equinox and going ending with Winter Solstice, is the time of year when we can heal, releasing all aspects of our negative earthly existence, such as ego, resentment, hatred, materialism, lust and so forth. Now is the perfect time of year to let go of whatever obstacles are holding you back and blocking your progress to enlightenment and transformation. Take a moment to write those things down on a piece of paper and burn them in a thoughtful ceremony on September 22nd.

Ceremony was a vital aspect of our ancient ancestors’ lives. Most of the megalithic temples were built over electromagnetic anomalies or “lay lines” and natural aquifers. These megalithic structures were built with stone rich with magnetite and crystalline composition, in order to manipulate the natural flow of electro-magnetic current, which created a field that enhanced an altered state of consciousness for initiates. 

Stonehenge, for example, is built over an electro-magnetic anomaly, with stones lined up with the magnetic north facing the magnetic south of the next stone. Ultimately, the structure forms a giant magnet with a measurable field. It’s also interesting to note that NASA records reveal that geomagnetic activity on our planet is most likely to happen around the Spring and Fall Equinoxes, events that would directly greatly impact sacred sites. 

This combination of cutting-edge science and ancient knowledge has contributed to the popular hypothesis that these structures, in combination with sacred ceremony, created a real energetic portal allowing the initiate to travel to the realm of the Gods.  

During my own experience in the Great Pyramid of Giza on the Spring Equinox (it is built over a natural waterway, encased in limestone, its inner chambers is constructed with a granite rich in magnetite and crystals), many of us spent private time in the King’s Chamber taking turns in the rose granite box. And a number of people who did this had powerful visionary experiences or encounters with spirit guides and teachers. 

From my study of the near-death experience, I have come to believe that there may have been an aspect of this “journey to the light” that may have been incorporated into the rituals of our ancient ancestors. The theme of birth-death-rebirth is ubiquitous in all religions and symbolizes not physical death per se but the death of our earthly constraints of ego and materialism and mis-directed life-force energy. This is the symbolic understanding of the annual cycle of the Earth, represented by the primary markers that designate the four quarters: Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice and Fall Equinox.

In our busy work-a-day world we have a little opportunity to honor with gratitude our life’s abundance and the spiritual journey on this Earth plane that is so important. As initiates in the Mystery School of Life, while we are tasked with enlightenment, we lack the advantage of the organized systems known to our ancient ancestors.

For that reason I have chosen to take the time and effort to create a presentation and ceremony for you, gratis. I will go into detail about my research on the importance of the Fall Equinox and the last quarter of the year this Friday. 

Please join me at New Renaissance Bookshop, 1338 NW 23th Ave, Portland, on the eve of the Equinox for this free event. I offer this as my sincere service to making the Earth a better place. Please bring nonperishable food items that we will donate to our local food bank.