Spiral of Light
A Festival Open to Family
Dusk December 21, 2013
at Our Sons and Daughters School
The Spiral of Light, a beautiful midwinter garden. The days are shortening, as the nights become longer; the earth is darkening as we near the winter solstice. It’s time to for introspection as we search for the light within to warm our hearts for the cold of winter. This inner light reminds of the peacefulness, careful anticipation and warmth this time of the year can bring. Through the searching of our own inner light, we become aware of the possibility of renewed light in all humankind. This is the mystery of the winter solstice, as we wait for the birth of new light and new awakening in each of us. The birth of this new light ennobles our thoughts and our deeds, and brings us together. As adults, it is possible for us to create these experiences inwardly; children can embark on this journey only through outward activity. An integral part of our curriculum in Waldorf education is creating festivals which serve as such outward activities.
At this time of year, as the outer darkness of winter approaches, there are many cultural and religious festivals of light. Each December, we join other Waldorf schools in creating such a seasonal festival: the Spiral of Light. In this garden of light, each child is invited to walk with an unlit candle along an inward spiraling garden path, which leads to a lighted candle in the center of the garden. After lighting his or her candle, the child walks out of the garden along an outward spiraling path and places the lit candle along the way. As each child adds a candle to the path it becomes an ever-growing lighted walkway. For both the children and the adults who are present, the spiral of light is an oasis of quiet and wonder.