You can be assured that everything that happens to us is ultimately spiritual in it’s outcome, and changes that may occur during this time may be very deep and long lasting, especially regarding the emergence of your own consciousness.
Symbolically the winter represents the twilight, death and subsequent rebirth of man (especially if you subscribe to the idea of reincarnation). It’s not a coincidence that the Christian holiday of Christmas is so close to the day of the Winter Solstice, which is December 21-22 each year.
“Odysseus can hardly speakwithout lying, or act without treachery. It is true that the other Achaeans do not quite equal Odysseus in dishonesty, but not because they would not, they envy and admire him, and look up to him as a model character; the poet who pictures him considers him a hero in every respect; even the goddess Athena praises him for his lying.”