Winter Solstice

In the northern hemisphere, 21st December marks this year’s Winter Solstice. The shortest day and longest night of the year. A time of deep magic and hope as the Light of the sun returns to warm the dark, cold Earth. It is a time to gather around a solstice fire, absorbing the heat and light, letting the thoughts and patterns we no longer need to smoulder and burn away as we make space for what is to come in the new year.

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Photo source: WildGratitude.com

Over at Wild Gratitude, shaman, Stacey Couch offers a fine selection of ideas and inspiration for Winter Solstice celebrations here: How to: Winter Solstice Celebrations; Stacey Couch; 13Dec16; Wild Gratitude

“…The Winter Solstice is the day with the least daylight of all other days of the year. The sun is at its lowest point in the southern sky. The rays of the sun are the faintest and coolest. The earth is tilted in a way that aims her face away from the sun, hiding her under a deep blanket of snow and cold. The word “solstice” comes from the latin words sol (sun) and sistere (stand still) because the sun appears to stand still before it reverses direction and begins its ascent back into the northern sky…

…A fire relates to the spiritual meaning of winter solstice as well. This is the day that the sun, symbolic of the light, is reborn. In hunter-gatherer times when so much of our existence relied on the forces of nature, the reemergence of the sun’s life giving force was critical to survival. Now it marks your ability to come out of darkness and into light, moving from ignorance to illumination. By lighting and tending a fire, you are tapping into these powerful mythic forces at a crucial moment in the annual cycle…

…“May the blessings of light be on you, light without and light within. May the blessed sunshine shine on you and warm your heart till it glows like a great peat fire, so that the stranger may come and warm himself at it, and also a friend. And may the light shine out of the two eyes of you, like a candle set in the two windows of a house, bidding the wanderer come out of the storm.” – Traditional Irish Blessing…”

Read the full article here.

However you choose to celebrate Winter Solstice, enjoy the warmth and promise of lighter days… x

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