I’ve always loved the change of the seasons. It marks a transition; a time to reflect what is moving out, and anticipate the new. To me, the solstices have a heightened intensity as they symbolically represent a change of light in both the physical world, as well as, a change within.
The winter solstice in the Northern hemisphere takes place on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 11:48pm EST (8:48pm PST). It is celebrated around the world as it marks the return of the sun. The days are gettting longer and the nights shorter.
Darkness turning to light
Out of the darkest nights of the year comes renewal, hope, and a birth of new light. The Winter Solstice is a period of renewal. As we wrap up the year, it is an introspective time of review, as well as, an opportunity for change.
The sun is multi-dimensional. It supports all of life in the physical world, providing the resources we need to survive. It also supports us on a deeper, spiritual level. The return of the sun, ignites the divine fire within each of us to move to the next level.
Advice for the Winter Solstice
Winter is a time of introspection. It’s time to feed your spirit and nurture your soul. Cultivate rituals, relationships with yourself, family, and friends. With less daylight, it is a reminder to seek peace and balance within. As we emerge from this time, we integrate what we have learned and gain wisdom from our journey. During the Solstice think about how you want to show up in the world. What have you learned? What can you do to enhance and hold more light each day?
With the solstice, there is a heightened energy that calls for us to be more alert and alive. Listen to the inner wisdom for guidance and direction, by releasing fears and the need to control. The overall theme is to focus on what you want to change within yourself versus having desires to change others. By letting go you’ll move faster and farther towards your desired results.
Honor the rhythm of the season and nature by giving yourself top priority this solstice. Embrace the light within you and enhance it with meditation, dance, singing and other uplifting activities. It is a good time to anchor your intentions as we dream in the New Year. Set intentions to release the past, and initiate change – using your inner compass to guide you.
Create a meaningful ritual this Solstice that incorporates time to reflect, plant seeds for the New Year, nurture yourself, as well as, tapping into the profound beauty and magic this time of year brings.
May this holiday season be filled with good times, good cheer, and get ready for an AMAZING New Year!