Winter Solstice has been celebrated in cultures around the world for thousands of years. Many of the customs associated with the holidays over Christmas, including the use of certain plants like holly, ivy and mistletoe, are also linked to Winter Solstice rituals and lore of ancient times.
The Winter Solstice (Dec 21) is a gateway period that energetically includes the 3 days before and after. It is often represented by a Wheel, such as the Wheel of Life (in old Europe the Solstice was called Yule, from the Norse, Jul, meaning wheel). This turning point, in the Northern Hemisphere marks the darkest and shortest day of the year before the days become light again. It is the start of a new solar year and a celebration of Light and the rebirth of the Sun.
It can be a time, when the veils between worlds are thin, to ‘plant seeds’ in the depths of winter (of intentions, wishes, prayers, visions, blessings), this darkness metaphorically akin to rich fertile soil.
Just as the summer solstice in the height of summer can bring light to shadow, so too is the darkness of the Winter Solstice, whether literal of metaphoric, a time of celebrating light in the depths; each are an integration of both. On this ‘dark day’ there is paradoxically great spiritual light and an intensification of energy.
The 3 days before the Solstice juncture are seen energetically as a period of letting go of what no longer serves, and the 3 days after ones of stepping into the new.
An end of year ritual for the year gone is shared at the page below as an opportunity to say goodbye to the year with presence and reflection with a series of questions. You can take some time for acknowledgement, insight, integration, gratitude, and letting go.
Lastly at this time of Solstice is a share on the You Beyond You; the eternal spiritual being that you are beyond your personality self.