I’m just back from taking my dog for a walk, it’s Monday 21st December, today has been the shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere. The sky was alive and colourful just before the sun started to go down at 15 53 precisely and it was a reminder to me that today marks the turning of the sun and the day’s starting to get longer again. Yippee!
Winter is the season of dormancy, darkness and cold, and many of us are very much affected by lack of daylight perhaps even unknowingly. Often at this time of the year we are lacking in energy, which means we lose our get up and go, we can become more irritable, emotionally imbalanced or lose interest in life in general perhaps feeling less sociable, or even depressed or ill.
The Winter Solstice marks the new start of the solar year and has been celebrated in cultures all over the world for thousands of years (before Christianity – and Christmas). This year, 2015, will be no exception. the precise time of the actual solstice is Tuesday 22 December at 04:49 which means that this evening can be a time to celebrate light and the rebirth of the sun.
The cycles and the seasons remind us of the ever flowing, ever changing life that we are a part of. Therefore, I invite you to do what our ancestors have done since the beginning of time with this little ritual on this Solstice evening. Turn off all the lights in your house and spend a moment honouring the darkness and even the dark times of your life as they have helped you to learn, grow and evolve. Dig deep for your truth and spend a few minutes in darkness, reflecting, meditating and remembering. Then instead of switching on your electric artificial lights afterwards, invite lightness and solar energy in to your house by lighting lamps, lanterns and candles, then offer a new personal intention and a meaningful blessing to honour this coming new extension of light.
Celebrations of the lighter days to come and nature’s continuing cycle have been common throughout cultures and history with feasts, festivals and holidays around the December Solstice. Also many traditions that we associate with Christmas such as Christmas trees, presents and Christmas wreaths come from the ancient celebrations of winter solstice, also known as Yule Tide. In this season dominated by everything Christmas, lets lift our spirit higher on this dark winter night and the Winter Solstice from Stone Henge in England to Lapland and beyond, know that all over our planet people will be joining you in spirit and doing the same.
The start of the solar year is a celebration of light and the rebirth of the Sun, lets do it folk!
Love and Solstice Blessings to us all!
Love B xx