At the Winter Solstice we reach the depth of that darkness with the longest night of the year. Darkness has reached its peak.In our heads we know the light will return. But in the darkness of Winter, can we be sure? do our hearts believe what our heads tell us? Will the light keep its promises? We all have moments of darkness, when we don't know how much deeper we will go before the light starts to return (or even if it will). The world has moments too; it understands us, and lives as we do.
Wintertime is my second favorite to fall! There is so much spirituality that comes with the winter solstice. We acknowledge that there are more periods of darkness than light and that the light within the day can be found within our hearts. This is the time to gather together. A time to enjoy food and also give food to those who may not have a meal for this holiday. Remember to thank spirit for all that you have been blessed with and continue to bless others with happiness, joy, and laughter. There are many rituals that you can perform by yourself and with others to help bring in the new year in a beautiful way!
So what can you do?
Well, for starters, self-care is vitally important! Here is a time to have a spa day. Get a facial, a massage, a pedicure and manicure! Take care of yourself and bring your self into the new year sparkly clean! To cleanse the body is important there’s a lot of negative energy that might latch on that you can literally wash off with loving yourself and treating yourself the way that you should.
Cleansing the Space
Cleanse your home with sage and bring in beautiful plants such as poinsettias or pine both symbolize the winter season and bring healing and joy to the home; burning the pine will purify your home as well.
To do a smudging, start at your front door with your incense or smudge stick in a censer or bowl. Move the incense around each door and window, and go through each room, following along the lines of the walls. If you have multiple levels, continue up and down stairs as needed. Some people like to add a small incantation to the process, like this one:
Yule is here, and I smudge this place,
Fresh and clean, in time and space.
Sage and sweet-grass, burning free,
as the sun returns, so it shall be.
Once you've completed the smudging, sit back and enjoy the positive energy that comes with having a clean physical space.
Decorating your space with things that symbolize the winter solstice is always a great way to stay in the your spirit! Holly spiky bristles are known to repel unwanted spirits and you can actually sprinkle your children with Holly water as a way of praying for the blessing of a long life, goodwill and energetic spirit within them.
To decorate your tree is to bless your home with happiness and joy as well! The lights represent the light that is coming through the darkness of winter. Remember that even though the night comes quickly the light remains within us and when we share with others during this holiday season, it is for all to see!
Loving others is also a great way to end the year and bring the new year in right. Gathering together, especially after cleansing your home and placing crystals such as black tourmaline to absorb negativity and negative thoughts. Placing Golden Aura Quartz or wearing Citrine in order to bring out a joy and positive spirit around you. And of course the classic crystal of unconditional love, Rose Quartz, is wonderful to wear and gift to others to show that love is always the beginning of everything that truly matters.
When Giving back to those less fortunate, it's a great idea to do it as a group with friends. This brings you all together and reminds you that no matter how much material you may possess, WE ARE ONE WORLD. Say this together as you help others: “Let us take a few moments to consider what we have given. Perhaps someone in this group will benefit from what others have contributed. There is no shame to be found in accepting help, and there is no superiority in providing it. We give what we can, when we can, to aid those in need. We do so with no expectation of reward or celebration, but simply because it needs to be done. Take a moment now and consider how much good your donation might do.”