The final Winter Solstice of the decade is nearing quickly and with it come the beginning of a new solar cycle of the Sun. There are four main season elements that are defined by the Sun's relationship to the Earth at reoccurring times each year - the Winter Solstice being one of them. December 22nd marks the Winter Solstice for 2019 in the Northern Hemisphere and it is the day of the year that the Sun will travel the shortest path through the sky. What does this mean? Plainly, it's the shortest day of the year, the day with the least amount of sunlight, or the day the Sun is lowest in the sky. For a time now, the darkness has triumphed over the light, but a turning point is upon us!
What is the Significance of the Winter Solstice?
If you think about it - ever since the Summer Solstice in June, the hours of daylight have dwindled slowly. Little by the little, the darkness began to overtake the light. No reason to be afraid though, the Winter Solstice marks the end of all that nonsense. In winter, everything lies dormant in the Earth. Things lie quiet in the winter - have you ever noticed how quiet it is in the winter compared to summer? The winter is a time of rest and reflection before awakening to the slow build toward brighter days. Signifying the rebirth of the Sun, the Winter Solstice is believed to hold a powerful energy for regeneration, renewal and self-reflection.
What Can be Done to Utilize the Energy of the Winter Solstice?
Hopefully, over the past few months you have taken the time to look inward to find what needs to be let go of before your "rebirth" occurs. If not, take the time leading up to the solstice to prepare for the new cycle. Many faiths all over the world light candle to assist in getting through the darkness of the day.A craft exercise like making a few mason jar candles and lighting them upon finishing them. This can assist in grounding and setting the intentions of entering a new cycle. You want to set an intention of lighting your way through the darkness! A fire releasing ceremony is also a very powerful event you can do to prepare. Write down things that you want to let go of on a piece of paper. Hold the paper in your hand while you focus on letting go of everything you wrote down on the list then toss the paper into the fire. Watch the paper burn and fell the energy release from your body as the paper disappears. Again - everything is all about intention!
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