winter solstice

The big news this weekend is that it’s the Winter Solstice on the 21st June. That means that here in the Southern Hemisphere we have the shortest day and the longest night of the year. (This is obviously reversed in the Northern Hemisphere). From now on, we’ll see a gradual increase of sunlight until the Sun once again reaches its peak in December. Bring on Summer!

Often known as Yule, the Winter Solstice is historically seen as the time when the Sun is reborn out of the darkness, which is celebrated by many cultures throughout the world. To give thanks to the Sun for providing us with light and sustenance, we can light candles around our homes or gather with friends and family around beautiful bonfires.

The Winter Solstice essentially marks the beginning of a growth cycle and coincides with the Sun’s entry into fertile Cancer, making this a good time to  connect with our feelings, family, the feminine and the home. Mercury retrograde encourages us to reflect on the past year and feel into the areas in our lives where we would like to bring about renewal and those which need nurturing.

One easy and effective ritual to do at the Solstice is to spend a little time reflecting on the past year, writing down anything you want to release and then surrendering the paper into the fire.

Having done that, write your hopes and dreams for the next year onto another piece of paper, light it and watch as the paper transforms to smoke, carrying your intentions into the Universe. The soil of the soul is rich and fertile this weekend and with the moon in Aries, this is a powerful time to do plant seeds.


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