Today marks mid-winter, and is the shortest day and longest night of the year. At Winter Solstice the darkness reaches its height and the waning cycle of the Sun stops. In this next Earth cycle, our days begin to lengthen as warmth and outer growth return to the Earth and to us.
There is a stillness here. And it’s pull reminds us to pause to become aware of our visions and our future growth as they gestate in the stillness, waiting for birth. Reminds us of our inherent connection with the cycles of our Earth Mother. We are not separate. We are one.
Here we shall celebrate the returning of the Sun. As we enter into this re-birth cycle we traditionally name our dreams, hopes and visions as New Year Resolutions. I prefer “Solstice Resolutions” as this reminds us that what grows within us. That which is good and right for us during this cycle IS that which organically lends itself toward the increasing light.
There are many ways to honor the Earth and give thanks. Whatever your unique expression, be it ceremony, celebration or quiet reflection, give yourself space to re-connect. Look back on your journey since the Summer Solstice to honor what you have completed and the insights you have gained from your inner reflection.
The Winter Solstice is an opportunity to come out of hibernation, to be loving and generous, to reconnect and celebrate friendships, family and the warmth of community. A gentle reminder that in order to “be” all this in community with others we must first start with ourselves. What can you do today to honor yourself and the Earth with Love??
Simple Earth Honoring Ceremony
Create a seasonal altar in your home as a focal point for honoring the Earth Cycles. Ask this altar to teach you more about your own inner cycles as they are connected to that of our Earth Mother.
Adorn your altar by adding seasonal symbols, colors and objects from Nature at each turn of Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox. You may begin to feel the pull of the inner cycles of Imbolc, Beltain, Lammas and Samhain as well, honoring each of the eight Celtic Festivals. And most importantly, sprinkle in the prayer and play of your heart!!!!
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