Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere (Australia, New Zealand, South America, Southern Africa) arrives on Monday 21 June at 1.32pm (AEST). The planet’s southern pole is at its maximum tilt away from the sun, making it the shortest day and longest night of the year.
It is marked by festivals and rituals in many cultures, celebrating the death and rebirth of the Sun. We celebrate longer days as we move towards Spring, although we have some time to ride out the winter months. We can use these months to reflect, rejuvenate and replenish, in preparation for the blooming season.
In this time, many cultures would slaughter their stock, before they starve, and would make plenty of beer. This was the one time of the year they were plentiful in red meat.
They would bring gifts in honour of the Sun God and look forward to the warmer months that were coming.
The Sun represents our personality, the “I am”, our ego, or our solar plexus chakra (Manipura). How can we celebrate the death and rebirth of our ego?
You could use the winter solstice as a ritual to shed (or starve) your ego of any indulgences, or comforts. What are you telling yourself you need or want. What part of your life do you strongly identify with? Where are you so comfortable that it makes you irritable if it would be taken away. This is the time to bring awareness to your attachments.
When you think about it, you want to feel lighter as you emerge into Spring. Mental and emotional lightness is the key, so that when Spring arrives you have the energy to birth your ideas and projects into the world.
Use these winter months to shed, detach from the comforts and focus on living simply, buying vegetables that are in season; making soups and uncomplicated casseroles, that are nourishing, yet simple.
When you begin to change your behaviours and let go of what you think you need in order to be ‘successful’, ‘loved’, ‘accepted’, it will be easier to adapt to natures extremes. It also stretches your capacity to see things with a wider lens or alternative perspective.
Try this Winter Solstice Ritual at home:
- Sage your house and ask for lightness and ease in the letting go process
- Reflect on the areas that are challenging for you: Are you still single and want to find true love, Do you want great success in your career, do you want to find your tribe.
- Can you sit with yourself and find this love, success and belonging within yourself? Do you HAVE to be doing, achieving or saying something important to be accepted in your community?
- What thought could you release that would help you accept yourself more?
- Why do you NEED that? Why do you NEED him/her?
- Spray rose mist in the room, or apply rose oil to your wrists to invoke love and be kind to yourself in this process.
- Access your wisdom deep inside and listen carefully to the quiet voice within.
- Now write down what lights you up. What brings you joy? What makes you smile? With or without anyone, go and do those things. Plan them out and make them happen for yourself. And begin to watch the path unfold as you become magnetic.
- Keep the list of joy and smiles on your altar and light a candle every day and commit to bring more happiness/sunshine to your day by doing more of these things.
Make every moment magic.
Love, LW x
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