The light of the Sun begins a new solar cycle at Winter Solstice. The rays shine into the dark, and nurture the newborn life there to be cultivated. And this is mirrored in nature, as the seeds are buried in the darkness of the Earth, to emerge once again with the life-giving rays of the Sun.
Today let yourself be reminded of your inner light, and rest in peace knowing the changing of the season and the return of brighter days is ahead.
The longest night of the year is honored by many traditions as a sacred and rich time. In the past, it's been a night to gather 'round the fire, or set out candles to call back the Sun.
Endings and Darkness: In Latin, solstice means sun set still and Winter Solstice is the great stillness before the Sun's strength builds, and days grow longer. It can be a time to rest and reflect. It's the fruitful dark out of which new life can eventually emerge.
In ancient times and for some today, the darkness itself is the spiritual cradle into which the Sun is reborn. Father Time with his sickle appears briefly, and bids us farewell, before the newborn babe appears at New Years. Everything lies dormant in the silent night, a sacred time of rest before the awakening, and the slow build toward longer days.
Keeping the Faith:
This time of year is associated with light — string lights, sparklers and of course, candles. Hanukkah in the Jewish tradition is the Festival of Lights, with 8 days of ritual illumination of the menorah.
There's the advent wreath of the Christian faith and the all-night bonfire for the burning of the Yule log, a tradition with roots in Northern European pre-Christian times.
The lights are reminders of the inner light, and hope for the return of sunny days.
This year 2016 (in the N. Hem), The Winter Solstice is on Wednesday, the 21st of December at 5:44 AM EST.
It is suggested to take time 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the precise moment of the solstice to open to the intelligence of nature all around you and to acknowledge your personal growth cycle.
As we consciously link our awareness to nature's cycles, our understanding of our own cycles begin to deepen.
The Solstice is upon us as we move from the darkest night of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere) and the return of brighter days is ahead. You may want to take time to honor and acknowledge the endings & new beginnings in your life in a ceremony or personal ritual that both honors your past and clears space to make room for what you wish for the coming year.
Make an offering that represents the past and give it to the spirit of fire as a completion. Then spend a bit of time dreaming and visioning to bring into focus what you would like to experience and bring into being in the coming year.
"Joy to the World"
Joy to the world, the new year´s come.
Now earth prepares for spring.
Let every hearth with firelight bloom,
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing.
Joy to the earth, now gladness reigns,
And birds their songs employ,
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.
No more will cold and darkness grow,
Though frost still coats the ground.
We wait to hear the rivers flow
As far, as far as hope is found.
She heals the earth with truth and grace,
And asks us all to prove
The glories of Her righteousness
And wonders, and wonders of Her love.
Want to know more about: What is the Winter Solstice? see more of this article by Molly Hall http://astrology.about.com/od/themoon/p/WinterSolstice.htm