Winter Solstice Rituals
DECEMBER 17th, 2019 | BY CRISTINA SCHOOLER
Embodied wisdom consists in remembering one’s place in any given cycle of life. In remembering what actions or non-action is appropriate for each phase.
Life simply starts to make much more sense the more we can tune into the daily, weekly, monthly and yearly cycles that happen within us and around us in nature.
Attuning our senses to the subtle changes and cycles of the seasons might help us attune more lovingly to the subtle changes and cycles in ourselves. By performing simple rituals with personal meaning to celebrate the solstice, these rituals will serve as touchstones to help us cultivate an attitude of receptiveness and appreciation that will carry us through the holiday season with more ease.
Here are some rituals you can bring in to celebrate this winter season and solstice:
A good starting point might be to make a promise this winter to spend more time listening, watching, and honoring the slower, quieter rhythm of the season.
Consider watching the sun rise or set from your little patch of the world.
Make a list of loving wishes for friends, family, coworkers—even people you don’t know that well.
Build a shrine or altar in your home of nature’s found objects that remind you of the season.
Maybe you’d like to prepare a simple meal from organic winter vegetables to share with friends or family, or cook a dinner to enjoy in the welcome solitude of your own company.
Honor the Goddess as Great Mother. Goddess forms traditionally linked with this time of year include Tonantzin (Native Mexican corn mother), Holda (Teutonic earth goddess of good fortune), Bona Dea (Roman women's goddess of abundance and prophecy), Ops (Roman goddess of plenty), AuSet/Isis (Egyptian/multicultural All Goddess whose worship continued in Christian times under the name Mary), Lucina/St. Lucy (Roman/Swedish goddess/saint of light), and Befana (Italian Witch who gives gifts to children at this season).
Contribute to the manifestation of more wellness on Planet Earth.
Spend longer time in your meditations, journaling and reflections.
Consider honoring the threshold of solstice with an hour of intentional silence for you and your household.
Perform a ceremony with fire on the energies and cycles you are ready to release in 2019.
Download an app like calm or insight timer that you can plug into for a few minutes when you are running around the airport in the midst of seeing family.
It is my wish to each of you reading this holiday season that you remember you do have the choice to reclaim your energy each and everyday.
And that the more you can drop into the laws of mother nature, the more everything will fall into place.
With so much gratitude,