Happy Winter Solstice!
Today is the shortest day and longest night - when we welcome back the light to the earth. Tonight my family and I will light our solstice luminaries and make a bonfire outside, spending time reflecting on the year past and our intentions for the year to come. I wrote a short little Winter Solstice Chant that I am humming to today:
Welcome the days
now growing longer,
love of light getting stronger.
With mother earth in sleepy peace,
we celebrate the year to sweet release.
Here are some other ways to honor this magical day:
:: Create a releasing ceremony
:: Spend time with yourself in the dark in meditation and quiet. Honor the unknown around you and within you. Light a candle at the end of your ritual, a symbol of our need for the sun to shine fully once again.
:: Create a fire outdoors and share warm food and drink with loved ones. Read a poem aloud together.
:: Create a bird feeder or leave out food or water for animals who must also bear the famine months.
:: Spend time thinking of how you can encourage the rebirth of spirit in your life, your family and your community*
:: Make candles or create lanterns as a symbol in your faith in the light to come.
:: Treat yourself to a yoga class honoring the Solstice - a wonderful way to be in community with others.
:: Recomit to your faith and spiritual practice, spending time in meditation asking "How do I keep my faith alive?"
:: Ring bells, light candles, sing to the sun as it sets, or just take a few minutes to walk the earth.
Those are just a few ideas and I would love to hear from others who celebrate the day.
All love, Aja
*from Ruth Barrett's Women's Rites, Women's Mysteries