The spiritual and energetic significance of the winter solstice is multi-layered, but the most direct relevance is that it symbolizes the birth of the sun. This is a time to look within yourself and focus on what you want or need. It is a time to set goals and intentions for the year to come, and reflect on the past with the intention of letting go of that which does not serve you. The Solstice is an opportunity to make changes that will lead us closer to knowing ourselves, as the sun is reborn so we may be reborn with it.
Creating your own ritual around the Solstice is a practice that can help you navigate through the hectic pace and consumption of the holiday season. A moment of meditation can refocus you on what is important and remind you why we celebrate.
Here is an example of a small ritual you can practice alone or with others.
Sitting in a dark room with an unlit candle in front of you, reflect on yourself. In the darkness, and without judgment consider the year that has passed. Look to your successes and failures, allowing your mind to unravel the year. What do you need to let go of? What lessons will you take forth into the upcoming year? What did you accomplish that you are proud of yourself for? Set an achievable goal or intention, hold onto this as you light a candle and embrace the new light. As the light fills the room let go of what must go, embrace the intention of the reborn sun.
“The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory.” — Gary Zukav