This midpoint of winter is not only the shortest day of the year, but also the longest night. The world is very still and the land dormant. Various festivals of light are celebrated, and have been for thousands of years, serving as a reminder that the light will indeed return. Throughout many cultures there are tales describing this time.
This image portrays a simple yet powerful representation of the winter solstice. We see a clear reflection of the snowy woods on the still, frozen waters of the lake. The blue tint drapes the scene with an even greater sense of quiet and solace, inviting us to walk very softly but if we disturb the intense yet gentle grace of this scene. The reflection of the trees on the frozen lake reminds us that this is a time for us to go inside – – both out physical shelter as well as our internal world – and there contemplate the season that has passed, the season that is, and the seasons yet to come.
Winter Solstice Ritual:
Find a quiet place, where you won’t be disturbed. Set up the space to your liking. This can include candles, crystals, holly, evergreen, photos, statues etc….create your sacred space. This ritual can be performed within the next 5 days during the winter solstice.
Review the past year and ask yourself what the most important lessons you have had to learn are, what you have accomplished, and what dreams and visions you want to manifest in the upcoming year. Whether it has been a relatively smooth ride or a challenging series of events, acknowledge your experience as being the work of God, the Divine, the Universe, no matter what your judgements, fear, or joys are. Honor whatever has happened over the previous several months with gratitude and forgiveness. Then let it go. Allow yourself some solitude so you can spend some quiet, slow time in reflection.
Once you feel complete, reflect on your present life, especially focusing on what you are grateful for. When you are finished, consider what is to come- – all the different possibilities and potential that exist before you. Allow your imagination to roam without limitation or ambition, and see what shows up. Notice how you feel in your body with whatever scenario plays out in your mind. These are previews of that which is gestating, and can manifest and grow when cared for properly. Patience and stillness is called for here, for just as the earth cycles have their own pace, so does this cycle.
Earth Magic by Stephen D Farmer