In a year full of immense grief, fears, darkness and the deep work of confronting both our personal and collective shadows; winter solstice could not be more welcomed. The literal and metaphorical return of the light is a soothing balm to our weary souls.
December 21st marks the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, where many cultures celebrate the first day of winter or “mid winter.” On this day the sun is at its lowest daily maximum elevation in the sky, which means it is the shortest day and longest night of the year. The sun appears to pause on solstice for three days and then proceeds to rise again, with our daylight slowly increasing again all the way until the summer solstice.
As we steadily gain more daylight, we gain more hope and optimism as well. We emerge from the darkness anew, reflective and inspired to begin again. The themes of rebirth, regeneration, joy, abundance, and gratitude are very much present in the various celebrations during this revered turning of the wheel.
Honoring and celebrating the seasonal shifts is a way to deeply re-attune ourselves with the natural world. As the earth changes, dies and rebirths so do we; our moods, identities, bodies and paths are also constantly in flux. Connecting with the rhythm of our environment helps us stay grounded, balanced and present to our lives and to each other. This connection to the earth’s natural changes was something our ancient ancestors noted and worked with all over the globe, in varying ways. It can be incredibly easy to lose ourselves in the hustle and bustle of the modern world, but these shifts give us a much needed reprieve if we let them. A chance to pause, realign, refocus, renew.
This year’s solstice is especially poignant, as it aligns with a powerful celestial happening, “The Grand Conjunction” as astrologers call it. Meaning, the conjunction (or close alignment) of the planets Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius. These two giants have not been this close to each other in the same sign in almost 400 years. This pairing is both auspicious astrologically, heralding a pivotal new beginning and chapter in our personal and collective lives. As well as astronomically, Jupiter and Saturn will be extremely bright and close to each other- visible to viewers everywhere where clear skies reign.
All of this to say, let there be light! The theme of solstices is always light, a pause to embrace the influx (winter) or decrease (summer) of daylight and to honor the sun’s life giving energy. But solstice’s are equally about the polarity and acceptance of the dark. Throughout the remaining long days of winter we learn how to embrace the shadows, reclaim rest, honor the fertility of the dark and dream craft our future to come.
Written by Alexa Rae
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