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Winter Solstice 2019: Turning Inward

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We are now shifting into the energy of winter, a time of deep renewal through solitude and inward contemplation. The Solstices and Equinoxes remind us of the ongoing cycles of the world we live in. We reflect these rhythms within our body, mind, and energy. Spring begins the cycle, Summer deepens it, Fall refines it, and Winter renews it so it can start again. If we look around in nature we see every plant and animal preparing for this shift. Trees have long lost their leaves, now ready for the harsh winds of winter, relying on their roots to nourish them. Animals begin to slow down and conserve their energy, some hibernating the winter away. We, as humans, can choose to either go with the flow of nature or resist it. When we do choose to align ourselves with the natural rhythms around us, we make our lives easier and tune our energy into the universal frequencies.

In honoring the Winter Solstice, we honor the our own natural cycle and give ourselves a time to renew our souls. It’s a powerful time for us to align with our own darkness and look within to look ahead. Darkness takes on many meanings, but it is neither positive or negative. It pulls us inward, takes us closer to our unconscious mind and gives us time with our own energy. This time spent with our own energy allows us to receive information from the universe and ultimately from ourselves. We then emerge with a newfound sense of self and purpose, ready to refine our focus.

The Winter Solstice also ushers in a time when our intuition is heightened and becomes even more useful for making practical decisions. This is the energy of Capricorn, whose season begins on the Solstice. Capricorn represents wisdom and the faith needed to guide us through the harsh winter nights. We know there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but in the meantime, there is opportunity throughout the season of Capricorn to develop a deeper trust in your intuition.

So how do we celebrate this day?  Below are a few some suggestions and rituals you can practice on this day.

Celebrate Quiet:

The Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year and the most amount of darkness all year. Honor nature’s pull toward stillness and take the night away from electronics, loud noises, and even electricity. Use candles to light your way. Instead of relying on the phone or the computer for entertainment grab a book instead. You can even practice silence yourself, not speaking for the day or night. If you are practicing a ritual in a group trying speaking as little as possible as not pull your energy outward, but rather leave it to travel inward.

Burn it down:

The Winter Solstice gives us a perfect opportunity to release unwanted energies before the New Year. Make a list of all the feelings, thoughts, and even habits you want rid yourself of before 2020. Consider this a purging of your consciousness. Write down your fears, your worries, your old programs, and your limiting beliefs. The quietness and darkness of the day will give you deeper access to the things which control you under the surface of your mind. Dig deep and bring them onto your paper. Once you laid them all out, burn them safely in an indoor or outdoor fire. Watch the paper go up in flames. As it burns, thank the energy for serving you but let it know it is no longer wanted, or needed, in your energetic field.

Take a Cleansing bath for Clarity

Baths are great ways to cleanse your energetic field and raise your overall vibration. Prepare a warm bath. Mix together 10 drops of sandalwood essential oil, 10 drops of chamomile and 1 tsp of Avocado, or grapeseed oil. Add this mixture to 2 cups of Epsom salts and 1/4 cup of baking soda. Mix together in a large bowl, then place the mixture in your bath. Have a few springs of fresh rosemary and add them to the bath as well. Rosemary will help to increase circulation and remove stagnant energy. Sandalwood and chamomile will calm the mind providing clarity and peace, setting you up for a post-bath meditation. For an extra energetic boost, add in a few pieces of Bloodstone or hematite to the bath for grounding and additional focus. Once you are soaking for a while, bring to mind three things which you are releasing into the water. Say them to yourself, then dunk your head under clearing your entire field. Repeat this three times for each energy you are releasing. Afterward, as you watch the water go down the drain, know that your unwanted energy is returning back to the Earth for recycling.

Meditate

This is one of the most beneficial nights to meditate. Meditation will provide you grounding, clarity, and access to your intuition. Spend some time sitting in silence and practicing your favorite meditation. You We are now shifting into the energy of winter, a time of deep renewal through solitude and inward contemplation. The Solstices and Equinoxes remind us of the ongoing cycles of the world we live amongst. We, as part of that world, reflect these rhythms within our body, mind, and energy. Spring begins the cycle, Summer deepens it, Fall refines it, and Winter renews it so that it can start again. If we look around in nature, we see every plant and animal preparing for this shift. Trees have long lost their leaves and are preparing for the harsh winds of winter, relying on their roots to nourish them. Animals begin to slow down and conserve their energy, some hibernating the winter away. We, as humans, can choose to either go with the flow of nature or resist it. When we do choose to align ourselves with the natural rhythms around us, we make our lives easier and tune our energy into the universal frequencies.

Further align with the energy of the Winter Solstice and Capricorn Season with the Capricorn Workbook.

Images via Rebecca Reitz

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