one is the dark night of the soul, and upon us is the celebration of light: the Winter Solstice. However, it is also in the celebration of the dark that we can better navigate the sometimes blinding light, and the unknown depths of own shadows.
This year, the Winter Solstice (in the northern hemisphere) lands on 12/21, the same day that we are ushered into the astrological sign of Capricorn. This wise and pragmatic sign reminds us to conserve our resources, work hard for what we want, trust the wisdom within, and fill up with faith that there is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel. We are also experiencing the last full moon of the year in the emotional and watery sign of Cancer.
Our intuition is heightened, our bodies want to move slowly and snug up, our minds calm and shift into a creative mode, and our souls yearn for the stillness.
This behavior is seen in nature as trees lose their leaves and animals hunker down and go into hibernation. But as humans participating in the holiday season, we can easily get out of rhythm with nature and ourselves as we RSVP to all the things.
As most of us can’t hide away in our cozy caves this time of year, we can still put on our sequins and celebrate the dark. It just takes a little inspiration and balance—and intentional ritual is the best way to create that.
Winter Solstice Rituals
Reflect on the Dark Night of the Soul
So on this dark night, take a pen and paper and write down as many challenges as you can think of that occured in 2018. Don’t think too much, just write. Then, read back over those challenges and say, “Thank you for this lesson!”
It is in the face of fear, doubt, insecurity, financial difficulty, and lack that we realize how resilient we are and how capable we are at handling what comes at us. I’m not going to say you necessarily looked pretty doing it, but I am going to tell you that you DID IT! Reflection is so important to harness your personal power and realize that you are more powerful that you could ever imagine.
Set It Aflame
That paper you just wrote down all your 2018 challenges on? Set it aflame! (In a fire safe container, please!) You don’t need that shit anymore. You got through you, you’re better for it now, and you are rising like a Phoenix from the ashes at this very moment. Release all that and know that it was absolutely necessary for you to experience. You always have a choice in how you navigate through life. You can choose to see 2018 as an attack on your self (ego) to tear you down, or you can choose to see it as a series of intense exams to help you graduate to the next chapter of your life (Spirit).
The fire is also the glimmer of hope that begins to grow exponentially as the darkness recedes and the light engulfs the land, our hearts, and our souls. Celebrate both, but most of all celebrate YOU!
Celebrate the Dark
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