Today is December 23rd- two days past the official Winter Solstice.
The Winter Solstice was technically Thursday, 12/21. It’s definitely a major marking point emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
What exactly is the Winter Solstice?
On the day that the Solstice occurs, it is the shortest day and longest night of the year here in Earth’s northern hemisphere. As of this past Thursday, 12/21, the sun will be up for a few seconds longer each day, signaling the start of our slow but steady march toward spring.
Technically/scientifically speaking, what happens is this: Below From Capital Weather Gang
The December solstice marks the exact moment when the sun’s most direct rays reach their southernmost point south of the equator, along the Tropic of Capricorn, at 23.5 degrees south latitude. The time and date of the solstice change slightly each year, but this year’s solstice occurs at 11:28 a.m. Eastern Time on Dec. 21.
The reason we have a solstice — and seasons — is because the Earth is tilted on its axis of rotation by about 23.5 degrees. This tilt causes each hemisphere to receive different amounts of sunlight throughout the year as our planet orbits the sun. In the Northern Hemisphere, we see the sun take its lowest and shortest path across the southern sky, and at local noon, your shadow will be the longest of the year.
The word “solstice” comes from the Latin words sol sistere, which means “sun standing still.” On the December solstice, the sun’s daily southward movement in the sky appears to pause, and we see the sun rise and set at its southernmost points on the horizon before reversing direction. It’s a yearly astronomical turning point that humans have celebrated basically, well, forever.
Spiritually, this moves us in a different direction . The sun is standing still, but we begin to actually move forward. We feel the energy of initiation, of building structures, setting the foundation, the patience to see things through.
Anything at this time seems like a domino effect. If you stay positive you will attract more positivity where if you are thinking negatively, well, you know how that goes.
We are no longer comfortable being uncomfortable, and we are ready to put our galoshes on to trudge through the mud of our soul. Sound intense?
Not really- it’s just time to become more self-aware about who we are, what we want and where we are headed.
Anytime we do soul-work, it can feel very uncomfortable- but it’s very necessary.
Just like the energy the Solstice brings- some days are longer, some are shorter, and some are darker. But one thing is certain- the light always comes back.
A new day, a new dawn. The darkness does not last forever. It’s the same way for us!
Focus on the light, not the darkness but accept that darkness is a part of life and without it, there is no growth.
I personally used the night of the Solstice to create my vision board for 2018. I waited until the 21st to do my New Moon/ Solstice ritual.
It felt very exhilarating to do this as you are literally visualizing your year ahead, your goals. It brings them to reality, makes you excited for the times ahead. Well, maybe I’m a nerd but it made me feel great! I strongly suggest creating a vision board for the New Year- pics and ideas coming up soon.
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