This is the point in the year where the day is the shortest and the night is the longest. This day is celebrated across cultures and religions usually with fire and celebration. The dark is ceding to the light for its half of the year, welcoming in new beginnings and new growths, and saying goodbye to the old.
My favorite ritual to do for Winter Solstice is to release and begin again. As you work your ritual, be mindful of any words that come up for you, whether it is healing, reverence, cultivating, etc. Write down these words, you can use these as guiding words for your year.
So first things first, create a sacred space. Fill this with light, preferably natural light. Candles, Lanterns, whatever you desire. This will shine the light in the darkness and welcome in the Sun for the next half of the year. Surround yourself with whatever you would like, play music, place crystals and objects around you that aid in releasing and welcoming. Smokey Quartz, Petrified Wood, Citrine are all perfect for releasing things of the past. Before you begin with the ritual, clear your space, both physically and energetically. Light some incense, spray some essential oil spray into the air, burn some Cedar and Sweetgrass.
When you are ready, I want you to say these affirmations out loud, it will add more energy into your intentions.
“I am not afraid of the long night with its darkness, I welcome the lessons I have learned from it”
“As the dark recedes and the light grows, so shall my intentions”
“I dedicate myself to my goals this season, and trust that I will receive what I need”
Next, grab some paper and a pen. Write the words “If I could release one thing from this year that is holding me back, it would be….” You can do this with however many things you feel that you need to release. These could be remnants of a past relationship, resentment towards someone, anger at yourself. Allow them to come forward and hold it for a moment.
Think about how they make you feel. Visualize a chord connecting you to those things, like a chain or a rope. Visualize yourself breaking free and releasing them, the chain disintegrating. When you have done that for each release, close out the paper by writing “With my lessons learned, and to make space for new, I release this.”
Take the paper and fold it up, cupping it in your hands. Take a deep breath, imaging your breath as a cleansing light. With your hands cupped, blow into the paper, clearing off any negative debris that may still be lingering. Then, I want you to rip up the papers into tiny pieces. If you can, burn them. If you cannot safely burn them, throw them away. You can even choose to bury them.
Then I want you to take another piece of paper and write the words “The thing I wish to manifest this year and work on is…….” and write down anything you wish. These could be tiny things, like I wish for people to accept my life choices or I wish to accept love into my life. I wish for a new career or finding my purpose. Now envision a rose gold light emanating from your chest, working its way up to your mouth. The same way you cupped your hands and blew into the release paper, I want you to do that here. Instead of thinking about negativity, visualize that light filling those thoughts with positive energy, telling the universe that this is what you want, not the other way around. Then place the piece of paper on or near your sacred space. This will charge those items with intent and it’ll work double time to manifest them.
Close out your ritual by gathering that same rose gold light and sending it out to the world as an offering. You may choose your own affirmation or repeat the one below.
“As I welcome light into my Self, to begin anew, I send light out into the world, to those who need it most.”
You may also do your own Tarot Reading, to help clarify this Winter Solstice. Use the Winter Solstice Tarot Spread, don't forget to tag @escapingstars on Instagram. I love seeing your readings!