In the Northern Hemisphere the first day of winter, or Winter Solstice, is on December 21st. It is the shortest day of the year, with the most darkness and least amount of light. After the Solstice, our days gradually grow longer, with more light slowly coming back. This day was originally celebrated by Pagans as the beginning of their new year. In many cultures and traditions it holds the significance of embracing our own darkness, metaphorically, and trusting that light will return to our lives. It is a time of release and renewal for our spirits. A simple way to celebrate this day is to light a white candle and have a short meditation. Imagine yourself surrounded and filled with brilliant white light, and let go of what no longer serves you in your life, allowing space for what is in your highest good to replace it. Spending time in nature is also especially beneficial on this first day of winter, as well as celebrating with friends and family to honor the light in us all.
Winter Solstice Blessings,