Winter Solstice is a celebration of the longest night of the year. The absence of sunlight bringing on the longest period of darkness. Since ancient times this night has inspired us to build monuments and take part in ceremonies. We honor the darkness and the position of the sun at the exact moment of the solstice. We are reminded of our connection with the universe.
For some, the darkness gives rise to fear, loneliness, vacancy. For others it brings a sense of peace, tranquility, and time to reflect and be quiet and still. Darkness takes no form. It is the absence of light. It is deep and sometimes mysterious. The dark of night brings forth the spirit world and dreams. Our souls open portals and journey to new and other worldly places. It is a time for our consciousness to play while our bodies rest.
Winter Solstice is also a celebration of light. It is an occasion to welcome the reawakening of the sun as the days begin to grow longer. We emerge from the darkness of the womb into a new, more joyful and harmonious life. It’s a time to begin again. A rebirth.
Tonight, be in peaceful solitude. Reflect on all you want to leave behind with 2014. Meditate on how your life can be illuminated in the New Year. Light candles and build a fire to symbolize the light. And then celebrate the dawn. Happy Winter Solstice!