Last night was the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year.
The red rock desert has been dry, thirsty, and choked with dust for many months.
I've felt her suffering more deeply than ever this year. As the animals roam the land in search of a refreshing drink, and the plants stretch to the heavens desperate for a cooling shower, I feel their need as if it were my own.
When we connect to nature, we can't help but experience this type of kinship with the creatures that live outside of walls and doors. They are not as lucky as we are, with our deep-drilled wells, electric pumps, and abundantly stocked grocery stores to fall back on.
So deep into the darkest night, I prayed. I ask the creator to break the spell of empty skies devoid of moisture, to cast out the dry days, and to give the poor desert creatures some wet, juicy respite. I danced the rain dance in my dreams, just as our ancestors always did.
We awoke to the pitter-patter of fresh drops falling from the heavens. As I write, the perfect type of rain has been coming down for hours: a slow, quenching, steady liquid blanket that soaks deep into the parched soil.
What a beautiful start to a new year. The chance at a new start for all of us. A new life awaits you.
What is your winter solstice ritual? If you would like ideas, here is a blog article with some of our favorite rituals to add to your practice.
May the coming weeks bless you with quiet, inner time to contemplate your dreams, goals, and gratitude for the gift of life you have been given.
Love and Light from Sedona,
Melissa, Chris, and Jeremiah
Winter solstice, also known as the shortest day and longest night of the year, holds great significance in many cultures around the world. It marks the transition from darkness to light, symbolizing hope, renewal, and the return of longer days. To celebrate this magical time, people have developed various rituals and traditions. If you're looking to embrace the spirit of the winter solstice, here are some action-oriented rituals to try:
Light a Smudge Candle
As darkness envelops the world, light a candle to symbolize the triumph of light over darkness. Find a quiet space, light a candle, and take a moment to reflect on the past year and set intentions for the coming year. Let the warm glow of the flame fill you with hope and positivity.
We of course recommend using a JUNIPERMIST Smudge Candle!
Create a Solstice Altar
Set up a special altar to honor the winter solstice. Decorate it with evergreen branches, pinecones, and candles. Add meaningful objects such as crystals, feathers, and sacred belongings that represent your intentions for the new year. Take a few moments each day to sit by the altar, meditate, and connect with the energy of the solstice.
Release What No Longer Serves You
The winter solstice is a perfect time to let go of what no longer serves you. Write down any negative thoughts, emotions, or habits that you wish to release. Take the paper outside and burn it, visualizing the release of these burdens into the cauldron of awakening. As the smoke rises, imagine yourself being freed from their grip.
Embrace the Night Sky
On the longest night of the year, take the opportunity to stargaze. Bundle up and find a cozy spot where you can observe the night sky. We like to snuggle up in a sleeping bag! Marvel at the beauty of the stars and contemplate the vastness of the universe. Allow yourself to feel connected to something greater than yourself.
Share a Meal with Loved Ones
Gather your loved ones for a special winter solstice feast. Prepare a meal using seasonal ingredients and traditional recipes. Share stories, laughter, and gratitude for the blessings of the past year. Use this time to strengthen your bonds and create cherished memories.
Meditate on Inner Light
During the winter solstice, when darkness prevails, turn inward and meditate on your inner light. Find a quiet space, close your eyes, and focus on the light within you. Visualize it growing brighter and radiating warmth and love. Allow this inner light to guide you through the winter months.
Connect with Nature
Take a walk in nature and immerse yourself in the beauty of the winter landscape. Feel the crisp air on your skin, listen to the sound of snow crunching beneath your feet, and observe the stillness of the natural world. Connect with the earth's energy and find peace in its tranquility.
These rituals are just a starting point. Feel free to adapt them to suit your personal beliefs and preferences. The most important thing is to embrace the spirit of the winter solstice and find joy in the magic of this special time. May the return of the light bring you hope, inspiration, and a renewed sense of purpose.