Yuletide Blessings to all you beautiful souls!
Here are some facts, tips and a short ritual from my spirit guide Helenna should you wish to join in on the Winter Solstice celebrations!
Solstice in the dictionary means “To make stand”.
There are 2 Solstices each year, one in summer and one in winter dependant of where you are in the hemisphere.
Winter Solstice lands on or around December 21st ( in the north ) and marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year.
Astrologically, the Earth tilts on its axis furthest away from the sun making it appear that the sun stands still and then make its return, hence celebrations being called ‘return of the light’ or ‘return of the sun God’ ‘Birth of the Son / Sun of God, Jesus / Horus’.
This special time of year marks the first day of winter and then the birth of the new solar year, resulting in the coming of lighter nights.
This turning of the seasonal wheel has been honoured with prayer, customs and rituals by our ancestors since the beginning of time, many of us will be unknowingly participating in them by celebrating Christmas.
Many of our current Christmas customs have their roots in Heathen / Pagan origins, such as the 12 Days of Christmas representing the 12-day Yule Log burning ritual, the hanging of Holly to keep away evil spirits, and Mistletoe for fertility and so forth.
This year, many people will gather around bonfires, log fires and sacred sites such as Stonehenge to witness the Sun descend, leaving us with the longest night of the year. We know now that our life sustaining sun will return, yet we still like to celebrate and show our gratitude for the abundance of gifts of warmth, food, water and light that we receive all year round from our generous planet ( that is fed from the suns light).
This event provides us with the opportunity to:
Allow things that we no longer desire to die within us, such as, a bad habit, unhealthy eating, dissolving pain or fear, or letting go of unhealthy relationships.
Then we make room for a rebirth and new potential to be born within us.
We can be like the Phoenix, resurrected from the ashes!
Aligning with the seasons makes your intentions so much more powerful.
So, what can this mean for you? Well the Sun governs your masculine energy (the moon feminine), which can be thought of the part of our psyche that takes action, is motivated, linear, focused, and generally gets things done. With our solar influence waning at this time we are more susceptible to depression and tiredness. We find that we can indeed lose our vitality, our mojo, becoming more passive and less enthusiastic.
Luckily there are several ways in which you can top up your sacred life force energy.
- Eating lots of high vibe organic foods (even if in-between mince pies!) to keep your vitamin and mineral intake up.
- Drink plenty of water and herbal teas, dandelion is especially potent as it is in alignment with the Solar Plexus Chakra.
- Work with crystals, see below.
- Work with Archangel Uriel, the Fire of God.
- Exercise in the morning.
- Make a ‘to do list’ each day, giving yourself a reward or treat after completing tasks.
- Watch the sunrise, the strongest light codes are poured upon the face of the Earth at dawn.
Archangel Uriel has really drawn close to me recently. He has been fuelling me with encouragement and providing me with the extra energy needed to complete tasks that I had been putting on the proverbial back burner.
I called upon Uriel to assist me when I was lacking in motivation. I was not surprised when he told me that my Solar Plexus had become a little clogged and that I needed to work with the elements of fire to clear and then kick start myself back into action.
After just one day of mediation and using the tips above I felt my energy increase significantly. I felt energised and even more importantly I was once again motivated to complete the tasks at hand.
Throughout the week Uriel gave me little signs of encouragement that he was around.
I was gifted a deck of Kyle Grays ‘Angels & Ancestors’ oracle card deck. I laughed out loud on the train when the first card I pulled was ‘Sun’.
The next day a friend Sarah came to visit bringing me a bouquet of beautiful flowers. When she handed them to me she wondered why I was beside myself laughing! Don’t they just look like little Solar Plexus chakras? I assured her she had been divinely guided when picking those!
Why not invoke Uriel to empower you with motivation, confidence and clarity?
Beloved Uriel, fire of God, I invite your divine presence to stand with me now, clearing and harmonising any stuck or old energies within me. Thank you for helping me to clearly see what I need to heal in my life and which pathway to take in order to experience ease and comfort ahead. I ask that you bestow blessings of happiness, health and joy upon me and those that are dear to my heart. In the name of light and love, as it is above, so it is below. And so it is.
Chakra Healing; Tap into your own personal Sun; The Solar Plexus chakra to boost creativity, inspiration and overall wellbeing.
Chanting RAM (raaaaaaaammmmm) clears and energises the Solar Plexus chakra.
Crystal Consciousness, good crystal choices for this month are the fiery winter warmers which include; Citrine, Fire Opal, Helidor, Carnelian, Orange Calcite, Red Jasper or Sun Stone.
In my last life time, my spirit guide Helenna and I would perform this mini craft ritual at Winter Solstice. It is called a WITCHES BALL and it is where the idea of hanging a bauble on your Christmas tree comes from. The ball was filled with items with the intention of protecting the home from negative energies and bad luck for the coming year, especially as it was a dark time of year, it was feared that spirits roamed in the winter months.
YOU WILL NEED:
A glass bauble that you can safely open at one end (to insert items into). I found a fab one from the shop ‘The Range’ which is heart shaped and opens in half.
4 Small black Obsidian crystals (one for each of the seasons).
1 Yellow, red or orange crystal to represent the sun, such as Red Jasper, Citrine, Pyrite.
Sage for burning.
On the night of the Winter Solstice, use sage smoke to clear and bless all of your magical items.
Think of who or what you would like shielding this coming year.
Holding the Obsidian in your right hand imagine an orb of protective light surround it, growing bigger and bigger until you are fully enveloped in the energies of this protective stone. Imagine this crystal orb sitting over your aura.
Take your bauble and fill it half way with salt and say “May this salt protect and bless this home”
Add the 4 crystals saying “May these crystals protect this space from all directions, may the spirits of Earth, Air, Fire and water empower these stones”.
Add the yellow stone to represent the sun and say “With this stone of light, fire and sun, I activate this bauble and the protection spell has now begun”
Top up the remaining space in the bauble with the dried rosemary to keep the energies clear inside.
Hang your active bauble in a window ledge or behind the front door to keep problems from crossing your threshold over the coming year. Discard it next winter, by burying the contents and making a fresh one.
Like the Sun, you’re meant to shine! – Claire Stone, Ancient Wisdom Modern Woman.
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